5 Things That Make Guests Feel Welcome

May 16, 2016

By: Peyton Lambton

When I travel, having enough space to unpack is what truly makes me feel at home. This is why I insist on providing plenty of storage in my guest room, so family and friends can be completely comfortable whether they’re visiting for a night or for a week. After all, nobody likes living out of a suitcase! Below are five things that will improve your guest room.

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1. DRESSERS | Since most people don’t  bring their entire closet with them when traveling, guest room storage can be kept very simple. Start with a dresser, so they can put away their clothes. Chances are, they’ve already folded everything in their suitcase, so it’ll be especially easy for guests to get unpacked and organized. Guest room dressers are also great for tucking away your extra clothes and seasonal items. Just remember to clear them out before guests arrive.

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2. CLOSET HANGERS | If there’s a closet in your guest room, make sure you provide a few nice hangers, so guests can hang up coats, dresses and other items they don’t want to keep folded. I use velvet-covered hangers, since they look clean and keep clothes from sliding off.

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3. NIGHTSTANDS | It’s always a bonus to have a nightstand and lamp in case your guest likes to read in bed. Plus, it gives them somewhere to set their books, glasses and water bottles. A nightstand with drawers can also help manage clutter, so keep that in mind when choosing a design for the room.

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4. STORAGE OTTOMANS, BENCHES + TRUNKS | If you have the space, place a storage ottoman, bench or trunk at the foot of the bed. These can serve the same purpose as a dresser if you don’t have one. I use a trunk in my guest room for my winter sweaters. Again, don’t forget to clear it out when you have company!  You can also fill it with extra blankets and pillows, so your guests will have everything they need.

5. LUGGAGE RACKS | Finally, if you really want to impress your guests, add a luggage rack to the corner of the room. This way, bags aren’t on the floor, and it adds a sense of luxury and hospitality that will make them feel like they’re at a hotel.

It’s the little things that make guests feel welcome, so go that extra step, and they’ll be right at home in your home.


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