Upgrading from a small unit to a larger home is an exciting milestone for many Australians. As well as having extra space for living, it also means you may finally have a spare bedroom to accommodate overnight guests. There's an art to creating a comfortable guest bedroom that doesn't feel like an afterthought. Here are the three key features that you should aim to include.
1. A queen sized bed
Although a slightly smaller double bed may seem like an acceptable option, a queen sized bed is essential in a guest bedroom. A double may be comfortable for a single guest but if you have a couple visiting, the extra sleeping space on a queen sized bed will be more comfortable.
If you're pressed for space, opt for a queen sized bed that has built-in storage on the bed head. This way you don't have to worry about having bedside tables which take up extra space in a smaller room but you'll still provide your guests with a place to store books, mobile phones and other items they might like to keep handy.
2. Some storage space
It's very common for guest bedrooms to also double as a place to store excess possessions. In fact, many guest bedrooms soon turn into junk rooms where things are temporarily housed when you can't find anywhere else to keep them. However, keeping the room clutter free and providing your guest with room to store their bags and hang their clothes is important.
It's fine to use some of the wardrobe space but make sure there's adequate hanging space left over for your guests. Instead of filling up the wardrobe you could use storage drawers that slide under the bed to house your stored items.
3. Blackout curtains or blinds
Your future guests may be people that can sleep in any conditions or they may be incredibly light sleepers who need a dark space to sleep comfortably. Making sure that the curtains or blinds you opt for have a blackout material. This will ensure that the guest bedroom is dark and sleep-conducive for your more sensitive guests.
Blackout material has the added bonus of providing extra insulation for the windows. This means that the temperature of the guest room will be more comfortable for those using it, even during hot summer or cold winter weather.
If you love having guests to stay, then providing them with a comfortable room that meets their needs is no doubt a high priority. These three ideas will ensure that your guests' stay is one they're likely to feel good about and will be more likely to repeat.