Spare Bedrooms: The Rules Defined
There are some rooms that grab all of our attention and suffice to say, the spare bedroom rarely falls into such a category. In short, it’s quite often left until the very end. Most of us will focus on the “more fashionable” rooms, before eventually spending our remaining pennies on the spare room.
We’re not against such an approach – we completely get where a lot of people are coming from when they reserve their budget for the high-traffic areas of a home. After all, the spare bedroom is used for several days of a year (and these days, maybe not even that).
Bearing this in mind, we will now take a look at some of the unspoken rules that surround spare bedrooms. As you’ll soon see, it doesn’t take much to transform this space and make it a room that you will be proud to show guests.
It’s Important to Be Practical
Sure, you want a spare bedroom to look great, but there’s also a practical element to these rooms.
After all, if guests are staying for a few nights, they’ll want space to hang their clothes, get dressed or even just place their travel bag.
This is where you need to think shrewdly about furniture. You probably don’t have the budget for an all-singing all-dancing wardrobe, but you can find other items that are multi-use. For example, take these oak dressing tables. Granted, they are a dressing table at first glance, but they also provide a space to store items. It’s this versatility that can transform a guest bedroom and make it surprisingly homely for whoever is visiting.
Bedding Is Key
The beauty about this next point is that you don’t necessarily have to spend anything to get it right. As long as you have some decent bedding, you’re good to go.
The basis of this trick is making your guest bed look like a hotel bed. We’ve all seen these beds; they’re the most welcoming around (in most hotels, anyway).
One of the reasons they manage this so well is making the duvet and pillows as plump as possible. They almost soften them, via simple tricks of the trade.
Again, your only investment here is time, and the end result is something that is utterly inviting for your guest.
Another Hotel Classic: The Twin Layout
We touched on the practicality element of guest bedrooms at the start of today’s article, and we’re going to end proceedings with a similar point.
Another tactic you can “borrow” from hotels revolves around the twin layout. Sure, if you’re traveling everywhere as a couple it’s almightily frustrating, but if you have lots of different guests a twin layout can work a treat. It allows for different families and sets of friends to sleep together in the same room – which can provide endless options if you have a home in the smaller size.
Of course, don’t keep the bed positions fixed, and allow them to come together if couples are residing in your guest bedroom. This tip provides a degree of flexibility to your room though and allows you to cater to a whole range of guests.
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