It’s great to have guests to stay over. They might be relatives, kids who have since moved out or friends travelling from far away. Like any room of the house, you want to make it homely and inviting so your guests will feel comfortable and welcome. Setting up a guestroom however, can take up plenty of time and resources for a room that isn’t used often. So here are some tips for setting up your guest room on a budget.
Pick an affordable, comfortable bed
A comfortable bed need not be expensive. Indeed, there are some great deals available on single, double, queen- and king-size beds on the market. Select the beds according to the guests you’re likely to host, whether couples or singles. You could get one larger bed or two single beds that could be pushed together, depending on what suits your budget and the room.
If you’re looking for an affordable, high-quality mattress but do not have the time to go physically shopping for one, it’s worth considering online channels to find what you need. Companies such as Sleepy’s Express have a wide range of quality mattresses that can be ordered online, made and delivered directly to your home.
Tasteful and simple décor
One rule of thumb when decorating a guest room is to keep it tasteful and simple. Keeping colours fairly neutral ensures the room will suit the aesthetics of most guests, so neither women or men will feel uncomfortable in a room that is a touch too feminine or masculine. Moreover, neutral colours aren’t affected much by changing trends, meaning the décor you choose can last longer without going out of style. Plenty of department stores and home-maker centres have a wide range of curtains, bedspreads, and floor coverings at reasonable prices that can make your guest room look great.
Furniture and fittings
Aside from a bed, a guest room will need a few key pieces of furniture and fittings to be practical and welcoming. If your guest room lacks built-in wardrobes, perhaps a free-standing wardrobe or hanging rack could fulfil this need. Don’t forget a chest of drawers for guests to neatly stow away their clothes and other belongings. Any why not perch a large mirror atop the drawers? A simple, tasteful mirror is not only handy for personal grooming, but can also make a small guestroom feel larger and brighter.
Alongside the bed or beds you’ll need a bedside table or two. Furniture stores will often sell affordable sets comprising of chests and bedside tables. These small tables are perfect for holding a couple of books, glasses, a reading lamp and dentures. The room is almost complete. All you need now is a reading lamp or two from the lighting section at your local home-maker centre, and perhaps a matching lampshade if the main room light is of the hanging variety. And voila! You have a complete guestroom.
These are just a few hints for setting up a guest room on a budget. Why not leave your suggestions and experiences below?