If you’re planning on entertaining overnight guests this holiday season, do you have a cozy retreat for them? An area for guests to call home during their short stay can make them feel more at home. Setting up a guest room can be easy, even if it’s only a temporary sleeping spot. Here are a few ways to be a thoughtful, hospitable host that your guests will appreciate to ensure a stress-free visit.

Deep Clean the Room

Many times a guest room becomes a cluttered room until it’s time to host. Before guests arrive schedule some time to organize and clean the space from the ceiling to the floor. Consider adding a subtle seasonal scent in the room with a candle or by misting the bedding.

It’s All About the Bed

The bed should be comfy and cozy. Try adding an extra cushion for support with a feather bed mattress topper or memory foam. Change the bedding before guests arrive and provide blanket options with different weight depending on the weather. To mimic the finest luxury hotels use 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets combined with a down comforter with a cotton duvet cover.

Create Storage Space

Make some room in a closet or drawer for longer guest stays. Plan on having extra hangers, a drawer liner and sachets to create a pretty spot for their belongings. Also, a luggage rack or bench to provide easier access to their belongings, rather than using the floor.

A Well Lit Space

Check to see how much natural light enters the room throughout the day and provide the proper window treatments to allow you to tailor the light to your guest’s needs. Strategically place a table lamp near the bed and have a night light in the room just in case your guests sleep with one on.

Personalize Their Experience

Provide a welcome note, consider having a guest book to contribute to and read about other’s experiences. Have a card with the Wi-Fi password available, as well as the TV channels. Share some refreshments in a basket that includes snacks and water. Add a book or magazine in the room too.

Extra Travel Essentials 

Have extra toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo + conditioner on hand, along with other goodies like lotion, make-up wipes, a blow dryer, headache medicine and other personal care goodies tucked away neatly in a basket or canister for easy access. Other essentials to consider having on hand: extra towels, toilet paper and feminine products. Another important essential is a charging station or having extra charges for their electronics.

Make the holiday season a perfect one for guests with a cozy place they can stay while visiting. From all of us here at Chicagoland Home Staging happy holidays and we look forward to staging your listings in the new year.

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