Whether they’re just stopping in for a visit or staying overnight, when guests have a bathroom designated just for them, it makes them feel more welcome and comfortable. It can also make you feel less pressured to make sure the bathroom you use is not only available when they need it, but also clean, and in a presentable state. After all, when guests pop in unexpectedly, how likely is it that your bathroom will be as clean as you want it to be? Especially if you have messy kids! If you have a guest bathroom in your home, be prepared for guests by making sure it is stocked with these must-have items.
Hand towels are essentials in guest bathrooms. But if there is any chance you may have overnight guests, you should consider some nice bath towels as well. The softer the better, obviously, and using high-end cotton-like Supima® ensures they will stay soft and fluffy. You can even have them monogrammed with your initials for an added special touch. Consider the color of the towels, too. You’ll want them to match your bathroom walls, rugs, and shower curtain if you have one. Take your towel rack into consideration as well. If you have one small hook next to the sink for a towel, a small hand towel is fine. If you have an extra-wide towel rack, it might look better with a bath towel (or two) folded neatly over it and then a hand towel folded over each bath towel.
Extra toiletries are especially convenient for guests who need to spend the night. Think of the items you might want to have if you were staying at someone’s house. Examples include spare toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel. A hairdryer is also nice if you have an extra. There’s no need to make a special trip to the store and grab everything you can think of, and it doesn’t need to be expensive or high-end. Just take a look next time you’re at the store to see if there is anything on sale that you wouldn’t mind using yourself if you stayed at someone’s home. Then store the items in a drawer, or arrange them neatly in a basket on a bathroom shelf our countertop.
Your bathroom rugs in your spare bathroom should not only look good but also be comfortable. That means occasionally vacuuming them or giving them a good shake outside to freshen them up and get rid of dirt and dust. Make sure they are non-skid at the bottom too so they don’t slide around and pose a safety risk to you or your guests. Take the color into consideration as well. They should match your bath towels at least somewhat and fit the overall theme of the room. That doesn’t mean everything has to be the same color. Just make sure the colors go well together.
A bathroom with empty walls can look a little bit cold and unwelcoming. Even if your spare bathroom is on the smaller side, you can still find some nice, small wall art to brighten up the room. It doesn’t even have to be a painting or photo; it can be a sconce with a candle or vase. Especially if counter space is limited, a hanging a wall sconce is a great way to maximize the space in your bathroom and make it look nice.
You know that feeling when you go to a hotel and they have clean fluffy robes and slippers for you to use? You feel a little special knowing that it is something that only the nicer hotels offer. The same holds true when you have guests at your home. If you have a couple of fluffy flannel robes hanging in your bathroom or folded in a drawer for them to use, they’ll feel so spoiled that they may not want to leave.
Other than making sure your guest bathroom is stocked and ready for guests, there are a few other things to consider. First, although you want it well-supplied, you don’t want it cluttered— especially with personal items. It’s also a good idea to make your guest bathroom off-limits to your family as much as possible, just so you can ensure it always looks just how you left it. Be sure to pop in for a light cleaning now and then, and your guests will not only feel at home but also impressed by your hospitality.