If you have a guest room in your home, or even better, a guest house, you may be wondering how much you should spend on guest furniture for those that come to stay with you. There are many variables in deciding this, one of which is your budget. If money is no object for you, you can get whatever you wish and whatever you think is going to give your guests a memorable stay. On the other hand, if you are like most people, you have a budget to worry about and that makes your choices a bit harder. When being a good host or hostess is important, choosing the right furniture may not be as hard as you think.
First, think about how often you plan to have guests. If this is going to be a regular thing for you, you want to spend a little more on guest furniture so that the things you buy are going to last. When you buy something inexpensive, you run the risk of it breaking and/or wearing out really fast when you have a stream of guests that come in and out of your home. You do not have to buy the highest quality in guest furniture, but you should make sure what you choose can hold up to some wear and tear.
Many people use their old bed for guest furniture when they get a new bed. That is fine, but make sure you have your mattress cleaned. If you do not have an old bed for your guest room, you can buy a decent bed or futon, but be sure the one you choose is comfortable before you buy. If someone stays with you a week, they are going to feel awful from sleeping on a bad bed. If you are getting a pull out couch, make sure you lay on the pull-out on your own before you buy. Many new ones today are great, but there are still some that can cause a lot of pain even after just one night on it.
You have more to think about when you are getting your guest furniture though. You want a guest to have some type of seating, even if you only have a guest bedroom. A nice chair with good back support is a great idea, and you do not want to forget to offer a dresser for a guest that is staying longer than one night. These things can be found in pretty good shape from a secondhand store if you wish, or you can find lesser quality but decent pieces of guest furniture at your local furniture store. To save money, you can get do it yourself shelving and other small touches for the room to save money.
If you have a guest house that you can fill with guest furniture, you can see what you have that you no longer use. At the most, you need to have a bedroom suite, a table, and a decent couch and chair for a living area. You can again buy used if you wish, or you can find what you can online to have it shipped to your home. DIY kits are great ways to save money, but remember these items are not always the sturdiest. Your guests, in most cases, won’t care about how much you spent as long as the items look good and are clean.