Making visitors welcome includes furnishings that will keep them comfortable

Apr 18 2011

Something as simple as laying out a guest's towels will make them feel at home during a visit.
Something as simple as laying out a guest's towels will make them feel at home during a visit.
With the onset of spring, families start getting ready for visitors and family reunions that aren't as easy to accomplish when snowstorms and blustery weather threaten to interrupt get-togethers.

But if a home doesn't have a guest room to accommodate overnight visitors, homeowners can still provide comforts to make their guests feel welcome.

Setting up a corner where they can store their belongings can include a small table to use as a nightstand and a comfortable chair where they can relax and read.. Easy-to-store feather beds come in full-size, but can be folded up when not in use during the visit, according to

To make visitors feel welcome as soon as they arrive - especially after they've come from a long distance - set out a small snack on their nightstand, such as a bottle of water with some fruit, a granola bar or packaged nuts.

Other welcoming moves that hosts can make include supplying their guests with travel-size toiletries, including shampoo, toothpaste, a small bar of soap and lotion. Providing towel sets in a different color for each visitor and leaving them on the guest bed, nightstand or bathroom counter will eliminate any confusion about what towels they should use.

"If they’re early risers - earlier than you, anyway - leave out some basic breakfast goodies for them to help themselves. Don’t forget the dishes and silverware, too," recommends "Even if you don’t drink it, a coffee drinker is always thankful to have the means to make a cup of joe in the morning."

Supplying a guest with a garment rack, suitcase stand or some space in one of the home's closets also helps them keep their clothing in order during the visit.

If the visitor's reading chair is near a window, it helps to have a window treatment such as roller shades that can be adjusted to manage the light and provide privacy as needed. They are an affordable and easily adjustable window covering that comes in a range of colors and materials for any décor.

In addition to magazines, some guests might enjoy a book of word puzzles and a collection of short stories because they may not be able to finish a novel by the time their visit ends. "If they're in town for vacation," advises, "provide some brochures about tourist spots, a map and something unique about where you live."
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