What to Include in a Guest Room

LAST UPDATED: Sep 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Oct 10, 2018 | By:

What to include in a guest room to make your guests feel at home during their stay.

guest room must haves

As the holidays approach, we are often blessed with family and friends visiting. While the holidays can add an abundance of joy, they can also add a layer of stress. These are my tips for preparing a guest room and preparing for guests so that you can relax and enjoy along with them!

I shared these tips in the December issue of Midwest Living!

Entertaining doesn’t just apply to brunches and dinners, it begins the moment guests enter your home.

guest room with luggage rack

When hosting guests, I want to make them feel at home, at ease and as if they are vacationing at a relaxing resort, though our accommodations aren’t quite the same.

How can you achieve that? Well, there are several ways to make a guest room feel a bit more like a luxury hotel, without a lot of effort.

neutral guest room

What to Include in a Guest Room:

  • To create a calm and relaxing space, stick with neutral colors. Paint the guest room cream makes the space feel warm, while light and airy.
  • Use both overhead and task lighting {like a bedside lamp} for ambiance and convenience.
  • Keep furniture simple, thoughtful and multifunctional. i.e.: a small chest of drawers can double as a nightstand. A folding luggage rack can also be used as a stool.
  • Use soft bedding for a luxurious feel. I love these luxe sheets {and use them for our master bedroom in both homes}, but these sheets are reasonably priced and so soft.
  • A bedside carafe on the nightstand so guests have easy access to water.
  • A flower arrangement or single bloom to bring the room to life.
  • Snacks. I like to include an array of local favorites, a mix of sweet and salty with a little protein.
  • A card welcoming your guest/s with any information they may need like the wifi password.
  • A few magazines or books with local significance and area guides.

guest room bedding

If you don’t have a dedicated guest room or bath, don’t fret. These easy idea will help you transition an office, craft room, multi-purpose room or children’s bedroom.

guest room must haves

Fresh, neutral bedding, even in a child’s bedroom or office can make a space feel inviting. I recommend placing folded towels in a basket at the end of the bed or on a nearby table for their convenience.

white robes

If guests will be using a shared bath, offer robes in their room to provide added comfort.

robes hanging in closet

In the bath, don’t forget to include shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bar soap, lotion, a toothbrush, razor (the latter always seems to be forgotten) and a hair dryer for their convenience.

guest room with king size bed

What do you like to include in a guest room?


mini loaves of bread gift wrapped