Make Your Guest Room Spectacular With This Furniture

By Gretchen Kernbach on September 6, 2016

This article is brought to you by CORT Furniture Rental. We take the hassle out of furnishing your new place so you can do more important things like read this article. Learn more about why furniture rental is the best way to get a great looking apartment.

When decorating your home, the first rooms that usually come to mind are the bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom. Once you become more settled in, other rooms like the office and basement come into play.

But what no one really ever thinks deeply about is the guest room. And I don’t blame them. I mean, the room isn’t even for you, it’s for guests.

Let’s put it this way — if you just throw an old bed and dresser in an empty room, no one will want to visit you and stay overnight. Now, you do not have to go spending $10,000 on the spare bedroom, but you should make an effort to create a warm environment.

So what exactly should a guest room entail?


First thing’s first – the bed. Yes, you can use an old bed frame from college or one off of craigslist. No, do not use a dirty, old mattress that has been around for more than 10 years. Either buy a whole new mattress, or spruce up a (sort of) old mattress. Again, not more than 10 years old.

Go out and buy a decent mattress foam pad and topper. That way you are not completely breaking the bank, and not breaking your guests’ backs. And on another note, this bed should be at least full-sized.

Same with the mattress — using old bedding is unclean and unflattering. Go out and buy an adult-looking, neutral comforter set. Start a color scheme with the bedding and work with other furniture from there.

According to, “if your extra room is small, there’s probably not enough space for a proper reading chair. Solve this problem with a body pillow — your guests can use it as a makeshift couch during the day and snuggle up with it while they sleep.”

Besides the bedding and mattress, the next essential piece of furniture should be a dresser. Anyone who is staying in your guest room obviously packed clothes for the next day. Don’t be that host who makes their guests keep all their stuff in their suitcases.

Find a dresser with at least four drawers, that also matches the bed frame. You have to keep the color scheme alive.

Since the top of the drawer is easily accessible, place a mirror above it. This will come in handy if there isn’t a bathroom directly connected to the guest room. A lamp on top of the drawer wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

In addition to the drawer, the only other big piece of furniture you should have to buy should be a bedside table or two. This gives you more space for another lamp (lots of lighting is better than none). Also, this will probably be the “space” for phone charging. People like to have their phones close to them at night and in the morning for any quick looks on social media or exchanges of messages.

Magazines and books can also be kept in the nightstand for your guests’ pleasure. According to, “A late-night read is a great way for a guest to wind down, and if it’ll be an extended stay, your visitor may want to cross some novels off of her reading list.”


Now that you have the basics, that should all be color coordinated, time to pick out some extras for living/decorating purposes.

According to, “Ensure that guests don’t miss any planned activities (or an early morning flight) by placing a small clock in their room.”

Sometimes phones do not make the best alarm clocks. All you need is a $20 electronic one to guarantee no one misses an early morning.

In addition, place a woven basket in the corner of the room or in the closet that is filled with guest towels. That way they aren’t searching through your house for extras or even sharing yours. In addition, you could also place a robe or blanket in there for extra comfort.

You cannot ignore the windows. Pick out a nice pair of curtains. By nice, I mean ones that actually block out the sunlight. Your guests’ sleeping preferences might be different compared to yours, and having the sun wake them up early will make for an unpleasant stay.

If you have room, don’t hesitate to fill the space with a desk or a chair. The desk can be a workspace or function as a vanity. It is best to find pieces of furniture that are versatile.

There are many different ways you can style a spare bedroom, but the key is to make your guests feel comfortable. If you can just fit a bed, make it as homey as possible. The more you can add, the more you should try to fill the room with relaxation.

Looking for an easy way to furnish your off-campus apartment? Renting furniture from CORT saves you time and money. See how easy it is to get great looking furniture without breaking the bank.

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