How to Host a Guest Without a Guest Room
Not everyone has the luxury of welcoming guests with a sprawling well-appointed guest room. Sometimes the best you have to offer is a slightly too small two-seater sofa at the foot of your bed in your tiny studio apartment. No matter how modest your guest quarters are, these tricks will make them feel right at home, guaranteed. Scroll on for our top hosting tips.
If you live in a studio, or a small one-bedroom apartment with no space for a guest bed (or even a sleeper sofa), a daybed is a great solution. It will transform from sofa to guest bed in minutes, without taking any additional space. If you prefer a traditional sofa, look for an extra deep option with one long cushion, as opposed to two or three smaller ones. It’s more comfortable to sleep on!
A stack of mail here, overflow from your day bag there, too many pairs of shoes at the door… it’s easy to let clutter accumulate in everyday life. Take a moment to rid your space of any clutter before your guest arrives. Short on time? Throw everything in baskets or containers, and sort through it after they leave.
Perhaps the single most important aspect of preparing your guest bed is crisp, clean quality sheets, and neatly stacked towels. Even if your guest is crashing on your couch, make it look like a five-star hotel bed.
Just like in any good hotel room, a tray of everyday essentials will make your guest feel at ease. I like to fill a tray with boxed water, snacks, a map of the city, a set of keys, a notepad with the Wi-Fi password, a spare phone charger, mini bath products, an extra toothbrush, magazines, and anything else I feel they might need or enjoy. It’s the small details that go a long way.
Even if they’re only temporary, a tension rod and ready-made curtains can go a long way in giving your guests a little privacy. A room divider can work just as well. If you live in an open studio, and you host out-of-town guests often, this is an especially clever solution.
If nothing else, your makeshift guest bed should always have the following within reach: adequate bedside lighting, a side table with enough space to put down at least a glass of water, and enough space to put a suitcase. A luggage rack or bench is ideal, but ample clear floor space is also fine.
Do you have tricks to make guests feel at home? Share them with us in the comments below.