Festive ideas for guest bedrooms this Christmas

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Last Modified 15 February 2024 First Added 2 August 2022

Take your hosting to the next level this Christmas by creating a winter wonderland guest room for your festive friends.

From super-soft bedding to glowing candlelight, handy storage and cosy accessories, it’s that time of year when many of us need to brush up on our hosting skills.

Spare rooms can easily start to feel a little neglected throughout the year, but with a few thoughtful touches, you can easily bring them back to life for the festive season when your guests arrive.

Olive green upholstered headboard, set against a festive red wall.
Dream Team Malham Headboard


Dream Team Malham Headboard

Add a comfy new headboard

If your guest room has just a divan base, why not upgrade it for Christmas with an inviting headboard like our upholstered Malham design?

Divan beds are a great choice for spare rooms, and with a simple upgrade can become the perfect sleep sanctuary for any guest.

Upholstered headboards are great for guest rooms because they always look and feel cosy. Your guests can prop themselves up comfortably – perhaps while you make them a cuppa in the morning…?

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Lucia Upholstered Bed Frame


Lucia Upholstered Bed Frame

Provide storage options for your guests

When your guests come to stay, make sure they have room to make themselves at home.

Travelling light is so overrated – give your guests plenty of space to stash their belongings away with a storage bed. If it’s time to invest in a new bed for the spare room, the Lucia is one of our bestsellers and is sure to impress.

If you’re not ready to invest in a new bed, perhaps consider some storage furniture instead. The Lucia/Wilson storage chest is a neutral design that’s bound to complement any existing bed frame. To add extra festive flare, scatter some seasonal spices like cloves, cinnamon sticks and pine sprigs inside – it’ll smell divine.


Discover space saving sofa beds

If you don’t have a spare bedroom for your guests, a sofa bed could be the perfect solution.

Sofa beds are a smart choice to turn any multi-functional spare room into a cosy hideaway for your guests. One of our favourite picks is the Eppy. This 2-seater design has a simple clic-clac mechanism and its smooth woven rich green upholstery will add a pop of vibrant colour to your space.

All our sofa beds easily convert from sitting to sleeping – just add bedding and snooze!

Add some novelty seasonal bedding

Once you’ve sorted where your guests will be sleeping, it’s time to think about the bedding.

Christmas inevitably brings cheeriness, so why not add some novelty prints or seasonal patterns? Think reindeers, red tartan, plus metallic and frosted detailing. Don’t forget to add some extra pillows and cushions so guests can comfortably prop themselves up in bed. Finish with some cosy fleece blankets or a soft faux fur throw for added texture and warmth.


Create soft lighting

It’s easy to overlook lighting if your guest room isn’t used too often, but candles, string lights or a soft lamp will finish the space beautifully – and add a festive glow.

A garland of fairy lights can be a wonderful accompaniment to any headboard or curtain rail – adding a sweet lamp effect without the need for a side table.

Candles are a lovely extra too. Scented picks will add a warm glow as well as making the room smell gorgeous for your guests’ arrival.

Navy velvet ottoman bed frame, styled in a Christmas-themed room with festive decor and Christmas tree
House Beautiful Jay Velvet-Finish Ottoman Bed Frame


House Beautiful Jay Velvet-Finish Ottoman Bed Frame

Place a Christmas tree in the guest room

While you’re decking the halls, why not deck the guest bedroom too?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so go all out and embrace the festiveness! Pre-lit trees can save time and effort if you’ve got a few to decorate and will make your guests feel oh-so festive. You could even pop a small gift or two under the tree for your house guests when they wake up in the morning…

If a full-size tree isn’t quite right for your space, how about a dinky wreath decked with soft fairy lights or a classic lantern? A warm lamp to bathe the room in a soft glow can also achieve the same effect.


Create a flourish with finishing touches

Christmas will come early for your guests with these wonderful thoughtful finishes.

When your bed is beautifully laid out, complete the festive cheer by treating your guests to a pair of cosy slippers, a dressing gown and some fresh towels. Having these stylishly folded and ready to use on the bed will make them feel instantly at home. For an extra special touch, how about adding an oh-so warming heated blanket to the bed so they stay toasty all night long?

These simple extras will make them feel warmly welcomed.

Have a wonderful festive season with friends and family