essentials for inviting guest bedrooms
Bed Basics

What Essentials Do You Need for the Guest Bed and Bath?

Few things are worse than feeling like you’re imposing on your hosts when you’re staying in someone’s home. As hosts, we don’t want to make our guests feel that way! From cozying up the bedroom to providing extra little toiletries in the bathroom, there are several easy and cost effective ways to welcome your guests whether it’s this holiday season or throughout the year.

Here are some tips to help your guests feel as comfortable as possible during their stay.

Essentials for the Guest Bedroom

Let’s start with the guest bedroom. It’s always nice to welcome guests with a clean, fresh bedroom, with a personal touch to make them feel special. Going the extra mile definitely won’t go unnoticed.

  • Fresh linens: This is a must! Sheets can lose their freshness relatively fast, so a couple days before your guests arrive, go through and wash the sheets and make the bed. Throw on some extra pillows and blankets to add to the coziness — you can never have too many.
  • Entertainment: Whether this is a television, a few magazines or a good book, try to put some entertainment in the room for when your guests need a minute to get away. Everyone needs some alone time, especially during the craziness of the holidays, and your guests will be relieved that their room can double as a little safe haven when they need a few moments to themselves.
  • Fans and lighting: Most rooms have overhead lighting with ceiling fans, but make sure everything is running properly before your guests arrive. We suggest placing several additional lamps around the room and on the bedside table for a warm glow. If you don’t have a ceiling fan, pick up a portable fan that your guest can move around the room for their comfort.
  • Alarm clock: Many people overlook this necessity because we are all glued to our smartphones, but the same may not be true for grandma and grandpa when they come to visit. It’s nice to have an easy to use alarm clock visible on the nightstand, just in case.
  • Suitcase holder: Living out of a suitcase is always a challenge, especially if it’s stashed on the floor. A suitcase holder is the perfect solution for getting your guests’ luggage off the floor and making them feel that much more welcome. Like we said before, it’s the little things.
  • Space to unpack: As we mentioned above, living out of a suitcase can be a hassle. But, at least in my house, the guest room closet is usually reserved for last season’s clothing storage. If possible, make room for your guests to hang and fold some of their clothes.
  • A comfy mattress: Oftentimes we overlook the actual mattress in our guest rooms. Make sure the bed is still in good shape and will provide your guest with comfort and support so they don't wake up with any aches and pains. If your guest bed looks like it needs an update, check out our list of the best mattresses for guest rooms.

Some additional “nice to haves” are hangers, a tray for guests to place jewelry and other valuables, extra outlets to charge their smart devices, water bottles, tissues, snacks, candles and a basket to place throw pillows and extra blankets when it’s time for bed. And, don’t forget to write down the Wifi password as well!

Essentials for the Guest Bathroom

  • Fresh towels: Make sure your bathroom is stocked on big, fluffy towels. Wash them just a couple days before guests arrive so they still feel and smell fresh.
  • Extra toiletries: Stock the cabinets with some extra shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, etc. just in case something was left behind — let’s face it, it’s bound to happen.
  • Medicine: To save your guests from the embarrassment of a tummy ache or searching through your house for your medicine cabinet, we suggest putting a variety of over-the-counter medicines in the guest bathroom for easy access.

Mattress Firm knows that entertaining isn’t always easy, but making your guests feel comfortable can be. Just think of what makes you comfortable when you’re traveling and apply it to your home. We like to believe that it’s better to go overboard than to have the possibility of leaving your guests needing more.

You Might Also Like

King vs. California King: Sizes and Dimensions
Bed Basics
King vs. California King: What Is the Difference? Looking for more room to sleep—whether it’s solo, with your partner, your children or even your furry friends? A King bed can be the perfect choice. After all, Kings offer more than 6,000 square inches of comfy, cozy sleep paradise.
4 ways to clean a mattress
Bed Basics
4 Easy Ways to Clean Your MattressAlthough we sleep on our mattress every single night, we often forget that underneath all of those covers, your mattress needs a little TLC every now and again. It's easy to understand the need to avoid dirty sheets, but have you ever thought about how to avoid a dirty mattress or the best way to clean a mattress?
Toddler in a Queen Size Bed
Bed Basics
3 Tips to Help You Break in Your BedHave you ever wondered how to break in a new bed or how long it takes to break in a new mattress?
tips to prepare for your mattress and adjustable base delivery
Bed Basics
Everything You Want to Know About Your Mattress DeliveryIt’s time to get excited! Your new bed from Mattress Firm will soon arrive at your doorstep which means blissful sleep is right around the corner. No matter which delivery service you ordered, your new mattress is arriving soon and while you wait, we have a few tips. Here are some pointers to ensure your Mattress Firm delivery is quick and hassle-free.
Best Bed in a Box Mattresses
Bed Basics
Best Mattresses in a BoxWhat’s convenient to buy, comes in a box and gets delivered straight to your door? Not pizza: We’re talking about the mattress in a box.
urine-stains-1440x1000.png
Bed Basics
How to Clean a Mattress: Urine StainsFrom an accident caused by your little one to the family pet draining themselves on that brand new duvet, figuring out how to clean urine from a mattress as well as how to get the urine smell out of a mattress can be quite the hassle. Find the best way to clean a mattress.
how to fold a fitted sheet
Bed Basics
How do you fold a fitted sheet?We’re answering the age-old question: how do you fold a fitted sheet?
feet next to a slatted bed
Bed Basics
Everything You Want to Know About Bunkie BoardsShopping for a new mattress is complicated. From deciding on firmness level and height to overall construction, there’s a lot that goes into buying a new mattress. But equally important is what you’ll set that mattress on when you bring it home.
woman shops online from bed for clearance mattress
Bed Basics
Are Used Mattress Stores or Clearance Mattresses Right For You?The average person spends about one-third of his/her life in bed. In all likelihood, there is no piece of furniture in your home that you use more than your mattress, making it all the more important to choose one that will keep you sleeping happy for years to come.