Budget-Friendly Ways to Get Your Guest Bedroom Ready For the Holidays

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on November 1, 2017

In Southern Maryland, the winter and summer holidays are the two seasons we tend to get the most overnight visitors, with the former decidedly the busiest. It won’t be long before the gang with be descending on you – is your guest room ready?

Be a Guest in Your Own Home

You don’t need to pack your bags. Just head down the hall and spend a couple of nights in your guest room. Actually using the room is the only way to know what needs to be changed. Sleep in the bed – are there enough blankets? Is the mattress still comfortable? Lounge in the chairs, watch the TV, and use the guest bathroom. Can you read by the lights in the room?

The Bed

Depending on how busy your guests’ visits will be, they may spend little time in the room. The bed is the centerpiece, though, so it needs to be looking and feeling like something from a five-star resort.

Begin with the linens. The basics are crisp sheets and pillow cases, heavy and light blankets, and the bedspread. Throw pillows are a nice accent, but Euro pillows (26” by 26”) should serve as the backdrop for them. They can be quite pricey, but you can find less expensive versions at Target and Walmart. You’ll find an example of how to use them here.


The overhead light is a necessity, but it shouldn’t be the only source of light in the room. Consider adding a bedside reading lamp and/or wall sconces on either side of the bed. Professional decorators say that the light sources should be in scale to the room. For example, in a large room, the overhead light fixture should be large as well.

It’s the Little Things

Don’t count on your guests remembering to bring everything they need. That’s why hotels supply them for their guests! Stock up on trial- and travel-sized items of essential toiletry items, including:

  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Hair spray
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Band-Aids
  • Shower cap
  • Disposable razors
  • Pain medications, such as aspirin and acetaminophen
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • A small flashlight (for power outages)
  • A notepad and pen
  • And, if there will be children along, an assortment of small toys, crayons and coloring books.

Your Home’s Particulars

Is there anything your guests need to know about your home? Leave a note that includes helpful information such as the Wi-Fi password, the alarm code, and details about your smart home devices.

If you need inspiration on how to get your guest room ready for the holidays, you’ll find plenty online. Pinterest has lots of brilliant ideas as does Elle Décor and HGTV.

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