Guests Rearranging Furniture in a Hotel Room?

Whenever I stay in a room at a hotel or resort property, I like to try to ensure that I am as comfortable as possible: perhaps I will prop up a couple of pillows; fold over or remove the duvet on the bed; or adjust the television so that I can watch it from the desk at where I am sitting instead of from the bed itself…

Guests Rearranging Furniture in a Hotel Room?

Hampton Inn & Suites By Hilton Calgary — University Northwest

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

…but the other night, I spoke to a friend whom I have known for years and who works at a hotel property — and the friend could not believe how many guests have rearranged the furniture in the guest rooms during the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

I did not exactly understand the comment; so I asked for clarification.

“For example, the bed was moved from being against the wall to being against the window,” my friend told me. “Or, a dresser was moved to a corner of the room. Or, the television was moved from the top of the dresser to the top of the desk. Sometimes all of the furniture in the room was rearranged. I have never seen so much furniture rearranged in so many rooms.”

Neither of us could figure out why guests would want to rearrange the furniture in the room — or even leave the furniture rearranged after they checked out of the hotel property — but my friend was not happy about having members of the staff at the hotel property work on rearranging the furniture back to their respective places.


Hampton Inn Chester

To cover the fixed platform under the bed, skirts are usually used to hide the platform itself. Photograph ©2016 by Brian Cohen.

Many hotel and resort properties which are part of a budget brand or a brand in the middle range have beds which are secured on fixed platforms, which solve several issues: the bed cannot be moved; members of the housekeeping staff do not need to clean under the bed and therefore can clean rooms faster; and guests do not have to be concerned with losing any of their belongings under the bed.

Furthermore, the television is either anchored to the surface on which it rests; or the cords attached to it are not lengthy enough and cannot be unplugged or removed — but in either case, moving the television itself rather than simply adjusting it can be difficult.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lawrence

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

I have been in spacious suites which were fully furnished; and I can see rearranging the furniture in a suite to create more room if I was hosting a gathering of colleagues in it during a business trip. I can also see staying at an extended stay hotel property for a lengthy period of time to increase comfort…

…but I cannot recall a time in which I have been in a room at a hotel or resort property and I have rearranged the furniture in the room — and even if I did, I would ensure that the furniture was returned to their original locations prior to checking out of the hotel property.

I have been known to move a chair on occasion or some other small or movable piece of furniture; but I always returned it back to where I found it.

Using several different types of terminology or parameters, I attempted to search for discussions posted to FlyerTalk with the topic of rearranging or moving furniture in the guest rooms of hotel or resort properties; but I was unsuccessful in finding such a discussion.

Have you ever needed to rearrange the furniture in a room of the hotel or resort property at which you were staying? If so, please impart your reason why in the Comments section below.

All photographs ©2015, ©2016, and ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

8 thoughts on “Guests Rearranging Furniture in a Hotel Room?”

  1. Sean from chicago says:


  2. NB_ga says:

    Terribly strange to me. I have frequently traveled with 3-4 teenagers requiring extra beds and sofa beds and constantly changing sleeping arrangements- yet we never actually moved more than a chair.

  3. derek says:

    I’ve been in hotels where a bed platform is not used. I have found a bra, unopened candy, worthless Ecuadorian currency, sock, etc.

    I do it both ways. Usually, I leave the room very neat. The bed isn’t made but the covers and blankets are thrown in a semi-neat fashion and towels are in a neat pile, semi-rolled or folded. All the trash is in one container.

    A few times, I have moved stuff around a little. Maybe it should be a passive aggressive tactic? If you have feel you’ve been wronged, then you jumble everything. No, don’t. It just creates work for the maid.

  4. Barry Graham says:

    The only change I would make would be to move the TV outside of the room, but I would have wanted to have done that even before the pandemic.

  5. ap says:

    The only times I have moved furniture in a hotel room are nightstands to get to the outlets b/c there are no other outlets within 10 feet of the bed, and coffee tables and chairs to make room for the sofa bed.

    Note about sofa beds – I’ve found that they’re much more comfortable if you take out the mattress and put it on the floor rather than leaving it on the sofa bed frame. Those mattresses tend to be so thin, you can feel the bars and it is, in my opinion, rather uncomfortable. Sleeping on the floor is a much better experience, although it does take up more space.

  6. hotel owner says:

    As a hotel owner, we have noticed a lot more of our guests this past year being locals and attracting a rowdy crowd. My suspicion is guests getting high and finding the need to move furniture around to keep busy at night.

  7. Tom says:

    With the rise of Zoom, I have found a need to re-arrange the furniture so that my background is neutral (e.g. making sure a blank wall is my background rather than the middle of the hotel room).

    That said, I ALWAYS return the furniture to the original positions prior to check out.

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