Make your loved ones feel pampered this Christmas with all things warm, cosy and comforting – from sumptuous bedding to glowing candlelight. It’s that time of the year when many of us start to feel that our guest bedrooms need a seasonal refresh. Spare rooms can easily start to feel a little cold and neglected, but with a few thoughtful touches, you can easily bring them back to life.
Upholstered beds are great for guest rooms because they always feel cosier and more welcoming. Our Manhattan bonded leather sleigh bed, with its generous curves, would make any visitor feel instantly at home. Fabric designs with padded headboards have a softer look, but still give that sense of feeling safe and warm.
If you need to store possessions when people come to stay, a divan or ottoman bed is a smart choice: it will help you get your room spick and span in a flash and will provide space for guests to stash their overnight bags, too.
If you don’t have a spare bedroom, you might need to convert an area into a guest space in an instant. If so, invest in a sofa bed. They’re a smart choice if you want a piece of furniture you can also use every day – our Willis and Madden designs have plump, generous proportions for family lounging, while a more compact design like the Kelso or Perth makes great occasional seating. All our sofa beds are just as comfortable whether you use them for lounging or sleeping.
Need your guest space to disappear completely when not in use? Buy a super-affordable air bed. Our kingsize comfort air bed gives guests the dreamiest night’s sleep, then simply packs away in a handy carry bag. The puncture-resistant design comes with its own electric pump, too, so it’s quick to put up and pack away. You can even use the bed outdoors in summer as a sun lounger or party seating.
The best bedding
Once you’ve sorted your guest bed, think about textiles. Pretty prints are a treat for the eye; keep colours calm so the room feels restful. Add extra pillows and cushions so guests can prop themselves up in bed to read, and a throw at the bottom of the bed that they can pull up if the nights get chilly. Layer different textures: crisp cotton bed linen is a must, but add knits or faux fur to keep your guests feeling toasty.
Good lighting is vital in any bedroom, especially in winter. Place lamps within easy reach on bedside tables so they can be switched off without getting out of bed. A garland of fairy lights strung across a headboard also adds a beautiful festive touch. Don’t forget candles, too: scented ones will add a warm glow as well as making the room smell lovely when guests arrive.
The feelgood factor
Treat your guests to a pair of cosy slippers and a thick, soft rug by the bed, plus soft towels and a freshly laundered bathrobe. And warm the room before everyone goes to bed: a roaring fire is obviously the ideal, but if you don’t have one, remember to get the radiators going – and everyone loves a hot water bottle!