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How to Make Your House Guests Feel at Home

Updated on September 5, 2012

Fresh Flowers

A beautiful vase of fresh cut flowers add a special touch to your Guest Room.
A beautiful vase of fresh cut flowers add a special touch to your Guest Room.

Your guest room or guest space reflects your attitude towards your overnight guests. Why not make it a beautiful and welcoming room to shower your friends in comfort!

Defining the Space

Everyone needs their "space" to feel comfortable. Even if you don't have a designated "Guest Room" you can create a space for your guests to call their own, and not feel like they are intruding. Most often our guest room doubles as another necessary room of the house. For instance, the Study. If your Study will be the place for guests to sleep, furnish it with some kind of sleeper sofa, or chair that folds out to a bed, if possible. If space or money prohibit these options, you can always invest in an inflatable mattress for this room. And by making the mattress up with beautiful, soft, sheets and pillows and a blanket or comforter your friends will feel special. If you use this option, be sure to keep the Study clean, and put your papers away and clear the desk, so that it doesn't feel like they are sleeping in an office building.

If there is no separate area like a Guest Room or a Study for you to set up for your guests, you can define a space within a living or family room area where you can either set up the mattress as above, or dress the sofa like a bed when it's time to hit the sack! You can find inexpensive folding room dividers, in thrift or hobby stores, and when they aren't being used to wall off the sleeping area for the company they can be used as decorations against a wall, or behind a sofa.

And once again, it is always special to use nice sheets and coverings for your company. Not old, stained and hole-filled ones that have been around for years. Invest in a new set and use them just for company.


Guest Rooms

If you are lucky enough to have a separate unused bedroom that you can designate as the Guest Room you can really make it a haven for company. I cherish my family and friends that travel long (or short) distances to come visit us, so I tend to go overboard with my guest room.

Besides the obvious, clean the room thoroughly , be sure to check under the bed, and make plenty of room for them in the closet (which often serves as a storage hole for most of us), and an empty drawer is always a welcome treat. I wash the sheets just before I know they are coming so they smell fresh and clean. And I often times will throw the comforter in the dryer with a dryer sheet to freshen and plumpen it up.

I like to pick up the local magazine that has all the events for the month in our city and I put that out with one or two other magazines for them to browse. An alarm clock sits on the nightstand, with a lamp and if I am really ambitious I will get fresh flowers to make them feel special. Finally, I like to include a photograph of my guests with us from previous outings or visits so the room is more personal for them, and they know that they are a treasure in our lives.

Nice New Towels

Nice new towels are always a welcom treat for visitors!  Don't let your Guest Bath become an old towel depot.
Nice new towels are always a welcom treat for visitors! Don't let your Guest Bath become an old towel depot.

The Bathroom

If the Guest Room has it's own bathroom you are very lucky! Have fun collecting hotel toiletries and put them in a basket for your guests. Keep an extra new toothbrush or two in a drawer and also any other miscellaneous toiletries (toothpaste, shaving cream, razors) or appliances (hair dryer, curling iron.) And please don't make the guest bathroom the old towel depot. If you can invest in new towels that are only for guests, and make sure there is a bath rug, toilet paper and tissues in the bathroom. Clean the bathroom and keep a cleaning rag and glass cleaner under the sink. Most guests like to keep the area clean after they leave - this makes it possible. This may all seem like common sense, but you would be surprised at the condition of some guest baths that I have seen.

Finishing Touches

I like to make sure I have some of my visitors favorite foods on hand in my kitchen, and even prepare a favorite meal of theirs while they stay. A bowl of chocolates or candies, and water bottles or a carafe and glass for water always make my guests feel special. And if you are feeling extravagant get a bathrobe for the guest room and slippers too.

I love to feel at home when I visit family and friends, so it is only natural that I would like them to feel the same way. The only drawback is that sometimes they are so comfortable they don't want to leave!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      My Dear Mama Tschet . . .Thank "YOU," for being so sweet yourself as well as mega-talented in writing such great hubs as this one. When I give you a compliment, it is not empty, but fueled by truth. And I did have a beautiful, quiet, rainy day--the day that God made just for me. Keep up the great writing.

      KENNETH

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      MamaTschet 5 years ago from Northern Colorado

      Kenneth you are such a sweetheart! Thanks for the complimenting comment! Have a beautiful day!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Sept. 15

      Mama . . .I still love to fly in here and re-read this hub for I admire how you write. My compliment may be plain and simple, but its from the heart.

      Keep up the GREAT work.

      Kenneth

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      MamaTschet 5 years ago from Northern Colorado

      Have fun with your guests and let me know if any of these tips helped make their stay even better! Thanks for commenting.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      This hub caught my eye as we have guests today. Although we have a futon in the living room, we try to make everything nice and comfortable for them. I like your mention of special touches that make guests feel welcome. Thank you!

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      MamaTschet 5 years ago from Northern Colorado

      Millionaire, you are welcome anytime! Especially if you keep up the great money making idea hubs!! Thanks for the comment!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Wow, these are great ideas about how to make a guest feel welcome. When can I come over? I might just want to move in permanently!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest mamaTschet,

      you are VERY welcome. I meant it from the heart.

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      MamaTschet 5 years ago from Northern Colorado

      Kenneth, thank you very much for the beautiful comment! I appreciate it very much!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      I agree with bac2basics! Great place to be, in YOUR home. And this was a great hub too. Well-written and very professional. Voted up and all the way.

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      MamaTschet 5 years ago from Northern Colorado

      Thanks for the comment! And for following me!! You are more than welcome to visit here, if I can come to Spain!! Have a beautiful weekend!

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Can I book a visit right now please..I could do with some pampering. Good hub, and now I´m going to follow..Thank you for following me :)