Interior design: Guest bedroom bliss

Tips for creating a cosy and welcoming guest bedroom retreat

by Orna O'Reilly Weber
Words Orna O’Reilly

Preparing for the arrival of an important guest can be daunting. We all want to make our visitors feel welcome and ensure their stay is memorable, and your guest bedroom plays a crucial role in shaping a lasting impression. It should be a haven of tranquillity, a place where visitors feel comfortable and will happily go for a nap or to read a book. 

So you might need to take a close look at the room’s existing decor. Has it turned into a repository for unwanted items of furniture and clothing? Are the furnishings outdated? Does it seem empty and cold? If so, it’s time for a rethink.

Woman sitting in a comfortable chair, reading a book

Sleep tight

First and foremost, let’s consider the bed, particularly the mattress. Mattresses vary widely in quality, typically featuring either pocket springs or memory foam. They are available in a range of firmness levels, from soft to hard, catering to various preferences. It’s worth noting that older people often prefer a firmer mattress. Regarding the headboard, it should be easy to clean, whether upholstered in fabric or crafted from wood or metal.

While many of us prefer a spacious bed, accommodating two guests who prefer separate sleeping arrangements poses a challenge. In such cases, homeowners often opt for twin beds, which can be conveniently pushed together if required.

For those with limited storage space for linens and towels, consider lift-up beds, which have space underneath to store a surprisingly large amount.

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