Basement Family Room
When guests arrive this basement family room is quickly converted to a welcoming guest room with a pull-down Murphy bed. Night table trays pull out from the custom built-ins to hold a lamp or glass of water.
Photography by Brandon Barré
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2. Add silken furnishingsLayer your bed with plush linen – add a satin bed cover and pillow cases. Choose bed linen with a thread count of at least 300 (the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. The higher the thread count, the softer and smoother the sheet). When selecting pillows, look for those with down fillings (these are the soft under-feathers obtained from geese, ducks and other waterfowl) that keep the pillow soft and don’t let them lose shape easily. Tip: Choose your mattress carefully – a mattress that is either too hard or too soft can result in back pain. One easy way to determine which one is right for you is by lying flat on the mattress and placing your hand under the small of your back – if there’s a gap, it suggests the mattress is too firm. If pushing your hand underneath is a struggle, it’s too soft.Find bedroom products on Houzz
Guest bedroom basicsIf you have a spare room to offer the guests, there is nothing like it. A day before they arrive, go for a thorough dusting and vacuuming of the room. Extra pillows, sheets, quilts that you keep in storage tend to develop a certain odour; air them out in the sun for a couple of hours. Prepare four sleeping pillows – mix medium, soft and firm ones, and a couple of throw cushions for the bed. Use clean and ironed bed sheets and covers for pillows and cushions. For winter time, keep light and heavy blankets on the bed, and if possible, even a light throw for daytime use. Your guest room must also include a cosy sitting area where your guests can spend some time on their own. A two-seater couch with a small table or two arm chairs with an ottoman will do well.