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The 30-minute guest room makeover

Do you have family coming to stay these holidays? Don't panic, you can create a sweet guest suite in as little as 30 minutes. For a bigger guest room makeover, spend two hours or a day to have everything ready for a full house. Shop all the guest bedroom essentials here. 

Image via Urban Outfitters.

Image via Urban Outfitters.

• Clear out any unnecessary clutter (we're talking neglected dumbbells, your forgotten knitting project and hubby's fly fishing collection) and make sure there's enough space for clothing to be hung and/or folded in wardrobes, and bulky luggage stowed.

• Re-make the bed with fresh sheets, including double pillows and extra blankets so guests don't have to request them. Plump everything up and don't forget those hospital corners!

• If your visitors are due to arrive after dark, pop on the bedside lamp or light a candle for an inviting glow.

Image via Doherty Design Studio. Image via Doherty Design Studio.

• Empty a full section of the wardrobe if not the whole thing, fill with quality hangers and line the drawers (pretty wrapping paper cut to size will do the trick).

• Actually take the time to style the bed. That means scatter cushions and an elegantly folded throw. Perhaps you could go all-out and fill a vase with cut blooms.

• Include hotel-style essentials, like fluffy towels, a robe, toiletries and a hairdryer.

Image via Design Sponge. Image via Design Sponge.

• Place small rugs or sheepskins either side of the bed for a soft touch when your guests wake up.

• Update nightstands with items that are relevant to your guest. Possibly a selection of literature, newspapers and magazines, or a puzzle book such as sudoku. Remember to check that the alarm clock shows the time accurately.

• One thing that most guest rooms lack is a full length mirror. Ensure there's one in your guest room.

• If your guests are travelling with young children, a trundle bed or spare mattress could be set up on the floor. Make the bed and provide home comforts like bedtime stories and a snuggly teddy bear.

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