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Prepare your home for guests this Christmas

Nov 16, 2021 | Inspiration

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With Christmas fast approaching, now’s the perfect time to get your home ready for overnight guests. Whether you’re entertaining the in-laws or have the entire family coming to stay, hosting can be hard work. Ease the stress and help your guests feel welcome with our handy tips and ideas.

Sort out the spare bedroom

Is your guest bedroom looking a little unloved? Then there’s no better time to freshen up and get things in order. Clear any clutter and focus on giving guests a comfortable place to rest their heads after a day of festive fun.

If your spare bed has seen better days, then it might be time for an upgrade. From the Beneroti Classic White Double Bed Frame to this indulgent Layla Linen Upholstered Super King Bed Frame, we sell a wide range of beds to suit your needs. And don’t forget to stock up on some good-quality bedding and fresh towels to give visitors that hotel experience.

You’ll also need to think about storage if you want to avoid a clothes mountain on the floor. A spacious chest of drawers or wardrobe, will help to keep your guests’ possessions in order, while a bedside table is perfect for storing those night-time essentials.

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If you don’t have the luxury of a spare bedroom, then you might want to invest in a sofa bed. Practical and comfortable, they make a great addition to a living room, playroom or office and are ideal if you have occasional overnight guests.

We have a variety of sofa beds available, including this ‘clic-clac’ style Arvika Fabric 3 Seater Sofa Bed. What’s more, our sofa beds come in a variety of sizes, colours and fabrics, so you’re sure to find something to suit your home. Shop the full range of sofa beds on our website.

Get tidying

Want to create the illusion of more space? Then a good tidy up and declutter is essential. Clear excess items from key communal areas such as the hallway, living room, bathroom and kitchen. Storage boxes and baskets are great for keeping toys, shoes and magazines out of sight.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more permanent option and have the space, consider buying a sideboard. They’re ideal for storing all sorts of items – from extra crockery and glassware to tableware, drinks and paperwork. We have a wide range of storage and display solutions available online, including sideboards, display cabinets, shelf units and more.

Christmas is also the perfect time for a deep clean, so get scrubbing, polishing and vacuuming to ensure your home is in guest-ready condition before visitors arrive.

Make visitors feel at home

Create a cosy and inviting atmosphere by adding some blankets, cushions and throws to your living space and guest bedroom. Not only will soft furnishings add warmth, but they’ll also encourage guests to relax and feel at home.

Or why not go one step further and buy an electric blanket for the ultimate toasty treat? Our electric blankets come in a range of sizes and include handy features such as dual variable controls, body responsive temperature sensors and auto shut-off.

You can read more ideas to make your home warm and cosy this winter in our blog.

Think about your dining spacedining inspo blog

Have you thought about how you’re going to accommodate guests at mealtimes? If your dining table only seats four, but you’re hosting for 12, things could be somewhat cramped!

Make sure there’s room for everyone with an extendable dining table. A great space-saver, they can be kept closed for everyday dinners and then folded out to seat extra guests on special occasions. Our Incanto Oak Dining Table comes in a range of sizes and is the perfect solution to your entertaining needs.

When it comes to seating, consider a dining bench. Practical and stylish, they can seat more guests than individual chairs and create a more intimate dining experience. Plus, they’re incredibly flexible. For example, when the bench isn’t in use, you could move it to the hallway to create a handy seating area for changing shoes. View our range of dining benches on our website or speak to a member of the team to find out more.

Bake some festive treats

What better way to greet your guests than with some freshly-baked treats? Whether it’s mince pies, yule log or cookies, preparing some festive goodies is a great way to welcome your visitors – especially if they’ve had a long journey.

Or why not start the party early and serve up some warming mulled wine, classic eggnog or delicious hot chocolate? It’s a sure-fire way to get guests in the holiday spirit and kickstart the festive celebrations. View our selection of food preparation appliances and hot drinks machines online or in-store.

Hosting guests at Christmas doesn’t have to be stressful, especially if you start preparing your home well in advance. Explore our furniture and homeware collections for more inspiration and then sit back, enjoy yourself, and let the festivities begin!

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