Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Home Style || Making Your Home 'Guest Friendly'

Home Style - Collaborative Post

Your own needs should come first when designing and furnishing your home. However, if you’re the type of person that likes to entertain guests, it could also be worth taking a few steps to make sure guests feel more accommodated, especially with lock down measures being lifted gradually, making visitors much more likely soon. Here are just a few ways to make your home a friendly environment for guests:

Make sure that you have enough crockery

If you want to host dinners and parties, it’s worth first making sure that you’ve got enough crockery such as cups and plates. This will ensure you don't have to resort to serving wine in mugs (been there) or buying paper plates (done that!) – invest in some sets of plates and glassware that you can take out as and when you need them.

Improve your seating options

Are there enough chairs for all your guests or do you or your visitors have to frequently sit on the floor or hover around? Improving your home’s seating options could make sure that everyone is comfy, you could invest in some basic fold out dining chairs for example. If you’ve only got a single sofa, you could consider buying extra armchairs or bean bags too. This could give guests other options other than the floor.

Alternatively, you could upgrade your current sofa to something bigger. Sectional sofas can sometimes be designed to fit awkwardly shaped rooms while accommodating as many people as possible. This sofa buying guide offers a few other tips to consider when buying the right sofa. You can save money on sofas by hitting the sales or even by buying second-hand.

Provide a guest bed

Owning a guest bed allows guests the option to stay over. It can save your guests having to check into a hotel or having to bring a sleeping bag.

If you’ve got a spare room, you could transform this into a guest bedroom. This could allow you to provide a full-size bed and possibly even storage for belongings. Attic spaces and garages are often great rooms to convert into guest bedrooms and it doesn't have to cost a fortune for a basic bedroom setting. You could make these rooms dual purpose so that they can function as an office or play room when you don't have guests.

Alternatively, if you haven’t got a spare room, you could simply opt for a sofa-bed. There are many different types of sofa-beds out there from sofas with pull out-beds underneath to collapsible sofas that fold out into a double-bed. A decent sofa-bed should serve as both a comfortable sofa and a bed, but they do vary in quality and comfort, so make sure to try them out first, making sure you have sufficient space for them in your home before buying.

The final option could be to simply own an inflatable mattress that you can take out whenever a guest needs it. It’s not quite as luxurious as other bed options but still gives your guests the choice to stay over.

Will you be having anyone come and stay once the lock down is lifted completely?