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What's in a perfect guest room?

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NotAMammy Thu 20-Apr-17 21:00:04

I'm putting together the spare bedroom in our new house. I want it to be a really nice guest room, our families stay for long weekends when they visit so it'll probably be used a few times a year to start with. As well as the standard furniture: a bed, drawers, wardrobe and a chair I'm looking to add wee details to make it a bit more welcoming and luxurious. So spare blankets, water and glasses, spare toiletries and toothbrush... What else would you include in the room?

Japonicathehorseygirl Thu 20-Apr-17 21:01:22

Selection of books

FinallyHere Thu 20-Apr-17 21:02:33

A light that can be switched off from the bed

A range of pillows


Somewhere to put cases once unpacked.

Lovely idea for a thread, I'm sure your guests will be very comfortable.

wellhonestly Thu 20-Apr-17 21:03:09

Sounds lovely!

Ours also has a wee kettle and some tea things. Wish we could afford a tiny fridge for milk ...

Definitely decent bedside lamps and maybe a few "light-reading" books?

My DH also always puts a radio in there for guests grr it's our bathroom radio

NoCapes Thu 20-Apr-17 21:03:22

A photo frame with the code for the wi-fi in it

Ragwort Thu 20-Apr-17 21:06:10

Make sure the bed is comfortable - nothing else matters grin - I try and avoid staying with family and friends now as it is always seems to be a cast off bed that is lumpy and uncomfortable. My DH often ends up sleeping on the floor or sneaking off to a sofa for a decent night's sleep grin.

Hallamoo Thu 20-Apr-17 21:08:49

Mirrors, preferably a full length mirror and one to dry hair in front of, put on make up, near to an electric socket.

ArriettyClock1 Thu 20-Apr-17 21:08:49

An en suite grin


A really good bed and good quality bedding.

Justmuddlingalong Thu 20-Apr-17 21:13:59

If you put in a clock, make sure it ticks silently.

NotAMammy Thu 20-Apr-17 23:35:38

I'm struggling with a silent ticking clock, I keep looking like a loon in shops holding up alarm clocks to my ear and then realising they've no bloody battery in them!
I think I'll add a couple of light books and possibly a few magazines.
We're getting the same mattress as we have (one of the IKEA sprung ones) which I've found comfortable and, bonus, reasonably priced.
Unfortunately we can't make an ensuite, they'll just have to walk the few feet to the bathroom!
I think I'll add in some socks and slippers too.
My Mum and two of my sisters tend to be the people who visit most often so I'm trying to keep what they'd like in mind too. One has asked me to leave all my makeup, lotions and potions in there and that's all!
DH has joked about whether I was going to put a kettle in there and started calling it the 'hotel room' as he thinks I'm going overboard. But in our rented flat we just had one spare room that was mostly storage space with a bed so I'm looking forward to having a lovely place to show off and have them.

I've seen those wifi framed prints, but knowing our lot they'll completely miss it and still come and ask!

wellhonestly do your guests make tea in the room then? I would kind of expect them to make it in the kitchen and not be going light on their tea round! It's immediate family that would mostly be staying, and we're the kind of family that makes themselves at home in each others' houses.

Pestilentialone Thu 20-Apr-17 23:43:06

A big towelling dressing gown, just like in posh hotels.

PurpleDaisies Thu 20-Apr-17 23:46:33

You need to look for "silent sweep" clocks (I have one in my guest room).

I've got a basket with toiletries for the ensuite, spare toothbrush etc and we leave one wardrobe empty for clothes to be hung up/unpacked if guests want to.

I don't like the idea of the kettle in the room. That's a step too far towards hotel for me. We tell them to help themselves to anything in the kitchen.

INeedNewShoes Thu 20-Apr-17 23:49:45

Its important to have a decent bed (a really horrid uncomfortable camp bed is starting to put me off staying at one of my friends' houses.)

I really really appreciate a bedside light (that you can reach the switch from the bed).

I think these two things are pretty basic but I've stayed at so many places (including a B&B) where there's no bedside light.

And a hot water bottle available for use is gratefully received if your house is prone to being chilly.

Ooh and a few coathangers (it sounds like you've already got that covered with the wardrobe)

MakeItStopNeville Fri 21-Apr-17 00:09:00

We live abroad and have regular visitors so this is what I have done...

Great bed. It was actually ours and still had plenty of life left so we upgraded our own instead of buying a new guest bed. Everyone always comments on how comfortable it is.
Big fluffy duvet with a box of clean blankets at the end of the bed as not everyone likes being air con cool.
Lamps on either side of the bed with a nightstand
A big pile of fluffy towels so they don't need to hunt them out
Closet and hangers and dresser space for clothes
We also have a shelf of books in the closet (it's a huge closet!)
And make sure the bathroom they use is fully stocked, a hairdryer available and spare toothbrushes if they need them. I have a little hostess trolley in the guest bathroom filled with everything they may need.
Bottles of water
Finally, give them the wifi password and show them how to work the tv and where the teabags are.

20thCenturyGirl Fri 21-Apr-17 00:26:29

A charging station.
A bowl of jelly beans.
We are just redoing our guest room too so this is a great thread!

20thCenturyGirl Fri 21-Apr-17 00:27:15

Oh yes, proper curtains or blinds that actually keep the light out.

zzzzz Fri 21-Apr-17 00:30:21

Sleep in the room yourselves.

MrsJamin Fri 21-Apr-17 00:34:46

Definitely yes to: a light next to the bed with an obvious switch. Easy access to a plug socket for a phone charger too. Thick curtains so it doesn't let the light in (any tiny chink of light wakes me up and is always a bugbear if we stay anywhere away from home). Somewhere to hang a few items up - even if it's just a few hooks and hangers.

NotAMammy Fri 21-Apr-17 00:36:35

Do you mean alongside them zzzzz? Because my Mum snores like mad so I'd rather keep the wall between us! grin
I'm planning on blinds and curtains so it will have all the light blocked out and hopefully a bit extra noise insulation as it's to the front of the house.
Also some packs of earplugs - see previous comment about snorer!
MakeitstopNeville good point about hairdryer, I have a travel one that I can put in there. They can use my proper one too, but just in case I'm not around at the time.

zzzzz Fri 21-Apr-17 00:40:04

No!! Good Lord! I meant you won't snag all the little things unless you sleep in there yourselves BEFORE your guests come.

NotAMammy Fri 21-Apr-17 00:47:20

I know, I know, it just tickled me since that's how I read it at first. Definitely need to get the bedside lockers with lamps sorted from the sound of it. There's plug sockets right behind where they'd go so once I get the mattress in I can measure up for the best size ones.

OlennasWimple Fri 21-Apr-17 01:01:56

Obvious sockets that aren't already being used for lamps

Make sure the door closes firmly

A choice of pillows (some people hate synthetic, some people are allergic to feathers)

starsinyourpies Fri 28-Apr-17 22:44:26

iPhone charger in bedside table drawer, and an easy to reach socket for charging stuff.

coffeeneeded Fri 28-Apr-17 22:48:04

All of the above.

And most importantly....


I've stayed in far too many places without a bin. It really annoys me!

Pestilentialone Fri 28-Apr-17 22:48:36


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