Preparing a Guest Room

Preparing a Guest Room

Whether you’re the one hosting your family or traveling to stay with your loved ones this holiday, here are some helpful tips for preparing a guest room your company will appreciate! Chances are, your family is easy to entertain and they don’t expect special treatment, but these seven practices are helpful year-round for all of your company, family or not!

1. Decorate Minimally – Keep the guest room free of clutter and personal decor. I like styling with simple books and an easy floral arrangement, like a small bud vase.

Preparing a Guest Room

2. Prepare the Bedding – Crisp and comfortable bedding really makes a big difference. White sheeting is preferable in a guest room because it looks clean and tidy. There’s a reason hotels always use white bedding! I prefer cotton or linen bed sheets; my guest bed is currently dressed in a brushed cotton twill sheet set. If you really want to impress your guests- starch and iron the linens for that hotel crispness.

I’m a big fan of neutral bedding. It’s easy to adjust seasonally and it appeals to anyone staying in the guest space. This season, I selected a pretty Lacoste duvet from Macy’s.

Preparing a Guest Room

Typically a good rule of thumb for sleeping pillows on a guest bed is two firm pillows and two soft pillows. Everyone has an accustomed sleep style and this allows guests to select their preference. Be sure to include extra throw pillows and blankets in the guest room, for afternoon naps and chilly evenings.

Preparing a Guest Room

3. Provide a Fan – If you don’t have a ceiling fan in your guest room, be sure to include an oscillating fan. Studies show that most people sleep best in a cool environment between 65 – 68 degrees. Not only does a fan help to circulate air and cool a room, but some people prefer a consistent noise when falling asleep.

Preparing a Guest Room

4. Clear Storage Space – Clear a small section in your closet, complete with empty hangers, in addition to drawer space. Your company will certainly appreciate a place to hang their clothing.

Preparing a Guest Room

5. Adjust the Lighting – Lighting is very important, regardless of the room. I believe you should think of lighting in two ways: lighting during the day and lighting in the evening. In the daytime, I love natural light, mixed with overhead lighting (if necessary). At night, it’s a totally different ballgame. For the best ambiance, turn on soft lighting: floor lamps, table lamps, sconces, and gallery / art lights. This creates a cozy atmosphere that is inviting and warm.

Guests will feel more comfortable and will appreciate a light close to the bed. In this scenario, I used a table lamp with a hinge arm, which can be moved and adjusted for reading.

Preparing a Guest Room

6. Lay Out Toiletries – Living in a small house with only one bathroom can be challenging when hosting company. Since our bath is shared, I like to leave toiletries in the guest room. I lay out bath towels and wash clothes, as well as a few luxury items that make guests feel special. I love the mini LeLabo shampoo and conditioners, a nice bar of soap, Qtips, cotton rounds, or anything else that might be helpful.

Preparing a Guest Room

7. Consider Food & Drinks – Consider your guests’ food preferences and encourage them to help themselves. This time of year, you’ve probably already planned your holiday menu and don’t have to worry about this step, but it is nice to leave an empty glass on their bedside table. They can easily grab water at their convenience.

Preparing a Guest Room

The holidays can be stressful, but take the extra time to make your friends and family feel welcome in your home! They’ll definitely notice the extra effort and everyone will be happier.

Everyone have a wonderful holiday!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Lacoste. All sheeting, bedding, and pillows can be purchased in Macy’s stores or online. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow us to create unique content while featuring products we truly use and enjoy.

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  1. Where did you find that amazing campaign dresser? Great post.

    1. Hi Jenn! It’s actually a super inexpensive Ikea dresser; I followed this DIY a few years ago. Thank you! xo, Sarah

  2. I love the pup portrait in this room!
    Is it of your pup? Where could I find one/get one done?

    1. Thank you!! Yes, this is definitely a portrait of our dog Finn and it’s one of my favorite pieces of artwork in our home. My friend in Chicago does these amazing pet portraits at a super reasonable rate. I posted an article about her; also check out Lauren’s instagram for more pet portraits. You can contact here with this email address (tell her I sent you!):

  3. What a great post! My house is currently too small for a guest bedroom (I mostly host my younger siblings on my living room floor), but I can still use some of these tips. The water glass is a particularly smart one.

    1. Thanks so much! I’m glad you liked it. I love having guests over and I want them to keep coming back… so I try to make things extra comfy and accommodating! xo

  4. Whitney Shortt says:

    Love the idea of including a fan and the bedding is beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much!! I sleep with a fan, so I thought guests might appreciate having one.

  5. Just discovered your site, and am so excited to add this blog to my roster! And as a life long (miniature) schnauzer owner, I love seeing your pup popping up in photos (and in artwork.) I’ve been searching for a well-designed fan for my bedroom, both for the air and the white noise… can you share the source?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks so much, Nicole! I am definitely schnauzer obsessed, haha :) Unfortunately, my oscillating fan was purchased 5 or 6 years ago and is no longer available, but similar versions can be found here and here. Thanks so much for reading! xo