Having guests over this Easter long weekend? Often it means that you have to ‘work’ while everyone is relaxing. Although when it’s your family the joy of having them over outweighs the work of hosting them. I have two sisters, so no doubt they will assist me with the hospitality and cleaning up too.
I’ve recently moved houses and I’m currently in the process of decorating my spare room in time for the long weekend, when my family will be up. I decided to take a few tips from the experts on how to get your guest room ready. We’re going with the logic that if they sleep well they’ll stay in bed longer, which should give you some time to wake up slowly, brew a hot pot of coffee and prepare breakfast in peace.
Here are some top tips on getting your guest room Easter weekend ready according to The Bed Shop:
Back to basics
Give your guest room bed a test drive. If you wake up feeling stiff and tired, chances are your guests will too and that’s not the kind memories you’d like them to have from their stay. This means it might be time to consider a new mattress. It’s always worthwhile to invest in a good bed, you spend 8 hours a day in it. The Bed Shop’s Gel Memory Foam outer layer in their Dynamic Orthopeadic Deluxe Beds adds extra comfort by conforming to your unique body shape while providing a gentle cooling sensation. Your guest will feel like their floating on clouds and thank you for it. That sounds so amazing, I feel like I need a Gel Memory Bed too!
Protect a bed
We know your secret and we won’t tell… the guest room bed is your old bed. That doesn’t mean that you should let it get dirty or stained. Your house guests will probably drink coffee in bed or even sneak in some chocolate chip hot cross buns for a midnight snack. Protect your mattress, with a mattress protector. It’s also a lot easier to throw in the wash than trying to get the stains out your mattress later. Trust me, this is a must. No-one wants brown coffee stains on their mattress.
Create a halo-effect
Hotel groups have spent millions on research to find out what makes a bed irresistible. Turns out it’s the (mostly) all white bedding. Crisp white bed linen creates a halo effect that draw guests in. Forego the overly patterned duvet cover and pillows. Keep it simple and they’ll be drawn to the bed like a kid to a chocolate Easter egg.
Less is more
Back away from the scatter cushions. Your guests do not need six scatter cushions to feel welcome. If you have them use them, maybe not all 10 of them. Rather spend a bit more money making sure your guest room has good quality linen. Remember a bedside lamp is always welcome.
Fresh is fresh
Okay now this is one thing you can spend a bit of money on. Fresh flowers or anything green will add a touch of luxury to a room. If you don’t want to buy flowers, then opt for an interesting houseplant or a gorgeous succulent, that you can move to somewhere else in the house once the guests leave. Fresh flowers or plants instantly add a pop of colour to a room and says that you’ve put some thought into making them feel welcome. I also put a succulent in the bathroom to add a fresh feel to the room.
Puff up the pillows
Old mattress we get, old pillows we don’t. Old pillows are a breeding ground for dust-mites and allergies. Some scientists contend that you should replace pillows every six months, while others say every year to two years. If it’s guest bedroom you probably have a bit of time on your side. Good pillows will ensure your guests wake up feeling fresh and rejuvenated. We recently bought some memory foam pillows and I have to tell you, it feels like we are floating on cloud 9. My favourite time of the day is now bed time. As I know I’m going to get a great nights sleep.
I hope you’ve found these tips useful. Invest in good linen and pillows and make your guests feel welcomed and you’re all set to make some egg-cellent memories this Easter weekend. Tag us in your guest room makeovers this Easter weekend, we would love to see what you’ve created and how you’ve turned your spare room into a little sanctuary for your guests.