Have guests coming in for the holiday season? Here are a few tips and ideas on how to make a guest bedroom cozy.
I’ve always wanted to own an Airbnb.
I’d decorate every bedroom with a different theme and build an outdoor patio with a circle of chairs and find the best muffins to leave for guests and leave chunky knit blankets in every room.
This week I created the next best thing.
Leslie from My Hundred Year Old Home and her friend Mary Liz came to stay at the house for Leslie’s book signing.
And I pretended that my home was an Airbnb just for them. I cleaned out the closets and dusted every corner and ordered new hand towels for the bathroom and tried to imagine what a guest would need.
Kind of like I was in a Hallmark movie about to open an Inn on my grandmother’s Vermont estate that I inherited.
It was so much fun.
So just in case you were getting ready for guests this holiday season, here are my best tips and a few ideas and things I discovered along the way.
How To Make a Guest Bedroom Cozy
1. Choose cozy bed pillows
Did you know I can’t even remember the last time I bought a pillow before last year? It’s like all my pillows came over on the Mayflower and stuck around.
I found these. They are seriously the all-star of pillows. They hold their shape and look cute in a pillow sham and everyone who sleeps on them raves about them and they have over 160,000 reviews that sing their praises.
You can see them here (and there’s a coupon right now for 40%0ff).
2. Add soft linens that feel cozy
We have these sheets on every single bed in the house. Leslie and Mary Liz both told me how cozy their bed was the next morning and I think it was these sheets. The sheets feel SO MUCH more expensive than they are and they come in so many different colors (I chose white so I could bleach them).
I also ordered the cutest bed in with a bed in a bag set that was super affordable that I added to this bed. It has a comforter, shams, pillowcases and sheets.
You can see it here.
And while we are still talking about the bed—this mattress pad is GOLD. It’s cooling and so cozy and I’ve ordered it for our beds and I sent two of them with the twins to college (I’m looking at you dorm mattresses).
You can see the BEST mattress pad here.
3. Empty drawers
I know this is probably Captain Obvious, but when I travel I like to unpack my suitcase and put everything away.
Having a few empty drawers makes it so convenient for guests who like to unpack like me.
If you can’t empty all the drawers, just empty a few and let guests know where they are.
4. Add a cozy rug
In addition to your bedding, it’s also important to think about what those guests’ toes are walking on.
Place soft rugs throughout the room to provide extra cushioning and a layer of cozy under their feet.
Also, here are some of my favorite rugs.
5. Set up three points of light in the room
One major aspect of creating a comfortable guest room is thinking about lighting. Make sure you have plenty of lamps and overhead lights, as well as small accent lights that can be used to create a soft glow at night.
You can add these inserts to your lamps to make the bulbs dimmable.
You can see these gourd lamps that I have all over the house here.
I cleared out most of the closets so there was room for Leslie and Mary Liz to hang up their clothes.
Then I added some hangers to the closet just like they do in hotels or Airbnbs.
These are my go-to velvet hangers.
7. Add a charger and a sound machine
A wireless charger is the perfect way to welcome your guests.
This is one of my favorite wireless chargers.
The Airbnb I just stayed at had a sound machine. What a perfect way to make your guests feel at home.
Sometimes it’s so hard to feel at home in a new room. A sleep machine like this one can help give your guests a good night sleep.
You can see it here.
Think about anything else your guests might need, too. You may even try sleeping in the room to make sure that you are able to provide any necessary accommodations for your guests so they can feel comfortable during their stay.
It was so much fun having Leslie and Mary Liz here—so much quality time with quality friends.
And having a pretend Airbnb was fun too.
I learned a lot getting the room ready and I have all the tips now.
Maybe one day I’ll become an innkeeper in Vermont. 🙂
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