Raise your hand if you've ever turned your guest bedroom into storage space or a home gym you never ended up using… Spare bedrooms can be a blessing and a curse: an opportunity to host friends and family when they're visiting, but also an extra room to decorate. So how do you make your guest bedroom feel finished, even when it's a tiny space?
Take a lesson from your favorite hotels—sometimes all you need is a few essentials to make people feel at home: adequate lighting, a mirror, fresh bedding, and a little storage space. Are you looking to give your guest room a little love before your next guests arrive? These are our favorite small guest room ideas. Beware—your guests might never want to leave.
Pay Attention to the Nightstand
No matter how big or small, make sure the guest bedroom nightstand has the essentials: a source of light, and a catchall to throw jewelry or keys.
Add extra touches to the nightstand like a water carafe, a book, or a scented candle, but the essentials (such as a light) have to be there too.
Combo to Try: A midcentury lamp and a brass bowl
Cover the Essentials
Look around the room for those extra touches that'll make the space extra comfortable: a soft rug to put your feet down on in the morning and a mirror to get your hair under control before heading out for breakfast. A full-length mirror is ideal, but at the very least, a smaller wall-hung mirror will make your guests feel at ease before they venture out of the room.
Combo to Try: a high-pile white rug and a floor-length arched mirror
Give Them Storage Space
Storage space is always appreciated when you're staying at someone's house, so try to empty the closets and drawer dressers or add a folding luggage rack to make it easier for guests to unpack. A tray filled with essentials like toothpaste and snacks is also a nice touch that's simple but always appreciated.
Combo to Try: a tallboy dresser and a burlwood tray
Play Double Duty
Often our guest rooms play double-duty, so don't be afraid of make your space multipurpose by adding shoe storage or a desk. A daybed doubles perfectly as a single bed if you don't have a ton of space. Just ensure that your window treatments reflect the needs of the room. Blackout curtains layered over light-filtering shades will ensure privacy and darkness for your guests, but will also allow light in when you need it.
Combo to Try: a boho daybed with a curtain and shade window treatment
Add the Finishing Touches
Finally, add the finishing touches that'll give your guests a positive experience: quality fresh bedding and a plant or flowers go a long way in making guests comfortable and giving your room a little panache. Tick all these boxes and your guests will never want to leave.
Combo to Try: simple white linen bedding and a palm plant
Next up: four bedroom lighting ideas that always set the right mood.