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How to Outfit a Guest Bed

Au Lit Washed Grey Jacquard Guest Bed

We can’t believe it’s almost November already, but temperatures are dropping, leaves are turning, and magazine covers are already promising to help us find the perfect gift for everyone on our list.

It’s the season of holidays, and while we’re overjoyed at the promise of good food, great company, and general merriment, we also know that the good tidings are peppered with the added stress of overnight guests. That’s exactly why we’ve put together this handy guide for outfitting your guest bed; just one less thing to worry about in the holiday rush.

  • Go neutral: while you may switch up your own bed’s aesthetic with fair frequency, the last thing you want to worry about with a guest bed is updating the pieces season over season. That’s why we recommend keeping it simple – choose neutral colours and timeless patterns to ensure the look will stand the test of time.
 We recommend our Loft 2-Line Collection
  • Stick with synthetics: you never know if one of your guests has a down allergy or sensitivity. Save yourself the stress and go with the safer (not to mention more wallet-friendly) option.
Jasper Synthetic DuvetWe recommend our Jasper Synthetic Duvet
  • Add euros: placing euros (2 for a queen, 3 for a king) along the back of the bed offers form as well as function. They will add both visual grounding and depth while simultaneously giving your guests a place to prop up and finish their chapter (or Netflix epsiode) before lights out. If you're aiming to minimize the volume of pillows, a singular body pillow across the back of the bed is a great alternative; this will offer the same benefits with less fuss.
Au Lit Summit PillowsWe recommend our Summit Euro Pillows
Chambray Grey & Charcoal Body PillowWe recommend our Chambray Grey Body Pillow
  • Protect, protect, protect: we consider a mattress protector non-negotiable for any bed, but this is especially important when you have a carousel of guests staying the night. A mattress pad can easily be tossed in the wash and put back on the bed before the next visitors arrive.
Au Lit Mattress ProtectorWe recommend our Wool Mattress Protector
  • A light blanket: adding a blanket will not only add additional layers and texture to the bed, but also offers an alternative to the duvet for warmer sleepers, or an extra layer for bitingly cold nights. This versatile piece can even migrate from the guest room onto your own bed when visiting hours are over.
Large Waffle BlanketWe recommend our Large Waffle Blanket
  • Add a little something extra: a thoughtful finishing touch can go a long way towards making your guests feel like they're at home. A sweet scent or cozy robe are easy additions to the space that will elevate the experience for anyone who passes through.
K. Hall Peony Scent DiffuserWe recommend our Peony Diffuser
Au Lit White Micro Cotton RobeWe recommend our Micro Cotton Robe

How do you outfit your guest bed? Tweet us @aulitfinelinens with your tips and tricks.