Sim­ple steps to spare room suc­cess

Uxbridge Gazette - - Your Home -

The guest bed­room – or ‘spare’ – isn’t nec­es­sar­ily the most well-kept room of the house. If you’re lucky enough to have one, it’s prob­a­bly ei­ther a dump­ing ground or used as ex­tra stor­age space most of the year – mean­ing a mad dash to clear the clut­ter when vis­i­tors are booked in.

You can trans­form a ne­glected spare room into a space that’s invit­ing and stylish. Give it a lit­tle TLC, splurge on new bed­ding and per­haps a few fun – or lux­ury – lit­tle ex­tras here and there, and you’ll have it look­ing (al­most) as fab­u­lous as a bou­tique ho­tel room, but with homely touches too.

Fol­low these five sim­ple steps to styling the spare...

STEP 1: SLEEP LIKE A LOG

“Many peo­ple have no idea how com­fort­able their spare bed is, so I al­ways sug­gest you ‘road test’ it to dis­cover any lumps or bumps or com­fort is­sues,” says He­len John­son, from The Fine Bed­ding Com­pany (finebed­ding.co.uk), which sells a wash­able Spun­down range, in­clud­ing pil­lows and du­vets, with items from £20.

“A new mat­tress en­hancer or top­per may be all that’s needed, which is cheaper than re­plac­ing a mat­tress but can mimic a new bed feel. Next, check care la­bels on filled du­vets and pil­lows to see if they can be ma­chinewashed at home. Feather and down du­vets and those with­out guid­ance la­bels need to be pro­fes­sion­ally cleaned. Fi­nally, give pil­lows and du­vets a good shake be­fore dress­ing the bed,” she adds, “to even out the fill­ing and re­turn their plump­ness.”

STEP 2: IN­TRO­DUCE HO­TEL CHIC

It’s the lit­tle things in life that count, and kit­ting out a room with a few prac­ti­cal items – like a mir­ror, a side ta­ble, or an ex­tra chair – can make all the dif­fer­ence. Guests will feel com­fort­able and cared for, al­most like be­ing at a ho­tel.

“A pile of clean tow­els (prefer­ably that have been given 10 min­utes in the tum­ble dryer on the day guests ar­rive, so they’re fluffed up and fresh) tied up with rib­bon will help cre­ate an invit­ing at­mos­phere,” ad­vises He­len.

“Fill a ‘just in case’ bas­ket with es­sen­tials, like mini-toi­letries, a tooth­brush, hair­brush, shower cap – things that are all to easy to for­get in the rush of pack­ing presents and clothes. Pro­vide a spare mo­bile phone charger and your home Wi-Fi code writ­ten on a post­card as well.”

Haru small sofa bed £279, Made.com

Sains­bury’s Home grey knit­ted Sherpa throw £35

Sains­bury’s Home Ur­ban Es­cape felt stor­age bas­ket £18

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