7 Affordable Ways To Upgrade Your Guestroom

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Let’s be honest — your guestroom isn’t the most inviting. In fact, if you were the one who had to stay in there, you wouldn’t give it a five-star rating.

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But now, let’s pretend you have out-of-town guests coming to visit soon and you’re finally ready to transform it into a luxurious space instead of the random room where you stow all your extra belongings. Here are seven tips to give your guestroom a much-needed makeover while staying on a budget.

Get a Mattress Topper

There’s a pretty good chance the mattress in your guest room is either your old one or the cheapest one you could find at the store. This obviously doesn’t make for the most comfortable sleeping experience, but buying a mattress topper is a cheap and easy way to change that.

Target sells the queen-sized Room Essentials 5-Zone 1.25-inch Foam Mattress Topper for just $25. Bed Bath & Beyond also offers the Simply Essential 1.5-inch 5-zone Foam Full Mattress Topper in neutral for $30.

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Invest In New Bedding

Chances are, you don’t have a dedicated pair of nice sheets for your guest bed. In fact, the sheets and the comforter are likely items that used to be on your own bed before you upgraded to new ones.

Target sells a Room Essentials Solid Microfiber Reversible Decorative Bed Set With Throw — which includes a comforter, two pillow shams, decorative pillow and throw blanket — in size full/queen for $49. Pair it with the Room Essentials Solid Jersey Sheet set for $35.

If you’d rather pick up everything you need in one purchase, you could opt for the Sweet Home Collection Luxury Bed-in-a-Bag With Sheet Set — which includes a comforter, flat sheet, fitted sheet and four pillowcases — starting at $48.59 for queen-sized.

Pick Up Meaningful Extras

In life and your guestroom, it’s the little things that mean the most. Seemingly small touches like making sure the room is equipped with a clock, phone charger and a blissfully-scented candle will make guests feel right at home.

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The Container Store sells the super chic London Clock Co. Mini Desk Clock for $17.99. You can get a small Chesapeake Bay Candle in Relax + Restore for $7 on the Yankee Candle website, and head to Walmart for the Onn. Wireless Charging Pad — compatible with all Qi Enabled Devices — for $9.88.

Hang a Full-Length Mirror

After getting dressed, you probably like to check yourself in the mirror before leaving the room. Guess what? So do your guests. Having to chase down a mirror to make sure their shirt and pants really go together or do their hair is annoying, so make sure there’s a nice mirror in their room.

Lowe’s sells the Styleselections White Framed Full Length Door Mirror — sized at 14-inches wide by 50-inches high for only $7.98. You could also opt for the Room Essentials Over-the-Door Mirror at Target, priced at $17.

Create Space for Their Things

Like most people, you probably use the closet in your guestroom for extra storage. There’s nothing wrong with this, but you do need to make room for your guests’ clothing to fit in the space too, as well as provide extra hangers. 

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If you don’t already have one, buy a dresser so they can neatly tuck their folded clothes away. You’ll also want to make sure the top of the dresser is empty, so they can use that too.

First, pick up an 8-pack of Bumerang wooden hangers at Ikea for $5.99. Then, get the Tvilum Portland 3-Drawer Jackson Hickory Chest of Drawers for $75.29 at Home Depot or the Porch & Den Zoe 3-Drawer Engineered Wood Chest, starting at $79.99 on Overstock.

Purchase New Lamps

Overhead lights serve a purpose, but most don’t create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Placing lamps on the bedside tables gives guests the option to choose their preferred level of brightness while making it much more comfortable if they want to read before bed.

Cost Plus World Market sells the Brass Manvi Accent Lamp With Black Shade for $19.99. You could also opt for the Threshold Polyresin Wood Accent Lamp for $12.

Redecorate the Walls

If your guestroom walls can best be described as a mismatch of art that didn’t work in the other rooms, it’s time for a revamp. Choose a theme and head to the store to buy wall art that truly works together.

Etsy, Art.com and Society6 all have a massive selection of wall décor priced under $25.

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Jennifer Taylor is a West Coast-based freelance writer with more than a decade of experience writing about anything and everything. Since earning her MBA, personal finance has been her favorite topic, as she’s passionate about writing stories that educate, inform and empower. Specifically, she specializes in budgeting, debt repayment, savings and retirement.
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