Your guests deserve a great night’s sleep. It’s true that you probably can’t duplicate their bedroom from home. But you can furnish your guest room with a cool gel mattress, white noise machine and blackout curtains that promote quality rest. Read on for more ways to create the ultimate guest room and give your visitors a comfortable, relaxing place to sleep.
To maximize space in your home, your guest room may double as a home office or storage center. Take time to remove excess clutter before visitors arrive. A cluttered room could cause anxiety, restlessness and sleep troubles.
Buy a Comfortable Mattress
Whether you host guests once a week or once a year, the mattress should be comfortable and supportive. Buy a mattress that supports the joints, aligns the spine, and offers comfort for back, side and stomach sleepers. Often, you can find high-quality mattresses and the best deals online or during major holiday weekends and in May or September.
Use High-Quality Sheets
Soft, high-quality sheets create a more restful sleep experience. Purchase cotton sheets with a high thread count or look for cooling sheets with light, breathable layers that wick away sweat.
Stock a Variety of Pillows
Vacationers often pack their own travel pillow, but you can provide a mix of pillows in various sizes, too. Stock soft, firm and medium pillows made from memory foam, hypoallergenic material, feathers, and poly-cluster fill. To make overnight stays even more comfortable, provide an array of silk, satin, cotton, and flannel pillowcases.
Control the Temperature
Science shows that we sleep better in a cool bedroom. Your guests may have their own temperature preferences, though. Provide both lightweight and warm blankets, a fan and a space heater. Show guests how to open the windows, too, if possible.
Adjust the Lighting
Bright light is energizing for daytime activities but disruptive to melatonin production and sleep. Install incandescent or red bulbs in overhead or bedside lamps to promote rest. Consider purchasing dimmable lighting options, too, that allow visitors to customize the room’s brightness.
Remember to cover any windows, also. Adjustable blinds and blackout curtains create a dark and restful sleep environment.
You’re used to the noises your house and neighbors make, but guests may not be used to sleeping through a child’s laughter, heavy truck traffic or chirping birds. Install a white noise machine or provide a fan to cover these noises and help your visitors rest well.
Clean the Air
Freshen the guest bedroom air and remove allergens, dust and dander with an air purifier. These small appliances are available in dozens of styles that match the room’s decor and can double as a white noise machine.
Certain scents, including lavender, help us relax and fall asleep. While candles can be a fire hazard, a lavender room spray or essential oil diffuser may help guests get a better night’s rest.
A warm cup of tea or a small snack might be exactly what vacationers need to relax before bed. Supply a selection of beverages and snacks, including an electric tea kettle with herbal and regular tea bags, water bottles, trail mix, crackers, apples, and pretzels.
Add Relaxing Entertainment
If your guests need help to fall asleep in an unfamiliar room, they may want to read a book or a magazine from your guest room entertainment shelf. Consider furnishing visitors with a deck of playing cards, notepad and pen, word search or crossword puzzle books, and television plus a working remote and operating instruction, too.
Remember the Special Touches
Numerous special touches make your guest room feel like home. And relaxed visitors will probably sleep better. In addition to a welcome book with important phone numbers, the Wi-Fi password, takeout menus, and local event flyers, consider stocking these special touches in your guest room.
- Closet, drawer and vanity space.
- Full-length mirror.
- First aid kit and pain relievers.
- Charging station with spare cords.
- Toiletries and clean, fluffy towels.
- Trashcan and tissues.
Test the Room
Pretend you’re a guest for a night or two before visitors arrive. Experience the bedroom’s ambiance, test the mattress’s support and evaluate the room’s overall sleep comfort. After this test run, you may discover that it’s time to refresh the sheets, buy a new cool gel memory foam mattress or update the snack selection.
We hope these tips help your guests feel at home and receive quality sleep.