Recently we looked at how to create a guest-ready home this Christmas. Tis the season for hosting friends and family, after all. As such, creating a comfortable guest experience is at the forefront of many minds.
Sadly, you’re freaking out at this point because, as it stands, your spare room is a study. Or a library. Or a junk room.
The point is, it’s not the bedroom you need it to be. And, you’re running out of time to change that. Still, your guests have confirmed their arrival dates, and you need to do something fast.
Luckily, this task doesn’t need to be as daunting as you think. First, you need to stop freaking out. Christmas may be creeping closer, but you still have ample time to take care of this.
Then, focus on the following pointers to make your guests feel at home in your non-bed based spare room.
Take whatever is in there out
If the room is full to the brim with boxes of junk right now, you’re going to need to take those out before anything else. Even if you have a desk and computer in there, you may want to consider relocating them.
It may be that you can stick things like these in your bedroom or living room for now. Or, you may need to turn to a company like Henfield Storage for out-of-house options which keep your house clutter-free for the big day.
Either way, focus on clearing that space. Even if this seems like a mammoth task, the chances are that it won’t take you any longer than a weekend. At least, not if you approach things in the right way.
Get creative with furniture
There’s no point in buying a bed for a two or three-night stay. Talk about going over the top. Besides, where would you put the thing when you returned the room to its original purpose?
Still, the lack of a bed doesn’t mean you need to leave your guests uncomfortable. Instead, consider how you can create an alternative with what you have. A sofa could become a bed with a little creativity. A bookcase could become a temporary wardrobe. You could even repurpose your storage box into a laundry receptacle.
Think outside of the box, and consider these different ways to use what you already have.
Bring a homely vibe with comfortable additions
Of course, a sofa which is a temporary bed won’t look all that welcoming for guests in itself. That’s why you may also want to consider a few homely additions.
Folding a snuggly blanket on one of the cushions, for example, could make the space look much cosier. Equally, adding things like folded towels and flowers could add a small sparkle of luxury.
You may not be able to reach hotel standards, but you can bet this will go a lot further than you imagine. Given that it’s Christmas, you could even brighten the whole room up with some fairy lights and tinsel.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.