Getting your guest bedroom ready now is the answer to a stress-free Christmas

Giving yourself one less thing to think about when friends and family descend for turkey-time by sorting out your guest space is the key to Christmas happiness

Bedroom with large double bed in by And So To Bed
(Image credit: And So To Bed)

OK, so the dreaded C’word might not yet be on your radar and, to be fair, we’ve not carved the pumpkins yet. But if you’re the sort who leaves everything to the last moment, arriving at 25th December in a sweaty mess of stress and frustration, ticking just one thing off the endless festive to-do list may well make all the difference. 

And the one job you can do now that's unlikely to be quickly undone before the festive season (unless you're awash with visitors)? Sorting the guest bedroom. Want to create a guest-perfect space? Amy-Kate Crane, buyer at And So To Bed, tells you how:

  • The bed is the focal point, so choose something inviting yet a little unusual. Opting for sumptuous velvets, or striking metals are the perfect choices for evoking a welcoming, festive feel.
  • Buy the best quality mattress to ensure your guests get a good night’s sleep. Look for those that feature luxury pocket springs and natural materials such as fleece wool, cotton and horsehair to ensure comfort and support. A good quality mattress will ensure longevity and, as it will only have light use, you won’t need to replace it often.
  • Guests may only be staying for a night but don’t forget essential furniture, including somewhere to hang up that party frock. The storage space can also prove useful for your family’s off-season outerwear, plus smart furniture will create wonderful symmetry in the room.
  • Bed linen, cushions and accessories are finishing touches that will ensure your room feels like a haven and not just a neglected spare bedroom. Choose neutral colours here to create a calm environment for your guests and allow the bed frame to take centre stage.
  • The benefit of an ottoman bed is that it provides you with ample hidden storage, meaning that the room feels dedicated to your guests’ comfort as well as your storage needs.
Linda Clayton

Linda is a freelance journalist who has specialised in homes and interiors for the past 19 years, beginning on a trade rag for the Daily Mail Group and now writing full-time for the likes of Homes & Gardens, Livingetc, Country Homes & Interiors, and of course Real Homes. Linda is our resident mattress reviewer. She spends at least a week on every mattress she tests for us, as does her ever-patient husband. In reviewing mattresses for us for more than a year, she has become something of a very opinionated expert. She lives in Devon with her cabinetmaker husband, two daughters and many pets, and is locked in an on-going battle to drag their red brick Victorian home out of 1970s swirly-carpet hell...