[media-credit name=”bigstockphoto” align=”alignleft” width=”300″]Bedroom[/media-credit]   Whether or not you can dedicate a spare bedroom to this, you still may need to put together a room for company this holiday season. Likely your guest room doubles as a sewing room or serves another purpose. That is all fine. Just clear out the room some or at least a nice space around the bed to give them room for their things and a comfortable spot to end the day.

THE BED  If you are able, choose a very comfortable bed for your guests. A memory foam topper can make a world of difference but often tally up to around $150.  A comfortable mattress cover can also make a nice difference. If you haven’t an extra bed, you might think about getting a quality air mattress. They can be placed over a box spring, over an uncomfortable sofa bed mattress or on the floor.

BEDDING: Think beyond clean bedding; think about adding sheets with a high thread count and other comfort items often supplied by fine B&B’s:  a featherbed mattress topper, a choice of pillows, a cozy down comforter, extra blankets, and freshly ironed pillowcases. Leave a few chocolates on the pillow for an extra touch and an extra set of bath linens for each guest.

SPACE , LIGHT  AND THINGS:  It is good to have a luggage rack or small table to set their suitcase  on. A chair is another handy item if there is room. Some people do not sit on a bed. If possible, get rid of everything in the room that you would not find in a nice hotel. Leave the alarm clock, a mirror and a small night light.  A table and a lamp near the bed are useful as many people like to read before going to sleep. Leave open a closet showing some empty closet space with 6 or 8 hangers for your guests who may need to hang up clothing. A hook on the wall is also handy for robes and purses. If you are offering empty drawer space, leave the drawer(s) open and hang the fresh towels over the open drawer. Layer a nice piece of tissue or gift wrap to line the drawer(s). Choose window coverings that offer privacy and light control.

An extra key to the house may be helpful to guests. For a final touch, a basket with some fruit, candies, cookies, and of course the latest edition of Mountain Valley Living Magazine for their enjoyment!