If you have a spare room that you are not using for your family or as an office, you can turn it into a stunning guest room that will allow you to have your friends or relatives stay overnight and spend more time together, without having to fork out the cost of a hotel room. Before you get started with the project, though, you will need to plan the process and make sure that you are using the space available to your advantage. Find out more below.
When you design your house, you need to make sure that you choose the location of your guest room in the beginning. You might want to keep this room away from children’s bedroom, and have the smallest bedroom turned into a temporary accommodation. You want the room to be close to the bathroom, but away from the noise of the road or neighbours as much as possible. You can use a small wardrobe room and put a pull out futon bed in to function as a bedroom occasionally.
Lighting and Shading
When you have guests, it is important that you give them the space and comfort they need to stay comfortably. You will need a main light in the room, as well as a reading night lamp, so your friend or relative can read at night in peace if they feel like. Having a plug next to the bed will help them charge their gadgets overnight, or allow them to work on their laptop at night when the rest of the family has retired.
Sometimes you will have more than one person staying over. If you have the space, you might want to add two single beds that can be turned into a double. You can find hotel quality zip and link beds that will give you the flexibility you need from the space. Divan beds with a storage will give you additional space for the guest bedding, as well as your spare clothes and sheets, duvets you don’t currently use. Adding a mirrored built in wardrobe is another great idea, so you can make the most out of the storage and space available.
From ottoman beds to stools with a storage and over-the-door cabinets, there are several ways you can save money and space at the same time. You don’t need a permanent wardrobe if you are not using the room, or a large storage area. A bedside chest and a chest of drawers will do just as well as a large wardrobe with a huge hanger area. If you are short of space, you might want to opt for sliding doors.
Less Is More
When it comes to designing the perfect guest room, less is more, and you will not have to add too much decoration or furniture. After all, your visitors will only spend a few days in the room, and most of the time they will be asleep. One or two pictures on the wall and a bedside rug will be just homely enough, and you might not want to leave your personal touch all over the room.
It is also crucial that you give your guests the sense of privacy and safety. Install a sliding lock on the inside, as some people don’t feel comfortable sleeping with the doors open. You will also need to get some blinds or blackout curtains, so they don’t wake up when the sun rises and don’t get distracted by the street lights, either. You might want to leave a sign in the room, so your guests can let you know when they don’t want to be disturbed or woken up.
While a plain guest room works great, you will also have to add some comfort features that will make your guests’ stay more pleasant. You can place a mirror and dressing table in one corner, if you have the space, provide them with towels and a spare bathrobe, bed slippers, so they can feel at home. Leave some spare pillows and blankets out, in case they need it and feel shy to ask.
Having a guest room in your house can improve your social life and help you connect with your friends regularly who live far away. Your room should be simple enough to impress everyone, functional, and welcoming. Take into consideration the individual needs of your family members or friends, and give them the space they need to have a good night’s sleep under your roof.