Family and friends coming to stay? Spare room piled with paperwork and unpacked boxes? Never fear, for a few well-chosen purchases can transform a neglected, underused space into a welcoming guest-friendly boutique B&B-style bedroom...
Ditch the instantly deflating air bed - a great guest bed which will last for years to come is worth the investment, making a forgotten space feel like a real room. So re-jig that dressing room or home office and see what space is really free for a 'proper' French bed, that doesn’t need inflating and dressing with bed linen when you have an impromptu guest. A French day bed is also a great option if you know that your spare space or area within a room will be used for relaxing in as a sort of extra lounge or reception area space as it can be transformed from sofa to guest bed in an instant.
A substantial shabby chic style chest of drawers is a brilliant alternative to a French dressing table, providing a tabletop for guests to pop their lotions and potions on, whilst also allowing them to be able to unpack their suitcase properly and feel at home. Rather than just being used when guests are present, it also provides invaluable year-round storage space in the drawers beneath for spare luxury bed linen and more. Pop a decorative French mirror above it, a grand French table lamp and a silken goatskin rug in front of it, and you've got a complete dressing area.
Invest in one of our crisp sets of white bed linen and layer up the cosy blankets and decorative cushions for the French bed, to ensure your guests will love you for giving them a luxurious night's sleep. And to create an even cosier bed area, a deep-pile rug like our reindeer skin or an Icelandic sheepskin wouldn't go amiss, providing warmth underfoot beside the bed.
Don't skimp on the finishing touches - a beautiful candle or diffuser will be so appreciated, as will fresh flowers - even if it's just a beautiful display of ivy and berries or eucalyptus cut from the garden. Pop some little battery operated fairy lights in amongst the stems and trailing branches for a glowing touch. We love interior expert Abigail Ahern’s suggestion for filling the home with seasonal citrus scents: "if you have a real fire save orange and lemon peel and fling it in the embers and if you don’t do the same in a dying turned off oven and you will scent your home with the most intoxicating smell!" – read more here.
Once you finish all of your preparations, why not treat yourself to a stay in the room to test out what is lacking and what works and don't forget to pop in a request for breakfast in bed the next morning!
Author: Georgia Metcalfe, Managing Director, The French Bedroom Company