How To Furnish My Airbnb Home – it starts with breaking down the big job into small, easily doable tasks. Let’s start with the most important part – the bedroom.
This is probably the starting point of your Airbnb journey. Unlike leasing a space for rent, offering an Airbnb home for accommodation means inviting a stranger in your comfortable house, with added perks usually not found when booking a hotel – such as cooking and washing own clothes.
We’ll narrow down this list to the most necessary ones.
Here are the most basic needs to create a minimalistic but functional space that most Airbnb guests will already be happy with.
1. The Bed
Choosing the bed will depend on your space. For a 27-sqm condo unit like ours, a queen bed is already the biggest bed you can put without cramping the whole space.
Always measure the space you have before purchasing a bed!
I know that it’s better to have at least enough space on both sides of the bed, but extra spaces are not always possible, especially in tiny apartments.
To create an illusion of a larger space, opt for a double bed instead if your bedroom has limited space.
I am a fan of functional pieces so in our bedroom, so I went for a bed with a pull-out bed. Most of the time, an extra guest is an additional income. The pull out bed also helps save space when not in use.
2. The Bed Sheets
I’d go for white sheets. They are clean to look at and you’ll easily see a dirt or a strand of hair should it be there by accident. You’ll be able to spot stains easily too and therefore clean them right away.
A mattress protector will avoid spills to get in contact with your bed mattress.
2B. Fitted Sheets
We use fitted sheets to cover the whole mattress. We place it after the mattress protector.
When just starting out, aim to acquire two pieces of fitted sheets for every bed that you have.
If you have 3 beds, get 6 fitted sheets. It will be helpful to always have a clean stash of 2nd set so you won’t have to worry about running out when there are back-to-back bookings.
Acquire additional pieces once income is coming in.
2C. Flat Sheets
We usually use a flat sheet as the main blanket of the guest. Acquire 2 pieces for every guest.
If you declare that your house sleeps 4, get 8 flat sheets. Get extra pieces as income comes.
2D. Pillow Cases
Get 2 pieces of pillowcases for every pillow you have. For a bedroom with 4 pillows, have 8 pillowcases in stock.
If you have two bedrooms with 4 pillows in each bedroom, multiply the supply to two. Acquire more as needed.
The above 4 essential sheets will give your guest a decent sleeping place – decent, yes, but not very cozy yet.
To offer a more comfortable sleeping place, consider:
Beddings To Consider
2E. Duvet Insert
Duvet inserts are like comforters – usually as soft as them, too. They are meant to be placed inside the duvet covers.
A duvet insert is thicker than a flat sheet. It’s nicer to sleep with them, especially when the room or weather is super cold.
It also adds a character to the bed – a plus point for luring potential guests to book.
Acquire just one for every main bed that you have. Supplementary beds can just use flat sheets for blankets.
2F. Duvet Cover
A duvet cover is like a pillowcase for your duvet insert. Normally, only the duvet cover gets washed for every booking.
Get 2 pieces of the duvet cover for every main bed that you have.
Sometimes you’d find that adding few throw pillows can add to the bed’s aesthetics. Throw pillows and their cases are easy to acquire since they come with cheap price tags.
Should you purchase some throw pillows, get two pieces of throw pillow cases for every throw pillow that you have.
3. The Pillows
When just starting out, go for the bare minimum. If you declare that you can sleep four heads, then 4 pillows would be enough.
4. Curtains Or Blinds
There are two types of guests. The first type is people who want a complete coverage of the window so that the sun will not wake them up in the morning. The second type prefers some hints of sunlight slowly waking them up.
Should you get a curtain, opt for layering them.
A curtain is easier to clean than window blinds. It also feels more pleasantly comfortable and cozy.
Choose a window cover that will best appeal to your target guests – be it curtains or roll-up blinds.
5. Curtain Rods
If you utilize curtains instead of blinds for your window, you’ll need curtain rods.
There are several types of curtain rods. The one you’ll be needing to help you layer the curtains is a two-layer curtain rod.
6. Air Conditioner Or Fan
Getting an air conditioner is probably one of the most important things to consider, especially if you are offering accommodation in a tropical country. Depending on your budget, you can provide a fully air-conditioned home (all bedrooms and living room). Doing so could mean you can charge more since you’ll be spending more budget for the electric bill, anyway. Get the model that has an inverter to save on electricity cost.
To start with, an air-conditioned bedroom is already good enough. Fans in the other common areas, such as the living room, will be just fine.
7. Night Lamp And Floating Shelves
Night lamps are usually placed on top of bedside tables. In cases where space is scarce, it is best to get rid of the bedside table for a more minimalistic feel.
Get wall mounted night lamps instead of the classic bedside lamps. Also, floating shelves give your guest a place to put their phone or book too – without having to shell out money for bedside tables.
8. Clothes Hangers
Assuming you already have a closet or any place they can hang their clothes in, throw in a few pieces of clothes hangers. 6 pieces is a good starting point.
Opt for the one with clips so they can be used for all types of clothes.
9. Flat Iron
A clothing iron is a must if you want to be listed as a home ideal for business travelers. Place it inside one of your cabinets or drawers, if you have them.
10. Wall Accents
This is optional but highly adds to the aesthetic value of your bedroom. Choose 1 to 4 pieces that best achieve the mood you want to set.
Remember, every item you add to the place is an additional job for your cleaner to take care of.
When you are just starting out, it is best to eliminate the pieces that will add to the cleaning time, such as decoratives and carpets.
Once you can afford to increase your cleaning fee so you can pay more cleaners to come, by all means, add more items and redecorate!
If you have questions, leave them below and I’d get back to you as soon as I can!