What would you like to know?
Share this Story

11 Simple touches to make your guest room feel like a holiday haven

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

Get your guest room ready for the holidays

Everything should be special about this time of year, so don't put your overnight holiday guests in a room that's not decked out for the season.

Use these tips to make sure your guests are nestled in a room that inspires visions of sugarplums and lets them wake to holiday cheer.

1. Change the sheets

Get your guest room ready for the holidays
Image: Orvis

Keep the chill off your guests during cold winter nights by switching out the regular sheets for flannel ones. Just for fun, choose a set with some holiday flare. Add some holiday-themed pillows for extra cheer. (Orvis, starting at $89)

More: 13 Guest bedroom ideas to make your guests feel at home

2. Have a great bed

Those comfy sheets won't do any good unless they're tucked into a bed that's comfortable and looks great in your room. Your guest will likely be ready for a good snooze after their travels, so it's importantto make sure they have a cozy place to rest their heads.

3. Offer holiday treats

Get your guest room ready for the holidays
Image: Eric/Flickr

Guests are always hungry after a long trip. Satisfy their hunger pangs and make midnight snacking easy by providing a holiday tin or basket filled with homemade seasonal treats. We recommend these peppermint bark brownies — no one can resist chocolate, right?

4. Set out flowers

Get your guest room ready for the holidays
Image: Laura Taylor/Flickr

No guest room is complete without flowers. During the holiday season, skip the daisies and roses and go with a gorgeous pot of poinsettias instead. As a bonus, your guests can take them home after their stay.

More: 9 Things your guest bathroom needs

5. Lay out a soft rug

No one wants to wake up in the morning and put their feet down on a cold floor. If your guest room isn't carpeted, make sure to have a soft rug beside the bed to greet their toes first thing ever morning.

6. Provide entertainment

Get your guest room ready for the holidays
Image: Stephen Nakatani/Flickr

Make sure your guests don't get bored during downtime by leaving a stack of holiday-themed books and movies in their room. Throw in some microwave popcorn and hot chocolate mix for an added touch.

7. Provide wrapping supplies

Get your guest room ready for the holidays
Image: Gill Poole/Flickr

Your guests may have saved some last-minute shopping for after their arrival. Set out some extra wrapping supplies — because it would be really awkward for them to have to ask for paper to wrap your gift.

More: Make your guest room feel like a hotel suite

8. Provide extra lighting

Give your guests the option of staying up past everyone else's bedtime without lighting up the whole house. Add a soft lamp to the bedside table, so they can stay up wrapping presents or just reading before they nod off.

9. Have fun with the extras

Get your guest room ready for the holidays
Image: Brooke Payne/Flickr

You have to set out extra towels for your guests anyway; might as well do it with some holiday flare!

10. Light it up

Get your guest room ready for the holidays
Image: Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr

It's not the holidays without a little twinkle. String some lights around the room to keep your guests feeling festive.

11. Add festive scents

Get your guest room ready for the holidays
Image: Irish Typepad/Flickr

We all know certain scents can bring back memories and change your mood. Fill the room with the scents of the holiday season using candles, wax warmers or plug-in wall fixtures.

This post was brought to you by Value City Furniture. For more inspiration, visit their blog at

Follow Us

SheKnows Media ‐ Beauty and Style

New in Home

And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .

SheKnows is making some changes!