How to create a functional and comfortable guest room

Bigger is better: When shopping for beds in a guest room and if you have adequate space, consider queen beds rather than single beds as it provides sufficient sleeping space for a single person, couple or siblings.
Bigger is better: When shopping for beds in a guest room and if you have adequate space, consider queen beds rather than single beds as it provides sufficient sleeping space for a single person, couple or siblings.

Wondering how to create a welcoming guest room when family and friends come to stay for the weekend or over the next holiday break?

“The main purpose of a guest room is to create a comfortable place for your guests to sleep and relax,” Samantha Clarke, marketing manager, Focus on Furniture, said.  

“Whether you have a small or large space, there are many ways you can create a welcoming room, even if you are on a tight budget.”

When you start to plan how you will create a friendly guest room, Samantha suggests starting with what particular needs the guest may have and decorate the room with comfort and storage in mind.

“Think about what luggage they will bring with them and ensure the room is not cluttered so you can leave plenty of room where your guest can put their belongings,” Ms Clarke said.

She suggested considering opting for a co-ordinated bedroom furniture range that can cater for larger rooms if you are overwhelmed by how to style and decorate a welcoming and functional guest room.

The main purpose of a guest room is to create a comfortable place for your guests to sleep and relax.

Samantha Clarke, marketing manager, Focus on Furniture

“Bedroom suites are a wonderful solution when creating a guest room as they provide matching furniture pieces at affordable prices and you can save time shopping around for different pieces,” said Ms Clarke.

“They do the hard work for you, so all you need to do is add the final touches and style the room how you like it with pillows, cushions, bed linen and a bedside lamp.”

Suite that include a queen bed, dressing table and mirror and two bedside tables can work well to accommodate guests’ every need.

They can provide plenty of storage for even the smallest items, such as books, ipads, toiletries and phone chargers to keep everything neatly stored and to hand.

Ms Clarke recommends choosing a queen bed rather than a single bed if possible.

“When shopping for beds in a guest room and if you have adequate space, consider queen beds rather than single beds as it provides sufficient sleeping space for a single person, couple or siblings,” said Ms Clarke.

If your guest room is short on space or you are sharing the room with a home office, consider a sofa bed. 

“Sofa beds are the perfect sleepover solution for guests in smaller spaces and when they are gone, you can simply flip the sofa bed back and hide it away to enjoy a comfortable couch.”

The Java Sofa Bed from Focus on Furniture is fully upholstered in a hardwearing fabric in a choice of taupe or graphite for a smart look, price $999.

“Don’t forget to check the measurements of the fold out sofa bed before your purchase to ensure it can easily fit into the room without overcrowding,” Ms Clarke said.

“When it comes to creating a welcoming guest room, less is often more and with smart planning your guests will feel like they’ve stayed at a 5-star hotel.”