August 01, 2013
A basket filled with hotel-style amenities and a comfortable place to relax make a great welcome for an overnight guest. But take it a step further by settling them into a space with nice furnishings, classic hardwood floors like Anderson's Northern Maple Plank collection and well-chosen accessories, and visitors will feel right at home.
When space is tight, easy-to-store feather beds come in full-size, but can be folded up when not in use during the visit, 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.
Set up a space where visitors can store their belongings and provide 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.
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 their nightstand, such as a bottle of water with some fruit, a granola bar or packaged nuts.
Other welcoming moves that hosts can make include supplying their guests with travel-size toiletries, including shampoo, toothpaste, a small bar of soap and skin 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 recommended leaving out dishes, silverware and a note that guests can help themselves to breakfast foods. Give some directions on where they can find the utensils, coffee maker and fixings in your kitchen.
A comfortable chair near the area where a guest is 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 them feel they're on a true vacation, provide some brochures about tourist spots and a map.