When shopping for an Airbnb kitchen and dining room, your priority is the necessities just so your guest can prepare their meals.
This particularly applies to listings where your guest rents the whole place for themselves. If you are renting out just a portion of your home, like a bedroom, make sure you have these basics. Or if they can or cannot use your kitchen, let them know too in the listing ad.
Having a functional kitchen is one of the main reasons people book Airbnb spaces instead of hotels. If you don’t have the basics for preparing a guest’s meal, they might as well book a hotel room, right?
Let’s start with the appliances.
Depending on the space you are renting out, getting a countertop one would do. Most of the time, a single burner will be just fine, too.
A mini fridge is a good starting point. Most of the time, your guests need cold water.
Some guests stay longer though – few days (up to 28 days) or even months if you allow them. A fridge bigger than a personal-sized one will be highly appreciated.
Whatever size it is, as long as you have one, it’s already good enough when you are just starting out.
This is the lazy guest’s favorite! It’s not a surprise anymore that some travelers opt for easy to prepare food items.
It’s a win-win situation to have them in your home. Not only will your guest be able to make their food easily, but you will also save on electricity or gas bills for not using the stove.
Cleaning and washing time of the materials used for preparing food (pots, pans, knives, etc.) will also be significantly reduced.
Electric Water Boiler/Classic Kettle
You can get a water boiler or the basic kettle. The difference is, you don’t have to use a stove to boil water if you get an electric water boiler.
Most often, guests need easy access to hot water to prepare instant noodles or instant powdered drinks such as coffee or hot chocolate.
Rice Cooker Or Bread Toaster
These two are entirely optional. You’ll have guests from different walks of life. Some eat rice more than bread and vice versa.
Since they are not very difficult to acquire because of their cheap price tag, it’s best to have both.
For some guests, life happens after having a cup of coffee.
A coffee maker is in Airbnb’s checklist.
We don’t have a coffee maker in our listing yet (at least as of writing this post). So one of my American guests before sent me a personal message. He said that he would write in his review where the nearest Starbucks is. I assume that he is not an instant coffee drinker since I give free instant coffees and we have an electric water boiler, too!
I took it as an indirect message to let me know that I should offer a coffee maker in our home, LOL.
For Preparing Food And Drinks
For Preparing Food
- Chopping Board
For Drinking And Eating
Dining Table And Chairs
Depending on the space you have, a dining table for two would be a good start.
When space is an issue, drilling a drop-leaf table as an additional table will be a great help! As for the extra dining chairs, stackable stools will do the job.
Placemats not only add to the overall aesthetics of your dining table but also protects your dining table from spills and stains.
When just starting out, you can get only two pieces of the following – for pictorial purposes. However, as your calendar gets booked, you’ll know how many guests you will be expecting. Add the pieces so that each guest will have one to use.
If you have the budget and can afford a one-time purchase, get one for every declared guest. If you say that your house sleeps 12 people, then get a dozen of the following items.
- Drinking Glasses
- Coffee Mugs
- Wine Glasses (optional)
Some good guests would initiate to clean up their mess and wash the dishes before checking out. There are also inconsiderate ones who wouldn’t care what mess they leave behind, despite stating in your house rules that they should clean up whatever they use.
Either way, have drying mats and wiping rags for them to use.
The above necessary things are the main reasons Airbnb homes CAN BE more advantageous to book than hotels. Make sure you have them.
If you have questions, leave them below in the comments section. I highly appreciate an open discussion on my blog!