Guest bedrooms can often feel like an afterthought, and when people then do come to stay, a good night’s sleep can feel elusive. This doesn’t need to be the case; a guest bedroom can feel just as homely as any other when decorated correctly and set up with the right bed combinations.
Here are some of our best tips for designing a guest room that’s neutral and comfortable, and that your loved ones will want to come back to time and time again.
Keep It Simple, but Cosy
By having a neutral, simple colour and design scheme in your guest bedroom, you won’t overwhelm your guest with the awareness of being in an unfamiliar space.
Neutrality will help them find it easier to unwind, but remember that ‘simple’ doesn’t mean ‘empty’. Decorating with plump pillows and soft throw blankets will help your guest feel comfortable and cosy, improving their chances of a good night’s sleep.
Choose a Versatile Mattress
When you’re going to have multiple people staying in the same bedroom over time, you’ll want to make sure you have a mattress that suits anyone who might sleep on it.
Mattress softness is measured on a scale of 1-10, with most people’s preferences falling somewhere in the middle of the 3-8 range. To find a mattress that will suit anyone, we recommend choosing one at the higher end of that scale, around the 6 or 7 mark like our Restapocked 850 Pocket Sprung Mattress (pictured), and also purchasing an optional, softer mattress topper for those who prefer a softer bed.
Choose the Right Bed Frame
If your guest bedroom is only needed on the odd occasion, it’s worth considering ways that you can make it a multipurpose guest room. This is a particularly relevant point if you’re looking for small guest bedroom ideas.
In this case, you should consider using a bed frame that you can easily and discreetly hide away when not in use. We recommend something like the GFW Madrid wooden day bed (pictured) or Oakrest stowaway bed, both of which, among others, can be found in our selection of guest beds.
Or, if you’re looking for a more permanent feature, consider implementing an ottoman bed. A bed with as much storage space as this one lets you get more use out of your guest bedroom by allowing you to keep your own excess belongings stowed away.
Provide Toiletries and Spares
When travelling for an overnight stay, it’s easy to forget some of the smaller pieces you need to bring with you, particularly if you’re making a conscious effort to travel light. You can make this easier on your guest, and make their stay feel more like a hotel getaway, by providing such pieces.
Towels, toothpaste, a spare toothbrush and a disposable razor should absolutely be among the items you supply, and you should leave the Wi-Fi password in an easily visible place. Nobody likes disturbing their host to ask for it!
If you’re looking to make your guest bedroom more like a hotel, have a look at our blog on tricks of the trade in the hotel industry.
Consider Your Other Furnishings
This point is particularly important if you’re going to have a guest stay with you for an extended period. More people now work from home and therefore travel more freely, so modern working patterns require modern guest bedroom ideas.
If you have the space, providing an empty wardrobe with plenty of hangers will also help your guest feel more welcome. By giving them the space to unpack, particularly if they’ll be staying with you for more than one night, your guest will feel welcome in your space and be more likely to sleep well.
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Whether you’re hosting a friend or starting up your own Airbnb, these tips will get your guest bedroom in a position where it’s ready to wow.