How to Make a Guest Room Feel Like a Bed & Breakfast

Before guests come over, most of us are a complete whirlwind of activity – grocery shopping, sweeping, wiping counters, doing the wash, that we don’t stop to consider what would really make our guests feel welcome.  Below is a list of ways you can set up your guest room so that it feels like an easy breezy haven to those who pass through your doors.

1. Put out a basket full of comforts. 

While staying overnight in a place that isn’t home – even if it’s a dear friend’s house – it’s nice to wind down with some light reading. Provide your guests with magazines, extra towels and blankets, snacks, and lotions so they don’t have to feel awkward about asking.

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2. Set out a bedside clock. 

Waking up in a new place can be disorienting. “Where am I? What time is it?” The last thing they’ll look at before going to sleep and the first thing they’ll look at after waking up will be the bedside clock. We guarantee it.

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3. Provide a Coffee Station

They will thank you. And they will thank you again. Because fumbling around an unfamiliar house and having to carry conversation before coffee can be a rough time for many people.

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4. Decorate With Your WiFi Password

If you had a dollar for every time you heard the phrase “What’s your WiFi password?” you’d be rich. Make it easy by setting out a tiny blackboard with the WiFi password written on it. They will give you major props for preparedness before curling up with their laptop.

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5. Set Out a Toiletries Dish 

You never know what you’re going to need when you’re out of town. Something as simple as a toiletries dish can ensure that your guests don’t need to feel stranded. Hand cream? Check. Extra feminine products just in case? Check. Cotton balls? Toothbrush? “Oh darn, I forgot my moisturizer!” Crisis averted.

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And some final tips to giving a top-notch guest experience:

  • Keep a clean bath robe in the closet in case your guest needs to take a late night bathroom run… fumbling for a shirt is not as easy as slinging a bathrobe over the shoulders.
  • Make sure you sleep in your guest bed every once in a while… better for you to discover something horribly uncomfortable than your guests!
  • It doesn’t hurt to include medicine in your comfort basket or toiletries tray… during a surprise attack of acid reflux or a headache, your guest will be ever thankful for the Tums & Advil.

What are your cozy guest room ideas?


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Author: Rebecca McCusker

Rebecca is the Creative Coordinator for Craft House Designs. Her interests include writing, playing piano, guitar, songwriting, and playing in her all-female rock band Linden Hollow. She enjoys gardening, hiking, teaching piano, reading, and painting animal portraits. She lives in the Ohio countryside with her husband, cats, and Australian Shepherds.

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