Weekend To-Do: Host Guests! Guest bedroom ideas on a budget

Hi, readers!  I don’t know about you, but I love hosting overnight guests!  A dedicated guest room has always been non-negotiable for me, as my parents and many of my dearest friends are out of town. I love our guest room and did not spend a lot of money making it comfortable for guests, so I thought I’d share my guest bedroom ideas on a budget with you today! It’s a pleasure to be able to visit with loved ones in the comfort of your own home where you can drink wine in your pajamas until 11:00 and then eat breakfast together in the morning.  Although I might be better about buying and pouring good wine than I am about fixing breakfast. Ahem.  

Guest bedroom ideas on a budget

Use Vintage Furniture

My guest room was formerly the master bedroom of our 1950s ranch until we completed our renovation and addition.  It has a small but functional en suite bathroom and a walk-in closet, making it super convenient for visitors.  A vintage four poster queen bed (inherited from my parents, which is my favorite avenue for acquiring furniture) and matching side table anchor the room. Chairish offers a selection of similar beds. 

A wingback chair (also from my parents) covered in designer chintz fabric from the 80s is a bit weathered, but offers guests a comfy perch. 

similar Kilim rug on Etsy

The colorful kilim rug is a gift from….drumroll please…my parents!  😂  They purchased it at an antique mall but you can find similar items on Chairish or Etsy.  

guest room

Add Comfortable Bedding

As a gracious hostess, you want to maximize your guests’ comfort.  I suggest that you invest in beautiful luxury bedding and pillows to ensure a good night’s sleep and make your guests feel special. 

I paired embroidered sheets from Overstock with a plain white coverlet for warm summer nights. 

For cooler nights, the comforter at the end of the bed is wrapped in the softest flannel leopard print duvet from Ballard Designs.  You can find similar styles at Wayfair.  The bedskirt is also from Ballard and features fringed burlap.  As any designer will tell you, a bed looks bare without plenty of pillows!  This bed has 7 total and is topped by a custom pillow in a toile fabric.  I like to include pillows of varying firmness so guests can choose their own preference.  

Add Storage & Special Touches

I have functional (but sadly not sexy) storage items tucked away in the closet where my guests can stash clothing, but if you are tight on space you should consider purchasing a luggage rack

Fluffy towels, fresh flowers, bottled water bedside and interesting reading material such as magazines and coffee table books will ensure that your guests will want to return soon.  Who knows, your hospitality might even inspire your guests to up their own guest bedroom game! 

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