With just days to go until the holiday, many of us will be preparing to host house guests – be it for the day or longer. I’ve rounded up some tips to get guest-ready this Christmas.

Surfaces are at a premium when visitors pile up with luggage and coats, so invest in a decent coat hanger to keep coats neat, and tidy away clutter to ensure plenty of space to store suitcases.

This decadent Pedestal Coat Hanger will be a feature piece in your home and a shame to hide away with hats and coats.

Pedestal coat hanger

Consider updating your sitting room or study with a sofa bed (far more comfortable than the dreaded airbed).

The Rochelle Sofa Bed combines roomy seating and sleeping in a classic modern form. This piece changes from a sofa into a bed with consummate ease and with a five inch, coil sprung mattress, it’s a comfy place to sleep.

For a pop of colour, the Choice Art Deco Sofa Bed comes in a beautiful blue, with 1920s curves and a comfortable, two-fold memory foam mattress.

Choice Art Deco sofa Bed

If visitors will be sleeping in spare bedrooms, don’t forget to clear space for them to hang clothes in the wardrobe, or invest in a clothes rail.

When getting ready, they will want to admire their outfits for the festivities, so make sure you have a decent full-length mirror handy. The Huxley Standing Mirror has a simple design that looks perfect with other pieces from the Huxley Collection, but is versatile enough for any bedroom.

Huxley mirror

Transform a spare room into a stylish haven with layers of bedding, cushions and a stylish side table and lamp. The Myers Low End Bedframe is a great choice for a guestroom, accompanied by the Azalas Three Drawer Bedside Table and Teal Geometric Lamp.

BARKER AND STONEHOUSE Myers 135 x 190cm Low End Bed Frame

If you may have unruly house guests, why not position the House Rules Canvas Sign somewhere that they will notice it? A humorous gesture that will make for an interesting talking point!

House Rules Canvas Sign

On the big day, everyone wants to be seated comfortably for the epic feasting that typifies a Christmas lunch or dinner.

Extending tables can be a clever solution for those who don’t want to take up too much space day-to-day. This Nevada Dining Table is beautifully crafted in solid walnut and comes with six chairs, making it perfect for family use.

Nevada Dining Table & Six Chairs

Invest in a few extra chairs for dinner parties, which can be used as occasional seating around the house.

From everyone here at Barker and Stonehouse, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebrations.

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