If you live somewhere without a designated guest bedroom, you might’ve decided overnight guests are not an option for you. Well, I’m here to change your mind. With a little planning and preparation, you can ensure you and your guests feel comfortable, no matter your square footage.
You can’t offer guests more than an air mattress on your living-room floor. Also, you want them to have as pleasant a stay as possible. Rest easy: There are plenty of simple ways to make them feel at home. So keep reading to see exactly how to pull it off.
A temporary room divider is a great option if you live in a studio or one-bedroom apartment. The wall will provide nighttime privacy for a better night’s sleep — something you and your guest will both appreciate. Don’t have a room divider? Get crafty, and make one.
Another way to create privacy is by hanging curtains with a tension rod. Depending on your space, this option may work better than a classic room divider.
For some people, a good night’s sleep starts with what’s under their heads. A back sleeper will need firm support under the neck; a stomach sleeper might want something softer. The right pillow can make all the difference.
Having a place to rest a bag during a stay will be more comfortable for a guest—and keep your living room neater. You can find plenty of options for under $40 at such sites as wayfair.com and bedbathandbeyond.com.
If you don’t have a spare bed and aren’t moving anytime soon, consider investing in a nice daybed or sleeper sofa. If that’s out of your price range, shop for a quality air mattress. Need an immediate solution? Hello, sofa.
Even if a sofa is all you have to offer, dress it as if it were a bed. Locate a set of your best sheets, and wrap the fitted sheet around the seat cushions. Complete the makeshift bed with a top sheet, comforter and quality pillow.