April 30, 2013

Affordable Ways to Kit out a Guest Room

If you have a spare bedroom in your home, it can be a great idea to set it up as a guest room, which can be used if you have friends or family coming to stay. By using your spare room as a guest bedroom, you will not only benefit from a very practical and useful space in your home but also eliminate the risk of the space inadvertently becoming a junk depository.

Setting up a guest bedroom in your home doesn’t have to be a difficult or costly. All you need is a pretty basic space that can comfortably house a guest at your home. Remember though, that this room will only be used on occasion, so simple, basic, yet comfortable are the qualities you should be aiming for in order to avoid spending more than you need to.

Tips to create a comfortable guest room without spending a fortune

There are a number of steps you can take in order to create a practical, comfortable guest room within a pretty low budget.

Freshen up the room with a lick of paint: simply giving the room a repaint will help freshen it up. Once you’ve done this, you can start looking at other areas of the room such as furniture, curtains and lighting. Opting for a warm neutral colour such as biscuit or cappuccino is an excellent idea for your guest room. If you want to liven the walls up a little, buy one or two framed prints for the walls, which you can pick up really cheaply from a range of homeware retailers.

Buy a basic bed: bear in mind that your guest room will only be used on occasion, so you don’t need to buy the most expensive bed on the market. Choose something basic but not low quality. Also, buy a good foam mattress for the bed, as this will be affordable for you and comfortable for your guests. You can then dress the bed up to make it look inviting, using things such as throws and cushions.

Look at curtain and fabrics: when it comes to curtains and fabrics such as pillowcases and duvet covers, you can keep things simple. Again, choose warm, inviting colours but don’t spend a fortune on exquisite designs and manufacturers. Consider the colour that you have used on the walls in order to make a decision with regards to the fabric colours you should use.

Lighting: the lighting requirements for your guest bedroom also only need to be simple. A basic lightshade for the ceiling will be fine – you can colour co-ordinate this in line with your walls and fabrics or go for something like glass in order to add a touch of class to the guest room. Also, make sure you invest in a lamp for your guest to use. Whether or not you will need two lamps will depend on whether your guest room is a double/twin or single room.

Other furniture: there are some other items of furniture you will need to look at. One or two bedside tables are important so that you have somewhere to put the lamps and so your guests have somewhere convenient to place their belongings. You might want to add a small dresser with a mirror if the room doesn’t have en suite. Your guests will also need somewhere to put their clothes, but rather than paying a fortune for a solid wardrobe, you can consider one of the very practical and pretty sturdy canvas ones available these days.

By following these steps, you can help ensure your guests feel welcome and comfortable in your spare room, without breaking the bank.

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