Hosting family and friends for the holidays usually gets one of three responses from homeowners – excitement, dread, or a little mixture of both. While having visiting family members, children that live in other states with possibly even their own children, and even a few close friends stay for a time lasting from a few days to over a week is a joy; it can also lead to stress because certain things must be done to ensure the home is ready. An item on the mental “to-do” list is often prepare the guest room where the guests will be staying for the duration of their visit. What exactly goes into preparing a guest room for the holidays? Let’s explore this and take some stress off the shoulders of those who host, plan, and prepare. Here are some tips on how to prepare a guest room for holiday visitors.

Create a Relaxing Guest Suite Retreat

The guest room is often a place for mismatched furniture. Pieces of all sizes to find their resting place until the next child moves away and needs that extra nightstand or bookshelf. Rather than subjecting guests to that post-college life experience during the holidays, treat them to a space to unwind and relax after a day of time spent celebrating during the festive season.

If there is a piece of furniture that has been in the family for generations, consider having custom furniture made to match it in your guest suite. If Grandma stays in that room, she will feel honored by the gesture, and it will make her holiday experience even more special.

Consider a handmade bench at the end of your queen-sized bed for guests to put their luggage on for easy unpacking. By creating a space in the room for their bags, guests can know they were considered in the room design, and they are wanted in the space. Add simple touches of comfort such as a soothing holiday-scented candle, a great lamp on each nightstand, fine linens, and fresh flowers to create the ultimate restful experience for holiday guests.

Stock Up on the Essentials for Holiday Guests

No guest wants to ask for something from the host, especially if it’s late at night or early in the morning before everyone is awake. To combat this common issue, resourceful hosts stock their guest rooms with supplies for their guests before their arrival. For any host looking to delight their holiday guests, outfit the guest room with the following supplies:

  • Phone chargers with multiple port options including iPhone and Android
  • Extension cord
  • Extra blankets
  • Water bottles and easy to eat snacks
  • Essential items (Kleenex, toothpaste, socks, makeup wipes, Tylenol, Tums, lotion, eye mask)
  • Pillow options
  • Laundry basket
  • Extra towels and washcloths
  • Plunger
  • Toilet paper and room spray
  • Fan
  • Sound machine
  • Hangers and space to hang up clothes in closet
  • Books
  • Floor length mirror
  • Robe
  • Hooks to hang towels

These items will help any holiday guest feel right at home and comfortable in the guest room. Remember to clean off any counter space in the bathroom or on the dresser to allow guests to place their belongings. When preparing a guest room for guests, it’s important to ask, “what do I love to have when I am traveling?” or “I had this when I stayed with so-and-so, and I loved that they put it in their guest room!” These important details go a long way with the out-of-town guests that visit during the holidays. If children are in the party of arriving guests, it’s important to consider them when stocking up with supplies. Consider the following questions for the visiting children:

  • What kind of snacks would the parents want in the room for the kids?
  • Are there any toys needed?
  • Does anything need to be child-proofed or replaced with a safer material? Consider outlets, glass vases, and anything fragile)

Considering kids in your guest room prep will not only help children be safe and entertained, but also help parents be more at ease during the holidays.

Make Comfort Accessible to Guests

Finishing touches such as the home’s wi-fi network name and password, TV channel guide, and a handwritten note welcoming guests are great additions to any guest room. The goal is to make guests feel secure and cozy in their temporary space. What better way to do that than with a handwritten note from the host family sharing how excited they are to have them visit?

The year is 2021 and a home isn’t a home without a wi-fi password. The hope for all guests is to be spending intentional time with whom they are visiting. However, when they enter their relaxing suite for downtime or bedtime, light a candle, and turn on their Kindle to read a few chapters before bed – they will need wi-fi access. Placing the wi-fi network name and password in a decorative frame is a nice way to share information with guests.

The same applies to TV channel guides. Out-of-town guests may not know how the local channels are arranged. Homeowners can help their holiday visitors in finding channels with a framed local channel guide. Remember to choose a font that is readable for all age groups and make sure the channels are accurate.

Treat Your Guests to Timeless Design with Amish Made Elegance

Can you picture your guest room suite with solid wood, handmade, custom designed furniture that is built to last a lifetime? We invite you to come by the Amish Elegance showroom in West Knoxville and meet with our design team to start putting together a guest room bedroom suite that will blow your holiday visitors away! Need some inspiration or want to get an idea of what we can do with your space? Visit our idea gallery.