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Create an instant guest room for the holidays

Ever felt that sudden panic when unexpected guests need to stay over? Specially, this holiday season, unexpected guests are already getting to be something expected.

Here's a few tips for the expected - unexpected sleep overs!


daybedWhen space is at a scarcity, a daybed in the study, den or sitting room creates extra seating and transforms to a comfortable bed space for your unexpected sleep overs. Use a futon, a pull-down bed unit, or a convertible sleeper sofa in just about every possible location – the den, basement playroom and living room.


Depending on the layout of your home, you may not be able to put your guests in a private room for their visit. For example, if you're using a living room or family room that's open to the kitchen as your guest room, your visitors have little privacy. To create an instant guest room, keep a folding room divider or screen on hand. When your guests arrive, place the divider in front of the sofa bed, futon or air mattress on which they're sleeping so they won't be exposed to the rest of the house.

The details that matter

Adding of a reading lamp, bedside table, lush bedding and extra pillows, switches the room from having ample seating to making your unexpected guests feel rather welcome.  Choose other furnishings, such as the coffee table, that can moved with ease if your sofa is in fairly frequently guest use. Include a small table and lamp for reading. Remember the basics and cover the mattress with a thick, quilted pad before making the bed. Guests appreciate an extra blanket, oversized pillows for reading and relaxing, and a soft coverlet or throw.


hidden storage

If your guests are staying for more than one night, they may want to unpack their things. It's not practical to have an extra dresser sitting out in your living room or family room, so it may be difficult to find storage space for your guests. One way to combat the problem is to invest in furniture items that do double duty as storage. For example, add a coffee table, bench or ottoman with storage space beneath the top so guests have a spot to stash their clothing and personal effects. You also may keep the storage space stocked with clean sheets, blankets and pillows, so you're always ready to receive guests.

Keep Extras on Hand

finishing touchesWhen space is tight, little extras count in making your guests feel welcome. If a friend or family member springs an unexpected visit on you, you don't want to be running around looking for items to make your guests feel at home. Instead, create a basket or box of all the basic items they might need, and store the box in a closet or under the couch to pull it out when necessary. Include an extra alarm clock, and toiletry items such as travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste and new toothbrushes. Don't forget clean towels. Just before they arrive, grab a couple of bottles of water from the fridge and set them out near the guest bed so your visitors have something to drink if they wake in the middle of the night.

The holidays always have brought about merriment and cheer. With these simple notes, you'd never worry of unexpected guests again.

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