| Kim Cook |
ONE of the nicest things about the holidays can be the chance to see friends and family from far away. In some cases, that means finding sleepover space in your home.
Even those short on space can make guests feel welcome and comfortable, says New York interior designer Elaine Griffin.
“I’m a native of the Deep South, so hospitality – and its cousin, sociability – are never far from my mind, especially during the holidays,” Griffin says. “The more the merrier! I live in Manhattan, land of the notoriously cramped and tiny apartment, where one can’t let a minor detail like the absence of a dedicated guest room derail the pleasure of hosting overnight guests.”
First, she says, consider your guest’s age. “Asking seniors to sleep on air mattresses, for example, is cruel and unusual punishment.
If you can afford it, consider investing in a chair bed – a smaller version of a sofa bed that can pull double duty in an apartment or home office.
There’s also no denying the convenience of an inflatable mattress that can be stored away easily.
A nice floor basket can corral essentials.
Include a few toiletries and some bottled water. And prepare a binder with instructions on how to work the tech appliances in your home in case you’re out or asleep; include Wi-Fi passwords, too. (AP)