Furnish a Guest Room: How to Make It Inviting

Only the best for the guests! Give your next visitor a warm welcome with a homely-designed guest room. If you don’t have an extra room, simply integrate the guest sleeping space into the living room or study. With our tips and tricks, you are guaranteed to become the perfect host. Simply check off our checklist and get started!

To make your guests feel at home, remember a few tips when decorating the guest room
To make your guests feel at home, remember a few tips when decorating the guest room.
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Furnish Guest Room: What Furniture Should Not Be Missing?

Bed or Sofa Bed: You Made Your Bed, Now Sleep in It

Lucky who can arrange a separate guest room. Here, a real bed offers the highest sleeping comfort. Depending on the space available, a single bed of 90 to 100 cm is very suitable as a guest bed. More comfortable is a width of 120 cm or 140 cm, which transitionally gives even two people enough space.

If no extra guest room exists, a pull-out couch or a day bed offer ideal solutions for a temporary night’s sleep in the living room or study. Ensure that the lying surface is comfortable, the mattress is good, and the conversion is quick and uncomplicated. Sofa beds with built-in storage space for bed linen are convenient. Thus, the sofa bed is ready for use in the evening, and the bed linen is quickly stowed during the day. Alternatively, pillows and blankets can be stored in a box or chest that doubles as a coffee table, nightstand, or storage unit.

Multifunctional furniture such as wardrobe beds disappear inconspicuously as a sideboard on the wall and are the salvation for those who lack space. Along with sofa beds, these quick-change artists are celebrating a big comeback. Who has very little space in the guest room: An extendable armchair is small during the day and becomes a visitor’s sleeping place at night.

From sideboard to bed and back, wardrobe beds are true miracles of space, turning the living room into a bed for guests in no time.
From sideboard to bed and back, wardrobe beds are true miracles of space, turning the living room into a bed for guests in no time.
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Bedside Table: Everything at Hand

An important piece of furniture when decorating your guest room is the nightstand because a shelf within easy reach of the night bed provides space for personal items, reading, water glass, alarm clock, and bedside lamp. Mobile tables with casters that can easily be moved into position are an excellent choice for the guest sleeping area. Provide your guest a water carafe for the night and decorate the shelf with a small bouquet of fresh flowers.

Storage Space for Wardrobe: Dress Code Made Easy

Whether in a closet, dresser, or coat rack, keep some space in the guest room for your visitor’s wardrobe. Clear out a compartment on the shelf or a drawer in a dresser where guests can store their clothes neatly and wrinkle-free. If space is limited, coat hooks do a good job. An additional chair, armchair, or mute servant can be used as a storage space for clothes. The guest room becomes cozy when the suitcase disappears, for example, in the closet or under the bed.

A Bit of Privacy: Temporary Retreats

If you cannot provide a guest room but only an open area in the apartment or the couch, this can be temporarily separated with a screen or fabric panels. Especially for longer stays, your visitor will appreciate their little retreat.

Furniture Ideas for Guest Room

From armchair to bed: with a few simple steps, the upholstered armchair becomes a comfortable sleeping place for one person
From armchair to bed: with a few simple steps, the upholstered armchair becomes a comfortable sleeping place for one person.
Retro sofa with sleep function can be extended to one half. The chaise longue then becomes a shelf
Retro sofa with sleep function can be extended to one half. The chaise longue then becomes a shelf.

Furnish Guest Room: Which Decor Looks Particularly Inviting?

Bed Linen and Towels: Spa Feeling for Overnight Guests

What could be better than sinking into a freshly made bed in the evening? Your visitors will feel the same way. With beautiful designs and a fresh scent, you can quickly create an inviting ambiance in the guest room. Change bedding according to season, such as breathable linen for summer and fluffy beaver bedding for winter. With extra pillows and blankets, visitors can customize their sleeping space to suit their habits. Nice gesture: prepare the most important bathroom utensils like fluffy towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap – and your guests will feel at home.

Accessories & Decoration in the Guest Room

Less is often more here! Since the guest brings luggage and clothes, a lavishly decorated guest room can quickly look chaotic. On the other hand, a nice welcome is a fresh bouquet of flowers in a matching vase. Houseplants are not only green eye-catchers but also improve the room climate and ensure a good night’s sleep. Scented candles or a pillow spray with an essential lavender aroma have a proven calming and relaxing effect on the central nervous system – this will surely make your guest feel even more comfortable. Bedspreads, pillows, and plaids not only provide visual comfort in the guest room. A little bedtime snack on the pillow or a ready-made hot water bottle and slippers are loving attentions that sweeten your stay.

Ensure Good Lighting Conditions

Even if the room you accommodate your guests is used for other purposes during the day, good darkening is essential for a restful night’s sleep. After all, you sleep deepest in absolute darkness. A mix of blackout blinds and curtains variably regulates the incidence of light. And the lighting in the guest room or the guest area also plays an essential role in well-being: It is best to rely on various light sources, such as a glare-free table or wall lamp by the bed as well as a ceiling lamp for the basic lighting. The desk lamp can also be used for other purposes for the flexible guest sleeping area.

How to Decorate the Guest Room

Pamper your guests. With bathrobes and slippers provided and extra pillows and blankets, visitors feel welcome as if they were in a luxury hotel
Pamper your guests. With bathrobes and slippers provided and extra pillows and blankets, visitors feel welcome as if they were in a luxury hotel.
Blackout blinds ensure that sleep is not disturbed by incident light
Blackout blinds ensure that sleep is not disturbed by incident light.
With fragrant fresh bedding sweet dreams are guaranteed
With fragrant fresh bedding sweet dreams are guaranteed.
The unified concept of the room also includes the design of the bed linen
The unified concept of the room also includes the design of the bed linen.
For reading, sufficient light should be provided next to the bed. Table or wall luminaires that can be directed specifically are ideal
For reading, sufficient light should be provided next to the bed. Table or wall luminaires that can be directed specifically are ideal.
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