It’s that time of year when we need to start thinking about sprucing up the guest bedroom. If you’re expecting family or guests to descend over the holiday period, then a quick tidy up of the
spare room junk room is not going to cut the mustard. And if they are going to stay for more than a couple of days, they need not just a place to lay their heads, but a quiet refuge too. An escape from the Christmas mayhem now and again. A place to recharge, have a nap, an early night, or maybe a leisurely breakfast in bed. So the ultimate guest bedroom needs to fulfill all of those needs. The ultimate guest bedroom needs to be comfortable, cosy, and practical.
The Comfort Factor
Brompton desk lamp £140, Croft cable throw in Grey Oak £98, Larsson open bedside table £375, Olivia headboard in Isla Swallow from £480, Rupert stool Isla Swallow £395, all from Neptune.
In an ideal world the guest bedroom would be spacious enough to place a deep armchair in one corner for cosy relaxation. And an ottoman at the end of the bed for a handy place to put bags and the breakfast tray. When pushed for space it’s always nice to have a padded headboard. A tall one. After all, the bed might be used for more than just sleeping. It might have to double up as a place to read a good book with a cup of tea, or to catch up on emails.
Corinium tray, £69, Lowther bowl, Eira winter throw in Grey, £200, also Neptune.
Choose hotel-quality bedding if you can. Full duck-down pillows can’t be beat if you want to spoil your guests, and freshly ironed Egyptian cotton sheets feel luxurious. Extra pillows and blankets might be appreciated at this time of year, and a throw, especially for that afteroon nap when they might not want to get into bed but need something to keep off the chills. And don’t forget a soft rug at the side of the bed to keep toes toasty when getting out of bed.
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You guests won’t just be sleeping in the guest room of course. It’s where they will spend quiet moments before and after, so a bedside table is a must. Two if there are two guests. On top I’d always place a reading lamp, a charger for phones, and a bottle of water at the very least. More on thoughtful extras later. They might be light sleepers so blinds or curtains should really be blackout ones that will also minimise draughts in old houses. And they will need a place to hang clothes. So even if you can’t provide an entire wardrobe (and let’s face it, who has a spare wardrobe going free), at least make sure there are enough hangers, a small space in the wardrobe, or some handy hooks on the wall.
Kaydian Walkworth Bed from Furniture Choice.
You may have ticked off all of the above, no problem, but believe me it’s the little touches that will make their stay memorable. A small vase of fresh flowers, a scented candle with matches, a small tin of biscuits for midnight munchies, a small bag of travel toilettries, a pile of books or magazines, and a freshy laundered dressing gown.
You might never get them to leave.