Decorating Ideas for Guest Bedrooms

We’re all aware of household budgets these days. When an out-of-town visitor expresses an interest to pay you a visit, you don’t want them spending their hard earned money on an overpriced hotel room.

You enjoy a cozy bedroom, so shouldn’t your guests be afforded the same? Perhaps your guests have traveled a long distance to see you. Comfortable accommodations will not only make their stay more relaxing, it will give you the satisfaction of being a gracious host. Incorporate these great ideas into a guest bedroom, your out-of-town visitors will appreciate the special touches!


You have plenty of room to put them up for a few nights. But, do you have suitable guest accommodations? Make your guests feel right at home in your home by making a few simple changes. These ideas for guest bedrooms will ensure their stay is enjoyable and comfortable. Just be aware…they may never want to leave!

Clear the Clutter

Imagine, after spending a grueling day of traveling, arriving at your host’s home only to find your accommodations consist of an air mattress on the floor of the designated “junk room”! Unless you are trying to send a pointed message to overnight visitors, it is a good idea to at least try to create a restful refuge for guests.


Less is best in a guest room. Start by clearing out the clutter in the space your guests will temporarily be calling home. Tuck away piles of stuff in lidded bins under the bed or in decorative wicker baskets. Make their sleeping quarters are as tidy and comfy as possible, whether it be in a spare room, family room, basement or home office.


Check-Out Time

If you want to get the full effect of your guest room, spend some time in the space. Is the lamp bulb burned out? Does the carpet need to be spot cleaned and vacuumed? Wipe down surfaces and air out the comforter. Lay down on the bed. Do you see cracks in the ceiling or cobwebs in the corners? Fill the cracks and sweep the ceilings. Make sure the television and remote are in working order. Also, check for dripping faucets in the bathroom--they are an annoyance during the night.

Everything in Its Place

Clear out the closet to provide guests plenty of space to hang their clothing. A collection of hangers with and without clips will take care of dresses, shirts, jackets and slacks. Purchase a luggage rack to keep suitcases off the floor. Use over-the-door hooks and hangers in the bedroom and bath areas for convenient pajama storage. Empty a dresser drawer or two for folded clothing. Clear off surfaces to give guests a place for their personal belongings.


Toiletry Basics

This is one of my favorite guest room ideas! Assemble a basket of toiletries to welcome your guests. Select sample sizes of shampoo, conditioner and soap, plus deodorant, toothpaste and mouthwash. Place them in a decorative basket with bath oil, fragrant body spray and a scented candle--just like a hotel.

Lay out a collection of fresh towels and washcloths. And please, don’t forget the cotton swabs, tissues and toilet paper! Make sure there’s a full roll of toilet paper in the holder. For good measure, store an extra roll or two on the toilet tank. Give them a new box of tissues, so they don’t run out mid-stay.

Proper Bedding

Give you guests sweet dreams by providing comfortable bedding and soft-to-the-touch linens. Nothing says luxury like a cushy duvet and silky sheets. A bed dressed with a lightweight down or down alternative comforter makes a cozy retreat at the end of the day.


A set of freshly laundered sheets is a thoughtful touch to a well-made guest bed. Try easy-care bamboo, sateen or jersey knit sheets. They're ultra-soft and virtually wrinkle-free. Lay a spare blanket across the foot of the bed to provide extra warmth on chilly nights.


Don’t skimp on the pillows. Purchasing inexpensive pillows may seem like a good idea for the guest room, however, they won’t be very comfortable and will quickly turn to mush. Step up and purchase pillows you would be happy sleeping on. Help your guests drift off to sleep by spritzing their sheets with lavender-scented linen spray.


Smart Additions

Allow your guests to come and go while you are at work by offering them a spare set of house keys. Color code keys with plastic sleeves put them together on a whimsical key ring.

Prepare a binder for visitors including your home’s address, phone and cell numbers, nearby cross streets, the alarm code and emergency contact numbers.

Inspire guests to take advantage of the sites with a list of local events and attractions. A directory of restaurants and shops will also prove handy for visitors unfamiliar with the area. A collection of maps, public transportation schedules and tourist brochures will give guests plenty of choices for things to do.


Reading Material

An inviting stack of books and magazines will give your guests something to do in their down time. Make sure you have good reading lamps beside the bed or positioned near a seating area. Place a pair of reading glasses on the nightstand for guests that forget to bring theirs.

Bedside Manners

Other hotel-like touches will make your visitors’ stay more memorable. A bottle or carafe of water, a selection of fruit and granola bars, and a simple flower arrangement will make your guests feel welcome. Provide guests with an alarm clock for early sightseeing excursions. Plug in a nightlight so a trip to the bathroom doesn’t result in tripping over a piece of furniture!


In the morning, serve visitors simple pastry, coffee or tea in the comfort of their own room. This will cut down on morning confusion--allowing your guests a leisurely start to the day and giving your family a chance to get ready for work and school.

© 2012 lindacee

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Boy you thought of everything. Got the guest room ready? I may have to come and stay a night or two. Very nice hub. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Ha! Thank you, tillsontitan, for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed the ideas. I appreciate the positive comments and vote!

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ChristineMargaret 4 years ago from Rapid City, SD

This is a good article,and very thoughtful. It looks very inviting,and serving a beverage and pastry and having flowers would really make me feel special if I was a guest.

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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

ChristineMargaret, glad you enjoyed this Hub. This proves it doesn't take much effort to make guests feel welcome and comfortable! Thanks for the read!

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a well put-together hub. I like that you suggest providing reading material for guests too!

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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

It was a fun Hub to write. Thank you for the kind words, ChristyWrites!

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

It would be nice to be a guest in your house. Great idea for a Hub and well done!

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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Rebecca, thank you so much for reading and for the lovely compliments! Have a great day!

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Your guests must really feel special when they visit your home. I do like the idea of providing toiletries with a small scented candle. Also, spritzing the sheets would really be a great welcome. Voted up.

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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona Author

Thanks for the wonderful comments and the vote, teaches12345! Problem is, it's sometimes difficult to get them to leave! ;) Have a great weekend!

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