With the holidays on the horizon, it is time to begin thinking about where your guests will lay their heads. For those who are furniture enough to have a guestroom, it is time start styling! As the countdown to Thanksgiving continues, you have a few more weeks before your overnight guests trickle in. On a budget, no worries! We compiled a short list of affordable essentials you will need to prep your guestroom.
5 Guestroom Essentials for Your Home
1.) Breathable Linens – The chances of you using the same linens over and over again in your guest room are pretty high. Rather than purchase a ton of sheet sets for a room with little use, purchase durable ones for a long-lasting lifespan. Bedding made from natural and organic fibers (see “Greening Your Life: Going Organic with Cotton”) will prove to be both soft and resilient. Luxury bedding like Egyptian cotton is now affordable as more companies are making plush collections available at great price points. With breathable fibers, your guests can enjoy a good night’s rest while staying in your home. We Recommend: Fieldcrest Luxury Egyptian Cotton Sheet, $49.99-$59.99 (Target)
2.) Bath Towels, Soaps and Robes Oh My! – Make your guests feel right at home by providing a few bathroom necessities. Keep a small inventory of bath towels just for your overnight company. This will help to reduce wear and tear from daily use. Once again, organic cotton is a fine choice as fibers are soft and breathable. For a more luxurious “drying solution,” bamboo towels provide a super-soft feel that quickly wipes the moisture away.
For extra credit, pair your bath towels with a robe and bar of soap. This is perfect for guestrooms that require the sharing of a bathroom. Note: If you don’t want your company to steal your robe, monogram the outside with your family household’s initials. We Recommend: Organic Pleated Edge Towels, $6.00-$19.00 (West Elm); Bamboo/Cotton Towels, $16.00-$46.00 (The Company Store)
3.) An Arsenal of Extra Pillows & Blankets – Everyone has an inner thermostat that can make a room feel too hot, too cold or just right. Rather than pile up your guest bed with extra sheets and duvets (one set is enough), keep spare blankets and pillows on the side. We Recommend: IKEA PS STICKA Bedspread/Blanket, $49.99
4.) Nightstand Accessories – No guest room would be complete without a few nightstand accessories. A table lamp, alarm clock and small dish for jewelry are absolute musts for your company. Another great item to have is a bedside pitcher and drinking glass. Your guests will love you for a bedside drink without running to the kitchen in the middle of the night. We Recommend: Bedside Carafe, $19.95 (Crate & Barrel)
5.) Unpacking Organizers – One of the biggest pains when staying at a person’s home is figuring out where to put your stuff. Not everyone enjoys living out of a suitcase so don’t assume the same of your guests. Allow your guests’ clothes to breathe with a few storage accessories for their clothes. Luggage racks, extra hangers and hanging bags (if you have the closet space) are wonderful touches. We Recommend: Chrome Luggage Rack, $39.99 (The Container Store); BRALLISClothes-Hanger, $3.99 (IKEA)
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