Guest Post - A Guest Bedroom That Feels Like Home!
Every now and again I like to include a guest post for you, like this one from Samantha Kent, a researcher at SleepHelp.org. Sam's favourite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face!
A "home away from home" can be more than a trite phrase. Guest bedrooms are notorious for being a catch-all space for the house. Everything from the home office to exercise equipment can end up “welcoming” your guests. While sometimes a bedroom has to serve a dual purpose, you can structure your decor and design so that guests feel welcome.
Choose Your Mattress Carefully
Mattresses in a guest room can be tricky for a couple of reasons. First, you could be hosting your petite sister-in-law who barely breaks into the triple digits or your Uncle Irwin who’s well over 300 pounds. Plus, everyone sleeps differently with most people having a combination of back, stomach, and side sleeping throughout the night. You can’t tailor the mattress to suit everyone. Second, it’s a guest mattress that may only be used three or four times a year, and you don’t want to spend a fortune on it.
The solution—an affordable mattress with neutral firmness and support to fit the average-sized guest and a neutral sleep style. Memory foam and hybrid mattresses tend to do well for most sleep styles because they conform to different body shapes.
Control Temperature Easily
In general, people sleep most comfortably in a room that’s 16-20C. At the onset of sleep, your body temperature drops and cooler room temperatures help support and maintain that change. However, there’s always some variation. If your guests are pregnant, going through menopause, or sleep hot or cold, they need some way to stay comfortable.
Extra blankets or a space heater lets your guests warm up while a table fan on the nightstand provides a way to cool off. Keep in mind that the bedding can make a big difference in temperature too. Natural fibers like cotton and linen allow heat and moisture to move away from the body, keeping temperatures down. Plus, who doesn’t love snuggling down in clean, soft cotton sheets?
Light It Right
The bright blue light from high-efficiency (HE) light bulbs and electronic devices can suppress the release of melatonin, a vital sleep hormone. For your guests’ health, use incandescent bulbs rather than HE bulbs.
You’ll also want to manage the light that comes in the windows. Blackout curtains, heavy drapes, or shades can keep light out at night, so your guests can sleep better. You could try two layers of curtains, one to block out light, and one sheer to let the light fill the room during the day but offer some privacy.
Remember the Details
Little details can make a big difference in your guests’ experience. A small stack of magazines and books, a nightlight near the door, and a clock radio all show a thoughtfulness most guests appreciate.
A houseplant or two adds a touch of nature that puts many people at ease and helps clean the air for better sleep. The snake plant, for example, releases oxygen at night, helping your guests to reach the deepest sleep stages. Scents such as lavender can also impact sleep quality and make your guests feel right at home.
By setting the stage for comfort and healthy sleep, you’re making your guests feel like part of your family through your hospitality and thoughtfulness.
I hope you enjoyed Sam's post and have some great ideas to update your guest bedroom! Not that long ago, DTI helped our longest-standing client redesign her guest bedroom. See below the before and after:
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