Modular Desks Are The Perfect Work-From-Home Solution
April 23, 2020
Need the perfect desk for your home office? Many of us have been working from home for weeks if not months, and that desk and office chair you thought would do for the time being may not be doing you in any favors. The right desk can help you with increased efficiency and organization, just like the right chair can prevent back and shoulder aches.
Meet Michele and Kayla, two interior designers from Sioux Falls who’ve been helping customers create home office spaces that are functional and beautiful. They offer the following advice to help you create comfort and efficiency in the space you’re spending a lot of time in.
Modular desks are popular for their versatility. They work in almost any size room and give you the freedom to customize the office of your dreams. If more than just your laptop followed you home, look for desks with closed-door storage and locks. For those of you sharing office space with your significant other or your kids, choose a desk that offers additional AC outlets and USB charging ports. Now that’s a great way to stay charged and keep the peace.
When it comes to an office chair, consider not only style but adjustable options to add to your personal comfort. How easy is it to slide out from under our desk on your flooring? And by the way, if you need new flooring, we can help you with that, too.
Lastly, your space should make you happy. A task light with soft and direct light on your work relaxes your eyes when looking at your screen. Add personal photos (even if the person you love is in the next room). Interesting drink coasters and flowers add color and charm.
You’ve been mulling it over for months, asking yourself, “What’s the best way to get a bit of ‘wow’ into my room?”
That one room is just too boring. Changing the paint won’t be dramatic enough. You don’t want to do anything too drastic or expensive, but the room needs a kick in the pants.
Have you noticed a little thing called wallpaper creating a buzz out there? You may think it died a long time ago, but it really never did. And today, the possibilities make it an obvious kick-in-the-pants option to put the drama back in your room.
Need proof wallpaper is still a popular design choice? Joanna Gaines (HGTV’s Fixer Upper) loves it and has created her own line of wallpaper designs. Pay attention to your favorite TV shows. You’ll see all kinds of wallpaper used to add texture to walls or to make a big splash. If you’re watching for it, you’ll suddenly see it everywhere.
Paint is easier you say? Maybe for some areas. But what really sets wallpaper apart from paint is the texture and sheen you can accomplish by choosing wallpaper instead. And consider this—you won’t have to put all those test patches of paint on every wall of your room and agonize about which tiny difference in paint color is the right one. So painful.
Wallpaper offers photo-realistic looks, graphic prints that pop, glitter and shine for the unexpected, and tons of softness or boldness depending on your personality. Keep reading for ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
How to use wallpaper in your home
If you want a unique look and feel for your home, using wallpaper in your design plan offers virtually unlimited options to express your personality. Montgomery’s interior designer Rose Meyer says wallpaper can be made of paper, vinyl, grasses, bamboos, fabrics, bling, and many other unique materials.
“Wallcoverings are one of those details in a home that transforms the space into WOW!” Rose says.
Everyone wants WOW in their home.
Many wallpaper designs offer great contrast that brings depth to a room. You can use it to add softness, color, and pattern to otherwise hard, boring spaces. The right paper can add movement, just like a piece of art.
Wallpaper functions beautifully as a backsplash in a kitchen. Choosing one that is easily cleaned is crucial for a backsplash application. Wallpaper also works great for any niche in the house, giving it a special treatment to make it stand out. And don’t forget about your powder room or laundry room. These spaces become little gems when treated with a stunning wallpaper.
Consider which wall would offer the most dramatic positioning as a wallpaper feature in a room. Which wall is visible first when entering a room? Which wall is the most obvious candidate? A designer can help you pick the perfect spot.
Wallpaper doesn’t have to look traditional. You can find industrial and modern wallpaper looks to add great texture to a space. Faux brick papers look like the real thing. Textured concrete and even street art papers are also available.
Love shiplap but not ready for the commitment? How about a wallpaper made to look like shiplap? You can add that farmhouse feel without having to break out the hammer and nails. Keep it modern by pairing soft floral wallpaper with industrial metal accents. Or go bold farmhouse with a large check pattern that gives the feel of gingham.
There’s even a paper that looks like a weathered barn door. You could use it behind a bed to act as a headboard or on a small wall for a dramatic look.
Here are a few more wallpaper decorating ideas:
– Take a modern twist on a traditional look by using a wallpaper with bits of bling tucked into an otherwise matte finish.
– Use wallpapers with large geometric prints to make a room appear larger.
– Use a mural wallpaper on an accent wall to create a fantastic backdrop that grounds the entire room.
– Add authenticity and a lived-in look to your home with weathered, soft patterns.
– If you create a statement wall, light it separately with adjustable recessed lighting to really amp up the wow factor.
Unusual places to use wallpaper
Using wallpaper in unusual places makes you look like a real design pro. Rose says, “As a designer, it excites me to use wallpaper in the most unexpected places—ceilings, closets, mudrooms, even furniture.”
Using Rose’s suggestion, put wallpaper on the ceiling for a real surprise. Wallpapers with a sky design—think clouds, blue sky, or even stars—make the ceiling feel higher, like an endless sky above your room. Or use a dark wallpaper to provide a deep contrast with the walls.
Rose suggests revamping an old dresser with a fun wallcovering. How cool would it be to open the drawer and see some bedazzled wallpaper inside?
Kitchen cabinets are prime real estate for wallpaper according to Rose. Take the doors off and line the inside of the cabinets with an exciting wallpaper pattern.
Put your imagination and creativity to work using this great design tool in places no one else would think of.
Easy to hang and remove
So, you’re probably a little nervous about hanging or removing wallpaper. You’ve heard horror stories from friends about how hard it is. Don’t let that deter you. Today’s wallpapers are easier to hang and remove than ever.
Paint may seem easier, but the prep for paint and wallpaper is basically the same. And when you consider having to apply two to three coats of paint to get good coverage, you might feel differently about hanging wallpaper. In just a few steps, your dramatic new look is ready to go when using wall coverings.
Many wallpapers today don’t even require wetting or applying a paste to hang. Peel and stick wall coverings have grown in popularity and quality. They’re super easy to hang and even easier to remove.
Want to use a more traditional paper? Check out these links for steps to hang and remove wallpaper. It’s really not that bad. With a friend to help you, the process will be quick and easy. Or, call in a professional to take care of the installation for you.
It’s time to try wallpaper!
Ready to give wallpaper a try? Rose gets excited whenever she has a client who wants to add drama to a room. She knows right where to go.
The options for wallpaper are endless, and it can be tough to pick the right one. Rose and the rest of the Montgomery’s designers can help you pick the best wallpaper for your home and fit it in with your overall design plan.
Come on in and take a spin through our gorgeous wallpaper library. You just might be inspired by this hidden gem.
7 reasons to take your Pinterest ideas to an interior designer
By Renae Kranz
Picture yourself at home, curled up on a comfy but slightly worn sofa. You’re hanging out on Pinterest, searching for ideas to change the look of your home. You stop scrolling and click your mouse. A beautiful image fills your screen. It’s perfect for your space and would be easy to pull off. Or so it seems.
Beware. The “Pinterest fail” lurks just around the corner.
You’ve probably seen the Pinterest fail websites that show before and after photos of all the hilarious ways these ideas go wrong. But when it comes to your home, a Pinterest fail can quickly become frustrating and expensive. And maybe just a little embarrassing.
Thankfully, there’s a solution to the Pinterest fail problem. Take your Pinterest ideas to an interior designer.
I know what you’re thinking: “I can’t afford an interior designer.” But you can. And that’s not the only reason to take your Pinterest ideas to a designer.
Let’s walk through the advantages of using an interior designer to help you bring those Pinterest ideas into reality.
1. Good ideas, bad results
Pinterest can give you good ideas to freshen up your style but executing those ideas in your own home can bring completely different results than shown on the Pinterest site, even bad results.
A buffet you see might not have the right lines or be in the proper proportion to work with the current furniture in your dining room. Or, a beautiful window treatment might be much harder to pull off than it appears.
And we’ve all seen the paint techniques others have tried and failed to make work. Sure, it’s funny when it happens to someone else. When it happens to you after wasting your precious time and money, it’s not so funny anymore.
2. Don’t waste your money
Pinterest can actually cause you to waste money if the cool new idea doesn’t work out. And no one likes to waste money.
Remember the window treatment idea I mentioned earlier? Maybe you purchased fabric, broke out the sewing machine, and started your new creation. Halfway through you realized you didn’t cut it quite right and you need a backing. Now you can’t use the fabric you bought because the panels won’t be long enough. Do you purchase new fabric? Or just scrap the idea all together?
See what I mean? This is only one example. What would happen if you had bought that buffet, had it delivered, and then realized it was way too big? And it was on clearance, so you can’t return it.
Money wasted is hard to swallow. But how does using an interior designer keep you from wasting money? Don’t they just help you spend more?
3. Complementary design help
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room now. How much will an interior designer cost you?
Whether you need us to come to your home, work with you strictly in the showroom, help you select a pair of lamps, or decorate your entire home, our interior design services are always free.
The best part of our complementary service is the goal of our interior designers is to get you what you want so you walk away happy. Happy and free? Now we’re talking
4. Designers understand your needs
An interior designer’s job is to help you understand what you want and what works best in your home. Then they blend your wants and needs together to create something that truly reflects your style.
Your designer will start by asking you lots of questions about your needs, budget, and style. Many times, it will help them to see the space you’re working on. Seeing the space, measuring it, and taking photos helps them recommend the best pieces so you get what you want.
When all that is done, your designer can put together a plan to marry your wants and needs, creating a beautiful new space that says, “It looks like I spent a fortune, but I really just had help from a great designer.”
Can Pinterest do all that?
5. Designers are idea machines
Designers have access to many options to tailor ideas to your space. Depending on your budget and needs, they have other ideas at their fingertips to round out and complement the Pinterest idea you came across originally.
Let’s go back to the buffet idea. If you brought that buffet idea to your designer, they could make sure you get a buffet that works in your room and evokes the style that drew you to it from the start. They might also notice you need something on the wall above it to finish off the look.
You get a complete look in just two pieces. It works in your room, fits your budget, and makes you happy. Again I ask, can Pinterest do that?
6. Solutions on the Fly
What happens when you run into a problem while you’re trying to make that Pinterest idea come to life? Well, most of the time, frustration builds, money runs out, and the project becomes a fail.
Designers can work on the fly when problems arise. They typically head off problems before they come up. That’s the interior designer’s job. They’ve seen it all and have the skills to know how to deal with any situation.
They take worry and trouble out of your hands rather than adding to your stress.
7. Designers have their secrets
Interior designers are experts when it comes to what’s available for the home. They have access to things you might not be able to get on your own—a secret stash of unique pieces only they can get for you.
Some manufacturers only offer their products through interior designers or furniture store showrooms. On top of that, a furniture store can’t possibly keep every available option on their showroom floor. Your interior designer knows these products and can get them for you, often customized for your specific space and taste.
Bring your vision to life
Pinterest can be a great tool to get interesting and fresh ideas. Executing them yourself is a challenge to say the least. Instead, get all the ideas you want. Then take them to your designer.
The expert interior designers here at Montgomery’s love to see your ideas and help you bring them to life, all within your budget.
Got an idea you want to share? Stop in to show it to us. You can also check out our Pinterest page which showcases our products in all our stores. Let’s see what new ideas we can create together.
Ever stand in front of a wall, with nail, hammer and picture in hand, and wonder “where do I start?” Three of our design experts share how to make hanging family photos or artwork a little easier and more visually stunning
Above a Piece of Furniture
Our designers all agreed that you should always let whatever ever you are hanging the art above be your guide.
“For example, a bed, if you have a series of small art, hang 4-6 inches above the top of the headboard and center the set of 2, 4 or even 6. Grouping your art above a bed gives an enormous impact,” explains Denise Dietterle, merchandising manager and interior designer. “Remember to also keep your lamps thinner with a smaller shade.”
One way to do this is to measure from the center of the artwork to the floor.
“A standard rule is that artwork should be hung roughly 60” from floor to center of the artwork,” says Rose Meyer, window fashions manager and interior designer.
Or if you don’t feel like bringing out the tape measure, hang it eye level.
“If you are hanging a picture on blank wall, don’t let a tall person do it! The center of art should be at eye level, for women that is 5’5″. That way it is not too close to the ceiling or the floor,” Erica Wirth, visual merchandiser explains.
More than One Piece
Group similar items together to form a collage. Even if you have a mix of sizes and shapes, incorporate some repeat of color throughout. This is a fun way to fill up a big space. Vertical walls would have you arrange art vertically and horizontal walls use a horizontal arrangement.
Grouping also works well for children’s school pictures, evenly spaced vertical or horizontally. And forget the stair stepping with the school pictures!
Our designers are there to help you tackle any of your home design projects, regardless of how large or small. They will help you make your space a place that is yours, unique and usable! Stop into any of our showrooms and experience what our designers can do for you!
Bright and bold playful patterns are trending this summer! Interior fashion has currently found a home with fresh and exciting patterns that brighten rooms and add life to a color palette. These new trending pieces are not your Grandma’s ancient sofa, instead, they hold a focus on large-scale shapes comprised of vibrant colors.
Luckily, there is an abundance of these playful fabrics out right now and scattered throughout our showrooms.
Find Your Fresh Face
Start your color palette with a unique fabric you cannot keep your eyes off of. Remember, large-scaled shapes and bright colors are the two core elements of this trend. The first one you fall in love with is probably your new “fresh face.”
Don’t shy away from textures throughout your room, a mix of different textures can actually give your room a sophisticated look. After selecting your main fabric, choose smaller patterns and similar shades. Rugs, accent chairs, rugs, pillows, and smaller sofas are all perfect pieces to implement this concept. Be careful! Always avoid selecting fabrics that could outplay your main piece.
The best part of these bold patterns is adding a personal touch to your home and letting your style shine. The scene is yours to set, so have fun doing it!
The search for the right mattress has always been highly important to our customers. The real obstacle we had in the past was pairing the right mattress for our customer’s body type. When Serta came out with its highly advanced Connection System, we were one of the first retailers in the Midwest to add this to our showrooms. We are still one of only 18 dealers in the nation to have the complete system in all three locations.
How Does the Connection System Work?
The journey begins in our “comfortpoint,” theater. Individuals are asked a series of questions about their sleep patterns, sleep issues, and what they prefer. After the sleep lifestyle has been determined, an overhead display shows real-time pressure-mapping profiles of the customer’s body. The Connection system narrows down the number of choices based on its findings in the home theater.
The Connection system can eliminate a number of sleep issues:
Tossing and Turning
Lack of Support
Sleeping Too Hot or Too Cold
Mattress Roll-Off & Sagging
A number of our customers are surprised by just how comfortable they are after purchasing their new mattress through the comfort point system. The heat mapping technology takes the subjectivity out of the process and makes the decision much more scientific. To ensure that everyone loves their new purchase, our 365 sleep promise allows for a whole year to test out just how comfortable you are. Our Perfect Sleep Promise also offers free delivery for your new mattress and free delivery if you decide to exchange it.
Our sleep specialists at Mattress 1st are surprised at the number of clients that are uneducated about sleep health. In light of our big mattress sale, we couldn’t think of a better time to help our viewers improve their sleep health. This blog includes a collection of information, fun facts, and advice.
Sleep Health Information
Let’s review our healthy sleep checklist. If the following healthy habits do not fall under your sleep lifestyle, it may be time to reevaluate your sleep routine. Better mornings are just around the corner!
You average 7 hours of sleep every 24 hours.
You usually sleep through the night without long sessions of being awake or disturbed.
You fall asleep within 15-20 minutes of lying down.
You feel alert and productive the following day.
Your partner & family do not notice snoring, pauses in breathing, restlessness or other odd sleep behaviors.
You wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
Failing to confidently check every point off? No worries, 1 in 3 adults do not receive enough sleep every night. You are not alone and Mattress 1st is here to help.
Sync Your Schedules
Listen to your body’s internal clock. Following your natural sleep pattern is one of the essential strategies for restoring sleep health. If you fall asleep and wake up at the same time, you will begin to feel much more energized when your alarm clock rings. This sleep pattern is more beneficial than sleeping for 7 hours every night at different times. You’re probably wondering by now, and the answer is yes- avoid sleeping in on the weekends. The more your weekend and weekday schedule varies, the more exhausted you will feel. A quick tip- to help your body find it’s natural sleep schedule, let natural light enter your bedroom in the morning. Natural light encourages your body to start the day and will help your body follow its internal clock.
Be selective when taking naps. Even though naps do help the body catch up on missed hours, it can make falling asleep much more difficult. If you struggle with insomnia, always avoid naps or keep them below 20 minutes long. Try to fight the after dinner drowsiness, if you are feeling groggy from after your dinner, avoid laying down. Get up and do something mildly active to prevent falling asleep before your usual time.
If you are not tired, do not force your body to fall asleep. After 20 minutes of trying to drift off, leave your bedroom and transition to a different setting. Settle your body down by doing something relaxing; reading a book, take a bath, listen to music, etc. Sometimes taking a break from your bed is the insomnia fix you need!
Bed Time Meals
A large greasy meal before bed can be a recipe for insomnia. Avoid foods that cause indigestion, instead, choose light healthy snacks if feel hungry before bed.
Create a Bedtime Routine
Utilize the 20-30 minutes before bed to prepare your body for a full nights rest. Take a bath, read a book, listen to music but above all avoid stressful activity. Psychologically stressful activities can cause the body to secrete the stress hormone cortisol which can cause alertness and keep you awake. If you do tend to experience stress when your head hits the pillow, write down your thoughts and set them aside for tomorrow.
Quality Sleep with a Quality Mattress
How old is your mattress? A majority of problems with your sleep lifestyle could be the cause of a unsupportive or old mattress. If your mattress is 7 years old, it may be time to invest in a new mattress. At Montgomery’s Mattress 1st we have one of the ONLY heat mapping theaters in the nation. This highly advanced technology will use 4,000 tiny sensors to find your pressure points and lead you to the right mattress for your body and lifestyle. We have a wide selection of top quality mattresses in the industry. Our top specialists will help improve your sleep health, come visit! View our Mattress 1st page here
Interesting Sleep Facts
People spend 1/3 of their life sleeping.
The record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days.
Within 5 minutes of waking up, you have forgotten 50% of your dreams.
Sleep deprivation will kill you before starvation does.
If it takes you less than 5 minutes to fall asleep you are actually sleep deprived.
Sleep deprivation reduces pain tolerance.
Snoring is the main cause of sleep deprivation in 90 million US adults.
Decorating your coffee table gives you the opportunity to let your style shine in your living room. Adding the right pieces adds an intriguing sophistication that is sure to charm. Impress your guests with these quick and easy steps. Let’s get right into this quick read:
Prior to Decorating
Using tape, create squares around where you would like to place objects. This technique will help you measure what will fit and how much of the table you wish to decorate.
Find decor that will be eye-catching on your table. For example, if your table is constructed of dark wood, enhance it with white accents.
Shape & Height
Try to incorporate a mixture of shapes. Rectangular objects are great for structure but will look too stuffy without any variation. Round trays, bowls, and candles come in handy to break up these stuffy lines.
Height falls under the same concept, find one central piece with substantial height compared to the rest for chic symmetry.
Start with a Base Stack objects on top of books or a decorative tray. The rule of three applies excellently to coffee table design. Create three separate collections on your table, each with a different base. I recommend staying within the same color theme in each group, to avoid clashing. Two collections work just as well, especially if you are working with a small table.
Greenery Flowers and plants add that pop of color that every room needs. Find glistening vases to feature your greenery. Even though real flowers are stunning, faux flowers are cheaper and last longer.
Small Objects Small unique decor pieces are perfect to set on top of coasters, trays, and books. Find objects that tie in with your theme and personal style.
Candles Everyone loves a great smelling candle! Place your favorite candle onto one of the bases to add maturity to your space.
Fall brings the cold, winter brings the wind, summer brings the construction… and spring brings the rain. If you’re not from South Dakota, WELCOME 😊
Flood season is upon us and after the constant downpour of rain this week, we thought this article could be quite helpful. Even though our agricultural thrive off rain, homeowners often suffer from severe damage. Flooding can ruin the insides of a home from the carpeting & padding, furniture, and walls plus everything in between. Not all homes are affected to the extent of others, but the majority of all homes experience flooding at some point. That being said, we thought it was the perfect time to share our flooring specialist’s tips for flood cleanup & damage. For help further, please contact our flooring department below.
Flood cleanup may require the work of a professional. Our tips below are designed to help you clean up on your own, but sometimes outside help is needed. If you have flood insurance, always report the damages. It is possible that all your damages may be covered including the help of a professional contractor.
Before digging into water damage repairs, protect yourself by wearing boots, gloves and cover all exposed skin. Some water can contain E.Coli and unsanitary bacteria. Water can also tend to be very hot and will burn skin quickly. Next, shut off all electricity and check twice! The last thing you need is a deadly matchup between water and electric, the results could be very dangerous.
The Air in Your Home
Now that you know to take precaution when handling unsanitary water, open up the windows! Water can bring strong odors from sewers and that’s the last thing you need! Open all entries including doors, so air will blow through and speed up the drying process. Unnatural sources like fans also help after standing water is removed and electricity can be restored.
The fastest solution to water damage and removal is seeking the help of a professional. Some situations are worse than others and can be handled on your own. If you are on your own, seek out a shop vac, or pump to remove all standing water. After the water is removed and a cause is determined, take the correct steps to ensure it won’t happen again. Of course, there are many causes of water in the home aside from just flooding.
A knowledgeable professional is the best option when attempting to save water-damaged items. Of course, remove all wet items from the area to properly perform flood clean up. Unfortunately, most carpet & furniture will need to be thrown out. Here at Montgomery’s, we do offer a line of waterproof carpet that has been tested on the floor of a swimming pool. If you are looking at installing a new carpet after water damage, this line would be your best option. Learn more about our flooring here.
Everything that has been touched by unsanitary water will need to be fully disinfected. Mold & bacteria thrive in damp areas, ensuring that your space has been completely dried will prevent these growths in the long run. Keep fans and open ventilation to the area for a few days to speed up the process. Remember, if you are ever questioning your tactics call a professional for assistance.
You’ve put a lot of effort and heart into decorating your home, but maybe you ran out of steam when you finally got to the guest room. Or, maybe you’ve decorated it but feel like it needs something more. Why settle for a guest room that’s only ok?
Think back to times you’ve stayed at someone else’s house (or even a hotel). There are usually some little things that would improve your stay. Do you ever tell your hosts about those things? Like most of us, you probably politely say how well you slept but secretly wish you had a different pillow that didn’t make your neck sore.
Treat your guests to a great stay by taking a few steps to transform that spare bedroom into a true getaway. Improvements can be simple and don’t have to break the bank.
Assess Your Situation
The best way to figure out if your guest room is comfortable is to spend a couple nights sleeping there yourself.
Pay attention to the bed, lighting, storage, and where they might put their belongings. Listen for noise coming from the rest of the house as well. This will give you a good idea what and how much they hear from you after they turn in for the night.
If you find yourself crawling back to your own bedroom after the first night, improvements can probably be made for your guests.
Now that you know what you’re dealing with, let’s whip this room into shape.
Start with the Guest Bed
Although the bed is the most important part, many of us are guilty of shipping our old mattress off to the guest bedroom. If it’s still in good shape, it’s smart to reuse it, but it’s also best to avoid making your guests sleep on something you wouldn’t sleep on.
Montgomery’s Mattress 1st Manager, Clint Richards, recommends purchasing a medium to medium-firm mattress to appeal to a wide range of sleepers. A traditional coil mattress is the safest buy. If you have a regular guest, you might consider a mattress more to that single guest’s liking.
For most guest rooms with intermittent use, Clint recommends buying a mattress in a middle to low price range. However, if you end up sleeping in this room often because of a partner who snores or steals the covers, buy something closer to what you would sleep on in your master bedroom.
If you have a tight budget for guest room improvements, focus your money here. Your guests will appreciate the great night’s sleep more than anything else you do.
Offer Bedding Options
When it comes to completing the bed, give your visitors options. The right pillows, blankets, and sheets blend together to make the secret sauce for a good night’s sleep.
Clint recommends a basic cotton sheet set for most guests. “Microfiber can sleep hot, and other materials like flannel may sound great to one guest and like a furnace to another,” he says.
If you know some of your regular guests love flannel sheets, keep a spare set ready. Always ask your guest their preference before putting anything other than cotton sheets on the bed.
Clint recommends providing medium-firm pillows or have multiple options handy. Make at least one option hypo-allergenic since some people have allergies you may not be aware of. If you can, provide two pillows per guest in case they like to sleep propped up (for those heartburn-y kind of nights).
Finish off the bed with a couple layers of lightweight blankets, a bedspread or a comforter. Layers offer your guest the ability to add more or less heat through the night, depending on their comfort level. Also, keep a couple extra blankets in the room in case they feel cold.
Now that the bed is comfy and cozy, focus on other guest room must-haves.
Think About Organization & Electronics
You’ve arrived at your destination and you’re shown to the room you’ll be sleeping in. You notice right away the bedside table and lamp are not on your side of the bed. You like to read before going to sleep. Hard to do when the lamp is on the wrong side of the bed, especially if your spouse is traveling with you. Has this ever happened to you?
To solve this problem, put a nightstand or small table on both sides of the bed. Add lamps to each table that are tall enough to reach from the bed. Matching lamps will help tie together mismatched tables or bedroom furniture. No room for a table and lamp on both sides? Keep a clip-on reading light handy near the bed.
With tables and lighting are taken care of, give your guests options for organization so they don’t have to live out of their suitcase or keep their things on the floor. Put out a luggage rack, make space in the closet for hanging clothes, and add decorative but functional hooks to a wall or the back of the door to hang jackets, purses, or wet towels after a hot shower.
Finally, guests always come with one important little electronic: their cell phone. If you don’t have an outlet within easy reach of the bed, add an extension cord so they don’t have to crawl half under the bed to reach one.
Finish it off with Creature Comforts
For most guests, it’s the little things you do that really matter. Put a box of Kleenex along with a wastebasket in the room. Tuck a lint roller in a drawer. Add a night light for easy late-night navigation.
Add a basket filled with a couple bottles of water, a snack or two, lotion, aspirin, antacid, extra toothbrushes, and even some essentials for the ladies. I actually had a guest once with such bad heartburn in the middle of the night he went to the convenience store six blocks away for antacid because he couldn’t find where we kept it. See how great that basket of goodies would have been? I learned my lesson!
If your guest room doesn’t have a ceiling fan, offer a table-top fan for your guests to use. A lot of guests need air movement to sleep well. And the fan helps drown out household noise as well.
Guest Room Essentials Accomplished
Now that your guest bedroom is ready to make visitors feel at home, orient your guests to the room. Show them where to charge their phone and hang their towel, where the extra pillows and blankets are stashed, and how to get out if there’s a fire (especially if you have any doors or windows that are difficult to open).
After their first night, encourage them to share with you if they found a need for something that wasn’t there. And find out if they slept well or need something adjusted with the bed. Tell them you’re trying to get the guest experience just right in your home. They’ll be happy to help with recommendations if they have any.
Did we miss anything? Let us know if you have something special you do for your guests. And don’t forget to enjoy your time with them.