Top Ways to Prepare Your Home for Future Overnight Guests

It’s expensive enough living in Vancouver to live in a one or bachelor apartment—a two place is practically unheard of. Strangely enough, most Vancouver apartments have fairly large bedrooms. I find this a bit annoying because I spend so much of my time in the main room—which is a combination space. The main room is my office, studio, dining room, living room and kitchen. If I have a couple staying over, or if my mom or dad ever came to stay, I would give them my and sleep in the living room. This way, my guest(s) would have more privacy.

So, what happens when you have unexpected company—or company that you invite over?

 

Top ways to prepare your home for future overnight guests

  1. Have a place for your guest(s) to sleep. Multipurpose sofa beds are a great pieces of furniture for this purpose—they can be placed in spare bedrooms (if you have them), a den or just in your living room. When not being used as a bed, they can easily be converted to their other purpose (a sofa).
  2. Set up a basket or drawer with things that your guest(s) would need —things like a duvet or comforter, a set of sheets, a pillow and a towel.
  3. Make sure that your guest(s) has/have a bit of privacy. This is difficult in a space like mine—but, I can have a folding screen set up in the corner of my bedroom that I move to the living room for when I have company.
  4. Have extras on hand. People often forget things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and razors. Put together a little zippered bag or basket for all these things.

Do you often have guests staying overnight? Where do they normally sleep?

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Comments

  1. These are good tips. I used to be good about all of these until we had kids. My mother in law brought over some shampoo and body wash to use because she never has any in the kids' bathroom. Oops! Thanks for the reminders!
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  2. I've been fortunate that we've always had a guest room. If we didn't we have this air mattress that fits inside our couch (with the cushions out). It's not that private but at least it's free!

  3. I have a cot with wheels that someone could use, but with two kids now we are using up the bedrooms.
    I like the idea of the screen. That would be nice in living room for some to sleep but have a little personal space.

  4. We don't have company that often, but I do have a stack of pillows and blankets in the hall closet, just in case. I should stock up on a few toiletries too, in case they forgot something!
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  5. We always have extra pillows, blankets on hand.
    I also make sure I leave a night light on in their room and lights on in the closest toilet close to them, to help them stay oriented in case they wake up in the middle of the night.

  6. Emily from Nap Time Is My Time says:

    We're on a quest for the perfect sofa bed right now! We just transformed our downstairs bedroom into a den, and now have no where for guests to sleep. I'm starting to panic, but know that we'll stumble on a cute pull out sofa soon.

  7. Great ideas! Preparing a basked with necessities is such a good idea!

  8. We used to have a guest/storage room but now it's the nursery. Keeping extras on hand is a really great tip. I have forgotten so many things on our frequent trips to my parebts' house that I now leave the extras I bought there!

  9. We don't often have people over, but we do have extras {toothbrushes and other toiletries} in case they do. Fortunately, we do have an extra bedroom, but I am using it for an office. :)

    Dawn

  10. Great tips! I always have extra toiletries. My next goal is a pull-out couch.