Creating the Perfect Place for Guests


When creating a space for your guests we often are working on the design elements and forget about the lumpy mattress our lovely overnight visitors will be sleeping on .  

Ellie Porter with Sleep Help. org  has shared all the things to look at when creating the perfect place for guests below........

You’ve designed the perfect guest bedroom, picked out the perfect furniture, and decorated to your heart’s content. Now, the last piece of the room needs to be picked out and purchased - the mattress.

Since you’ll want to be able to host everyone comfortably, your best bet is to pick a mattress that is at least a double bed. That way you can accommodate your larger friends, and their partners, without making them feel cramped.


Normally, you start the mattress hunt by figuring out the best mattress for the way that you sleep; but, since several different people will likely be sleeping on this one, you’ll want to choose one that will work for the most people.

The firmness of a mattress is rated on a scale of 1 to 10, where one is soft, and ten is firm. Most people sleep best on a medium to medium-firm mattress, which is rated between a 5 and 7. At that rating, there’s enough cushioning to make it comfortable, but it's firm enough to offer support.

If you want to get extra fancy, you can buy a mattress that will allow each side to customize the firmness. These tend to be more expensive than non-customizable mattresses. If you do decide on a customizable bed, you’ll probably also need to leave the instruction manual out for your guests.


Usually, you’ll want to replace your mattress every 5 to 10 years. Since the guest bed will be used on an off for many years, it won’t play by the same replacement rules. However, you still want to buy a more durable mattress that lasts longer than comparable beds. Mattresses are a big purchase, and if becomes uncomfortable after a few years, it probably wasn’t worth the money. You’ll want to do your research on the components and read reviews.

When you’re looking at innerspring mattresses, you’ll want to look at the gauge and types of the coils within the mattress to find the best durability. When you’re looking at memory foam and latex foam mattresses, you should look for the top layer of foam to be at least 10 inches to allow the best support. The thicker that top layer, the more weight it can handle over time. When you’re looking at hybrid mattresses, you’ll want to look at both springs and foam design.

The Extras

Grab some nice sheets and a warm comforter that will wash easily at home. You’re going to want to wash it after every guest, so make sure you buy some that will last. Leave some fresh, fluffy towels on top of the dresser so that your guest doesn’t have to go hunting for one when they want to take a shower.

You should also buy a new mattress pad that will soften up a firmer mattress to make sure that everybody can get and stay comfortable. That way, if you have guests who prefer a firmer mattress, all they have to do is pull off the mattress pad to sleep better. 

We often forget some of these really important steps when creating the perfect room for guests.  Thank you Ellie for sharing your expertise.  If you would like to have Ellie answer any more questions for you , you contact her at 

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