Bedroom Tips For Hosts

Your bedroom at home should be relaxing, a comfortable soothing place where good quality sleep is a big factor here! For guest’s on vacation, well it’s pretty similar but with a little less stuff around! A guest’s bedroom should be the same in terms of a relaxing soothing place but should also be spotlessly clean (yawn… as always Fiona! ) and contain far more wardrobe space (ideally empty).

Colours decided on here should be soothing, calm and relaxing such as greens, blues, soft greys or beige, creams and whites. Vibrancy and colour, of course I love and recommend but should be emphasised with soft furnishings such as cushions, throws, curtains and rugs. Use colour in pictures too and if you need to bounce some light into the room a mirror will do the trick. Sheets, well after trying various routes we eventually have choose all white. This from a hosts point of view is essential due to the quantity of laundry and washing whites together and not running colours etc

Very important primarily is good quality bed mattress, a bed protector, then a white 80% cotton/20% polyester mix correct sized white fitted sheet, and then during the summer months a white sheet and a blanket or throw at the end of the bed. In Autumn and winter, the white sheet on the bed then becomes a good quality duvet with a white duvet cover, with again a throw or a cosy blanket made available.

The pillow sizes we always choose are 70 x 30 however did you know in Germany their standard size pillow is a large square size? Phil found this out whilst at Octoberfest this year and became a fan of the big pillow, although that could have been to do with the quantity of German beer consumed! Back to our standard 70 x 30, and our 60x 40 cushion, the pillows and cushions along with the pillow cases I have chosen are from Ikea, the top quality selection.

The beds must be made up with that professional look, all smooth clean lines and no creases. [pullquote]You want the bed to look as inviting as you’d see in a home decor magazine[/pullquote]

We like to hide the base of the bed with valence, it really does not look great if you can see under the bed or perhaps the legs of the bed as soon as you walk in, unless the bed is very ornate! I call them a bed valence but I have heard another expression is called  a bed skirt – whichever.. it really makes a difference visibly!

Freshly painted, the walls should be very clean and a picture or 2 or even 3 is ideal. A set of pictures look wonderful in a bedroom. Keep the pictures suitable to the style, whether its modern, 70’s or old world.  Don’t be afraid to be experimental! Try mixing a genuine old painting for example in a modern setting, it can work really well. With this scenario it really is a case of trial and error.. can or cannot work. You should be able to tell straight away!!

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.10.37A wardrobe is an essential piece of furniture in the bedroom, in the master bedroom at least. It should be clear and provide quality matching wooden clothes hangers. It shows your guest you’ve thought of everything.  Nice smelling anti moth sachets are recommended. A cosy addition is a blanket folded perfectly and an additional  set of sheets is also an appreciated extra.

Bedside tables and lamps are a must have. Don’t forget in the master bedroom you are focusing on a couple staying here and so quantities of two. Two same bedside cabinets and 2 same lights thank you!. Don’t forget how much this is emphasised in feng shui! These 2 bedside lights and a main bedroom light is good.

For night time check ins I always make a point of turning on the bedside lights, dimmers and lamps are on instead of the main lighting. Don’t forget it’s their first impression and this will create a good homely relaxing feeling.

Separate to the master bedroom we have decided that it is best to keep these secondary bedrooms more unisex. We host many families and as much I would love to personalise the decor to the type of guest, I’ve always kept these room much more natural tone and introducing colour again with soft furnishings. Then no on will be put out!!

Towels – after experimenting with different presentations with towels we have decided on rolling the large bath towels for each guest at the end of the beds. We think it looks professional and we have all smaller and hand towels folded and placed in the bathroom.

Extra tips!..

 – Nice idea is to have a small tray with a glass bottle of water and 2 glasses on the chester drawers or on the dressing table. You should always find very reasonably priced bottles in an interior shop. Then choose your 2 best glasses.

 – Two white cotton robe dressing gowns – This is a great touch, that goes down really well with our guests.

 – For honeymoon couples grab a few fresh roses from you nearest flower shops and throw fresh rose petals on the bed along with one single red rose.

As always I hope this helps, please leave any comments or questions below

Happy hosting,



'Bedroom Tips For Hosts' have 7 comments

  1. May 25, 2015 @ 8:55 pm Chester

    Hi Finoa,

    Great article. I live in the caribbean and have a few questions:

    Do you think a TV is necessary in all of the bedrooms or just the living room?

    I have a 2br condo and was wondering would a queen bed in the guest room be more practical or a pair of twin beds?


    • May 27, 2015 @ 12:23 pm Fiona

      Hi Chester,

      Thanks so much for you comments. One TV in the living room is sufficient. In our apartments we do not have a TV in any of the bedrooms. With regard to beds in a 2 bedroom place the ideas setup would be one double bed in one room and twin beds in the second bedroom. Hope that helps:)



    • March 30, 2016 @ 8:57 pm Terry Doyle

      Wow! Turning the lights down for evening arrivals. That is something I’d never think of but makes perfect sense. I can well imagine you are a super-hostess, Fiona. That kind of attention to detail is what keeps ’em coming back and I’ll bet you get plenty of repeat guests.

      I do tend to disagree about the TV in bedrooms. It’s the only place we watch b/c I loathe the look of a naked TV on display in a common area. It does allow guest to congregate around a football match but it’s just not where we’d watch. So, our VRBO/Airbnb listing has a TV in 2 of the 3 bedrooms.

      Also, if guests aren’t related parties, one watching football in the living room might be a bother to the other party who wanted to watch cricket or the derby. 😉


  2. September 18, 2015 @ 8:31 pm Sebastian

    For fresh flowers we can always help


  3. October 27, 2015 @ 7:05 pm Megan

    Thanks for these great tips. We totally agree, making the extra effort to make your room beautiful and thoughtful goes a long way.


  4. April 18, 2016 @ 4:52 am Liga

    Hi Fiona,

    Thank you for wonderful article! 🙂
    I love Airbnb and I just become an Airbnb host.
    I was wondering maybe you have any great suggestions whic are your prefered bed linen brands?!

    I`m still new here and I`m trying to improve my Airbnb listing all the time!!!

    Let me know if you are sometime in my lovely country.

    Thank you and Have a wonderful day! 🙂

    Kind Regards,



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