Here are our top tips for making your holiday visitors as comfortable as possible, while keeping your festivities-fuelled stress levels to a minimum.
Keep it flexible
A dedicated spare room with a luxurious en suite is a real bonus, but many people are now choosing to make spare rooms a multi-functional space, such as a den, office or snug for TV watching, studying or a hobby. With a sofa bed or chair sofa bed it can be transformed into a guest room in minutes. Visitors can stay over comfortably, but are less likely to overstay their welcome.
Some people keep a roll-up mattress stored away for occasional guests. This is a low-tech, low-cost, no-nonsense solution for younger people staying over, so it’s worth considering – but perhaps not for older, less nimble relatives.
Or you might prefer the sleek modern good looks of the Newman sofa bed, with its panelled, buttoned back and stainless-steel legs. It becomes a small double pocket sprung bed in a matter of seconds, or you can choose the Newman chair bed for solo guests.
Get guest ready in time for Christmas
Whatever guest bed solution you decide on, remember to order what you need in plenty of time for the holiday season. Then your guests will be refreshed, well rested and great company instead of grumpy and bleary eyed on Christmas morning… all the better for making polite conversation with granny, and helping you peel that half tonne of potatoes for Christmas dinner.