The holidays can be a stressful time, especially if you’re hosting extended family! We’ve gathered some guest room amenities that will make your guests feel right at home. If you follow all of these tips, you may just acquire new residents!

test drive the guest room

A great way to test the comfort of your guest room amenities is by spending a night in your guest bedroom. This way, you can take note of the sleeping situation. How are the pillows? Does sunlight stream in at five in the morning? Go as far as to shower and get ready in the guest bathroom as well. Maybe there’s a missing trash bin or the water pressure is noticeably lacking.

There is no need to do a complete renovation to prepare for your extended family. Here are the highlights that your guests will appreciate the most…

firm or soft?

Often times, we throw our unwanted pillows into the guest room without giving it much thought. Fluffy pillows are associated with great hotel rooms, but that’s not everyone’s preference. Have a mix of fluffy and flat pillows to satisfy any sleeper. While a nicely made bed is a beautiful thing, don’t feel the need to buy a new comforter and matching throw pillows. After all, they’re usually just tossed aside!

hot or cold?

Some like it hot and some like it bone-chillingly cold. To deter your guests from heading to the thermostat controls, let them know there is a fan and extra blankets stored in the closet for their use.

early-riser or late-riser?

Unless you intentionally want your guests to rise with the sun, make sure there are room darkening draperies in the bedroom. At ABC Blind & Drapery, we have many solutions that are simple to operate and lead to a great night’s sleep. This investment will be appreciated year-round, not just during the holidays!

think small

Have you ever stayed at someone’s house where they had extra mini toiletries just in case you forgot something? Not only is it very considerate, but it emphasizes that no, you would not prefer that they stay at a hotel. All it takes is a quick run to the pharmacy for basics like shampoo, conditioner, body wash and toothpaste. Or you can put all the sample size products you have to good use, like this blogger suggests! 

If you want to go the extra mile, here is a checklist from Real Simple that just may encourage guests to check-in for good! Either way, these guest room amenities are sure to make your guests feel especially welcome this holiday season. We hope you enjoy the time spent with loved ones!