As the holidays approach, many people are left scrambling to take care of all the last-minute details of shopping, cooking, and preparing for a homecoming of friends and family throughout the busy season. One thing that some people forget to take care of until the last minute is the guest bedroom. And, it’s something that may very well be one of the most important details to deliver for your precious guests that will make them feel comfortable and welcomed in your home.

Update the Bedding in Your Guest Room

One of the best gifts you can give your guests is a great night’s sleep on a mattress that offers an outstanding blend of luxurious comfort and unparalleled support, like the Latex For Less Latex Mattress. Made with 100 percent natural latex, organic cotton, and pure natural wool, what sets this particular mattress apart is the fact that it is flippable, with two levels of firmness, allowing you to meet the different needs of your many guests with a single mattress.

Add Warm Touches to the Décor

The holidays are a time when many families decorate the home with seasonally appropriate décor. Don’t forget to bring some of that into the guest room to make this room a festive place for visiting relatives. While you don’t have to go all-in on the decorations, bringing some string lights, bows, ribbons, and perhaps a garland or two can bring a hint of the holidays into the room for your guests to enjoy.

If you’re really ambitious, you could change decorations from a fall theme for Thanksgiving into a more holiday-appropriate theme for the Christmas season. It won’t be difficult to go from leaf garlands to evergreens, and bows and ribbons are quick fixes to make as well. These small touches can have a huge impact on how welcome your guests feel.

Don’t Forget Extra Blankets

Different people have different tolerances to heat and cold. Adding a few additional blankets to the guest room can offer your guests the option to add warmth or not. The goal is always to make them feel welcomed, wanted, and valued in your home, and showing that you care about their comfort makes that statement.

Consider Adding a Drink Station in the Guest Room

With the wide availability of Keurig and similar styled coffee makers, it is easier than ever to offer your guests a selection of beverages they can enjoy in their rooms without having to go all the way into the kitchen for refreshment. Consider a selection of drink options, such as:

  • Hot cocoa
  • Coffee
  • Hot tea
  • Cider

You might even stock the room with some prefilled Earth-friendly water bottles, in case they get thirsty during the night, and prefer something cool to drink.

Clear the Air

In many homes, the guest room is rarely used for much of the year. In fact, it may have been closed off for a large part of the year. Take the opportunity a week before holiday guests are scheduled to arrive to make sure the air is clean, the linens are fresh, and there are no lingering odors in the room. Weather permitting, you might even consider opening a window or two to bring fresh air in.

Another option to consider is using an essential oil air freshener, baking soda, or other natural solution to make the air in your guest room smell fresh and clean for your guests.

Make Your Home Convenient for Them

Include little touches like a basket of towels for them to use while there, a card with the Wi-Fi password so they don’t have to “hunt it down” or use all their bandwidth while visiting, and cleared-out closet and drawer space so they don’t have to feel like they’re living out of their suitcases for the entire visit. Don’t forget to offer a selection of quality pillows so your guests can choose the ones they find most comfortable.

If kids are visiting, be sure to put age-appropriate toys and games in the rooms where they are staying, so they have something to do that does not involve screens of any kind. Also discuss activities they may wish to participate in, such as decorating the table, helping with cooking, or even keeping animals occupied, so they don’t try to steal snacks while everyone is busy preparing food and enjoying each other’s company.

Prepare a Basket of Goodies to Welcome Your Guests

Consider making a gift basket to welcome them into your home they can take with them when they return to theirs. From holiday fruits, favorite snacks, and convenience foods to little bottles of quality hand creams, lotions, shampoos, soaps, etc., these little touches will have your guests feel as though they are being showered with love from you.

These small tokens do not cost a lot of money, but are thoughtful gestures the people you care so much about are sure to appreciate. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. When your guests have a pleasant and cozy room to return to at the end of these busy days, it makes them feel more at home and at ease. It also allows you to enjoy each other even more because everyone is well-rested and in good spirits for the holiday adventures ahead. Whether you’re entertaining guests for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, other seasonal holidays, or all of the above, a well-turned-out guest room can make a world of difference for everyone.

All of us here at Latex for Less wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Elizabeth Magill

Elizabeth Magill is a professional freelance writer and editor who holds an MBA. Liz specializes in writing about health news, medical conditions, healthy living, small business, career and work, personal finance, and green-living, including news and trending topics in these specialties. Her clients include Healthline, The Motley Fool, GoBanking Rates, LIVESTRONG.com, Big Interview, HealthNews, Intuit Small Business Blog, Intuit Health, American News Report, Travels.com, IFX Medical, and many others. She’s also a published eBook author and ghost writer for various clients in the health, medical, career, small business, and personal finance niches.