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Making a One-Bedroom Apartment Guest-Friendly

In a one-bedroom, it can feel like you don’t have much room for guests. Whether your guests are visiting for the afternoon, or even staying for a couple nights, your one-bedroom actually has plenty of space to host visitors comfortably! It doesn’t have to be stressful to have people over.

Here are some easy ways to help keep your space guest-friendly while also being livable for you.

Food & Drink: Buy in Advance, and Stage It with Style

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Keep some cans of sparkling water in your fridge, and buy a few bags of chips or trail mix to store in the back of the cupboard. You can easily offer these to your guests as soon as they arrive. Additionally, this is a great trick for unexpected guests. While they’re sitting down and sipping on their drink, you can subtly dash into the bathroom to wipe down the sink.

Another way to add a special touch is to use uniquely shaped plates and serving dishes. You can find lots of options at the thrift store — look for the long-narrow appetizer trays often donated by catering companies, or wood cutting boards. A little staging goes a long way to making whatever food you have on hand look special.

Coats & Shoes: Make It Obvious

Contemporary masculine living room

As soon as they arrive, most guests will want to know where to stow their shoes, coat, and bag. Having a coat rack or shoe bin right by your front door is an easy way to visibly guide people towards the right thing to do. Help them feel at home by having a clear place for their things.

Some people like to post a sign, saying something like “Shoes Off, Please”. Signs are a great way to communicate with guests, and they can save you the time and energy (and sometimes awkwardness) of asking guests to remove their shoes or hang their coats.

Bathroom: Make It Easy

This is an easy one. Of course, you don’t need a label on your bathroom because you know where it is. But your guests don’t know! After all, who hasn’t been that person wandering around, looking for the bathroom and praying you don’t open the wrong door?

Look for a discreet sign you can mount on the bathroom door. It should be something you won’t get annoyed looking at every day. The sign could be something as straightforward as a classic bathroom icon decal (get a free gender neutral one, here!), or something artsy, like a poem or sketch about the fabulous joys of taking a bath.

Another great trick is to keep a collection of travel-sized toiletries. When you’re having people over, it’s easy to swap out your regular soap for a fresh, guest-friendly one. You can also set out a set of shampoo and conditioner with their towels, which helps them to not use yours!

WiFi: Don’t Make Them Ask

a wood desk with laptop and salt lamp and plant

Displaying your WiFi code is not just a tip for Airbnb hosts! This is the ultimate way to make your place guest-friendly. It’s kind to help your guests conserve their data usage, especially if they’re coming over to work on a project with you. But for overnight visitors, it is absolutely essential that they know how to access the Internet.

Plus, WiFi networks and passwords can be a fun opportunity to share your personality! It’s fun when a visitor can guess the name of your network based on your interests. So write out and frame your network and password, and mount it in your living room somewhere obvious.

Sleeping Arrangements: Easy Set-Up, Easy to Hide

Bedroom with towels on bed

For one-bedroom dwellers, this can be the trickiest part of having guests over. It can be challenging to figure out how to provide a second bed, a set of bed linens and towels, and create room for your guest’s belongings without totally destroying your living room. Lots of people use futons or sofa beds, of course, which can be a couch during the day and a bed at night. A nifty idea is to apply smart glass film to the windows in your guest’s area. This way, they can control the flow of daylight.

But our best tips for overnight guests involve clever storage. An ottoman with storage provides the perfect way to add extra seating to your living room while also stowing guest linens invisibly inside. Similarly, if you can spare the space, it’s really lovely to be able to offer your guests part of an empty console or bureau in the living room to store their items.

This tip works in the bathroom too. By using containers in your bathroom, you can easily gather up your own stuff and set out an empty container for your guest’s items.

Your Own Stuff: Quick Storage

Finally, our best tip for making your one-bedroom guest-friendly is to have quick storage options around for all your own stuff. This way, whether you have lots of notice, or none at all, you can use your baskets or crates to quickly contain your mess and tidy up, leaving more space for your guest to feel at home.

Guests generally care more about the cleanliness of the room and bathroom more than anything else! Don’t sweat! Check out our cleaning guide for guests.

There you go! We hope these tips are useful for making your one-bedroom space more guest-friendly.

Just remember, most people aren’t coming over to inspect your house, they’re coming over to hang out with you. Being present with your guests and checking in about their needs are the simplest ways to be a good host, no matter the size of your home.

Happy hosting!

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How to make your home more inviting

loungeAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 35 million Americans move house every year. To some the thought of moving is filled with intimidation concerning cost, labor, and leaving family. But for many, transitioning out of an old space leaves endless possibilities for how you can create your new home. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with endless design and decor ideas on what you want your space to look like. Having a starting point is essential. We’ve curated some tips on where to begin when creating your cozy and inviting home.

Make Your Home Yours

Your living room is probably where you’re going to be spending a large chunk of time while at home, so ensuring it’s an inviting and welcoming atmosphere is important. Always create a physical space for yourself to sit and quiet your thoughts, so you can relax from the stressors of everyday life. It will also contribute to better mental health.

Find the right furniture that not only fits the room well, but is comfortable and makes you look forward to relaxing after a long day. If you have company over, you’ll want the space to accommodate them also. By requesting a custom design package, Furnishr will help you choose the best combination of furniture and accessories that fit you and your space. All the furniture and accessories will be delivered and set up altogether too!

Gallery Wall

Reminder of your best memories

Empty walls can make a room feel sparse and barren, the exact opposite of inviting. There’s no better way to gain visual appeal in a room than to create a gallery wall filled with photographs. The gallery wall is where you can exhibit your own personal style by showcasing pictures in alluring photo frames that catch the eye. A gallery wall gives the sense of a lived in, homey feel. It’s not only a great conversation starter when you have company, but you’re reminded of special moments with friends and family as you pass by. Interchanging photos every so often can give your wall a refresh as well as highlighting other pictures that don’t see as much traffic.

The perfect conversation starter

Paintings and art prints are another addition to feed your gallery wall. A study published by University College London revealed that looking at art can make you happier. Art induces feelings comparable to looking at someone you love. To find art that you enjoy and is unique and personal to you, look at online shops where you can find prints that are inexpensive, yet make a statement. Artwork can evoke dialogue, and because it’s subjective, people can have different opinions on it. You’re able to gain insight on what your guests interpret from the cool print that you’ve incorporated into the space.

Homey Aromas

candles and accents to add aroma

Something that isn’t recognized often is the scent of a home. A fresh bouquet of flowers fill a room with natural perfume, plus they’re a subtle way to enhance a coffee table or counter area. Getting a candle of a scent you enjoy will set a mood when you light it. A study from the Smell Report showed that pleasant fragrances have been found to have positive effects on moods in all age groups. When picking a scent for a room, consider how the smell will compliment the space and help enhance it. Be careful to avoid an overbearing scent that takes away from the room, a clean fresh fragrance is ideal for an area such as a living room.

A Pop of Accents

Use colors and textures in pillows and throws

Pillows and throws are a home accent that can add character to a home instantly. Find pillows that contrast the furniture in the room. This will give form and flow to your furniture, a variety of textured pillows will highlight a solid colored couch. Throws are a great addition to enhancing a home, you can lay one (or a few-the more you have, the cozier movie nights are) on a couch to add another layered element to the room. If you have neutral furniture, a brighter colored pillow or throw can complement the overall aesthetic and tie the space together.

 

Layering rugs is the trend

Layering multiple rugs in a room adds dynamic visual appeal to the space. Rugs instantly add a homey feel to any area and can help fill a space without physically cluttering a room. Playing around with different textiles, colors, and placements can accentuate your personal aesthetic when you walk into the room. Positioning one rug on top of another in a diagonal formation will create the effect of a walkway, almost leading guests to whatever furniture is lined up in the path. When placing rugs, make sure to consider the features and size of the room. It can be easy to go overboard and totally overwhelm a space if your rug choices don’t fit the dimensions and color of the room accordingly.

Personal Memorabilia

Showcase only your most favourite items. Be sparing and tasteful.

Your home should reflect your personality and tell your story- design and decorate with personal items that make you happy. Making an inviting home is all about expressing your uniqueness and individuality so people can get a sense of you. Your personal style is the first priority in crafting your space, so highlight the things that cater to your taste. If you have a collection that you’re proud of, don’t be afraid to showcase it! A huge part in creating your home is to add elements that make you excited to walk back through the door, as well as inviting others into a space that you love. Your home is your own personal sanctuary. So you need to make it yours!