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How to design the perfect guest room

11th December 2023 • 4 min read
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Hosting guests just got easier – and more affordable – thanks to the Forty Winks Sleep Savers range and QuickShip delivery.

Whenever the holidays roll around, there’s always a mad rush to get things organised. There’s food to buy, online shopping to do, activities to arrange for the kids while you try to get a million and one other things done… the list goes on. 

Just when you feel like you’ve got everything under control – when it’s time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour – you get a phone call from your loved ones: “Can we come and stay at your place?”. But the spare room is a mess. There’s laundry drying on the clothes rack, your work-from-home station is overflowing, and there’s gym equipment strewn across the floor.  

It can feel like an impossible task, but thanks to the Forty Winks Sleep Savers range, you can design a guest bedroom that makes your family and friends feel instantly at home. Short on notice? With QuickShip delivery available on select items in the range, it’ll all be done in a flash. 

First, consider style 

Before you begin, it helps to compile a mood board that captures the look and feel of the bedroom you’d like to create. By planning ahead, you’ll be able to find bedroom furniture that brings the room together and creates a cohesive design. 

For a clean, modern look, the Forty Winks Urban Bed Frame & Floating Base, Natural is the perfect solution. Pair it with the matching Urban Bedside Table (2 Drawer) and Urban Tallboy (5 Drawer) to transform your guest room into a serene home away from home. Or, for a guest bedroom that feels like you’re staying in a high-end hotel, the Forty Winks Plush Bed Frame, Green creates an ultra-luxe aesthetic with its opulent velvet upholstery.

It's also important to think about who will be using your guest room the most and incorporate furniture that best suits their needs. For example, if you’re likely to be hosting adults and have plenty of floor space, a Queen bed – such as the Jenna Bed Frame, White or the Jasper Bed Frame, White–is probably the way to go. 

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For a serene, modern look, choose furniture from the Forty Winks Urban range for your guest bedroom.

Prioritise comfort and relaxation

Chances are, your guests have travelled a long way to see you – so make the journey worth their while and design a space that is welcoming and relaxing. The easiest way to achieve this is with a soothing colour palette. We love seeing soft, earthy colours layered throughout a room – from furniture and art to bedding and homewares. The warm chestnut hue of the Forty Winks Urban range will complement your natural colour scheme perfectly.

You’ll also want to guarantee your guests a good night’s sleep with a comfortable and supportive mattress. The Forty Winks Active Sleep Control Mattress, Firm is a cosy single-sided mattress with a high-gusset top construction, fibre and foam comfort layers, and a continuous coil support system. Plus, it’s backed by a five-year warranty, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll be prepared for your guests’ return. 

If you really want your guests to have a memorable night’s rest, the Forty Winks King Koil Comfort Plus Mattress, Ultra Firm will conform to their body shape and provide incredible pressure relief. It’s the perfect antidote after a long-haul flight! 

Create a cosy atmosphere

Give your guests a place to call their own during their stay with a cosy and versatile bedroom design. Try layering our super comfortable and affordable Sleep Savers Balance Bed in a Box W/2 Pillows, Medium with cushions, throws and soft linen for easy daytime lounging. 

Transform an empty corner into an instant reading nook with an armchair and floor lamp, and use dimmable lamps to gently diffuse warm light and increase melatonin before bed. It’ll be the ultimate sleep sanctuary!

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The Forty Winks Dahlia range offers plenty of clever storage solutions for all your guests’ belongings.

Incorporate clever storage

Travelling without a suitcase is like travelling overseas without a passport – impossible! That’s why any good guest bedroom design needs excellent storage space. Whether your guest is staying for a few days or several weeks, being able to unpack their luggage and make themselves at home is a must. 

The Forty Winks Dahlia Bed Frame W/Drawers, White comes with two foot-end drawers to stow all of their belongings. Consider adding other bedroom furniture from the Dahlia range, such as the Tallboy (5 Drawer), Bedside Table (3 Drawer) and Dresser (6 Drawer), to give your guests (and you, when the room’s not in use) ample storage options. We also love the Forty Winks Salisbury Bedside Table and the Forty Winks Atlantic Dresser 6 Drawer, both of which look great when styled with a lamp, reed diffuser and cascading indoor plant.