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Designing with hardwood floors makes overnight visitors feel welcome

May 02, 2013

If a house doesn't have a guest room to accommodate overnight visitors, homeowners can still provide comforts to make their guests feel welcome, starting with beautiful hardwood floors

If a house doesn't have a guest room to accommodate overnight visitors, homeowners can still provide comforts to make their guests feel welcome. Comfortable furnishings, beautiful hardwood floors - such as the Cimarron collection from Anderson Floors - and a few amenities will make them feel at home.Hand-scraped hardwood floors

An area of their own
Set up a space where visitors can store their belongings such as a small table to use as a nightstand. Supplying a guest with a garment rack, suitcase stand or some space in one of the home's closets also helps them keep their clothing in order during the visit.

Easy-to-store feather beds come in full-size, but can be folded up when not in use, according to RealSimple.com. Another alternative is an air mattress, which can be inflated and deflated quickly, then folded up and put out of sight.

Providing the family's best linens will make even the most makeshift sleeping arrangements seem like a special place to stretch out at bedtime.

Small comforts
To make visitors feel welcome as soon as they arrive - especially after they've come from a long distance - set out a small snack on the nightstand, such as a bottle of water with some fruit, a granola bar or packaged nuts.

Other welcoming gestures that hosts can make include supplying guests with travel-size toiletries, including shampoo, toothpaste, a small bar of soap and lotion. Providing towel sets in a different color for each visitor and leaving them on the guest bed, nightstand or bathroom counter will eliminate any confusion about what towels they should use.

If they're early risers, SimpleMom.net recommends leaving out dishes, silverware and a note that they can help themselves to breakfast foods. Give some directions on where they can find the utensils, coffee maker and fixings in your kitchen.

Room to relax
A comfortable chair near the area where guests are camping out in your home gives them a place to relax and read. Include good lighting in the room design or place the chair near a window for natural light.

In addition to magazines, some guests might enjoy a book of word puzzles and a collection of short stories, because they may not be able to finish a novel by the time their visit ends. To make their visit feel like a true vacation, provide some brochures about tourist spots and a map.