Furnishing your Airbnb | The Complete Guide

Furnishing your Airbnb | The Complete Guide

Property ratings in Airbnb are influenced by many factors such as cleanliness and service. Among the critical features of your, Airbnb is how you set it up, furnish, and stylize your Airbnb. Furniture is part of the product and experience you promise on Airbnb therefore it is important to give it a lot of time and consideration.

Hosts and future hosts usually find themselves baffled at the task of having to furnish their Airbnb and understandably so. When you first start looking for furniture it can be quite a daunting task because amazing room designs can be immediately translated into amazing prices if marketed well.

Whether you are looking to refurnish your entire property or just looking to amp up a few rooms to get those 5-star ratings coming, the key is to choose sensible yet elegant furniture that can appeal to a wide range of tastes. Regardless of the reason for travel, people expect their stay to be a positive one and the interior of your short-term rental can take their whole experience up a notch.

Top 5 Things To Think About When Furnishing Your Airbnb

Furnishing Your Airbnb They say “failing to plan is planning to fail” so make your plans around your renovation and furnishing plans especially if your property is already listed on Airbnb. If you are considering a full-on renovation, consider reading the Airbnb Reno Guide.

Even if you are only looking to replace your furniture here is a list of things to do before you start.

  1. The reason for furnishing / refurnishing.
  2. Make a checklist of everything needed.
  3. Finalize a maximum and minimum budget.
  4. Keep the cleaning crew in the loop.
  5. Identify the best possible time to close your property.

The Reason For Furnishing / Refurnishing

If you are looking to furnish your rental to be open to guests the answer is pretty straightforward: no furniture, no guests, therefore no rental income.

If you are looking to redecorate, considering why you are doing it will be a good guide to come up with the checklist of everything you need.

Whether you are furnishing from scratch or looking to redecorate, pay attention to the needs of the audience that you want to target. Here is a list of interesting target groups you can consider:

Making A Furniture Checklist

Look around your property for everything that’s functioning and can be repainted, repaired, and reused. Once you have that sorted, pick out the ones you plan to reuse in your new interior and get yourself a handyman to deal with all the repairing and repainting.

However, it may be that sometimes buying a new product could be a whole lot cheaper than repairing it, especially when it comes to electronics you can find in garage sales or on craigslist, so be wise when making that call. Try not to skip this step as it will help a great deal when it comes to setting a budget.

Now that you know everything that you have around that you can use, make a list of all the things you need. We actually suggest making 2 lists. First, make a list of all the furniture you need by room.

e.g.:

Bedroom-1 Bedroom-2 Living Room Kitchen Bathroom 1
Double Bed SIngle Bed Coffee Table Stove Top Mirrors
Table Lamp Accent Chair Kitchen Table Vanity Sink
Cell Cell Rugs Blinds Medicine Cabinet

For the second, list the furniture in order of importance, from the absolute necessities to the nice to have-s. For example, the double bed for Bedroom-1 is definitely more important than rugs for the living room. Therefore, in your list based on importance, the double bed will appear significantly higher than the rugs.

Budgeting

Budgeting Airbnb Budgeting is absolutely important in every project. Set yourself a sensible budget and be very strict about keeping to it because every dollar spent on the property is a dollar less in profits. The best way to keep to it is to use your second checklist from above (the one of necessities Vs. Nice to haves).

Remember that everything in your property doesn’t have to be brand new. If you are on a tight budget consider the options below to help you keep within your budget.

  1. Craigslist: This is basically like classifieds but online.
  2. Facebook: type in the name of your city and search “Buy, Swap, Sell” or “Garage Sales”, for example, “Denver, Buy, Swap, Sell” or “Denver Garage Sales” and you will be sure to find a Facebook group or community that does just that.
  3. If you have an Ikea in the vicinity it would make sense to check it out as well.

Cleaning Schedules

Keep your cleaning crew aware of your schedules and have them come by at your convenience. If you don’t have a crew yet and are looking to hire, read our blog article on Hiring Airbnb Cleaners for the top 5 cleaning solutions to look out for.

Consider Timing

Timing is everything, if your Airbnb is up and running already consider the best possible time to close your property. We suggest picking a period just before the high peak but with a considerable buffer in case your furnishing project takes longer than the projected time. That way you’ll have a fresh new look you can market for the holidays and peak seasons without having to lose out on too many customers.

Furniture And Accessories: Airbnb Host Checklist

When looking at furnishing your property choose simple and elegant furniture. Remember you are catering to a wide range of tastes. Guests hate clutter and the “minimalist” approach looks smart. Make the decorating fresh and simple. Read on for simple, cost-effective tips when selecting key furniture:

The Bedroom:

The Bedroom __The bed: __

  • A solid bed that can survive a lot of wear and tear.
  • A storage bed would give you the extra space to store your laundry and extra linens. Surprisingly, it seems to be the one place guests don’t seem to look in to.
  • Watch out for beds with legs that come off easily or look too light, especially ones with plastic legs.

Mattress:

  • Mattresses must be at least 8 inches in height.
  • Opt for memory foam mattresses as they are more durable than spring mattresses and cheaper to replace.
  • Use a mattress cover to ensure your mattress survives longer even with messy guests

__Bedding: __

  • Opt for white as it gives a hotel-like feel and is the color that can be bleached
  • Don’t mix and match the whites from different brands as the whites from different brands can be different
  • Don’t get adventurous with colors as guests may feel more comfortable sleeping in a stranger's room if there are clean white sheets

Mirror:

  • Opt for a full-length mirror especially for ladies preparing to go for events.
  • Have a power socket close by for hairdryers/ hair irons.
  • The mirror is also a decorative item so find one with an interesting frame.

The Living Room:

The Living Room The sofa:

  • Sofas have a lot of traffic passing through them so buy one that can easily cope up and easy to maintain
  • Avoid real and faux leather as they are difficult to maintain in the long run.
  • Consider sofas with washable covers so you can pull one out and replace it with another every time it gets dirty
  • Opting for a sofa bed can increase occupancy allowing you to increase the overall rent for your property.

__Tables and chairs: __

  • The dining table must be able to resist wear and tear.
  • It doesn’t have to be the best-looking piece of furniture in the room as it can easily be dressed with a tablecloth and a runner and a couple of vases or candles to turn into a masterpiece.
  • The chairs have to be comfortable and easy to move around. Opt for less bulky chairs that are easy to maintain.
  • Chairs will sometimes have to bear the weight of 150 kgs depending on the guests who visit so think sturdy yet light materials when it comes to chairs.
  • Consider going for darker colored chairs so that stains and blemishes will be less visible.

Kitchen Essentials:

Kitchen Essentials Kitchen utensils: opt for cheaper ones that are easy to replace as guests won’t be as careful with things around your rental as they will be with ones in their own space.

Plates and cutlery: Opt for materials other than the disposable variety as you will be able to get more than one use out of them, helping you cut costs. Having said that, don’t splurge on the best because guests aren’t going to be careful with them either.

Electronics: if you have any over-the-top electronics around the house leave around small laminated boards with instructions on how to use them to avoid the risk of breaking. It is also a good idea to include these instructions in your Airbnb welcome book.

Bathroom Essentials:

Bathroom Essentials Bath and Hand towels: go with white as it is easier to bleach and maintain white towels. Opt for hospitality-grade products as they are better equipped to handle wear and tear. Always have more than one towel per head as guests may ask for a replacement.

Shampoo, conditioner, and other basic amenities: If it comes in a bottle opt to have bigger bottles and not the throw-away kind. This way you can save costs by simply topping up the bottle whenever the product runs out instead of having to replace the whole bottle every time a guest checks out. As for things like soaps and toilet paper, always have spares in the vanity drawers or medicine cabinet.

Other Essentials:

Always have a trash can in every room. If you have different cans for different types of waste, especially in the kitchen, label these cans clearly and leave a note near the cans just to be sure.

In Conclusion:

Furnishing your Airbnb is a big deal and takes up a lot of time and planning. In short, remember that white is often the best choice and allows for everything to be deep-cleaned, this way it’s easy to keep clean. When it comes to furniture choose hard-wearing over most expensive, buy the most solid, well-designed, and easy-to-maintain furniture.

Once you have furnished your property don’t forget to tell your past and potential guests about it. Take lots of high-quality pictures to prove it. You can opt to use social media sites like Pinterest or send out an email marketing campaign to make sure all your guests see what you’ve done with your property.

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