Saturday, July 28, 2018

6 Ways to Make Your Home More Welcoming to Guests

When entertaining guests, you want to make sure they feel welcome in your home. For happy houseguests, all it takes is some tidying and forethought to create a comfortable space for visitors.

Provide a Comfortable Bed

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Clean, coordinated bed linens are essential to make your guests feel comfortable in their rooms. Provide an extra blanket tucked away in a closet or drawer in case they need it.

Invest in a bed rather than simply using a sofa bed or mattress pad. Consider two sets of pillows — one firm and one soft — to allow your guests to choose their favorites.


If your guest room is used as storage when you don't have anyone staying with you, make space for guests before they arrive. You'll want to provide a writing surface, such as a desk, as well as an empty drawer and some closet space for your visitors to use. 

In addition to decluttering your guest room, you should clean up common areas around your house that your guests will be using. Tidy up the kitchen, the living room, and the bathrooms. A deep clean is unnecessary; you want your guests to feel comfortable in your home, and a too-clean house may make visitors feel uneasy.

Allow Guests to Enjoy Their Ideal Room Temperature

A ductless air conditioner can cool a single room, a feature which makes it great for your guest room. Guests can set their own ideal temperature with mini-split units. Installing ductless mini-split air conditioning can easily be done within one day, which means you don't have to worry about setting aside too much time for installation before your guests arrive.

Anticipate the Needs of Your Guests

Try to imagine what your guests may require during their stay. If they will be with you for an extended length of time, provide a robe and slippers. Think like a hotel and put together a small basket of lotion, soap, shampoo, and a razor, along with some clean towels. If your guests are unfamiliar with the area, consider giving them a guidebook of area attractions. 

Think About Breakfast

Make breakfast items easy to find, or put them out for your guests. If you won't be joining your guests for breakfast, provide fresh fruit and pastries so that they can help themselves. Set up a coffee station complete with a few mugs, sugar, and cream. You could also provide a few types of coffee or some flavored syrups.

Add Finishing Touches

Small details make guests feel welcome. Put a clock and a reading light by the bed and a nightlight for the bedroom and bathroom. Write down the Wi-Fi password on a note card and leave it in the room. Fresh flowers or a candle makes a nice touch. A bottle of water and a few snacks can put hungry guests at ease when they are up later or earlier than their hosts.

Tidying up and thinking of what your guests may need will create a comfortable space for your visitors. By making sure your guests have the essentials they need, such as breakfast items or instructions for setting the temperature in their rooms, you can make their stay less stressful for both of you. A few extra touches will show visitors how much you care about their comfort.

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