Key Furnishing Tips to Keep Your Airbnb Booked
Updated: Mar 24, 2022
How you choose to furnish your Airbnb rental typically determines the types of guests that are likely to book your listing.
Establish a consistent theme across your Airbnb to provide your guests with an extraordinary experience – they’ll be more likely to leave a positive review.
You can save some money by shopping for furniture second-hand.
You are one rug, lamp, and wall art away from having a beautiful Airbnb unit.
Do you own property, want to get started on Airbnb and have no time to manage it? We can help you! Reach out to us through our website.
Generally, the ideal characteristics for top-tier Airbnb’s are a combination of the following:
Aesthetic furnishing and decorations
Excellent customer service
However, it can be difficult to obtain property with the best view and location. Therefore, in this case, focusing all your efforts on meticulously decorating your Airbnb and providing excellent customer service and cleaning is key to keeping your Airbnb booked.
Why Does It Matter?
Pricing – a well decorated Airbnb adds value compared to simply providing the bare minimum. This way, you will be able to charge higher prices.
Guests – the way your Airbnb looks will attract certain guests. For example, a minimalist, work-from-home-friendly Airbnb is more likely to attract business people travelling for work.
Marketing – nowadays, people are constantly posting on their social media, especially when they are on vacation. Social media is a very powerful tool; it can be your best friend or your worst enemy, TikTok has especially made it even easier to go viral, so if you could go all out on a unique theme, it can be worth the investment.
Where Should You Start?
1. Establish the types of guests you want to attract
Ask yourself the question – “Who would I like to host in my rental property?”. For example, are you looking to target business travellers, families, cost-conscious travellers, or staycationers?
It is extremely important to determine this to cater your rental to their needs; for families, you could provide a toy area or baby proofing and for business travellers you could include an irresistible desk setup.
2. Conduct your research
For those who already have an existing Airbnb listing, you could get to know your existing guests by asking them questions such as what they found appealing in your listing or why they are visiting. If you are just starting out on Airbnb, conduct your research with friends, family, co-workers or even the internet. When you conduct ample research, it will give you some ideas on what to include in your Airbnb.
3. Choose a theme for your Airbnb
Most people value unique experiences, this can be as easy as having a themed airbnb. You could go as simple as having local, historic decorations or you can go all out and have a Disney-themed Airbnb. Regardless of what you choose, ask yourself the question, “Would I spend the money to stay here?”
4. Collect all your pieces and decorate!
Buying furniture and decorations for your Airbnb can be extremely expensive but you can save some money by purchasing second-hand through scouring Facebook Marketplace, estate sales or even storage auctions – just make sure that you assess the condition of the items and clean them if needed.
Current Airbnb Trends – According to TikTok
The following is a list of Airbnbs that have gone viral on TikTok:
Some useful links to spark some inspiration in your decorating journey:
Themed Vacation Rentals: Turning a Property into an Experience
365 Experience’s Take
As for the Airbnb units we manage, we try to be as sustainable as possible. If we were to attach a number to it, around 40% of the furniture and decorations used in our units are either repurchased, repurposed, or upcycled – but we are always looking for ways to improve. In addition to this, the consumables we provide to our units are low waste and supplied by local, artisanal sources. You can read more about our efforts through our blog post – Sustainable Property Management: A Guide.
However, here’s a hot take; the ultimate 365 Experience advice we can give you is that you are always around 500 dollars short from taking your Airbnb furnishings to another level. What we mean by this is that even when you think you are done with the furnishing process, you unfortunately are not. Often, the soft decorative touches are overlooked when furnishing a unit; you need something on the wall, floor, and corner to top it all off. In other words, you are one rug, lamp, and wall art away from finishing your beautiful unit.
If you are a property owner looking to get started on Airbnb but have no time to furnish or manage it, we can help you! Click here to get in touch with us.