How to Make a Guest Bedroom Beautiful on a Budget

by Alli

How to Make a Guest Bedroom Beautiful on a Budget is sponsored by NECTAR. All opinions are my own.

My daughter’s former bedroom has been empty ever since she flew the nest. Empty is not really the right word. It’s been filled with blogging/photography stuff.

After organizing a spare bedroom, I turned it into a guest room for when the grandkids come over and I stuck to my budget. I found the most comfortable memory foam mattress with an amazing lifetime warranty! I may have to ditch the master bedroom and move in here!

At one time, I dreamed of turning this room into an office/craft room. In reality, it’s become a catchall for my business. Once I organized all my photography gear and blogging props, I could almost see the light at the end of the rainbow.

Guest Room Makeover on a Budget

Here’s the deal. When, one by one, my kids got married, I gave them their bedroom furniture so they’d at least have something to start married life with. When they were in college, their rooms stayed as is, but once they flew the coop, their bedroom furniture went with them. Am I nice or what?

My youngest daughter and I had redecorated her room a while back and I completely forgot to blog about it. So, she had brand new everything to start married life. And I was left with an empty room that quickly filled with blogging props and a huge treadmill that takes up way too much space.

Earlier I mentioned that I had grand illusions of turning the space into an office but soon realized that I need wide open spaces when I work (also known as the sofa in the great room). I don’t like the idea of being in a back bedroom. So, I decided to turn it into a guest room for the grandkids since I already have a guest room for adults.

Guest Room Makeover

My color scheme for this makeover is blues and salmon. The room is not huge (remember the giant treadmill) so I opted for a full bed. I grew up sleeping in a full bed shared with my younger sister and I turned out just fine.

Today, I’m focusing on the bed. I’ll show you the rest of the room when it’s completed. Navy is a favorite color of mine and when I saw this navy headboard, I had to have it. Plus, it’s inexpensive and I don’t want to bust the budget on the remodel.

Guest Room Makeover

For me, the most important aspect of a bed is the comfort. It doesn’t matter how good a bed looks, if the mattress is not comfortable, my guests will not get a good night’s sleep. Enter my new favorite mattress.

Guest Bedroom Mattress

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get an amazing mattress. NECTAR eliminates the middleman and markups by selling directly to you. This mattress is designed for every sleeper and the best part is the full comfort guarantee and forever warranty.

Sometimes, when we make a purchase, we just want to sleep on it a day or two before fully committing. NECTAR gives you a full year – 365 days – to decide if you want to keep the mattress. If you return it, you get a full refund. How’s that for customer service?

When my NECTAR memory foam mattress arrived, I was beyond impressed with the over-the-top packaging. It was in a huge blue bag. Underneath the blue bag, the next layer of packing reminds me of a huge duffle bag, complete with handles.

Guest Room Makeover

Then, there are two layers of thick plastic so that the mattress is in perfect condition. There’s even a tool provided so that you can open the plastic without damaging the mattress.

NECTAR is a semi-firm mattress and is covered with a lush, foam memory wrap. It also has a special breathing removable cover.

Guest Room Makeover

A study proves that NECTAR sleepers actually fall asleep 20% faster than people who sleep on regular mattresses. Does that mean the grandkids will not want to stay up all night when we have a sleepover? I sure hope so!

Guest Room Makeover


I found this colorful comforter for less than half off! It has all my favorite colors and adds just the pop this room needs.

Guest Room Makeover

Bedside Tables

Nightstands can be really expensive. Because of the size of the room, I decided to use tray tables. Plus, it’s a guest bedroom so it won’t be used as often as a regular bedroom.

Guest Room Makeover

Tray Tables are just the right size for a small lamp and a few books. The lamp was a steal at only $5.99!

Guest Room Makeover

There you have it, a guest bedroom on a tight budget! I’m so glad I finally organized this junk room. I may let the boys have my master bedroom and sleep here myself. Y’all, this mattress is amazing!

Be sure and check out NECTAR and their amazing warranty.


candy October 6, 2017 - 7:48 am

Always interesting what to do with the spare bedroom when the kids leave. Starting with a great mattress pad is key. Love the bedding choices you decided on.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All October 6, 2017 - 7:52 am

I wish I had a guest bedroom to think about decorating LOL. You did a nice job, the room looks nice, bright and cheerful.

Amber Myers October 6, 2017 - 8:16 am

This is a gorgeous room! I just love that comforter. How colorful!

Unfortunately we do not have a guest room. If we have company, one of the kids gives up their room and it’s not as nice. Ahh well.

Tomi C October 6, 2017 - 9:05 am

Our guest bedroom is sooooooo… in need of refreshing. However, it’s cost that keeps me from making the updates I wanna make. Your guest bedroom looks great and I love that you didn’t have to spend a ton of money on the updates. I’m bookmarking Nectar and will check them out. Thanks Alli.

Christy Maurer October 6, 2017 - 9:11 am

That is such a cute guest room! I love the colors you used. That blue is one of my favorite shades. And the Nectar mattress looks comfy!

Jeanettte October 6, 2017 - 9:57 am

Oh my gosh I love your bedroom! It looks a whole lot better than my guest bedroom. You have so many cute features in the bedroom. I could use you to decorate my house LOL.

Sarah Bailey October 6, 2017 - 11:22 am

What a lovely looking guest bedroom, it looks so inviting and a lovely space away from home.

Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh October 6, 2017 - 11:53 am

I wished we had a guest room. However these tips work for other spaces too. Especially all of our bedrooms!

Chubskulit Rose October 6, 2017 - 1:01 pm

This is something I need to do. Our guest bedroom is a big “blah” right now. It became one of our storage for everything lol.

Jenn October 6, 2017 - 1:20 pm

You did a lovely job. I love the bold colors that your chose. Our guest room is grey and very simple.

Terri Beavers October 6, 2017 - 5:25 pm

I just bought two new mattresses online but I didn’t know about this brand, one arrived today and the other will Monday. I still have one to go and I might check out this brand for the last one we need. I love your guest bedroom, the colors are fab.

Marysa October 6, 2017 - 8:07 pm

We have that same lamp for my daughter’s room 🙂

I really need to put together a guest room. Right now, guests use my daughter’s room and the rest of us double up. The kids love sleepovers so for now it works, but I definitely need a guest space. Your mattress looks great! It is nice to have a nice guest room ready.

Lian October 6, 2017 - 9:36 pm

If I had a spare room for guests, I would make it very comfy! I love the bedspread you chose to dress your bed. It is so cheery and cozy. A comfy mattress is also important for guests to get a good night’s sleep.

Sapphire Kharyzma October 6, 2017 - 11:53 pm

I have been considering decorating my guest bedroom. I want to make it look like a luxury hotel. I’m just nervous that the guest might not want to leave lol

Kita Bryant October 7, 2017 - 5:44 pm

Having an entire room dedicated to your work really makes a huge difference. Though she is on her own now, something really good came from it.

Mimi Green October 7, 2017 - 6:13 pm

This is a job well done. I love your color combination, I want your bedspread. I want s craft room so bad.

Bonnie G October 7, 2017 - 7:15 pm

That make over looks really nice. I love the colors. That bedspread is really pretty too.

Anosa October 8, 2017 - 12:27 pm

I am loving this memory foam mattress, I am a sucker for a good bed and if the mattress is not right, I wont sleep. I love the simple side table decor too

Annemarie LeBlanc October 9, 2017 - 5:07 am

Our spare bedroom was converted into a home office for me and my husband. We still have one empty room which is the guest/junk room. I have to take a look at this mattress. Looks really comfy. The bedside tables’ decor, books and the pink lamp look fantastic too! You really did a good job on this one!


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