Though homeowners tend to spend quite a bit of time on kitchen and bathroom remodels, your guest bedroom is one of the most often neglected spaces in the house. If you’re planning on having overnight guests within the next year, consider remodeling your guest room to make it more appealing and welcoming.
Update Walls and Flooring
First, examine the condition of the walls and flooring. Are you working with chipped or dull paint or outdated wallpaper? Painting is the easiest and most inexpensive remodeling step, yet it can instantly create a fresh atmosphere that friends or family staying in your guest room will appreciate. Keep in mind that neutral or warm tones are generally the most inviting. If you want to put up new wallpaper, choose a nice soft modern pattern to keep it simple and inviting.
What is the condition of the flooring? Is the carpet stained or worn? If so, replacing it with new carpeting will change the look of the entire room. If the carpet is in decent shape but needs refreshing, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner. If you have hardwood flooring, simply adding a new area rug will give your guest room a warmer touch and will make the area softer underfoot and more comfortable for visitors.
Increase Guest Room Space
No one likes living out of a suitcase. No matter your guest’s length of stay, it is considerate to create storage space for their clothing and personal items while they are visiting. Clear out a drawer or two or make some space in the closet where they can hang clothes. Be sure to tuck some extra toiletries and fresh towels in one of the drawers as well.
Did you know that you can dramatically increase the space in your guest room without remodeling anything at all? Simply replace the standard bed you have in your guest room with a Murphy bed, or wallbed! When your guests wake up for the day, the bed securely and conveniently folds away, leaving tons of previously unused floor space. Even better, install a wallbed that includes storage space, and you’ve improved your guest room with extra open floor and storage.
Consider Bathroom Access
How is the bathroom access from your guest bedroom? Do guests have to walk down a long hall to get to the bathroom? If there isn’t a convenient bathroom near the guest room and space allows, maybe a small bathroom could be added and sectioned off within the room. This would require a larger budget but if it’s possible, your guests will be grateful.
Even a half bathroom could be added for extra convenience. This is an especially good idea if your family has frequent houseguests. A private bath in the spare room is a convenience that your company will appreciate and will also cut down on crowding in the existing bathrooms when visitors come to town.
Sometimes the details can make all the difference in the world. Any of the following additions to your guest room will be much appreciated by all visiting guests: alarm clock, TV, Bluetooth speaker, reading lamp, fresh flowers or plants, and recent magazines or books.
Think about all of the things that make you feel comfortable when staying in someone else’s home and aim to include any luxuries you can afford in your guest room renovation. Even a few quick and simple touches can make all the difference, and your guests will surely thank you.