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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
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.
- 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
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.