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Blog Sleep Tips How to Set Up a Guest Room for a Good Night’s Sleep

How to Set Up a Guest Room for a Good Night’s Sleep

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Written by Keith Cushner


Hosting overnight guests at your home can be a rewarding experience, much like gaining new family members for the duration of their stay. But it also comes with the responsibility and desire to make sure they’re comfortable and feel at home. In order to do so, you’ll need to create a great guest room.

A comfortable mattress, quiet environment, and curtains that block out most of the light can all play an important role in your guests’ sleeping experience.

Sleeping in a new environment can initially be a challenge for some house guests, especially if they’re dealing with jet lag. As a host, you can help your guests sleep easy by thoughtfully setting up a guest room so your friends and family can get a good night’s sleep during their stay.

Tips for Helping Your Guests Get Better Sleep

When setting up a guest room, think of what makes you comfortable in your own bedroom and look to incorporate those elements. Most people’s sleeping needs are quite similar, like cozy bed sheets, a quiet environment, and a room that is dark enough.

Here’s a list of tips to help you spark some guest bedroom ideas for better sleep:

Bedding Options

  • Provide Pillow Options: A sleeper’s pillow preferences can differ significantly – some people sleep best on a memory foam pillow, while others prefer down pillows. It’s a good idea to have a few different options with different lofts and materials so that your guests can choose the type of pillow they find the most comfortable.
  • Freshly Laundered Bedding: Before guests arrive, be sure to launder the bedding. If a guest room has been vacant, it’s possible the bedding may have collected dust or other potential allergens like pet hair. Pillow protectors are a good addition to a guest room to keep pillows free of stains. They also prevent pillows from absorbing dust, pollen, or dander.
  • Comfortable Bedding that Suits the Season: Just like your own bed, seasonal temperature differences call for different bedding. Guests staying in the winter months may be more comfortable with heavier bedding like flannel sheets and a down comforter that keeps them warm. Summer guests may prefer breathable sheets and a cooling blanket that won’t cause them to overheat at night.

Bedroom Environment

  • Provide Earplugs:  Some guests are lighter sleepers than others and may awaken to noises – no matter how quiet – simply because they’re in an unfamiliar environment. Providing ear plugs can help with blocking out noises, allowing guests to get a good night’s sleep with less interruptions. As a host, ear plugs are an inexpensive and simple addition to the guest room.
  • Provide Ambient Noise: Additionally, you could include a  white noise machine in the bedroom. These generate consistent background noise, masking sounds your guests may find disruptive to sleep.
  • Keep It Dark: The body’s sleep-wake cycle is sensitive to light. Be sure the guest room has shades or blackout curtains to keep the environment dark enough for your guests to comfortably sleep. This may be particularly important during the summer months when the sun sets late in the evening and rises early in the morning. Some blackout curtains also provide insulation to help keep the room at a consistent temperature.
  • Keep the Room at a Comfortable Temperature: The ideal room temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping the room within that range will ensure most guests can sleep comfortably without being too hot or too cold. Keep in mind that for infants and toddlers this temperature range is a bit higher, between 65 and 70 degrees.
  • Provide a Nightlight: Beneficial for both children and adults, a nightlight may be a welcome addition to the guest room. A dark and unfamiliar room can be difficult to navigate at night if a guest is getting up to use the bathroom, for example. Kids can be especially sensitive to a new bedroom, and a dim light may make them feel more comfortable.
  • Use Essential Oils: Essential oils can be used to create a calm and relaxing bedroom environment, better preparing your guests for a good night’s sleep. These can be applied topically, made into a pillow mist by diluting in water, or added to a diffuser for a room scent.

How to Pick a Bed for a Guest Room

The mattress you choose for your guest room is arguably the most important aspect of creating a comfortable sleeping environment, but it can be challenging. We all have personal preferences for the type of mattress and firmness level we find the most comfortable for our sleep position. Here are a few things to consider and tips for buying a mattress for a guest room:

  • Firmness Level and Sleeping Position: Mattress comfort is a subjective experience since everyone has different mattress preferences. Side sleeping is by far the most common sleeping position, so buying a mattress that’s ideal for side sleepers may be the best idea to ensure the majority of your guests are comfortable.
  • Flippable Mattresses: While somewhat rare, there are some great flippable mattresses that usually offer longer lifespans and two different firmness levels – one on each side. A flippable mattress gives your guests the option to customize their sleep experience by choosing the side that is closer to their preferred firmness. Check in with your guests before they arrive, and arrange the mattress to fit their firmness preference.
  • Size: Guest rooms tend to be smaller than other bedrooms in the house so the mattress size may be decided by what fits best within the bedroom. If space is available, it could be a good investment to outfit the room with two twin beds that can be pushed together to create a king-sized mattress. Two twin beds make it easier to host two individuals in the guest room but also allows the option to host couples in a larger bed.
  • Have a Mattress Topper Available: A mattress topper can alter the feel of a mattress, creating a more cushioning and conforming sleeping experience that some guests may prefer. Having a topper available is another way to give your guests two firmness options, since the topper will change the feel of the mattress when placed on the bed.
  • Sleep on the Mattress Yourself: Most mattresses come with a sleep trial that will allow you to test out the mattress at home for yourself. If time allows, sleep on the mattress in the guest room to see if you find it comfortable. This will also give you insight into the room environment, such as how well the curtains keep the room dark in the morning.


Providing a welcoming and cozy guest room for overnight visitors at your house will make their experience away from home that much better, and will provide you satisfaction as the host. Setting up a guest room with comfortable mattress, nice sheets, and a selection of pillows is a great start.

Smaller additions like ear plugs and blackout curtains are thoughtful touches that will make your guests feel welcome in your home and comfortable enough to sleep well.

Additional Resources

Creating the perfect place for your guests to sleep can take effort, but it’s worth it. Follow the links below to learn more:

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