12 Ways To Turn Your Guest Bedroom Into A Cozy Retreat- The Ultimate Post

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You want to turn your guest bedroom into a cozy retreat.  Your family, friends and overnight guest are important to you.  You want them to feel welcome.  You need to create a  warm, inviting, and cozy environment.

First, decide what style you want.  You can mix elements from other design styles to keep it fresh.  Start with the foundation, a good mattress, and great pillows.

From there you get to do the fun stuff.   Add texture with duvets, occasional pillows, throws, rugs, drapes, and blinds. As you add each piece your room starts to evolve and your imagination soars.   This is when you become unstoppable.  You have a vision and you want to create the guest bedroom of your dreams.  You leave nothing to chance. Now let’s start with the foundation, the bed.

1.  The Bed, Sweet Dreams And Pleasant Mornings

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The bed is a big decision when designing your guest bedroom. The mattress will be the most important choice. The headboard and footboard may be beautiful to look at but the mattress is the foundation.   Have you ever visited relatives or friends with an uncomfortable bed? The mattress was so hard and lumpy that it ruined your whole visit?   We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep and feel rested. Lumpy bed, grumpy head.
There are so many mattress choices out there.  Where do you even begin?  Let’s get started.

Which type of mattress is best? by Julia Sagar

One of the hardest decisions can be which type of mattress to choose. Here’s a quick run-through of the main options:

  • Memory foam mattress:  made from mouldable material that responds to your temperature and weight, and adapts to your body as you sleep. Great support and comfort. It can be more expensive.
  • Pocket sprung: supports you with thousands of small springs inside their own fabric pockets. They adapt to your body shape and isolate movement so you won’t feel your partner tossing and turning.
  • Latex: breathable, springy material that’s exceptionally durable and resilient.
  • Hybrid: offers a combined support system, often with a pocket-sprung base and memory foam top layer. They’re responsive, supportive and popular with people who want the best of both worlds.
  • Continuous and coil: made from a single looped wire, or single springs fixed with one wire. These are cheaper and less likely to give a good night’s sleep.
  • Bed in a box:  this refers to a delivery method, in which mattresses are compressed, rolled or folded into a box for easy home delivery. They’re usually foam, or a memory foam and spring combination.
Before buying a mattress, make sure it’s the right size. Your mattress – like your bed – should be 10cm longer than the tallest person sleeping in it. It should also be wide enough for you and your partner to put your hands under your head without your elbows touching (or without touching the edge of the mattress if you’re not sharing).
Next, do the hand test: lying down on your back, push your hand under the small of your back. If you can’t, the mattress is too soft; if the gap is very large, it’s too hard. And if you have a partner, make sure they try it, too: what feels fine on your own may be like a bouncy castle with someone else on board. Lastly, also check whether a mattress needs turning. Many don’t these days, but if you’re considering one that does, make sure it has handles.
 The best mattress is the one that gives you the best night’s sleep and is within your budget.
Next,  what size?   This also depends on the size of your bedroom.
  • California king:   72×84
  • King:  76×80 inches
  • Queen:  60 x 80
  • Full/Double:  53×75
  • Twin:  38×75

Queen is the most common size purchased for a guest room.  But don’t rule out twin beds for the guest room. Twin beds give you more flexibility. When hosting girlfriends, grandkids or even couples (there is always a snoring partner) twin beds will work better. You can also push the twin beds together to make a King.  There are many options, find the one that works best for you.

 2.  Pillows:  Dreams Are Made On These

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 Provide quality pillows in varying materials, styles, and firmness. No pillow is a true one size fits all.  Choosing a pillow comes down to your personal preference.  The goal is to align your head and neck so when you are lying down your neck isn’t tilting in any direction.
Down pillows can be pricy, but worth it if down is your pillow flavor.   You can choose between soft /medium/firm.  Make sure you pay attention to the cover as well as the fill.  100% organic cotton is always a good choice. Down is not for everyone and some people are allergic to it.   There are other materials, of course, foam, fiberfill, memory foam and more. Get to know your pillow materials.
  • Down pillows tend to be the fluffiest. A combination of down with feathers will be firmer and often less expensive. Down alternative pillows can still feel soft and offer good support. They are usually made with synthetic fill and are more affordable than down. Either way, make sure the outer fabric is tightly woven with no fibers or feathers poking out.
  • Memory foam pillows are thicker and firmer. Solid memory foam is a little firmer. Memory foam clusters, feel more plush to lie on while still offering the support of foam.
  • Hybrid pillows mix foam clusters and fiberfill so you get the best of both categories.
 When purchasing a pillow, check the label to make sure how to care for them. Most are machine washable, but some are dry clean only.  Your pillow will last longer if you wash it two to four times a year.   Pillow protectors will help keep your pillows clean and safe from wear. The same way you protect your mattress. This may seem overkill when choosing pillows for your guest room.  But you only need to do the work once.  You are now the infamous pillow expert.

 3.  Linens And Things