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Find ways to give your sofa a bedroom feel.
Find ways to give your sofa a bedroom feel. / Armstrong Studios/Getty Images

Entertaining guests is a lot of work, especially when you have a small space. But don’t let that stop you from extending an invitation. “The key to success is to be super-organized,” says Kathy Bertone, author of The Art of the Visit . Use her advice on turning even the tiniest accommodations into a traveler’s haven.

Make the sofa look like a bed. “Sleeping on a sofa is not usually a problem for most people for a few nights, but it’s so much nicer if made up properly,” Bertone says. Use a fitted sheet, flat sheet, one light blanket and one heavier blanket at the foot of the sofa to give it a bedroom feel.

Share the only bathroom. Do as many bathroom routines, such as makeup and hair styling, in your bedroom to free up the space for your guests, Bertone suggests. If you must use the bathroom for a morning routine, try to get up early before your guests awake.

Light their area. Your guests may want to read at night, so Bertone suggests a free-standing floor lamp that can be moved throughout the room. And don’t forget to use subtle night lights for late-night trips to the fridge or bathroom. Make sure the lights aren’t bright enough to keep your guests up, though.

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