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The Perfect Guest Room

It doesn’t take expensive antiques or amazing art to make a guest room special. What it does take is an attention to detail—and to the needs of your guests. Here’s how to get the job done.

Setting up a Guest Room

Ideally, you’ll want 100 percent cotton white sheets, a fluffy duvet (which has the benefit of being easily washed after each use) and two pillows per guest.

Next, make sure the nightstand has a reading lamp and a clock. If the room is big enough, add a cozy chair and maybe even a dressing table with a mirror above it (this is especially useful if the room doesn’t have a private bath.

If the room has a closet, it should also have empty hangers. And a suitcase stand, like they have in hotels, will also be appreciated. Especially if the room faces east, make sure you have blackout curtains on the windows.

Don’t overlook basics like a wastebasket and box of tissues, make sure fresh towels are out and—that’s it—you will have all of the basics needed for a proper guest room.

But if you want more than adequate, keep reading for touches that will make your guest room special.

How to Create a Great Guest Room

You’ve got a nightstand and a reading lamp, now add in a few magazines and books. Your guests will also appreciate a slip of paper with your Wi-Fi password on it. If you have a favorite book that you think your guest would love, wrap it with a ribbon and inscribe it with a personalized message.

Consider preparing a welcome basket. It can include a few bottles of water, as well as some snacks in case your guest is hungry late at night or before everyone else gets up in the morning. You might also include travel-sized lotion, toothpaste or bath products. If your guest has small children, add in a coloring book and crayons.

While it’s certainly not necessary, you could transform a dresser top into a small coffee bar with the addition of a single-cup coffee maker, mugs, sugar packets and non-perishable creamers.

A vase of flowers or a potted plant offer the finishing touch on a warm and welcoming guest room.

The Self Storage Solution

For many of us, the hardest part of creating the ideal guest room is to figure out what to do with all the stuff that we’ve been stashing there over the years.

If you find that your other storage spaces are already stuffed, consider renting a self storage unit. At StorageMart, we offer clean, well-lit storage units in a variety of sizes—all of which can be rented on a month-to-month basis. Check out our storage unit guide or rent a unit online today.

It’s nice to have a cozy room for guests and a well-organized home. Self storage may offer just the boost you need to be able to have both.