How To Create a More Welcoming Guest Room

It’s that time of year when the guest rooms in homes at Southport, a premier Cape Cod retirement community, are getting aired out and given a few finishing touches. With family and friends likely to arrive for the various upcoming holidays, here are a few ways you can create a warm, welcoming feeling in your guest room, without going overboard.

First off, take a look at your bedside tables. Make sure any lamps and clocks are working properly and set to the right time. A small vase with a few fresh flowers or a single bud adds a thoughtful touch. On a more practical level, be sure to have a box of tissues on hand. No one wants to get up in the middle of the night in search of tissues. Once you have everything in place, just make sure your guests have room for their own additions, such as glasses, their phone, and other odds and ends, including reading material.

Speaking of reading material, it’s always nice to have a selection of books and/or magazines in the guest room. If you know the reading preferences of the people who will be in your guest rooms, you can try to tailor the selection for them. Otherwise, add a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction books and magazines if you have it, just to cover all bases.

In this day of personal electronic devices, it doesn’t hurt to keep a universal charger available in your guest room. Chargers are easy to lose or forget when traveling, so your guests will be grateful for the chance to plug in their phone, e-reader, and other devices. Plus, since chargers are small, they can easily be stored in a bedside table or on a closet shelf. Just make sure you have a plug available in a convenient spot. You don’t want your guests to have to move furniture to find a free outlet.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, make sure the bed is comfortable. You don’t have to have a fancy mattress or sheets with a super-high thread count, but you should provide a good selection of pillows and blanket options. People’s pillow tastes vary, but it is always a good idea to have at least two pillows per person, if not more. Similarly, while some people only need a light sheet and comforter, others want to burrow under a mountain of blankets. Keep some spare pillows and blankets in the closet so that your guests can easily create a bed in which they can get a good night’s sleep.

The variety of beautiful home designs at Southport, the leading Cape Cod retirement community, offer spacious guest rooms that make hosting your visiting friends and family that much easier.