Shopping for the right guest bedroom furniture is more about planning than having a knack for style or plenty of money to throw around. Creating a lavish and visually appealing guest bedroom is great, but if it lacks functionality, your guests will be uncomfortable in a beautiful room.
The place to start with guest bedroom furniture is the same place to start in your own bedroom: the bed. You must first assess the size and layout of the room to determine what size bed would be best. As the bed is the primary function of the bedroom and guest room, it should be the first piece of the puzzle on which to base the rest of the space. Chances are, if you are furnishing a guest bedroom, you will want a bed suitable for couples. A Queen size is generally a good place to start, as it is viable for couples and only slightly large for single sleepers. Due to space constraints or excessive space, you could upgrade or downgrade to a King or a Full. Most couples nowadays share a Queen or King size bed, but only a few decades ago it was common to share a Full (also known as a Double). This downgrade is only recommended if space is limited, as a couple going from their Queen or King size bed at their home to a Full size bed in your guest bedroom will probably suffer in comfort by comparison, especially if they stay for more than a night or a short weekend.
Next, you will want to find the right mattress for the properly sized bed. Depending on how you predict your guest bedroom will be used (one-night stays, weekends, long-term stays), you can decide the price point you want to spend. There is no need to spend as much as you did on your personal mattress that you use every night on a mattress that might be used only a few times a year in the guest bedroom. If you expect longer or more frequent stays, you may consider bumping up the quality of the mattress to a mid-level point. But even then, if you only expect guests to ever stay for a night or two in the guest bedroom, two nights on a a low-mid priced mattress won’t kill them! If you expect to have guests frequently, or for long periods of time, you may consider aiming for mid-high priced mattresses. Again, these need not cost as much as your personal mattress, but spending a week straight or a half dozen weekends over the course of a summer on a low-quality mattress will probably not make your guests excited to extend their stays.
Once you have decided on the bed and mattress, you can begin filling in the other pieces of the room. If there is a closet, that provides a good amount of storage for suitcases, clothes hangers, shoes, etc. If not, consider a larger dresser for ample storage of guests’ clothes and other belongings. Again, depending on the nature of your stays, you can assess the right size for these types of furniture. Guests staying for only a night or two probably won’t even need a dresser, whereas a week long stay or frequent visitor may require a full size dresser. In addition to a dresser, nightstands are always welcome for providing a convenient and accessible lamp table so guests aren’t fumbling around in the middle of the night looking for a light switch. They also provide a place to store delicate and valuable items like purses, wallets, keys, and cell phones when not needed.
These essentials will provide your guests the comforts of home they require. There are obviously ways to go above and beyond this: decor, a TV, mirrors, additional storage units, etc., but these basics will be enough to give your guests comfortable nights and mornings during their stay with you. After all, you should be entertaining your guests for the time in between!
Check back next week for Guest Bedroom Furniture (Part II)