If you love to entertain family and friends but don’t have the space for a designated guest room, you may feel self-conscious about the prospect of inviting anyone to stay. The truth is, though, that you don’t have to have a private guest room to make your guests feel comfortable and taken care of in your home.
Follow these tips to make your home feel welcoming to all of your overnight guests, even when you don’t have a guest room.
Tips for Hosting Guests Without a Guest Room
Get furniture that multi-tasks (or hides away easily)
Even though you don’t have space for an extra traditional bed, there are a few clever ways you an incorporate a comfortable place for your guests to sleep into your home without taking up extra space. Pull-out couches and futons are perfect for this purpose. They’re comfortable for you when you’re using them as a sofa and comfortable for your guests when they use them as a bed. Plus, they come in a variety of styles.
Murphy beds are another popular option. They fold up out of the way until you need them and are great to hide away in a home office or other small spaces.
If none of those options are right for you, a blow-up bed is a great alternative. When deflated, they are small enough to be folded up and placed in a closet or under your bed.
The biggest downside to your guests not having a designated room is privacy. To make them comfortable, do your best to create privacy as best you can. Folding privacy screens are wonderful for this purpose. While your guests are there, place them around the area in which they’ll be sleeping. The rest of the time, they can serve as décor or be folded up and stored elsewhere.
If there is only one bathroom and it’s in close proximity to every other area, consider playing soft music so no one feels self-conscious while using it.
Offer convenience where you can
Consider where your guests will be able to store their things while they are there. Is there an empty drawer and any closet space you can offer them? Also, put out a luggage rack so they have a convenient spot to store their luggage and go through it. If you have an extra bathroom, set up their bed nearby and outfit it with fresh towels and other creature comforts just for them.
Clear out the clutter
A cluttered home never feels welcoming or inviting. Go through and declutter the surfaces as much as possible before your guests arrive, especially the area in which they will be sleeping. Not only will they need to have some space to lay down their things like a cell phone and other small objects, but a clean space will make them feel more comfortable in general and less like they are imposing on your life by being there.
Add a touch of luxury
Even though you can’t offer your guests a designated room, you can still provide some other touches of luxury. Put together a basket of toiletries for them in the bathroom that includes things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo in case they forgot anything, and hang up a white robe for them to use. Write down the wifi password on a pretty card. Offer bottles of water, coffee, and other snacks in the kitchen that are just for them and easy for them to access. Make sure they have artificial lighting available by their bed and a place to charge their phone overnight.
These thoughtful gestures will make your guests feel right at home, regardless of how much space you have.