Your Home: Tips for creating a welcoming guest room

Bigger is better: When shopping for beds in a guest room and if you have adequate space, consider queen beds rather than single beds as it provides sufficient sleeping space for a single person, couple or siblings.
Bigger is better: When shopping for beds in a guest room and if you have adequate space, consider queen beds rather than single beds as it provides sufficient sleeping space for a single person, couple or siblings.

If you have friends or family coming to stay these holidays, there are many ways to transform a large or small space in your house into a guest room.

Samantha Clarke is the marketing manager for Focus on Furniture and said you can easily turn a small or large space into a welcoming sanctuary even on a tight budget.

She suggested starting by determining what particular needs your guest may have and decorate the room with comfort and storage in mind.

“Think about what luggage they will bring with them and ensure the room is not cluttered so you can leave plenty of room where your guest can put their belongings,” Ms Clarke said.

A co-ordinated bedroom furniture range is one option.

“Bedroom suites are a wonderful solution when creating a guest room as they provide matching furniture pieces at affordable prices and you can save time shopping around for different pieces,” she said.

“They do the hard work for you, so all you need to do is add the final touches and style the room how you like it with pillows, cushions, bed linen and a bedside lamp.”

Suites that include a queen bed, bedsidee table and a dressing table and mirror can work well to accommodate guests’ every need as they provide plenty of storage for even the smallest items, such as books, ipads, toiletries and phone chargers.

When looking at bed options, Ms Clarke recommended going for a queen size rather than a single.

“When shopping for beds in a guest room and if you have adequate space, consider queen beds rather than single beds as it provides sufficient sleeping space for a single person, couple or siblings,” she said.

Sofa beds are a practical and compact answer if your guest room is short on space or you are sharing the room with a home office. 

“Sofa beds are the perfect sleepover solution for guests in smaller spaces and when they are gone, you can simply flip the sofa bed back to enjoy a comfortable couch,” Ms Clarke said.

“Don’t forget to check the measurements of the fold-out sofa bed before your purchase to ensure it can easily fit into the room without overcrowding.

“When it comes to creating a welcoming guest room, less is often more and with smart planning your guests will feel like they’ve stayed at a five-star hotel.”