Tips for Designing a Guest Room

Decorating your guest room with practical, comfortable furniture saves you from scrambling to make the place comfortable before your guests arrive. Here is a checklist to cover the bases:

Decorating your guest room with practical, comfortable furniture saves you from scrambling to make the place comfortable before your guests arrive. Here is a checklist to cover the bases:

Bedside Table

The bedside table performs double duty as a showpiece and a repository for items your guest wants to keep in easy reach of the bed. Make sure the table is big enough to keep all such items tucked neatly out of the way. Outfit nightstands with items such as a bottled water and a glass, an alarm clock, a box of tissues, and some light reading material. You might even include an iPod dock and phone charger.

Desk and Chair

When people are traveling, they might have to set up a computer to check work email. Or, they might just want a nice place to write postcards. A small desk will do, and the chair should be comfortable but easy to move should more space be required.

Foldout Couch or Futon

You can accommodate couch surfers and grandparents alike with versatile bedding solutions. Under-the-bed drawers can replace dressers, which frees up space for luggage.

Entertainment Stand

If your guest room doubles as an entertainment or play room when it's just you and your family, you might want to put your old TV, media players and game consoles in the room. Choose a stand with cabinets so you can neatly put things away in preparation for your guests.