From daggy spare room to guest re­treat

When it comes to cre­at­ing a wel­com­ing room for vis­i­tors, con­sider bed­room suites and plenty of space to park a suit­case

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The guests are due to ar­rive in days, and the spare room is a mess.

Sa­man­tha Clarke from Fo­cus on Fur­ni­ture shares some tips to make the bland­est room a wel­com­ing re­treat.

“When it comes to cre­at­ing a wel­com­ing guest room, less is of­ten more and with smart plan­ning your guests will feel like they’ve stayed at a five-star ho­tel,” Ms Clarke said.

“Think about what lug­gage they will bring with them and en­sure that the room is not clut­tered so you can leave plenty of room where your guests can put their be­long­ings.

“When shop­ping for beds in a guest room, and if you have ad­e­quate space, con­sider buy­ing queen beds rather than sin­gle beds as it pro­vides suf­fi­cient sleep­ing space for a sin­gle per­son, cou­ple or sib­lings.”

A co-or­di­nated bed­room fur­ni­ture range can also be a saviour for those over­whelmed at the prospect of styling and dec­o­rat­ing a wel­com­ing guest room.

“Bed­room suites are a won­der­ful so­lu­tion when cre­at­ing a guest room as they pro­vide match­ing fur­ni­ture pieces at af­ford­able prices and you can save time shop­ping around for dif­fer­ent pieces,” she said.

“They do the hard work for you, so all you need to do is add the fi­nal touches and style the room how you like it with pil­lows, cush­ions, bed linen and a bed­side lamp.”

Ms Clarke sug­gests a bed­room suite such as the Boule­vard four-piece bed­room suite with tall­boy (pic­tured) for $1399.

If space is an is­sue, con­sider a com­fort­able and prac­ti­cal sofa bed.

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