Holiday visitors can enjoy reading near windows with horizontal fabric shades

Nov 16 2010

Hosts can make overnight guests comfortable with a few homey touches.
Hosts can make overnight guests comfortable with a few homey touches.
A visitor who stays over during the holidays can be made to feel at home even when the host doesn't have a spare bedroom.

Easy-to-store feather beds come in full-size, but can be folded up when not in use during the visit, according to

"It can be rolled up tight for easy storage, and the extra layer of cushioning makes the couch - or the floor - that much more comfortable," Meryl Starr, author of The Home Organizing Workbook: Clearing Your Clutter, Step by Step, told the website.

Other welcoming moves are to supply travel-size toiletries, including shampoo, toothpaste, a small bar of soap and lotion, as well as providing visitors with towel sets in a different color for each guest.

If visitors can unpack their belongings and hang them on a garment rack, it eliminates the problem of having clothes draped over furniture. A suitcase stand, or an empty bureau drawer also encourages guests to keep their things in order and off the floor.

A comfortable reading chair near a window, and a stack of magazines and paperbacks, also makes guests feel at home. A horizonal fabric shade allows them to adjust daylight by controlling the angle of the slats, and close them for privacy at night.
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