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10 ways to get your spare room ready for guests

Your out-of-town guests will soon be arriving so it's time to get that spare room ready. Ensure you don't miss a thing with our 10-step checklist.

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​1. Start with a matching set of bed linen, freshly laundered for each new guest (yes, they will know the difference). Invest in a mattress protector, and take a long, hard look at your pillows. If they're not up to your own standards, don't expect your guests to sleep on them.

​2. Add some extra layers to the bed for a cosy feel. Think about a generously sized cushion for reading or a soft throw for the end of the bed.

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​3. Your guests will thank you for a bedside lamp that they can reach without getting out of bed. Check the bulb, then check it twice.

4. Pop a vase of fresh flowers or a pot plant on the bedside table for a pretty touch. Add a small tray for bits and bobs and a glass for water.

5. Include a selection of books and magazines and a scented candle or diffuser. It's finishing touches like these that make your guests feel at home.

6. Overseas visitors will appreciate a local guide book, a bottle of water, sunscreen, and of course, snacks for the jetlag hours.

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7. Put fresh towels in the room before your guest arrives. And by fresh, we mean luxuriously thick. This is not the time for second best. Add a hook behind the door for a towel or robe.

8. A selection of often-forgotten bathroom products is a thoughtful addition – sample size shampoos, toothbrush and toothpaste, razors and soap will keep sartorial standards up. A hairdryer completes the hotel feel.

9. If your spare room is equipped with a wardrobe, make room for your guest's clothes (and don't forget coat hangers). If not, a coat rack can do the trick, at least for short stays. A bench or ottoman is useful as a luggage rest, if you have the space.

10. Corral a spare phone charger and a power adapter in a small box or basket along with spare keys and details of your home wifi password. Rethink this tip if you have teenagers visiting.
Selma Nada Rajah 16 December, 2019

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