20 Guest Bedroom Essentials: What You Need to Make Your Room Guest-Worthy

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Thinking about hosting family or a friend for the night, or maybe even an extended stay? It’s important to make them feel comfortable, which is why it’s a great idea to check off all the guest bedroom essentials needed for a great stay. 

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It can be both exciting and nerve-wracking to have guests coming over to your home.

Making sure your guests feel at home will make you look like a gracious host, and everyone have a great stay.

In order for your guest to have everything they need during their stay; you must first ensure that your guest bedroom is equipped with all the necessary essentials.

Keep reading for some helpful suggestions on how you can transform your guest bedroom into an oasis of comfort and relaxation.

1. Add Helpful Signs Around the Home

Helpful signs can help guests navigate your home and find the bathrooms and guest bedrooms. This is especially helpful if your home is large or has many rooms. 

In addition, you can also use signage to tell your guests about any rules or regulations that you may have in your home. For example, you may have a “no shoes” rule or an “off-limits room” rule. 

Providing this information helps to keep your guests in the loop with the rules of the home. 

If your guest bedroom is on a different floor from the main entrance, you can place a sign by the stairwell or elevator with a map of your home so your guests can easily navigate to the correct rooms.

In addition, place a Wi-Fi login information sign with a password for your guests to easily access. 

2. Have a Guest Bedroom Essentials Welcome Basket

When you have guests, you want them to feel welcome in your home, and a welcome basket is an excellent way to accomplish this. 

A welcome basket can include various items that will help your guests feel comfortable and at home.

Not only is a welcome basket a nice gesture but also a practical one. It can save your guests the time of having to run to the nearest store to pick up essential items that may be difficult to find. 

Providing a welcome basket is also a great way to show your appreciation to your guests for taking the time to visit you.

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Consider adding the following essentials to your welcome basket:

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3. Assign a Bathroom for Your Guests

If you have guests who will be staying for any period of time, it would be a great idea to assign them their own bathroom.

They will enjoy the privacy and feel more at home and comfortable while visiting.

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However, a designated guest bathroom may not be possible, in this case, you can simply place a privacy sign on the bathroom door for your guests to use so they will feel more additional comfort.

4. Provide Special Fluffy Towels and Washcloths

To make sure your guests feel as comfortable as possible in your home, provide them with a set of fresh and fluffy towels and washcloths.

In addition, make sure they have several sets of bathroom towels and washcloths for the length of their stay. 

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Guest Cozy Bathrobe

For a welcoming treat, your guests will love, invest in a luxurious bathrobe. This is especially helpful if the guest bathroom is not connected to the guest bedroom.

6. Have a Cozy Mattress

There are many things to keep in mind when preparing your guest room. One of the most important is the mattress

While it may be tempting to put your old mattress in the guest bedroom, that may not be the best idea.

A mattress can be susceptible to collecting dust mites and other allergens, which could cause discomfort for your guests. 

Even if you have a hypoallergenic mattress, it could still be too firm for some people’s taste.

In addition, mattresses lose support over time making them uncomfortable for your guests.

If you need help shopping for a new mattress, check out my step-by-step guide on mattress shopping here.

7. Provide Great Linens and Blankets

For a comfortable and luxurious sleep, make sure to upgrade the linens to a quality set.

A high thread count, breathable set of sheets will delight your guests and make them have a great sleep. 

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In addition, provide several choices of blankets of varying thicknesses and weights.

Each visitor may have a different sleeping temperature, and this will add to their comfort.

8. Have Multiple Pillow Choices

Once the mattress, sheets, and blankets are selected upgrade your guest bedroom pillow choices

Not all sleepers are the same so having multiple choices of pillows available will be helpful to your guests. 

Guest Bedroom Pillows

Consider providing different height lofts of pillows to achieve proper neck alignment for your guests.

Some popular pillow choices:

9. Protect the Mattress Against Allergens and Stains

Mattress protectors are essential to keep the sleep surface clean, free of dust mites, and help reduce allergens. 

Since your guests may have varying health concerns, protecting your mattress against stains and accidents is essential. 

In addition, make sure to invest in a mattress protector that is allergy free for those guests with medical issues and needs.

10. Install Guest Bedroom Room Darkening Blinds

Darkening blinds or curtains are an excellent investment for your guest bedroom, especially if your room gets a lot of sunlight. 

Many types of darkening blinds can be adjusted to let out as much or as little light as necessary.

This will allow your guests to control the lighting in the room and also create a soothing environment for sleeping. 

bedroom room darkening curtains

If your guests have different sleeping patterns, darkening blinds are also beneficial to allow them to go to sleep earlier or sleep in longer.

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11. Provide Night Lights and Bedside Lamps

To make sure your guests are comfortable and safe, provide choices of lighting.

This may include nightlights or a dimmable bedside lamp.

12. Offer a Guest Bedroom Luggage Rack

To make sure your guest(s) can comfortably stow their luggage, invest in a luggage rack. 

Providing a luggage rack is a simple, cost-effective way to show your guests they are welcome and can easily unpack (then repack later) after a long trip. 

Luggage racks often fold so they can be put away when not in use but provide a wonderful amenity to the guest.

13. Add a Storage Bench

A storage bench is a perfect addition to any guest room.

You can use it to store extra bedding, guest towels, and other essentials that your guests may need while they are visiting. 

In addition, a storage bench will also help to keep your guest room looking clean and uncluttered while providing a place for your guests to put things that are out of the way. 

If you have a bench with drawers, you can also use it to store additional items such as books, magazines, or other small household items.

This will help keep your guest room looking clean and tidy by removing items that would otherwise be out of place.

14. Provide a Full-Length Mirror

In years past, there was no guest room – it was the spare bedroom.

It often had limited furniture, and sometimes no mirror.

When guests come for holidays, visits, family or friend gatherings, or just everyday fun, they need to dress for the event.

Make sure they have a full-length mirror to look and feel their best.

15. Provide a Great Bedside Fan

Each guest sleeps at a different temperature.

To make sure your guest bedroom is at the proper temperature, add a high-quality bedside fan

16. Add a Sound Machine/Alarm Clock

To ensure your guests are comfortable and have a great sleep, invest in a sound machine/alarm clock.

The duet version will give your guests comforting sounds at night and the ability to set an alarm in the morning.

bedroom sunrise clock

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17. Provide a TV with a Remote Instruction Guide

Some TVs are difficult to understand, and the remotes are also a challenge.

Providing a TV in the guest bedroom is a wonderful addition, but make sure to provide a step-by-step instruction guide on the usage of the TV and coordinating remote.

18. Invest in a Guest Bedroom Iron and Ironing Board

For added accessibility, your guest may appreciate an iron and ironing board to freshen their garments after being packed. 

19. Note for a Midnight Snack or Morning Coffee and Breakfast

To provide your guests with the optimum comfort and to make them feel at home and welcome, provide them with information on morning coffee and breakfast.

Consider adding a welcome note in their guest bedroom that includes instructions on operating the coffee maker and where they can find something to eat or a midnight snack.

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20. Provide a Local Guide

If your guests are visiting from another area and this is their first time visiting, provide a list of your favorite places around town. 

Guest Bedroom Essentials Local Guide

Things to add to a local guide:

  • Coffee shops
  • Local parks
  • Favorite shopping center
  • Local favorite restaurant
  • Pharmacy locations

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Final thoughts

Having a guest bedroom that is well-stocked, clean, and comfortable will make your guests feel welcome in your home. 

It is important to remember that having a guest bedroom does not mean that you must sacrifice your own comfort. You simply need to make sure you have everything you need to make your guest feel welcome. 

If you follow this guide, your guest bedroom will be ready to accommodate any guests who may stop by.

Your turn

Are you expecting guests soon? What is your favorite guest bedroom essential suggestion? Let me know in the comments!

47 thoughts on “20 Guest Bedroom Essentials: What You Need to Make Your Room Guest-Worthy”

  1. This is very helpful! I’m always looking to improve our guest room 😊

    1. Hi Elodie!

      I’m glad you found some helpful tips for upgrading your guest bedroom!

      Thank you for reading!

  2. I love entertaining and having guests stay over. This list of guest bedroom essentials is very helpful…thanks! Love the idea with helpful signs to include network password and such! I also agree that pillow choices are so important. One of my other favorites is a pretty glass bedside carafe for fresh water!

    1. Hi Michelle!

      A bedside carafe of fresh water for the guest bedroom is a perfect idea!

      Thank you for reading!

  3. Awesome tips! These are great ways to make guests feel welcome and relaxed. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi there!

      I’m excited you found the guest bedroom tips awesome!

      Thank you for reading!

  4. I love when I stay in a friend’s guest room and it feels like a hotel experience! The little extras make it special.

    1. Hi there!

      I totally agree – it’s great when little extras make us feel special as guests!

      Thank you for reading!

  5. ahhh this is a DREAM guest bedroom! this will definitely be my inspo whenever my fiance and I move into something with an extra room! so beautiful!

    1. Hi Michelle!

      I’m excited you found some great inspiration for your future guest bedroom!

      Thank you for reading!

    1. Hi Deanna!

      I’m excited you found some helpful tips for guest bedrooms including the local guide.

      Thank you for reading!

  6. I really need to add a few things to my guest room, like a full-length mirror, extra pillows and a TV with instructions. Thanks for the checklist! xo Nipa

    1. Hi Nipa!

      I’m excited you found some helpful ideas for your guest bedroom checklist!

      Thanks for reading!

  7. Thank you for all of the helpful guest bedroom ideas. I never thought of getting luggage racks for guests, but what a good suggestion. I appreciate the tips!

    1. Hi Lisa!

      I’m excited you found some of the guest bedroom ideas helpful. The luggage rack is one of my favorite tips!

      Thank you for reading!

  8. I was just looking at my winter project list yesterday and redoing the guest bedroom/bathroom is top of the list. I pinned this because there are so many great ideas!

    1. Hi Rena!

      I’m excited you found some helpful tips to upgrade your guest bedroom and bathroom this winter.

      Thank you for reading!

    1. Hi Jacqueline!

      I’m sure your guest bedroom is amazing, too! I’m excited you enjoyed the tips, too!

      Thank you for reading!

  9. I love this post about guest bedroom essentials! So thoughtful and helpful! There are many items I would not have thought about, so it is great that you have included them in this list.

    1. Hi Hadassah!

      I’m excited you found some helpful items for your guest bedroom essentials list.

      Thank you for reading!

    1. Hi Gina!

      You made me smile thinking about guests not leaving. I hadn’t thought that if the guest bedroom was too nice they might never go home. I guess it depends on the guest!

      Thank you for reading!

  10. Charity

    This is such a great list of bedroom essentials for guests. Thanks so much for sharing it!

    1. Hi Charity!

      I’m excited you enjoyed the list of bedroom essentials for guests.

      Thank you for reading!

    1. Hi Rosemary!

      I’m excited you found some new ideas to refresh your guest bedroom.

      Thank you for reading!

  11. We are remodeling our basement and this guest room checklist is the perfect list for everything we need. I love the tv remote guide. I didn’t even think of that but it’s definitely something guests will need. This is such a thorough list. Thank you for posting.

    1. Hi Kelly!

      I’m excited you found the guest bedroom essentials list helpful. I hope your guest bedroom remodel goes great!

      Thank you for reading!

  12. This post is perfectly in-line with things I’ve been thinking about for a guest bathroom set up and has some great tips! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Katherine!

      I’m so excited you found the guest Bedroom essentials post to fit into your guest bathroom updates!

      Thank you for reading!

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    1. Hi Sana!

      I’m excited you found the Guest Bedroom Essentials list to be perfect!

      Thank you for reading!

  16. Such a great article! I don’t have a house yet, but I love all of the ideas you gave and will keep those in mind when we move into our new house.

    1. Hi Amanda!

      I’m glad you found the guest bedroom essentials post helpful. I hope you’re able to get into your new house soon.

      Thank you for reading!

  17. Stephanie

    Just in time for the family descending on my home. This article encourages me to start planning now to make a more welcoming space for the gang.

  18. These are great tips. I have a bonus room I need to make more inviting for guests. Gave me some great ideas!

  19. Katie

    Great post! Thanks for sharing. My guest room doubles as an office right now, so I try to always make sure I clear off my desk so it is clean and the room looks presentable!

  20. This is such a cute post! Love all the ideas and I think this would also be really helpful for anyone who has their property on air bnb!

  21. I have a bedroom and bathroom just for guests… and I have to say it was great to read as I was missing a few items to be fully welcoming…

  22. My favorite suggestions is the full-length mirror. Can’t tell you how many times have stayed somewhere with no mirror and rarely a full-length one!

    1. Hi Laurie!

      I know exactly what you mean! It’s so helpful when being a guest at a home to have a full-length mirror to get ready with.

      Thank you for reading!

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