Have you ever wondered, when designing a room, what pieces are essential and which things are simply nice to have if you have the space or budget for them? Well, wonder no longer! With our buying guides, we’ll walk you through the essential pieces for your space, the nice-to-haves, and the little touches that make a space shine.
Guest rooms can always be challenging to design. You want them to look nice and inviting, but you probably don’t want to sink a ton of money into them, since it’s not a room you use everyday. But guest bedroom design ideas in the age of COVID-19? That’s a whole different challenge that can lead to a lot of interior design questions. What do I have space for? What can I afford? What if I don’t have the space for a guest bedroom anymore? What if I need my guest room to serve multiple functions?
Early Guest Room Considerations
With all of these questions, you’ll want to think through a few things before you start designing or revamping your guest bedroom. Start by asking yourself how you need your guest room to function. The function of the space will determine what furniture you need.
Consider how you’ll use the space
You’ll need to decide if this space will strictly be a guest room, or if it will serve as a multipurpose guest room combo space. In the aftermath of COVID-19, it’s possible that you ditched your guest room and transformed it into a home office and you now need to turn it back into a guest room before the holidays.
If you’re welcoming guests into your home, one room may have to suffice for multiple family members, and it could even need to function as a place that family members can quarantine. Or perhaps you’ve kept the guest room essentials but are doubling the room as your office, a storage space, or a kids’ homeschooling zone. All of these potential uses have a huge impact on what you need to include in your guest bedroom.
Think through the size of the space and your budget
Once you determine how you’ll use the space, you can consider how much space you’re working with, what your budget is, and how you want the space to look and feel. This will help you hone in on the exact furniture and decor pieces to include!
Peek our guide to decorating bedrooms of different sizes for some essential tips on how to scale a bedroom design scheme up or down.
Now, let’s dive into our guest room checklist!
The Guest Room Essentials
When it comes to a guest room, there are certain pieces of furniture and decor that you need for the space to function properly. Here are our guest room essentials.
A Bed (Queen is Best)
You can’t have a guest room without having a bed! It’s an essential piece of guest room furniture. A queen bed is great for guest rooms; they accommodate most guests and can fit in small to medium size rooms. But use whatever works for your space! You can certainly size down to a double or size up to a king if you really want to create a luxe guest experience. Some people even opt for two twin-size beds.
Regardless of size, storage beds are another great option for guest rooms. They give guests space to store their items for a longer stay, or offer a great place if you need extra storage space in your home. It makes for easy and stashable storage!
Read our complete guide to bed frame styles to find the right option for your guest room.
Price Range: $800-$5,000
Another important piece of guest room furniture? Clothing storage. It says, “Unpack and stay a while!” It’s nice to give your guests a way to feel more at home rather than living out of a suitcase, even if it’s just for a weekend. This bedroom storage can come in the way of a dresser or wardrobe, or even a larger chest nightstand. If your guest room doesn’t have a closet, it’s also nice to have hooks or a clothing rack where your guests can hang clothing that they don’t want to keep folded.
Price Range: $200-$2,000
It’s great to give your guests the opportunity to tailor the lighting in your guest room. Equip your guests with the best lighting in their space through a mix of table lamps, floor lights, and natural light. And if you have a lot of natural light, add blackout curtains to the space so guests can enjoy sleeping in and have an added sense of privacy.
Price Range: $200-$1,500
Extra Pillows and Blankets
Your guests may prefer to use more pillows or blankets than you—so have extra pillows or blankets readily available. Stashing them in a cute basket in the room is a great way to showcase them so guests know where to find them.
Price Range: $100-$600
These items won’t render your space unusable if you don’t have them. But including these guest room design tips will round out the space and make it more functional—not to mention more comfortable and extra welcoming.
Including a desk and accent chair in your guest room gives your guests a place to set up their laptop while they’re staying with you. And hanging a mirror above it allows it to double as a vanity, so your guests can set out their personal care products in their room rather than leaving items in a bathroom. This also adds an extra functional aspect when your guest room isn’t in use, as you can use this space as your home office. (Need some extra help with a guest room/home office combo space? Check out our home office guest room design tips.)
Price Range: $150-$3,000
An Armchair (Or Two)
If you have the space for it, it’s nice to include a little seating area in your guest room, with one or two armchairs. Including an armchair in your guest bedroom furniture repertoire gives guests a comfortable place to lounge that’s all their own—one that isn’t the bed and isn’t in the main living area. This can also serve as a surface to lay out clothes and offers extra function to the room.
Price Range: $300-$2,000
Give your guests the option for privacy and the ability to adjust lighting as they like by hanging curtains in your guest bedroom. As we mentioned earlier, blackout curtains are great if you live in a place that gets a lot of direct sunlight.
Price Range: $120-$800
The Little Things
Sometimes it’s the little things that make a space really sing. These are the finishing touches that turn any guest room into a special place. They’ll transform it from simply being another room in your home to a space that feels like a high-end hotel and will leave your guests with fond memories of your amazing space.
Overnight guests will love having a surface for their suitcase. Two folding stools at the end of the bed are stylish but can act as a place to set your luggage, too. By opting for stylish stools rather than a traditional luggage rack, you also give your guests an extra place to sit.
Price Range: $15-$250
A Basket or Hamper
Including a basket or hamper in your guest room gives your guests a place to stash their dirty clothes during their stay, and a place to throw their linens before they leave. Because who wants to hand over used towels on the way out the door—or worse, leave them crumpled on the floor for you to find when they’re gone?? A cute hamper is the perfect solution. This is great if your guests are staying longer and will need to do a load of laundry while they’re at your house.
Price Range: $30-$250
A Full-size Mirror
A full-size mirror is one of those things you don’t miss until you need it! Including this in your guest bedroom makes the room infinitely more livable. It allows your guests to fully get ready in their space, from applying makeup and fixing their hair to final outfit checks!
Price Range: $120-$900
Touches for Comfort
Add a feeling of luxury to your guest room with small touches of comfort. Give the bed that hotel-feeling with high-quality bedding, fresh pillows, and cozy throws. Consider including a coffee station, with a coffee maker and a tray of mugs for early risers. Or you could simply include a carafe of water and a drinking glass on the nightstand. These thoughtful touches will really wow your guests.
Price Range: $50-$1,500
The perfect touch to add before guests arrive? Fresh flowers. Adding fresh flowers to the nightstand or dresser top is sure to brighten their day. You could even use faux botanicals if your guests have allergies or if you don’t want to worry about buying new flowers every time you host guests. Whether faux or real, they add a lively feel and can be that extra homey touch that makes guests feel welcome!
Price Range: $10-$200
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