Traveling for business no longer means living in a stale, cookie cutter space with no personality. Fully furnished apartments take the mystery out of how to make corporate housing like home, especially for individuals who travel for weeks or months at a time, there are special touches you can add to make home feel closer.
What Corporate Housing Already Comes With
While it is true that some lodging in the hospitality industry comes with only the bare necessities and scarcely more than a bed and television, Murphy’s Corporate Housing Associates (MCHA) offers fully furnished apartments with more square footage, separate rooms, and all the comforts of home.
A corporate apartment typically features:
- Multi-room layout (primary bedroom, primary bath, living area, full kitchen and a dining area)
- Modern décor designed to mimic home
- Functional, comfortable furniture
- Elegant interior design
- Modern technology (wide screen TVs, high speed internet)
- Full kitchen with appliances, pots and pans, and tableware
- In unit washer, dryer, and iron/ironing board
- Fitness center
- Business center
These features are designed to help guests feel comfortable when they are away from home for business. Guests have plenty of space and privacy in which to unwind and rejuvenate.
More Ways to Make Corporate Housing Like Home
Amenities that come with upscale apartments are comforting and generous, but there are special touches guests can utilize to turn their temporary living space into something more like home:
Personalizing the space.
An excellent way to personalize the space is with framed photos of your family, friends, and loved ones to place throughout the rooms. It keeps them close even when you are miles apart.
Lightening up the atmosphere.
Consider the role light plays in your home. Do you prefer natural light or soft low light from a lamp or special bulb? While opening the shades and curtains is the easiest way to brighten the space, if you’d prefer something cozier, bring a bulb with a soft hue from home to add to a lamp in the space.
Adding touches of warmth.
Some travelers prefer minimalistic spaces while others add touches of home such as decorative pillows, an accent rug, or a cozy throw blanket. These are easy options for making a space feel more like home.
Making the bedroom a refuge from busy days.
While the other rooms in an apartment are meant for eating and entertaining, the bedroom should be a haven of relaxation and comfort. Some guests may find that bringing their own pillow can make sleeping away from home more restful and enjoyable.
Creating a space that promotes well-being.
While not necessarily considered décor, there can be some things that can help promote the same feelings of well-being you have when at home. This may include a Bluetooth speaker so you can listen to your favorite tunes. Another idea is to bring a yoga mat so you can stretch in the mornings to start the day. Oils or diffusers can also be lovely additions as some scents, via aromatherapy, encourage feelings of relaxation.
Bringing your pet.
For many travelers one of the hardest parts of being away from home for extended periods of time is being without a loyal pet. Most corporate apartments have pet-friendly units and many properties feature fenced in areas for your dog to run and play.
Personalizing Your Corporate Apartment Increases Productivity
Business travelers may not have control over flight delays or local traffic, but they can have control over personalizing their space to increase productivity. When personal elements from home are added to a corporate apartment it allows business executives to focus on the task at hand rather than missing home.
By implementing some of the tips above, it can take the guesswork out of how to make corporate housing feel more like home. Set the tone your way and make the most of your travels.