originally posted on Scripps Howard News Service, GateHouse Media, Inc
Looking to improve your guest bedroom?
For most of the year, they function as flex spaces for offices, playrooms, dens or craft rooms. But when overnight guests descend for the holidays, it's time to transform those spaces into quiet sleeping quarters as warm and cozy as a fleece robe.
A prominent interior designer says clients have been calling about their kids and family coming home and want to make it really comfortable for them, I'm turning studies and hobby rooms into guest bedrooms.
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The always-popular daybed does double duty as a sofa by day and a bed by night. interior designers often choose models with trundles, which can be pulled out into a double bed.
One interior designer recently outfitted a client's den with an antique daybed covered in velvet bedding -- with a large round bolster pillow that turns it into a comfortable sofa. New French doors can close off the den for sleepovers.
Sleeper sofas in family rooms and multi-use spaces also are making a comeback. That's because today's models are more like slumbering on a cloud than across a metal pole, according to designers and salespeople.
According to a sales associate at Baker Napp & Tubbs showroom in Minneapolis, technology has really improved the comfort of sleeper sofas, manufacturers have redesigned how the bar supports the bed, and mattresses have gotten thicker and firmer.
Today's sleeper sofas are also a lot more stylish. Hancock & Moore manufactures a leather Chesterfield sleeper sofa and many traditional upholstery lines include sleeper sofas.
One designer created a combination office/guest bedroom by integrating a Techline Studio queen-size Murphy bed and bookshelf system. When the bed is tucked away, it functions as an office, and there's room for a printer and desk. When it's folded down, it's pretty and inviting and has a built-in reading light and nightstand.
Guest accommodations don't have to be fancy -- a quiet, restful place to get a good's night's sleep can be enough.
And if your guests are early risers, there's one sure-fire way to make them feel at home: Show them where the coffee is stored and how to work the coffeemaker.
Want to give holiday houseguests a hotel-like experience? Here are more tips:
-- Reading lamp, reading glasses and alarm clock -- set to the correct time -- on a nightstand.
-- Basket filled with travel-size soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash and Q-tips in the room or a nearby bathroom.
-- Folded fresh towels in an easy-to-find place.
-- Pen and paper in the nightstand drawer.
-- Don't use air fresheners or fragrant candles, because some people are sensitive to scents.
-- Make sure the room and bathroom the guest will be using are both squeaky clean.
-- Empty out dressers and clean out the closet. Add padded or wooden hangers.
-- Set out a luggage rack or a bench with a cushion for suitcases.
-- Inexpensive decorative screens for a family room or basement give guests privacy.
-- Tie a ribbon on pillows labeled "firm" or "soft" and "down" or "hypoallergenic."
-- A water carafe and glass on the nightstand.
-- Blow up the air bed and put on sheets ahead of time, not when guests are there.
-- Lay a nice throw at the end of the bed.
-- Hagen's parents and in-laws stay in a lower-level guest bedroom where it's easy to hear footsteps. "I give them a sound machine to block out noise."
-- Magazines next to the bed for insomniacs.
-- If you have Wi-Fi, share the code for guests' laptops and iPads.
-- Watch for a sale and pick up a robe, just like at a nice hotel.
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