Whether you are expecting family from abroad or renting out a spare room on Airbnb, planning the perfect guest bedroom comes down to focusing on the basics before pulling out all the stops. There are a few essentials that will go a long way in making guests feel at home. All too often, what guests remember most is not the red carpet and flowers you laid out but rather how comfortable their bed was, and whether or not they had enough space to hang up clothes.

 Guest Bedroom Essentials

What exactly makes for a dream guest bedroom? Keep reading to find out which essentials you will need to include if you want to make the right impression on your guests.

Must-Haves for a Welcoming Guest Bedroom

Creating an inviting guest bedroom comes down to treating this room much as you would your own bedroom. That does not mean you have to replicate your room exactly. What it does mean is choosing the best quality bedroom furniture you can afford, and adding a few extra touches that go a long way in making your guests feel at home during their stay. Here are a few essentials that every guest room needs.

  • A comfortable bed. Depending on your space requirements, this could be a single bed or a double bed. You could consider a multi-functional unit that incorporates a bed, dresser and storage. You could try a beautifully designed canopy bed, a fold-out couch bed or a bunk bed. Whichever type of bed you choose, make sure that it is comfortable with a high-quality mattress and a sturdy base.
  • Bedside tables. Smaller rooms can get away with a single pedestal if the bed is set against a wall. If you have space, invest in a set of matching bedside tables that suit the bed and any other furniture in the room. These do not have to be fancy. Ideally, you want enough surface space to keep a glass of water, bedside lamp and perhaps a phone or a book, and a shelf or two for other items that your guests will want to keep nearby.
  • Bedroom storage. Unlike the master bedroom, you do not need a huge cupboard in the guest room. A modern dresser or chest of drawers that matches the bed and bedside tables will offer just enough space for your guests to store clothing during their stay. You could also try a dressing table to provide additional surface space.
  • Bookshelves. While not an absolute essential, a small bookcase can also be useful for your guest room. Fill it with a collection of easy to read books, coffee table books, photo books and anything else that you think your guests may enjoy. You could also add a plant or two and some decor touches to make the room feel homier.
  • Final touches. Last, but not least, you can add the final touches that will make your guests feel welcome from the moment they arrive. Look for interesting bedside lamps, high-quality rugs, hardy houseplants that add a touch of greenery, and some artwork to place on walls and surfaces. If you really want to make the right impression, you could also create a special welcome basket for your guests, including your WiFi password, toiletries, towels and a few treats.

Once you have the basics in place, you can move on to the final touches. This will ensure that your guest bedroom is ready, with everything needed for an unforgettable stay.