It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is right around the corner. (I actually saw Halloween merchandise in the stores last week. Yikes!) Will you have overnight guests at your home this year? Or will you be staying with family or friends out of town?
Every time I travel for non-business reasons, I’m grateful to my friends and family who open their homes to me. I’m equally grateful to the folks who make the trip to see me and (hopefully) enjoy the comforts of Chez J’s guest suite.
In fact, I always ask my overnight visitors what I can do to make the space even more comfortable – short of moving it down two flights of steps! I have had two requests that I gladly granted. The first was to add a chair or bench to the bedroom. The second was to add a shade or blinds to the bathroom window, as there’s no door between the bedroom and vanity/shower area.
Provide a place for guests to tie shoes or rest luggage
(Photo Courtesy: Ballard Designs)
Since I’m just back from staying in two homes last weekend, I thought I’d share my insights on creating a guest-friendly bed and bath.
#1 Create a safe environment
Be sure there’s a working smoke alarm and vent fan, and eliminate trip hazards in the bedroom, bathroom and, if applicable, a hallway in between the two. If you have a tub, make sure it’s easy to get in and out of. Consider adding a style-coordinated grab bar to minimize the risk of a fall. If the guest bath floors are slippery, be sure any bath mats or rugs grip securely, or add an invisible anti-slip treatment to them, like SureStep.
Add style-coordinated safety to your guest bath
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#2 Ensure privacy
Be sure there are blinds, drapes or shades on your windows and any glass doors. A lack of privacy can make guests feel vulnerable and unsafe. Coverings also help with light control. If your guests will be using a shared bathroom, consider including a working lock on the door.
Provide covering for windows and glass doors
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#3 Provide the essentials
No, you don’t have to turn your guest room into a suite at the Waldorf, but a drinking glass and space to rest or hang a travel case in your bathroom are basics you should be offering your guests. So are a working outlet, adequate light, (ideally overhead and a task lamp for reading), hangers and a place to hang an outfit or two, and climate control.
Provide a drinking glass
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Above and beyond
Bonuses you can add to your guest space include high quality, ultra-soft sheets and fluffy towels; blackout window coverings; cozy throws, rugs and bath mats; extra hypo-allergenic pillows; wifi, television and clock radio; hand-held massaging shower head; full-length mirror, and reading material tailored to your guest.
Quality bedding is sleep candy
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