4 Easy Steps to Furnishing Your Short-Term Rental Or Your Airbnb

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Here are four easy steps to furnishing your short-term rental or Airbnb short-term rental to create a home-like appeal, in contrast to feeling like a traditional hotel room.

Guests who like traveling on their own or who are there just for a few days need a pleasant place to sleep with excellent wi-fi and a bit of advice on public transport or places to visit if they have time to do so. One suggestion: equip your rentals with anything one might need on their stay, from cutlery to city maps.

However, as any landlord would know, that kind of look that seems welcoming and effortless actually takes effort to create. Good online rankings and comments don’t come from you just having a place with a bed available for rent.

4 easy steps to furnishing your short-term rental or your Airbnb

So to help out landlords with their short-term rentals, here are four pieces of advice to easily make your rental more desirable.

No. 1: Consider the lighting

A large percentage of Airbnb guests are couples on a romantic getaway wanting to explore the city and spend some quality time together.

It would be thoughtful to consider the lighting sources in the place so they won’t be greeted by harsh,   unpleasant light. Also, from the perspective of a homeowner, you should definitely opt for LED lighting since it provides more lighting for less energy and will influence your electricity bill significantly.

As for the lighting arrangement, in the living room, you might want to go with soft white tones so that guests can watch TV or make plans about which parts of the city to visit. For the bedroom, you should invest in ambient lights to set a relaxing mood, so no harsh overhead lights or any over-the-top light displays because the lights need to be subdued and gentle.

4 Easy Steps to Furnishing Your Short-Term Rental Or Your Airbnb

No. 2: Combine cozy and practical

Forget about minimalistic sinuous furniture, which may look great but is uncomfortable. And honestly, people are not even certain how to sit without sliding off of it.

4 Easy Steps to Furnishing Your Short-Term Rental Or Your Airbnb

In the living room, go with a solution that doesn’t take up too much space and that has a storage option so that the room is always neat. To achieve that balance, use modular couches that come with shelves and are luxurious-looking but incredibly flexible in the sense that pieces can be moved. Your guests will like the fact that they can rearrange the couch based on their needs as well as being able to use its accessories to charge their smartphone wirelessly.

In the bedroom, your main focus should be on providing a quality bed – nothing is more appreciated by guests than a great night’s sleep. Then you can focus on making the room cozy and aesthetically pleasing.

No. 3: Add some artsy details

It’s true that you can’t please everyone, but your short-term rental will be more popular if it has a unique atmosphere about it as opposed to looking like a big hotel room

4 Easy Steps to Furnishing Your Short-Term Rental Or Your Airbnb

You can achieve that homey vibe, for example, by creating a travel corner so that you can place trinkets from different countries you visited; your guests might be coming from all around the world, so they might find it interesting. Otherwise, you can have different posters and interesting photographs framed and placed on the walls. Kitchen utensils and mugs don’t have to come from the same set – mix-and-match has a rustic appeal. Your guests will value those little things because they would make them feel more comfortable, and more inclined to give you a high rating.

One caution: Don’t use fragile figurines and vases; they’re just accident waiting to happen, especially if the place is pet-friendly. If you must, make sure they’re on a high shelf.

No. 4 – Place plants around the place

4 Easy Steps to Furnishing Your Short-Term Rental Or Your Airbnb

No. 4: Place plants around the place

You can achieve that homey vibe, for example, by creating a travel corner so that you can place trinkets from different countries you visited; your guests might be coming from all around the world, so they might find it interesting. Otherwise, you can have different posters and interesting photographs framed and placed on the walls. Kitchen utensils and mugs don’t have to come from the same set – mix-and-match has a rustic appeal. Your guests will value those little things because they would make them feel more comfortable, and more inclined to give you a high rating

 

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Lilly Miller

Lilly Miller is a Sydney-based graphic designer and a passionate writer. Loves everything about home decor, art history and baking. Shares home with two loving dogs and a gecko named Rodney. You can find her hanging out on Twitter. “Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws his own portrait.” - Jean-Paul Sartre

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