7 Guestroom Essentials

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If you have a lot of friends and family who live out of the area then your guestroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. You want to make sure those you care about and cherish spending time with feel comfortable during their stay with you. You certainly don't want them to feel as though they have to book a room at a hotel room for a decent night of rest. Below are a few essentials for your guestroom that will have them eagerly planning their next visit before they even leave.

Small TV - They may not feel comfortable staying in the living room watching TV when everyone goes to bed, but maybe they are used to going to sleep much later. Perhaps they have a late-night TV show they really don't want to miss. A small TV will be appreciated. You could even just put a Roku in there. Newer models have headphones that plug into the remote control.

Tabletop Fireplace - You may be used to the frigid temperatures of New England or Alaska, but your guests from Florida may find your "warm" home to be quite cold. A tabletop fireplace on the dresser will be appreciated. Just add a little fuel before they are ready to retire for the evening, and have it lit and waiting for them.

Small Fan - If you are someone who can't sleep without the sound of a fan, then you understand how important this is. It is hard enough trying to fall asleep when you are not in your own bed, but to have to listen to your own thoughts while you stare at the ceiling is pure torture.

Reading Lamp - A small reading light next to the bed is a lot nicer than a bright ceiling light above.

Books and Magazines - While on the subject of reading, you might as well have a few books and magazines handy. Those only staying overnight probably won't start a book, but someone staying for several days will have more than enough time to enjoy one.

Mini Fridge - Waking up in the middle of the night and dying for a drink of water is never fun, when you are a guest in someone's house. You know the second your foot hits the hallway and the floor creaks you will wake everyone up. Stock a very small mini fridge with a few bottles of water. Add a couple apples and a piece of dessert from earlier, too, for their late-night cravings.

Quality Bedding - If your guests are taking time off work to visit you, they should feel like they are on vacation. Quality sheets that wash well and soft blankets are essential.

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  • Brady Draper