How to Create a Cozy Guest Room for Holiday Visitors

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As family and friends descend upon your home for the holiday season, it’s time to get your guest room in shape to receive visitors! Use our helpful tips to make sure you have everything in place to make your guests feel at home.

Let’s Start With the Fun Stuff…

Fresh flowers are a sweet touch, as are a few toiletries, like an extra toothbrush, soaps, or shampoos. You might even consider leaving a little tray with some bottled waters and healthy snacks for guests who may not feel comfortable raiding your refrigerator. The main goal is to provide a bright, clean, comfortable space that makes visitors feel relaxed and welcome.

Now for the “Essentials”…

Clean Sheets

Do we really need to point this out, you ask? Why yes, I think it’s important that we do. I was once a guest at a home where the sheets had dried dog vomit on them. Yes, the host knew…and didn’t seem to think it was an issue. Put freshly laundered sheets on the bed the day before guests arrive and get points for being SuperHost. Want to really give your guests the five-star treatment? Choose super soft high-thread count cotton sheets. We like these:

Fresh Towels

Towels must be clean and soft. These plush towel sets will definitely leave your guests with a feeling of luxury:

Extra Pillows and Blankets

Keep these easily available regardless of the season. People get cold at night and like to have options. The snugglier, the better (this sherpa blanket is amazing!)

Alarm or Clock

This may be especially handy for older guests or those who don’t use their smart phones as clocks. While you’re at it, be sure to have extra electrical outlets available for guests to charge their devices.

Wi-Fi Access Info

They’ll probably ask for it anyway. You could even put it in a cute frame. We created a set of PDF signs you can download, edit, and print at home for free! Just sign up for our Library of Freebies to access this free printable (and LOTS more)!


Fans are a huge relief to people who tend to “sleep hot,” and some guests may just appreciate the white noise they provide.


Space may be at a premium with extra people in the house so invest in a set of handy over-the-door hooks to help guests keep their clothes and towels dry and separate.

Blinds or Light Blocking Drapes

This is a thoughtful bonus for guests who prefer to sleep late. We love these choices. They’re pretty and functional!

Bedside Lighting

Guests who like to read before going to sleep will find a pretty lamp on a bedside table especially handy.

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