House Guest and What They won’t tell you

If you haven’t gone into the guest bedroom since you stored last season’s clothes, it’s time for a quick makeover. Here are tips to fix any faux pas.

My water glass left a ring on the bedside table. 

When you look for a nightstand, choose one that you don’t have to worry about. If you want people to feel relaxed and comfortable, you can help by designing their room to be as low-maintenance as possible. A table with a glass top won’t leave rings.

Water glass & pitcher on bedside table // "What Your Houseguests Won't Tell You" // Photo: Mikael Dubois/Getty/Getty

After turning the lights off, I stumbled climbing back into bed.

Instead of harsh overhead lighting, try bedside sconces. Not only do they cast a soft, soothing light, guests won’t have to negotiate their way back to bed in an unfamiliar space.

Wall light // "What Your Houseguests Won't Tell You" // Photo: Veer

I woke up at the crack of dawn.

Blackout shades are a great option for guest rooms. They work well when you want to sleep in late, and can also create a darkened, cool room on a summer afternoon.

Woman looking outside // "What Your Houseguests Won't Tell You" // Photo: Brand X Pictures/Getty

I woke up starving.

Guests don’t want to be caught rummaging through your fridge. Leaving a small piece of fruit, like an orange or an apple, will curb their craving for a midnight snack.

Apples next to bed // "What Your Houseguests Won't Tell You" // Photo: Eneri LLC/iStock

The giant bouquet is overpowering.

Don’t overwhelm a tiny table with a large bouquet. Just a few buds will give guests enough room to place their essentials — and won’t bring on an onslaught of allergies.

Flowers next to bed // "What Your Houseguests Won't Tell You" // Photo: Jeremy Samuelson/Getty

I worry about waking you up.

Guests won’t fret about walking around on creaking floors or disturbing you every time they get up if you throw down a plush rug. It also helps to warm up the space.

Rug on bedroom floor // "What Your Houseguests Won't Tell You" // Photo: Sozaijiten/Datacraft/Getty

I’m really cold at night, or I’m uncomfortably hot.

Here’s the secret to a perfectly prepared bed: Start with great cotton sheets, add a cotton coverlet, then finish with a down duvet on top. That combination offers enough flexibility to deal with the most extreme temperature swings. Think a down comforter is pricey? Check Ikea for affordable ones.

Woman making bed // "What Your Houseguests Won't Tell You" // Photo: ColorBlind Images/Getty

I can’t find a place to charge my phone.

Guests shouldn’t have to scramble down on all fours in order to find an outlet. Add a conveniently placed power strip or a docking station.

Power strip // "What Your Houseguests Won't Tell You" // Photo: Don Nichols/iStock

House Beautiful

 

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August 27, 2011. August.

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