Create An Inviting Guest Bedroom With Tips From Fine Hotels

Opening your home to friends and family is part of the holiday season, and you want your guests to feel welcome. If you will be hosting anyone overnight in the upcoming weeks, take some time now to plan ahead and create a wonderful retreat for your guest bedroom. Here are 10 things fine hotels do to make their guests feel special so they look forward to coming back:

Guest bedroom
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Use soft linens

Launder linens the day before your guests arrive, so they smell fresh and feel crisp. Invest in a high-thread count set of sheets, which will be soft and comfortable. If your guests are visiting during winter, make sure to provide extra blankets, and consider flannel or microfiber sheets, which will be warmer.

Provide a clock radio

If your guests want to wake up early, make it easy by providing a clock radio with an alarm. This will also allow your guests to listen to music while they fall asleep.

Prepare the bathroom

Make sure your guests have extra towels in the bathroom, so they can easily freshen up during they stay. Put out a basket of toiletries, including soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and consider offering a robe they can use if the bathroom is down the hall or shared with others.

Pay attention to the details

Fresh flowers on the nightstand of a guest bedroom are a nice touch, as is including candies, bottled water and a book or magazine for reading. Be sure the room has adequate light for reading.

Ask about food preferences

Before your guests arrive, find out if they have any food allergies or diet restrictions. You’ll want them to feel at home; set up a coffee and tea station in the kitchen so they can help themselves if they wake before you in the morning.

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Provide easy access to electronics

Help your guests connect online by writing your WiFi password on a notecard on the nightstand in your guest bedroom. You can also give a quick tutorial on cable remotes, and provide a cable guide so your friends can find their favorite channels.

Plan activities

If sightseeing is on the agenda, provide information on all your area has to offer. You can plan this ahead of time, and pre-purchase tickets to ensure you get your first choice.

Provide a place luggage

Think about where guests can set their luggage in your guest bedroom, such as a luggage rack, bench or chair. Suitcases can be dirty, and your guests will be glad they don’t have to place them on the bed.

Clear room in the closet

Make space in the closet for guests to hang clothes. Be sure you provide enough hangers, as well as floor space for shoes.

Think about the kids

If there will be children, consider their special needs. Look into renting a crib if you don’t have one. Place socket protectors on outlets, and gather age-appropriate games and activities.

Final tip: Before guests arrive, consider spending the night in your own guest bedroom. You’ll experience firsthand your own hospitality, and will welcome them with confidence later.


How to Buy a Bedroom Set

Your bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your house. It’s where you spend about a third of your time, and it’s where you begin and end each day. Creating a relaxing setting is important, and that means choosing the right furniture is key. Here are five things you need to know about how to buy a bedroom set.

How to buy a bedroom set
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1. The size of your room

To create a calming setting, don’t overwhelm your room with furniture. Choose the right size and style of pieces by considering your square footage and layout. Measure the wall space, including door and window frames. This will help you determine how many pieces will comfortably fit.

2. The size of your bed

From twin to king, beds come in a variety of sizes and it’s one of the most important considerations for how to buy a bedroom set. Before you go out and buy the biggest bed you can find, determine how it will fit in your room. Select the wall where you’ll place the bed, and measure how much room you have. Here are the mattress measurements:

  • Twin: 39” x 75”
  • Twin XL: 39” x 80”
  • Full: 54” x 75”
  • Full XL: 54” x 80”
  • Queen: 60” x 80”
  • King: 76” x 80
  • California King: 72” x 84”
3. The amount of storage you need

How much clothing you have and how you prefer to store it will help you determine how many storage pieces will fit in your bedroom. Do you need a dresser and a chest of drawers? Would two chests of drawers be better? Can you combine a nightstand with a small chest to maximize space and storage? The options are limitless, so make sure you maximize your room.

4. Your décor

Consider the atmosphere you want like to create in your bedroom and choose a style to match. You’ll find everything from traditional to contemporary, modern, rustic, urban, casual and mission. You may also decide to pair an upholstered headboard with wood furniture. Or create an eclectic grouping by mixing styles and finishes. It’s your room – let your personality shine!

5. Your palette

The color or finish of your bedroom furniture can have a big impact on the overall design of the room. Dark-toned woods work well with traditional décor. Black, white and espresso are great for contemporary rooms. If you love cottage style, choose furniture with a distressed or painted finish. Mission style bedrooms look great in oak and cherry finishes.

How would you describe the style of your bedroom décor? Let us know in the comments below.


Storage Must-Haves for Kids

If getting your child to clean their room is a constant struggle, it may be time to set them up for success. Too often kids’ rooms become activity catch-alls: part bedroom, part den, part playroom and part library. Keeping all of those tasks neat and contained is a challenge – especially when you’re four feet tall or under. Smart parents take time to bring in storage solutions for kids that can make cleaning a room easier. Here are ten tips for helping your child’s keep their room tidy:

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1. Include them in the organizing process

It’s tempting to rush in and take care of it, but getting your child’s input on furnishings and where things go is important. If they have a say, they’re much more likely to keep up with it.

2. Get rid of extras

Make sure everything that is in your child’s room needs to be there. For example, store out of season clothing and neglected toys in bins in the basement or attic.

3. Create zones

Organize your child’s room with a designated area for sleeping, studying and playing. Then add storage solutions for kids that can accommodate the items needed for those tasks. Place a bookshelf near a beanbag chair for reading, for example, or include basket or bins for storing toys.

4. Set a limit

Keep things fresh by keeping toys to a minimum. Decide on a number of items that is manageable and rotate out the toys so they play with them more.

Storage solutions for kids
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5. Reclaim wasted space

Maximize storage capacity by looking up and down. Choose a bed with storage drawers built in the base – perfect for storing clothing as well as toys. And hang pocket organizers on closet doors to hold small items such as socks or stuffed animals.

6. Display special items

Have a space where your child can keep treasures, such as trophies, awards, artwork and vacation souvenirs. A shelf or bulletin board will keep these things neat and contained.

7. Think small

Consider your child’s size when you bring in storage solutions for kids. For young children, keeping shelves low will encourage them to put things away. Make sure closet rods are multi-level, helping your child get ready in the morning.

Storage solutions for kids
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8. Label where things go

Help your child know where things belong by making it clear. You can use words, pictures or a combination of both.

9. Color code for siblings

If children share a room, consider assigning each a different color. Then use bins and hangers in those colors for their toys and clothing.

10. Schedule in regular maintenance

Make cleaning up a habit by creating a routine. For example, create a rule that beds must be made before breakfast. Or wind down every day with a 15-minute tidy-up session before bedtime. Set a timer and it will feel like a game.

When kids make picking up their rooms a habit, the whole house will feel more organized!


How To Purchase Your Child’s First Bed

Going from a crib to a “big boy” or “big girl” bed is a big step in your child’s life. While some parents choose to transition to a toddler bed, going right into a regular size bed is just as easy, saving money in the long term. When buying a child’s first bed, here are four things to consider.

 

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Start by identifying the right size

Twin, full or even queen are great choices, and which you choose will have to do with the space in your child’s room. Twin mattresses take up the least amount of space, which is nice if your child’s room is small or you want to provide lots of floor space for playing. If your child will have sleepover guests when they get older, twin beds can be outfitted with trundle beds. Or consider full- or queen-size beds when buying a child’s first bed, which provide extra room for spreading out or sharing with friends.

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Select the best mattress

Kids need a mattress that will offer proper support and pressure relief. Since they probably can’t tell which mattresses feel best, Art Van PureSleep takes out the guesswork with our patented diagnostic machine, ensuring that your child has a more restful and productive sleep.

Sleep helps us all retain what we learn during the day. At night, we go through different stages of sleep where our minds are working, filing and organizing all of the information we collect during the day. If the mattress doesn’t support your child properly, he or she will toss and turn and that can lead to fragmented memory and trouble in school.

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Set a realistic budget

While it’s tempting to allocate most of your budget to the headboard and frame, the most important investment is the mattress. When buying a child’s first bed, know that a good quality mattress will last through childhood. You can always purchase a headboard and frame later.

Invest in safety accessories

When you’re buying a child’s first bed, consider their safety. You can purchase guardrails that prevent your child from falling out of the bed while they sleep. Another option is to purchase a bed that doesn’t require a foundation, so your child is lower to the ground. And make sure to place a rug or carpet around the bed to reduce the chances of slipping and falling.

Moving into his or her own bed is an exciting time for your child. Make sure you celebrate the milestone by creating the perfect setting.


An Adjustable Bed Helps Everyone Sleep at Night

If you think adjustable beds are for only hospitals, think again. Chris Schollenberger, director of PureSleep at Art Van Furniture, says power base beds, also known as adjustable beds, offer lifestyle benefits. And they’re more versatile than you think.

“With a power base bed, you sleep better, live better and feel better,” says Chris. “And the health benefits are amazing.”

Power base bed
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Power base beds can raise the bed up to 70 degrees at the head and 40 degrees at the foot. We sat down with Chris to learn about their great features, and here’s what he had to say:

What are some of the health benefits?

Adjustable beds help alleviate a lot of common health issues. Those who suffer from acid reflux can adjust the bed just 10 degrees to let gravity keep acid down at night. People with asthma or airway issues can adjust the head of the bed five to 10 degrees to help aid with breathing. If you or someone you love snores, power base beds can help. Some beds have an anti-snore button that will automatically adjust the bed to the best angle for breathing.

Those with chronic back pain can elevate the head and foot of the bed. Or if you have circulation issues, adjust the bed to keep your feet up. Some of the beds even have a massage feature, which promotes good circulation.

Power base bed
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What about lifestyle benefits?

If you like to read, elevate your bed upright to 70% and enjoy a book in your quiet bedroom. You can also watch TV in bed sitting up. And if you bring work home, get away from the hustle and bustle of your home, and sit in your bed with your laptop.

Are adjustable beds expensive?

No. They’re very affordable. In fact; the prices are dropping as power bases become more popular and mainstream. The base model starts at $429, and virtually every mattress Art Van Furniture carries at its PureSleep locations is power-based compatible.

Power base bed
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Will my bedroom look like a sick ward?

No. In past, these beds used to look like hospital beds. Now they look like furniture. Most bases include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities built in. Some models include a nightlight under the bed, which makes it easy to get up at night. And you can plug in and charge your phone from your bed.

The great thing about power base beds is that it’s there when you need it. When it’s flat, you can’t tell the difference between the power base bed and a regular foundation. But it’s convenient to have the option to use it whenever you want.