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Creating the Perfect Guest Room + Printable Checklist


Creating the Perfect Guest Room + Free Printable Checklist

My mom is here staying with us for a few weeks and this girl couldn’t be more excited! In the last week, we’ve put together a guest room for her that I think she’ll be comfortable in. Plus, I made checklist that you can print off and use when you have guests over.

Here’s the story: We have a huge finished bedroom in our basement that used to be set up as a guest room. We used the big closet in that room for storage.

Well a few months ago, my fella’s sister moved in with us and she’s staying in that room. We moved all of the storage stuff into the spare bedroom next to our room, and didn’t do much else because we weren’t expecting guests for a while.

IMG_0724In the last few weeks, we’ve been going through our storage junk and getting rid of most of it. The bedroom next to ours actually looks like a bedroom now instead of storage room. Huge victory! We’ve never used this extra bedroom (we’ve never even painted it), so it’s nothing fancy, but I’d feel comfortable sleeping in there now.

If you don’t have a whole extra room for your guests, no worries! You can still make people feel comfortable when they stay over by providing the things on this list. Even if they’re staying on a couch you make up each night, pretty much everything on the list still applies and will make your guests feel at home.

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Creating the Perfect Guest Room

Clean Sheets on the Bed: Obviously. Had to be said.

Extra Blankets & Pillows: Some people need extra pillows to sleep well. And you might keep your home warmer or cooler than they’re used to. Making extra pillows and blankets available will help your guests to sleep better in a new place. 

Lamp: So they can read at night without having to get up and turn off the main light. 

Easy Access to an Outlet: This is an important one. Everyone takes their phone with them everywhere these days. Don’t make your guests search behind the furniture to find a place to charge it. 

Box of Tissues: For sneezing and such. 

Fan or Heater (depending on the season): Most people need a little white noise to sleep and your guests may be hot or cold depending on the temperature you keep your house. 

Nightlight: So everyone can find their way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. 

Spot to Put Luggage: If your guests are only staying a few nights, an end table or luggage rack to set their suitcase on is nice. If they are staying for longer, it’s nice to provide an empty dresser or bookcase for them to unpack a little. 

Towels: I think it’s nice to leave towels in the guest room so that guests don’t have to ask for a towel when they want to take a shower. 

If you’re feeling fancy:

Toiletry Samples in the Bathroom: If you have random shampoo samples lying around, set them out in a basket for your guests so that they can use them. They might have forgotten toothpaste or soap, so samples are handy. 

A Candle & Lighter: A candle will make the guest room smell nice and help your guests feel relaxed and at home. 

Bottle of Water & Snacks: If you think your guests might be shy about rummaging around your kitchen for a drink or a snack, it’s nice to leave some things in their room. We don’t want anyone to go hungry! 

Click this link to get your free checklist:

Getting Ready For Guests Checklist

 ⇒ Do you have guests coming this summer? How do you have your guest room set up?

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Tuesday 7th of June 2016

Love these tips! Now all I need is a guest room! Kari

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders

Tuesday 7th of June 2016

These are such great tips for any guest room! I especially love the one about easy access to an outlet! Everybody needs that in this day and age!


Tuesday 7th of June 2016

Thanks Ashley!

chasing joy

Monday 6th of June 2016

Great list. I am doing some redecorating and will keep it in mind.

Hannah | Eat, Drink, and Save Money

Monday 6th of June 2016

What a cute idea! I once read somewhere that you need to sleep in your guest room before having guests just to make sure it's ready. It's not useful to me these days since we don't have a guest room. The kids have taken over!


Monday 6th of June 2016

That's probably a really good idea! Then you know if it's comfy or if it needs something.

Amanda- LivingFullyandFree

Monday 6th of June 2016

We don't have a guest bedroom currently, but I think this will definitely help us prepare our living room space to use as a guest space as well!

I wouldn't have ever thought about tissues or snacks! You're so thoughtful!

Thanks Christine!



Monday 6th of June 2016

Thanks Amanda! We always keep a box of tissues by our bed, so I figure other people do the same.