11 Easy Steps for a Spa-fabulous Guest Bedroom

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11 Easy Steps for a Spa-fabulous Guest Bedroom


We have houseguests set to roll in next month and more down the road. And since we’ve recently moved, we have yet to test our guest bedroom to make sure that it will be comfortable and that it has everything they’ll need.


Traveling is hard enough and I know that for me, at the end of a day of vacation fun, I’m ready to head to my room and refresh and rejuvenate before the next event.


guest bedroom


Here are 10 very easy things you can do to make sure that your guest bedroom is one that you’d want to stay in.


Before you begin, you’ll need to spend a night in your guest bedroom. And that includes, but is not limited to, sleeping in the bed at night and getting bathed and ready in your guest bathroom.  It’s the only way that you’ll know if the room is lacking anything...is it warm or cool enough? Is there enough lighting?


Next...think back on some of your overnight stays. What would have been helpful to have?  What little thing made it special?


Now you’re ready to turn your guest bedroom into that spa that all guests will want to stay in.


11 Steps for a Spa-fabulous Guest Bedroom

1. Add lighting. Don’t rely on just the overhead light that so many bedrooms have. There are very affordable bedside lamps that add warm light to a room. A dresser or chest is an excellent place for lighting.

2. Make up the bed! Ditch the extra sheets you had when you were in your first apartment. You no longer have to break the bank to have luxurious sheets on your bed. Many big box stores that we visit all of the time carry sheets with a good thread count. Just find the weave and fiber you want. Add a variety of pillows...soft and hard. Summer or winter, I always have a blanket handy for guests who may want one.

3. Add some extras!  If you’re like me, I usually end up forgetting to bring one little item for my road trip, or by the time I reach my destination, I’m out of something. You can keep a little basket or tray of life’s little necessities for guest bedroomyour guests. Some of these can even be samples you’ve received.

For example...toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, disposable razors, shaving cream, shampoo, bath gel, body lotion, perfume, and the list can go on.

4.Snacks and water!  A tray of bottled water and some of the small packages of crackers, pretzels, or cookies can help with a guest’s late night cravings.

5.Magazines or books! You can even include information on local events or places of interest.

6.Tissues! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to wander through someone’s home looking for a box of kleenex when my travel pack ran out. And don’t forget t0 make sure that your guest bathroom is stocked with extra towels and toilet paper.

7. A mirror! If you have room, place a mirror on a chest or dresser for your guests. It’s often hard trying to share the bathroom mirror when scurrying to get ready.

guest bedroom

8. Easy access to outlets. What guest won’t have phones, laptops, and tablets to plug in overnight!  Don’t make them have to move a heavy dresser to find a plug. We have a multi-USB port charger for guests in our room.



9.A nightstand or small table by the bed. It’s nice for your guest not to have to place their water on the floor as they sleep. You can even use an upturned cylinder basket with a glass top on it! And you’ll need somewhere to place the lamp you’re going to provide!!!


10.Closets! Like most of us, you’re probably using that guest bedroom closet for your extra clothes. Make sure that your guests will have room for their clothes and have some extra hangars as well.



11.Flowers! Fresh ones are a nice way of telling your guest how happy you are to have them stay.





Tailor this to fit your guests. If you know someone is fond of a particular beverage or food, you can have it there waiting for them.


What are some things you’d add???




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Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

This is a great guest room list, but also VRBO or AirBnB List also. Thanks for sharing it.

Jun 20, 2019 08:58 AM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, I did sleep in my guest room at the old house, and did find it could use some work.  You have some wonderful tips! 

Jun 20, 2019 09:59 AM #11
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Kathy Streib I'd like to make reservations soon! Love your tips! We're about to re-do our guest room and you've given me some wonderful ideas!

Jun 20, 2019 10:09 AM #12
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy do you know how hard it is for me not to make a comment on the need to test out the guest bedroom???

Jun 20, 2019 12:02 PM #13
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Kathy Streib  very valuable list of tips for a guest bedroom.

Jun 20, 2019 01:36 PM #14
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are wonderful tips for guest bedrooms, Kathy.  I am especially attracted to the wall hanging over the bed.  I like it a lot!

Jun 20, 2019 03:47 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Donald Urschalitz we had so many houseguests living in Florida, we were used to keeping our guest bedroom ready at a moments notice. 

Sally K. & David L. Hanson I have a feeling that your guest bedroom has been made with all the attention to detail and thoughtfulness that you put into everything. 

Jun 20, 2019 04:20 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you Barbara Todaro And our guest tours no longer include a trip out to see the gators!

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 funny you should mention that. I've been keeping my eyes open for one of those racks!!!!

Jun 20, 2019 04:21 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Wayne Martin Yes...it depends, and maybe! LOL

Ron and Alexandra Seigel LOL...I got rid of this wonderful feather bed years ago but I'm on the hunt for another one for the guest room!!!

Brian England careful what you say! You never know. 

Jun 20, 2019 04:24 PM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nina Hollander our very good friends had a little clock that was so loud, Larry and I put it in the closet under a pillow. It became a running joke. 

Michael Jacobs you really don't know how your guest room "sleeps" unless you stay in it. Guests and friends may not want to sound ungrateful. 

Jun 20, 2019 04:27 PM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes-- and thank you!

Joan Cox we had to in one of our homes because we had work done on our bathroom. It was a good time to try it out. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 that's great!!!! This is one of those rooms where you can have some fun!


Jun 20, 2019 04:30 PM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

George Souto I think I do!!! LOL

Hi John Pusa and thank you very much!!!

Myrl Jeffcoat believe it or not, I think I found that at Ross!

Jun 20, 2019 04:32 PM #21
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Hopefully, we'll have a guest that will stay with us at least 3-5 days next month.   I can assure you, I'm going to take this one to heart.

Jun 21, 2019 02:56 AM #22
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I will add coming to visit Kathy Streib  you are the hostess with the mostess- 

Jun 21, 2019 03:16 AM #23
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Thanks, we are doing a total remodel on our Oklahoma City home including a 3rd full bath with second master. This will make the one designated for guests even better.

Jun 21, 2019 07:06 AM #24
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

These are some great tips, I love the one tip add some extras. Who doesn't like to be surprised. Thanks for sharing the tips. Have a great weekend.

Jun 21, 2019 09:56 AM #25
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That  guest room set up does sound like a five star hotel.

Jun 21, 2019 07:12 PM #26
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Oh boy...that comfortable and they will NEVER leave. LOL

Great suggestions, Kathy!

Jun 21, 2019 07:48 PM #27
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love your ideas! Having sample sized items helps to make your guests feel comfy & they don’t feel negatively about using that sized item

Jun 29, 2019 05:51 PM #28
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Like Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 I'd like to make reservations. Great ideas for everyone!

Jul 19, 2019 08:33 PM #29
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