One of the things I love about living in the Orlando area is that all of my friends from around the country love to visit here. With this in mind we have always tried to have a nice comfortable guest room for all of our out of town vistors. A guest room can be much more than just a spare bed with a lamp and maybe a night stand. These rooms can be a true getaway paradise for guests that stay with you, keeping just a few design trends in mind.
The first thing is to make sure that the guest will be comfortable staying in the room. The best place to start is with the bed. For added comfort, a plush mattress topper can be added to make the guests feel as if they truly are sleeping in luxury. Double sheeting also adds a touch of class. To do this, place one sheet over the mattress, another one on top, a cotton blanket, followed by a third sheet, and then the bedspread. Matelasse coverlets are good to use on the bed as they are washable and easy to use and keep clean. Any linens and towels in the room should also be white as this lends a feeling of pure cleanliness.
If there is enough space in the room, provide some furnishings to make your guest’s stay even more enjoyable. Placing an easy chair in the room, also provided with good lighting, will make reading or other activities more pleasurable for your guests. Some other items may include a writing desk, mirror, radio, television, some drawers, and an available outlet for things such as a laptop. Any tables should be free of clutter and should hold no more than a clock. This will provide your guests with space to place their own items down. The same rule applies to any vanity in the guest bath. Guests will also appreciate a small basket of shampoos, lotions, and soaps placed in the bathroom for their personal use.
Everybody’s internal body temperatures and preferred temperatures for sleeping are all different. Try to keep the house temperature not too cold or too hot to make for a happy medium for all. Also keep extra blankets in the guest room so guests who are feeling chilly can warm themselves up. Make sure windows can be opened and that there is a ceiling fan in the room in case guests feel a little warm.
Guest Room Office
Not all homes are fortunate enough to have a separate room that can be used as guest quarters. In this case, a little creativity can turn an office or other room into a wonderful place to stay for visitors. Because these rooms are not solely used as guest rooms but are also needed as a place for the family to perform their daily activities, there are a few things to keep in mind, such as privacy. A folding screen can be placed in the middle of the room to separate the functional aspect of the space from the living space that guests will be using. A doorway can also be fitted with a decorative sheet or curtains that are held up using a curtain rod or a tension rod for those wider doorways.
To make guests feel like they are truly visiting a little piece of paradise, provide a small basket of treats such as bottled water, granola bars, fruit, and maybe a small bottle of wine. When serving breakfast, offer standards such as bacon and eggs, or waffles while keeping special dietary considerations in mind, such as allergies or vegetarianism.
The last important thing to do is to have fun with your guests! The whole point of the stay is to enjoy the time you have with them so now that you are ready for them, put your feet up and enjoy each other’s company!
Jeffrey G. Funk, P.A.
Realty Executives Central Florida
7932 West Sand Lake Road • Suite 302
Orlando, FL 32819