This house is the first house that we’ve actually had a dedicated guest room. Previously, we had only lived in two-bedroom homes, where the second bedroom was either an office or a nursery. We both knew that this house had to have a guest room since we were moving across the country and expected our family and friends to visit for long stretches of time. Because of this, it’s imperative that we have some essentials available for our guests. Here’s what we have in store for you if you’re one of the lucky visitors!
Comfortable bed and linens
We really had to up our game with this new house, because right out of the gate my best friend came to stay with us for three weeks. She very generously gave her time to support us with unpacking and looking after Destructo, so we needed to make sure she was comfortable during her stay.
We had her on an air mattress, but we all know those are really only acceptable for weekend guests, and not extended stays. However, if you’re only in a position to have an air mattress for guests, try to make it as comfortable as possible. Hint: splurge on a double tall air mattress like this one.
Since our furniture was been delayed multiple times, she was such a trooper camping out with us, or as another friend aptly described it as ‘in-home glamping’. Due to this delay, we had to purchase a few items to make these first few weeks tolerable. Here’s what we considered guest room essentials:
- Pillows – we bought both the medium and firm
- Pillow cases
- Fitted sheet
- Blanket – we already had one, but this is similar.
Closet space for clothes and suitcases
There’s nothing I hate more when traveling, than to arrive at my destination and not have a place to put my things. Am I really relegated to staring at my disheveled clothes and open suitcase for the entirety of the trip? If I don’t have closet space…you betcha.
I cannot live out of a suitcase. I’ve tried packing cubes, and other various organization options and nothing works as well as some good ol’ drawers and hanging space. Don’t force your guests to live like messy kreatans! Give them some space in the closet.
Luckily, our guest bedroom has ample closet space, so all we really needed were a few hangers. I like these velvet hangers because your clothes don’t fall off and they are slim enough to pack in a lot of clothes.
If you don’t have closet space, due to your guest room being the living room or office, here are some creative alternatives to giving your guests the closet space they deserve.
Consider buying a free-standing wardrobe. These are light enough to be moved from room to room, so it doesn’t always have to live in the same spot. Here’s a cute one if you also want some shelves.
If you prefer to keep clothes out of sight, Ikea has a few wardrobe options that could work well. I don’t always love Ikea furniture, but if you’re looking for a piece that won’t be used frequently they have some good options.
I once showed up to a friend’s college accommodations, fully assuming she would have all the toiletries I required. I mean, she’s a girl, right? Nope. She had the basics: shampoo, conditioner; but didn’t have the specialties like body wash, makeup remover, face wash…
I’m sure she thought I was insane for not bringing these items, but suitcase space is a precious commodity. Especially when airlines are charging an arm and a leg for checked luggage.
Your guests should never have to feel like an inconvenience to you. Many people carry guilt just by staying at family/friends houses, so don’t add to it by making them beg, or worse, go to a store to buy what they need!
At a minimum, your guest room should have the following toiletries available:
- Body Wash
- Shave gel/cream
- Body moisturizer
- Face Wash
- Face moisturizer
- Makeup remover
- Cotton rounds
- Hair brush
- Hair dryer
- Hair spray
Feel free to get as fancy as you want. In addition to these items, I will also be stocking up on:
- Dry shampoo
- Curling iron
- Nail polish remover
- Nail clippers & file
- Sheet masks
WiFi and charging ports
It’s just a given these days that people have a million things to charge and they all connect to the WiFi. Give your guests the WiFi password as soon as possible. You can write it on a sheet of paper and leave it on the bed. Or, if you’re super cute you can use one of those letter boards to let them know. It doesn’t matter the means of display, just hand it over!
Please don’t be that host who doesn’t provide easily accessible charging ports. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stayed at someone’s house and have not been able to find a plug to charge my millions of devices. If your guest room doesn’t have plugs on either side of the bed, consider buying an extension cord. They aren’t all ugly, see here, and your guests will thank you!