While it’s not a bad thing, a common problem many people have when owning a home is having an extra bedroom they don’t know what to do with. Some people turn this space into an office, while others simply use it as a storage area. However, some take the guest room approach.
Even though not everyone regularly has guests who spend the night, there’s no denying that having an extra room comes in handy, especially when family members visit. If you’ve considered turning the extra room in your home into a guest room, read on. Here are some key items you’ll need to make sure you include.
The Right Bed
Obviously, the main component of any guest room will be the bed, but you need to ensure you get the right kind. While you don’t want to spend too much on a guest bed, you’ll want to get something that is at least somewhat comfortable, especially if you think you’ll have guests that stay over for longer than one night.
Also, you’ll need to make sure it’s the right size. Queen beds are best, but you could get away with a less wide one if the room is on the smaller side. But remember that king beds are generally overkill, and twins are too small to comfortably fit two people if needed.
Plenty of Storage Space
Even though your guests won’t need lavish dressers and expansive closets, they’ll require some room to store their personal items, especially for longer visits. A small dresser will usually do, but if you plan on using the closet space for your own clothes or extra storage, you might want to get something a little bigger. Plus, if you want to store some items that are specifically for your guests, that extra space will be quite useful.
One such thing that you might want to store in the guest dresser is extra toiletries. Even though most guests tend to bring their own stuff, it never hurts to be overprepared. They might forget something essential or not think to even bring it in the first place. Having extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, brushes, shampoo, lotion, and towels is a good place to start, but you can add whatever you think is necessary to this list.
On top of having some storage space, it’s a good idea to provide your guests with some places where they can set down their personal items while in bed. Including a nightstand on each side of the bed is the best way to do this. It’s important to know how to pick the right nightstand for any bedroom. As long as it has ample tabletop space, you should be good to go in most cases. However, some extra storage options are nice if your guest dresser isn’t that big.
Important Bedside Items
The final things that we think every guest room should have are the essential bedside items. This includes items like alarm clocks and lamps. Anything that would help make your guests more comfortable in the room and increase their convenience is what you should put there. If it helps, spend a few nights in the room yourself to determine what bedside items would benefit your guests.