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4 Little Ways to Make Your Guest Bedroom as Cozy as Possible

updated Nov 21, 2022
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Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael; Stylist: Margaret Ward

The holidays are about family, togetherness, and memories. They’re also a little bit about being the house that everybody wants to stay at. We kid, but there is something special about waking up to a home full of loved ones. So we want to make our houseguests feel extra welcome, with a comfortable guest room full of thoughtful touches to help them settle in. Whether you’re hosting folks for the first time or the 15th, these easy suggestions will make your loved ones feel right at home (but not so at home that you can’t get them to leave).

Lay Out Cozy Linens

The goal is soft fabric and lots of it. Make the bed with fresh sheets (bonus points if you know their favorite kind), and stash extra pillows and blankets in the closet. Leave out plenty of fresh towels and washcloths. If you really want to spoil them, throw in some slipper socks and a robe, too.

Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael; Stylist: Margaret Ward

Clear the Air

If your guest room hasn’t been used for a while, or if it doubles as a home office or workout space, the air has probably gotten a little stale. Open the windows (weather permitting) or turn on a fan to refresh. Then power up the Shark Hydrovac™ XL 3-in-1 Vacuum, Mop & Self-Cleaning System to tackle dust, debris, and odors. It vacuums, mops, and self-cleans simultaneously, for a more thorough clean in less time. Plus, the Multi-Surface Concentrate uses odor-neutralizer technology to instantly eliminate — and prevent — odor from reforming on floors and area rugs.

Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael; Stylist: Margaret Ward

Stock Up on Essentials

What do you always seem to forget when you travel? Put together a small toiletry kit of items your guests might not have remembered, like toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss. Throw in an eye mask and ear plugs, too — even if your guests didn’t intend to pack them, they might appreciate them while trying to sleep in a new environment.

Credit: Photo: Armando Rafael; Stylist: Margaret Ward

Add Some Personal Touches

Set out a candle with a scent you know they like (don’t forget a lighter or matches). Put together a mini library of reading materials they’ll enjoy, from fiction and children’s books to fashion mags and crossword puzzles. Leave their favorite beverage on the bedside table. And, of course, make sure the wi-fi password is handy — you know they’re going to ask for it.