When your guests come to stay, you want them to feel as comfortable as possible.  Even if their stay is only for one night.  You can probably think back to a time where your stay at someone’s house was less than pleasant; perhaps the bed was the perfect size for a 7 year old girl (not exactly a grown married couple), the hamster in the room ran on its wheel all night, the lack of curtains prompted you to wake up at 6 a.m. sharp alongside Mr. Sun, or you had no choice but to book an appointment with your chiropractor immediately upon returning home, as the mattress was more similar to a crouton than a place where one should sleep.  While those scenarios might be a little dramatic, we are sure you can understand where we are coming from.

brick accent wallDo not let these guest accommodations become the ones you provide for your guests.  Make your guest space as nice as possible, but do so on a budget with these following tips:

  1. Comfort. The most important factor, the one that should never be overlooked, is providing your guests comfort.  If you simply cannot afford a new mattress at this time, don’t sweat it!  Head to Bed, Bath & Beyond and search for a soft foam or alternative down topper.  The price tag isn’t anywhere close to a new mattress, but will make the sleeping experience much more comfortable.  In addition to a cozy mattress, make sure there are ample amounts of pillows and blankets.  Head to stores such as Home Goods or TJ Maxx to find the best prices on these items.
  2. Window Treatments. No one likes to feel as if they are in a fish bowl.  At the least, make sure your windows have blinds.  To go above and beyond, add blackout curtains to enhance their sleeping experience.
  3. Unique Features. Set your guest room apart with bold, contrasting colors in the throw pillows, unique potted plants, or even a texturized accent wall behind the bed.  Faux stone or faux brick paneling look incredible behind a bed as an accent wall, add texture and dimension, and are extremely affordable.  You can even install them yourself!  This will absolutely set your guest room apart and be sure to wow your visitors.
  4. Amenities. Make your guests feel like they are at a hotel- provide clean towels on their beds, and put together a cute basket full of toiletry items that they might need.  You can purchase ‘mini’ items at Target in the cosmetic section: shampoo, conditioner, body soap, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc.  It will be the perfect little touch to make your guests feel honored and cared for.