Airbnb Furnishing Checklist
Here is an airbnb furnishing checklist to help you design an Airbnb rental home that is beautiful and accommodating! Because amazing room design = amazing prices. For instance, a decent studio in New York City can be rented for $150-350 for a night, but its potential can be $650 or more per night if it can accommodate more guests and have more amenities included.
It’s a fact that we regularly see high ROI (return on investment) in furnishing Airbnb rental units nicely. We might be biased, since we ourselves have furnished a number of luxury short-term stay homes and Airbnb rental properties over the past three years. But it’s true that branding your unit as a luxury retreat can help you generate more profits in the long term.
You may think that cleanliness is the biggest influence on a customer’s ratings. It’s true that cleanliness is the baseline to your guest’s comfort and a 5-star review. But having decent looking and comfortable furniture is another major factor on your rental prices. Consider people traveling to a big city like NYC for fun or for work. They want the entire trip to be a positive experience! Thus, the interior design quality of their accommodation can take their whole experience up a notch. Not only that but many successful short-term stay companies like OneFineStay and Sonder have shown that Airbnb guests will pay big bucks for nicely designed homes when on vacation.
Regardless, this Airbnb host checklist provides you with a detailed description of the furniture, accessories and essential items you need to set up an Airbnb property and earn some extra money.
A final tip: Even if your unit is in a great location, terrible photos can make people skip right over your listing. It’s no wonder that Airbnb has started offering photography services for hosts to make sure they have decent photos. So — once you complete the checklist below, don’t forget to go get some high quality photos taken!
Airbnb Furnishing Checklist Part 1: Furniture and Accessories
For the Bedroom:
Bed with a nice headboard
- An upholstered bed gives a warm cozy feeling to any bedroom
- Don’t use a storage bed because guests are more prone to leave things behind if you give them more drawers in different pieces of furniture. It’ll just become an operational hassle
Mattress (at least 8” thick)
- Vacationing and work travels are tiring. Make sure you give your guests good nights of sleep with a decently thick and firm mattress
- Memory foam mattresses are more durable than spring mattresses because there won’t be any broken coils
- Soft memory foam mattresses can sag on odd sides over time. You can easily just turn and/or flip the mattress to extend its life
- Memory foam mattresses are also cheaper to replace
- We also suggest using a mattress case, which is a fabric cover with a zipper used to protect the mattress from bugs and dirt. In the event of messy guests and messy stays, you can just replace the mattress case and keep the mattress
Dresser or chest of drawers
- You need at least one storage piece in the bedroom. A luxurious bedroom should not ask your guests to live out of their suitcase.
- A wide dresser with 6 drawers is ideal since there can be two people sharing this room
Nightstand or side table
- There needs to be a surface area to put a table lamp, an alarm clock, a book, and a phone.
- If you have a dresser already, you don’t need more drawers on the nightstand. Again, the more drawers you give your guests, the more chances they will leave things behind
- If your bed is centered in a room, place one side table on each side of the bed to create symmetry
- Everyone needs to look good before they head out to make sure there is at least one mirror in the room, even if there is an attached ensuite bathroom
- Place the mirror above the dresser or have a free-standing floor mirror
- The mirror is also a decorative item so find one with an interesting frame
- Some guests might enjoy staying in to read a book or work some more. Make sure there’s ample lighting for the night.
- Floor lamps and table lamps are both great options.
- The lamp(s) can also be another design feature in the room so pick wisely!
- For the pillowcases, bed sheets, flat sheet and duvet, use the same set in white. Don’t mix and match from different brands because the white may be different.
- And let’s not be too creative with the color matching or color blocking in the bedding set. Guests want to see clean white sheets on their beds to feel comfortable sleeping in a stranger’s room
- Place one simple throw pillow to glam up the bed
Art & Rug
- Arts and an area rug will add more colors and patterns to the room.
- The nice and thick rug will keep their feet warm and soft in the morning.
- Though they are optional, rugs do add the luxury touch to any bedroom
For the Living Room:
Sofabed (with pull-out mattress)
- Increasing occupancy in the unit increases rent, so a sofa bed is essential to increase your return on investment.
- It’s also important to differentiate a sofa bed with pull-out mattress and a fold-down futon.
- Sofa beds with a pull-out mattress means there’s a proper mattress underneath the seat cushions. There is a lift mechanism that lets you pull out the mattress easily. These sofa beds are made to be comfortable for seating as well as sleeping. The mattress, though is thin, is a firm memory foam mattress that guarantees you a good sleep without having to feel the hardware underneath. These sofa beds are at least twice as expensive as futons but they are more structurally sound and are worth the investment.
- Fold-down futons, on the other hands, are made a simple frame and a gliding mechanism to fold down the back cushions of the sofa to make it into the size of a twin or double bed. There are usually 2 or 3 back cushions and 2 or 3 seat cushions, so you will feel all the gaps when sleeping.
- A coffee table provides a surface area to place drinks and snacks in your living space.
- There are many lift-top coffee table designs that let you use it as a workstation which is a nice feature to sell on your listing.
- Many apartments don’t come with ceiling lights. Whether you get much sunlight or not through the windows, you will need at least one floor lamp.
- You don’t want your guests wandering around in the dark and walking into walls or furniture!
Flat screen TV with a Chromecast
- For nights of staying in, there should be a TV for Netflix or streaming of music and shows
- Connected to a Chromecast, your guest will be more choices for entertainment
Other Airbnb Amenities and Essentials
In addition to furniture, you need to provide other living essentials and basic amenities for the kitchen and bathroom as well to make this Airbnb rental the “home away from home”.
- Iron & Ironing board or steamer
- Hangers for each closet
- Trash can in each room
- Plates, bowls
- Cups, glasses and wine glasses
- Can opener
- Pots & Pans
- Cooking utensils
- Hair dryer
- Bath towels
- Hand towels
- Hand soap
- Shampoo, conditioner
- Body wash
- Mouthwash & disposable cups
- Disposable toothbrush
- Air freshener
- Extra toilet papers
- Hooks on the door
There are also other welcoming gadgets to make your apartment feels like home for your guests. In particular, if they love your unit, they will return next time and recommend you to their friends.
Our Stylish Over-the-Top Welcoming Kit
- Universal phone chargers for androids, iPhones and other brands
- Outlet converter (for travelers from outside of North America)
- Flip flops or slippers
- Yoga Mat
- Speaker for music
- Safe (combination)
- Airbnb Guidebook
Finally, you want to get your entire home set up ASAP so you can start making money right away.
Most landlords lose out on the rent for the first month because they take too long to set up the home and take photos of the entire place. Just remember that a rental home isn’t your own home! You do not have the luxury to take your time to shop for furniture and each item with care.
In other words, the more time you take to set up the home and take nice photos of each room, the more money it will cost you. This is exactly why people hire us!
Furnishr Review: Furnished Airbnb Design
Our customer, Jason, got the keys to this beautiful townhouse in West Village of Manhattan last month and we furnished the entire house the next day. His first guest checked in three days after he got his keys.
All he gave us was a floor plan, his budget and how many beds and sofa beds he wanted. We took care of everything else; from deciding on the colour scheme based on his preferred style of the home, selecting the furniture, selecting the accessories, space planning to delivery and setup in one day.
Jason’s budget was $15k for 3 bedrooms, 1 living room, 1 dining room, 1 kitchen, 1 basement studio and an outdoor patio for a total of 8 rooms. The average cost for the living room, dining room, bedrooms and basement studio was $2000 which includes all the furniture and accessories. The outdoor spaces and kitchen cost about $3000 in total.
Although it is a big cost up front, he is now able to brand it as a luxury, high quality Airbnb rental and charge $800-1000/night to rent out his entire home. The cost of furnishing the whole home was paid off within the first half of the month.
With Furnishr’s help, you can soon be on our way to receive great reviews with your Airbnb fully booked each month.