What can you do when you get that phone call from a friend or relative you haven’t seen in years saying they’ll be in town for a few days and will be stopping by to spend a few days? The guest room hasn’t been made over in years and has actually been used as a collection site for odds and ends that don’t quite fit anywhere else in the home. If you are expecting company and need to quickly make over the guest room so it is suitable to accommodate last minute guests, here are some suggestions that can make your life a whole lot easier.


Choosing What to Keep

The first thing you may want to do is decide what is in that seldom-used bedroom that doesn’t need to stay. So many times families lay furniture and accessories aside thinking one day to use them again, but that day hasn’t come for years. If you don’t need it, haven’t needed it for years, simply get rid of it. Guest rooms are often a storage unit for lamps, chairs and other furnishings that no longer have a place in other rooms. If you don’t really need it, take it to a local second-hand charity shop or pack it off to the dump. This should clear the room out enough so you can see what still needs doing.

Bedding & Linens

So, you don’t want to go to the expense of buying completely new bedding, linens and draperies? There’s really no need because you can use quick ‘cover-ups’ to renew quilts and comforters that have seen better days. Online merchants that specialise in duvet covers such as ThreeL can have lovely cotton duvet covers delivered as quickly as the next day and the total cost would be so much less than buying new spreads or quilts. By choosing solid colours you can match any décor in the room and at a cost much less than replacing everything from bedding to draperies.

Add a Touch of Seasonal Colour

Once you’ve cleared away the clutter and seen to updating the linens, it’s time to put a few finishing touches in the guest room. Add a touch of seasonal colour with either fresh or fabric floral arrangements. These can add charm to the room and make your guests feel warm and welcome. Even men love to stay in surroundings that reflect seasonal décor, and you can feel secure in knowing you have tidied up to make your guest feel at home. It isn’t necessary to go overboard with decorating the guest room, just a splash of colour here and there will draw attention away from furnishings you’d rather they didn’t notice.

Everyone gets those unexpected calls every now and again, so next time your phone rings to herald unexpected out-of-town company don’t despair. There are quick and easy guest room makeovers you can accomplish within a day or two and you don’t have to spend a small fortune. Decide what needs keeping and what you can do without and you’re on your way to a new look for that seldom-used room with minimal expense and effort.

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