The best home design shows on Netflix: a complete ranking

Amazing Interiors on Netflix

No matter your home design kink — renovations, home improvement, interior design, or simply snooping on other people’s houses — we’ve got you covered with our complete (and highly unofficial) ranking of the best home design shows on Netflix.

Criteria, you ask?

Our main criteria is whether the show is actually enjoyable to watch. As a result, this list includes both binge-watching pleasure and popcorn-throwing criticism in this criteria (but not whether it offers actually useful home design advice). We personally watched at least two episodes from each show listed below. However, not all shows will be available in every region (some are only available in the USA and not in Canada, for instance).

So, cozy up, queue these up, and start scheming about your dream home!

Our team will be waiting on the other side to help with all your furnishing needs. Velvet sofa? Check. Hammock chair? Check. The best home design shows are only the beginning of your journey.

1. The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes

The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes

If you’re at all interested in architecture and travel, you will love this show. It is the perfect way to start off your home design binge with some inspiration. Each episode features a top-to-bottom exploration of four extraordinary homes around in the world. The unique angle of this show is that the architect is interviewed, along with the owner. Therefore, you’ll get a glimpse into the jungle homes of famous cinematographers, and oceanside dwellings of reclusive designers. Piers Taylor (architect) and Caroline Quentin (a comedian) host the show, and it’s actually delightful to see them explore and revel in each new space. This is definitely one of the best home design shows on Netflix.

2. Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Now that you’re all fired up and filled up with beautiful imagery, it’s time to ease your transition back into reality. What better way than dear, gentle Marie Kondo? Each episode features Kondo helping someone tidy up their home, and in the process their life. As a result, it’s surprisingly poignant, and it’s a great way to begin growing curiosity and empathy for your stuff. From the grieving widower in a huge messy house to the family cramped in a small apartment, you’ll find tearjerkers and tidying tips in each episode.

3. Grand Designs

Grand Designs

This show, amazingly, began production in 1994 and is still going strong. It’s hosted by Kevin McCloud and each episode follows people in the process of building their dream home. In addition, this show features a great diversity of locations and designs, and it’s a great peek into the challenges and triumphs of managing a renovation process. However, McCloud can get a bit annoying to watch, especially in the earlier seasons. But it’s worth it to see the family pull through, solve problems, and discover that their house building process is actually a home building process. As far as Netflix’s offerings go, this is one of the best home design shows.

4. Amazing Interiors

Amazing Interiors on Netflix

This is an American reality TV show. Keeping that in mind, this show is actually a really sweet reminder that it’s okay to let loose and be yourself in all your weird wackiness. Firstly, each episode features three different spaces that may look ordinary on the outside, but have a uniquely quirky interior hidden within. Secondly, there’s something for everyone, including baseball aficionados, medieval LARPers, and cat-lovers. The home owners are full of passion, and most have no design training whatsoever. In addition, there’s no host or narrator so it’s easy to binge and scrub ahead to the bits you actually want to watch.

5. Interior Design Masters

Interior Design Masters

This is a British reality TV show, so expect something a bit more refined than the American counterparts. It is honestly so fun and stressful to watch! Amateur interior designers compete against one another for a chance to win a commercial design contract. There is such a huge variety in personality and skillset, and it is nail-biting to watch them try to collaborate and finish their rooms by the deadline. It’s an elimination series, so at the end of each episode they send a designer (or two) home. The briefs are always interesting, and the hosts are encouraging but critical. It’s a great show for sparking your own inner designer. Make sure the fridge is stocked before you start this series, as you’ll want to watch them all in a row.

6. The Apartment

The Apartment

This is the longest running reality competition show in Asia! It’s a little like Big Brother meets Interior Design Masters. Most the contestants are influencers, not designers. If you’re into a little drama with your design, you’ll like this show. It’s worth watching just to immerse yourself in a totally different world where the coveted prize is a luxury apartment in Kuala Lumpur. The details are less important than the drama in this series. Because of that, The Apartment is fun to watch with friends or just to have on in the background while you do other stuff. It wouldn’t normally fall under a best home design show ranking, but it’s too fun to leave out.

7. The Great Interior Design Challenge

The Great Interior Design Challenge

Similar to Interior Design Masters, this show pits budding interior designers against each other to win a major design contract. But there’s a fun addition to their challenge. In each episode, each designer is surprised last-minute with an object that they must upcycle and then incorporate into their schemes. Like The Great British Bake Off, it is delightful to watch contestants help and encourage one other while under major stress. Judges Sophie Robinson and Daniel Hopwood hit the perfect tone which balances mentorship with tough love. Another one that’s easy to binge watch and shout at, we highly recommend this series as one of the best home design shows on Netflix.

8. Fix It and Finish It

Fix It and Finish It

This is a home reno show with a heart. Plus, it features the sweet (and easy on the eyes) actor and host Antonio Sabato Jr. As a result, this series is a fun and low-key way to enjoy some rapid-fire transformations and feel-good finishes. It follows the classic TV reno process, even though some spaces are not houses but RVs or cabins. First, homeowners talk about their needs and then a team of builders and contractors swoops in to quickly transform the space. The reveals are nice, but don’t expect to feel highly motivated to take on your own projects after watching this show.

9. Cabins In the Wild

Cabins In the Wild

This four-episode series has a bit of an odd premise: designers compete to create designs for themed, portable pop-up hotels in the wilderness. For instance, the first episode is all about dragons, where a “cabin built to resemble a dragon’s eye faces off against a dragon’s claw.” But if you’re interested in more quirky spaces, or wide open spaces, then you’ll probably like this show. You never know what to expect and the final designs are guaranteed to surprise and delight.

10. Reno My Reno

Reno My Reno

Pure catharsis. This series features Dave Depencier (and his team) who swoop in to rescue amateur carpenters from their building mistakes. It’s not as mean as it sounds, though. Most of the guests are happy to have help and gracious about learning the correct way to drywall or insulate their cottage. This one is a good mix of practical reno tips, non-toxic masculinity, and a good ole dose of DIY spirit. The best part of Reno My Reno is that the original ideas come from the owners themselves, and the hosts are just there to help them bring their dreams to life.

11. Instant Hotel

Instant Hotel

An Australian reality TV show, Instant Hotel is a competition where homeowners have to turn their homes into instant hotels. Having someone else live in our homes is an idea which most of us have considered at some point, whether for income purposes or the pure satisfaction of offering good hospitality and design. However, this show takes it to a whole new level. TV Guide described Instant Hotel as one of the “pettiest” reality shows — so if you’re in the mood for that, then buckle up and get ready to cackle and groan. Everyone’s a little bit annoying, and the points and the judging structure are illogical. But if you like your design shows to have a bit of personality, then check out Instant Hotel.

12. Stay Here

Stay Here

Okay, we know this is a controversial last-place ranking, as a lot of people actually love this show. Stay Here is about makeovers, or how to turn a space into a profit-generator. It features well-known designer Genevieve Gorder from Trading Spaces, and it’s one part design show and one part business consultation. That being said, the home design element of Stay Here is actually quite weak. Most of the makeovers are quite quick and simplistic, and geared towards curb appeal and making money quick from the mass market. Frankly, it made my stomach turn to see someone get so little joy from design and focus so much on making a profit. If you want to transform a space of your own, you’ll find actionable tips on this show. But if you want to be delighted by innovative design and ingenious creativity, you may want to look elsewhere.

Honorary Mentions

In addition, we couldn’t fail to mention these delightful shows, which don’t fit squarely into the ‘home design’ niche.

Check out these shows if you’re a sucker for transformation, both personal and literal. Each series is highly enjoyable and easy to watch. You’ll be left with a natural high and a gentle determination to transform the world, starting with yourself.

Love Your Garden
“Alan Titchmarsh surprises deserving people across Britain with transformations to their outdoor living spaces. Alan and his team of experts nurture neglected grounds and turn them into stunning gardens while shoveling out handy hints and advice.”

Big Dreams, Small Spaces
“Monty Don works with amateur gardeners to help them create the garden of their dreams.”

Queer Eye
“More than a decade after the original series went off the air, Netflix reboots the “Queer Eye” franchise with a new Fab Five and a new setting, trading in the concrete jungle of New York City for communities in and around Atlanta. The style experts forge relationships with men and women who often have different beliefs from them, leading to moments of social commentary interspersed with style advice. Advising people in need of lifestyle makeovers are food and wine specialist Antoni Porowski, interior designer Bobby Berk, grooming consultant Jonathan Van Ness, fashion designer Tan France and culture expert Karamo Brown, who reality TV fans may recognize as one of the housemates on “The Real World: Philadelphia.”

How to Live Mortgage Free with Sarah Beeny
“Sarah Beeny meets inspiring people who’ve escaped mortgages quickly by using some clever and simple tricks.”

Money for Nothing
“Winner of `The Great Interior Design Challenge’, Sarah Moore gets brought into more renovation projects on the show ‘Money for Nothing’. In this series, Moore meets different people up and down the UK who are throwing out what they consider to be worthless goods. In each episode, the designer takes three of these worn-out, overused goods and gives them a new life. The items are transformed beyond recognition and given a bespoke edge, which in turn gives them a higher value. Any profit made on the products sold is returned to the original owners.”


Happy binge-watching! In conclusion, remember that if you start to feel inspired, we are here to help. Take our style quiz or get a custom room design from Furnishr’s interior designers with all your fave prints and textures.

9 Surprisingly Insightful Quotes About Furniture

colorful living room

We spend so much time around our furniture, but we don’t really consider how deeply it impacts our lives. Whether it’s hand-me-down or fancy that you scrimped and saved for, we think it’s worth celebrating the role furniture has in improving our quality of life. After all, every piece of furniture has a story and a supporting role in your life. So here are 9 quotes about furniture to inspire you.

Do you have any meaningful pieces of furniture? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Share a picture, if you like!

Furniture and food are ways that people define their attitude toward life. – Terence Conran

It’s simple – by choosing which foods and furniture to have in your life, you’re really articulating a life philosophy. For example, if you only have slouchy gray chairs, you might need a little jolt of energy in your life. If you eat delicious, nourishing, and varied meals for breakfast, then you’re saying you have a zest for life! This quote about furniture is really a quote about making a choice about how to live your life. Choosing the right furniture can help you live the life of your dreams!

a woman in sunglasses and a floral dress sits at a table and pours tea with open shelves behind her and bare bulbs above

Your home should be a story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.
Nate Berkus

Too many people shy away from bold, wacky statements in their home. And that’s, well, because they’re afraid of being seen as bold and wacky! But what if that’s who you really are? Your home is the one space in the world that you’re allowed to curate totally for yourself. You’re the #1 decider, and you’re the #1 priority. It’s okay for your space to be a reflection of what you love.

Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future. – Robert Peters

Have you ever noticed that certain rooms just feel really oppressive and unwelcoming? Or places that feel really exciting at first, but then feel overwhelming? That’s not entirely by accident. For instance, in the fast food industry, primary colors are used in the interiors of restaurants to encourage people to eat faster and move out quicker, increasing their bottom line. Waiting rooms in places like the DMV are designed to be calming and neutral, but they usually just come off as outdated and ignored. When we can consciously use design as a tool to shape culture, we can achieve powerful things.

The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life. – Marie Kondo

If you don’t know who Marie Kondo is, head on over to Netflix and watch her show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Her philosophy is all about sparking joy and getting yourself organized in a way that frees up space and energy to live your best life. Too often, the things around us are just holdovers from other times in our lives. We’ve all been there, holding onto that worn out IKEA couch from college, or staring at that concert poster from 2010 on the wall. Of course, it’s totally reasonable to want to save money and enjoy things from the past if they truly spark joy. But with this quote about furniture, Marie Kondo is asking us to think deeper. How do you want to live your life? Based on your answer, you’ll start to figure out what you want to own.

Relaxing space - lookout onto street below

Furniture is meant to be used and enjoyed. – Natalie Morales

We’ve all seen those showroom posts on Instagram, where it looks like the furniture has never been used. Who are these people?! In real life, furniture should be a daily part of your life. If you’re not using in, then why is it there? No need to rush off and tell your Grandma to get rid of the fancy couches that no one is allowed to sit on. But it is important to think about if your furniture is serving you. If it looks good but you can’t enjoy it because it’s too high or too big, then it’s not really serving you. An interior designer can help you think about through this in advance.

a group of young people sit together in a living room

Have nothing in your house which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
– William Morris

This quote about furniture also applies to decor. It should either serve you, or inspire you, otherwise you should pass it on. If that sorting system scares you, just think of it this way. The more you get rid of, the more space you’re creating for truly beautiful and useful objects!

a lamp is turned on next to a vase of flowers next to a bed

Underneath all I design lies the solid belief that beauty is a positive force. – Barbara Barry

The discipline of design is a blend of practicality and aspiration. Designers are always trying to make something more useful, and also more beautiful, than it was before. Beauty is a key ingredient in life, and too many people forget that. Practicality without beauty is just boring! Which makes you more excited to eat dinner, a white dining table and a plain white wall, or a gorgeous purple table and a large-scale colorful map of the world? You don’t have to make dramatic changes to your space to introduce small moments of beauty.

a full size world map adorns the wall behind a purple dining table

We need objects to remind us of the commitments we’ve made. All designed objects are propaganda for a way of life. – Alain de Botton

Consider the wedding ring. In older times, rings were exchanged to mark wives as property. But nowadays? They are seen as symbols of love and commitment. People choose to wear them to physicalize their commitment to their partner and remember the love they have chosen. Everything around us is, as this quote about furniture says, “propaganda for a way of life.” What is your furniture currently asking of you?

a green tile fireplace is in the middle of a room with armchair and bookshelves on either side

Design is coming to grips with one’s real lifestyle, one’s real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s well-being. – Albert Hadley

Ah, well-being. It’s a value that designers often forget about. How you ever been to a fancy restaurant where everything looks gorgeous but the lights are way too bright and the chairs are actually really uncomfortable? It’s possible to design a space that is beautiful as well as nourishing to your well-being. In fact, when your room design centers you, your health, and your personal goals, your space will actually be more beautiful because it’s tailored just for you.

a white couple lounges together on a bed with a guitar nearby

We hope you enjoyed these quotes about furniture!

If you’re inspired and want to see more furniture inspo, visit us @Furnishr on Instagram. Or if you want to see what your custom room would look like, give us a call! Our design team can help you enjoy your dream home, set up for you in just a day.

8 Tips on Furnishing Small Apartments

Furnishing a small apartment is often like playing Tetris. You sweat and you struggle to arrange a number of large and oddly shaped furniture into a very limited area.

But don’t panic! Here are a few tricks that might help you fit everything in. After all, the right furniture can totally spark joy.

1. Transformer Furniture

To meet the needs of small apartment owners, designers use tricks to create furniture that performs several functions at once. For example, there is a bench which can be turned into a large table and a few soft stools if necessary. In case of the arrival of guests, how convenient would it be to make several seats from one sofa? Other options include an armchair with built-in bookshelves, tables, and even built-in lamps. Such multifunctional pieces can be perfect for furnishing small apartments, not to mention blowing your guests’ minds.

furnishing a small apartment with big prints and transformer furniture

2. Built-in Cabinets

In a small space, you don’t want to waste an entire wall for a cabinet. If you’re furnishing a small apartment, let’s think outside the box! For example, if you can use a wall with a window on it, you get an excellent storage system and a cozy reading corner. If you don’t want to occupy the entire surface, you can place roomy lockers under the window. This helps make the room appear visually wider. Additionally, you can save space by using a storage system with your bed or sofa, either under the bed or in the headboard, or in shelving behind or beneath your sofa.

3. Folding Furniture

The problem of small space becomes especially problematic when planning a kitchen. To solve this, replace your chairs with folding ones or those that can be easily stacked on top of each other. If there still isn’t enough space, act radically and install a folding countertop. Furnishing a small apartment with folding furniture doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style! Check out some of these great examples of folding furniture.

4. Mirrors

The use of mirrors is an effective method of expanding the interior of a small room. With the help of a mirror for the entire wall, you can make a small space look bigger. Use a swing mirror instead of a normal swing door. Mirrors are one of the best ways to save space and visually expand the room when furnishing a small apartment. Or you can look for small mirrors in beautiful frames and place them where they catch the light from the windows.

furnishing a small apartment with built in storage

5. Minimalism in Everything

When furnishing a small apartment, you can make a room look as open as possible by freeing it from unnecessary objects. No bulky sofas and armchairs, numerous bedside tables and consoles. Remove massive wardrobes and replace them with built-in models with a large number of closing cabinets which can hide the items inside. In the kitchen, try to hide all your appliances inside cabinets or furniture. The same applies to our utensils: no matter how stylish and elegant your ladles are, for the sake of clutter, it’s better to put most of them away.

furnishing a small apartment with a small desk with a desktop computer in a white bedroom

6. Mobile Furniture

A great idea for a small apartment is mobile furniture. For the kitchen, choose tables with locking wheels that can be moved to a convenient location while cooking. A mobile nightstand can be used in different rooms: in the bedroom, it can serve as a bedside table, and in the living room it can become a convenient stand for books and a cup of coffee. Furnishing a small apartment with this approach allows you to easily change your interior without major renovations. Plus, it saves you money on buying additional furniture.

7. Corner Furniture

Use all the corners of your apartment. For example, you can have a corner coffee table or an armchair with comfortable armrests. A corner sofa is perfect for a small living room. Despite its massive appearance, it can be very functional, especially if you choose a model with storage. This strategy is helpful when equipping a small bathroom, too. Corner cabinets in bathrooms can help you use every free inch wisely. If you’re furnishing a small apartment, please don’t overlook the corners!

 furnishing a small apartment with a small white armchair in the corner of a room

8. Utilize Windowsills & Tabletops

Usually, window sills are occupied by indoor plants at best, and at worst, by all those other items that don’t fit anywhere else. But furnishing a small apartment presents the opportunity to be creative. It’s easy to change this problem into a solution: use the windowsills as a table! In the living room or bedroom, set up a wide wooden worktop atop the windowsill, add a desk lamp, and a comfortable chair, and voila! A full workstation is ready. You can add an extra work surface in the kitchen by using a marble or stone windowsill.

This piece was contributed by Roy Emerson. Roy is a literary enthusiast, a loving father of twins, a programmer in a custom software company, editor in chief of ReclinerFAQ, a greedy reader, and a gardener.

Can Furniture Spark Joy? 5 Tips for Furnishing, Kondo-Style

spacious living room

Do you wake up in the morning and feel a thrill of gratitude and joy from looking at your nightstand? When was the last time you touched your couch and sighed happily? “Spark joy” comes from the Marie Kondo process, a home organizational method about the “life-changing magic of tidying up.”

Her basic principle is that you physically touch each of your belongings. If an item sparks joy then you may keep it, but if it doesn’t, then you must thank it for its service and pass it along.

We’re gonna take a wild guess and say most of your furniture probably does not spark joy. But you’re not alone.

Younger people are more likely to be world travelers, paying off student loans, and renting long-term. This means that we have had to think about furniture quite differently from previous generations. We often furnish our homes according to functionality, affordability, and style (and in that order).

Now, while we totally believe in affordable and useful furniture, we just don’t believe that it has to come at the expense of style. Or being environmentally friendly.

Here are five ways to spark joy with your furniture, Kondo-style.

1. QUALITY

Nothing takes the joy out of furniture like a chip, tear, or broken joint. So when you find a furniture style that sparks joy, go for high-quality, durable pieces. This way, your furniture won’t fall apart easily with use and it won’t break when you move to a new place.

spacious living room

 

2. EASY STORAGE

One of Kondo’s often overlooked (but excellent!) organizing tips is to make stuff easier to put items away than to get out. If we apply this to furniture, that means ottomans with storage, closets with built-in spaces, and beds and desks with enough storage to contain all your belongings easily.

3. QUANTITY

Less can be more, with the right furniture and the right perspective. We often use several pieces of furniture to try to compensate for what we really need, like several chairs when a couch would do. This leads to clutter and mismatched styles. By investing in one good piece of high-quality, multipurpose furniture, rather than a collection of lesser quality ones, you can spark joy by creating a stylish and welcoming space.

minimalist bedroom with low bed and large painting of a face

4. STYLE

The easiest way to spark joy is to have things around you that you find beautiful! Furniture is easy to overlook in this process. Maybe you have even had some furniture for years, or you look for used or IKEA furniture to save some money. Try looking at it this way. Yes, getting stylish new furniture is a financial investment, but it is also an investment in your happiness. So actually, furniture is one of the easiest long-term ways to spark joy in your home.

5. EASY SHOPPING

The worst parts of furniture are finding it and transporting it. Hunting for a good deal and evaluating different styles and measurements do not spark joy for most people. A comprehensive furnishing company is a solution you may not know about. It sounds expensive, but it actually doesn’t cost much more than the furniture itself. That’s because companies have relationship with designers and distributors, and thus can procure lower prices for you.

can furniture spark joy? A woman sits on a tufted traditional couch and looks out the window

Some people find joy in themselves for being environmentally conscious. Take a look at our tips to make your home more environmentally friendly.

If you like these tips, you might want to spark joy by working with a comprehensive furnishing company. How does it work? You’d start by talking with a designer to select a style. Next, they take the measurements of your space, and then they deliver (and set up!) your furniture for you. Some places even do it all in just one day.

Call us if you’d like to explore a comprehensive furnishing option. We promise to only bring you the most stylish, high-quality pieces, in a style you love.

Furniture doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, if you do it right, furniture can spark joy!

How to Upgrade Your Home to Make It More Environmentally Friendly

environmentally friendly home


Sometimes trends are just passing fads, but we’re super pleased that the eco-friendly home trend has staying power! We at Furnishr care about environmentally friendly homes, and we encourage you to give your business to designers and businesses that value our planet.

So, let’s look at a few ways that people around the world are making their homes more environmentally friendly! And be sure to look at these tips for making your home more feng shui. If you want to start a conversation about how to apply eco-friendly furnishing in your own space, then book a free consultation with us. We’d love to chat with you.

Work Towards a Net-Zero Home

california

In California, an emerging trend is net-zero homes. In fact, California’s legislature has mandated that all new residential buildings be net-zero by next year. All the energy these eco-friendly homes consume is created through renewable energy. You can take steps yourself to turn your home into a net-zero home, especially if you live in a sun abundant region. You can combine energy-efficient appliances with solar panels and other new technologies, like double and triple glazed argon gas windows. Even if you’re on the city electrical grid, installing solar panels could supply all your home’s energy needs. If your solar energy system produces more power than you need, you can send that energy back to the grid! The rates you earn for returning the extra power are generally the same as the rates you would pay per kWh to the utility company.

Even if you live in a sun-poor region, you still have many eco-friendly design options. Lots of companies can help you retrofit your home to be more energy-efficient. Check with your utility company or community renewable energy groups to explore options.

Buy Natural Recycled Furniture

a lamp made from old pipes against a brick wall - environmentally friendly home design

The environmental problems caused by cheap, fast fashion are making people think twice about which furniture they bring into their homes. Australians lead the way when it comes to buying chic, recycled furniture instead of going to big brand furniture stores. In an interview with Australian Furniture Association CEO Patrizia Torelli, she explains a growing awareness among Australians about this issue. People know more about the danger to the environment that comes with buying cheaply and poorly manufactured furniture. In response, more and more green furniture companies are sprouting up and producing furniture that is eco-friendly and sustainable. What is eco-friendly furniture? It is furniture that is made from recycled or reclaimed wood, iron, glass, and other eco- friendly materials. You’re still buying a new product, but it’s sourced from sustainable materials and free from harmful chemicals.

If you are looking to furnish a space, you have a wonderful opportunity to use eco-friendly furniture! Ask your designers to choose furniture that is environmentally friendly. That doesn’t mean it can’t also be stylish and high-quality! No matter where you are in the world, we promise you’ll find great options if you start to look under these criteria.

Replace Your Old Boilers

heating and cooling pipes

What was efficient a few years ago is probably not up to the latest standards. Many homeowners in the United Kingdom are replacing their inefficient old boilers with new energy-efficient ones. Shout Out UK explains you should take care of your appliances and replace them when they become outdated. This helps you save money in the long term to have an environmentally friendly home. UK plumbing experts HomeServe note how a common sign that a boiler needs replacing is when you’ve had the current model for a long period of time. If you have never changed your boiler, or you’ve had it for over 10 years, it is most likely not producing heat as efficiently as it should.

Install a Smart Water Meter

a water meter

Water is a precious commodity everywhere in the world, and this is especially true in places like Singapore. With water conservation as a fundamental ethos of the tiny island city-state, every effort is made to save water. This is a notion we can all get behind! Singapore’s national water agency (PUB) plans to install 300,000 smart meters so that it can keep track of water usage much more efficiently. Unlike traditional meters, the Strait Times points out that users can keep tabs on their consumption in real-time on their phones. The water agency reads the usage several times a day. You can apply this principle in your own home. A smart water meter allows you to keep an eye on your water supply and to conserve more water and cut your utility bills. It’s a great way to empower regulars folks to use water in a more thoughtful manner.

Good for The Planet, Good for Your Pocketbook

 

green home to save environment

Overall, this kind of design philosophy is good for the planet and has economic benefits, too! Environmentally friendly homes can help you reduce your energy consumption and lower utility costs in the long run, whether you’re renting it out on Airbnb or living in it yourself.

Eco-friendly homes are becoming popular all over the world as people grow more and more conscious of their impact on the planet.

The good news is that, today, advancements in technology and lower prices make it easier than ever to be eco-friendly. New, energy-efficient homes use renewable energy as well as sustainable, natural materials. In fact, we wrote a whole post about how to use natural elements to create a calming mood in your home. Natural elements also contribute to an environmentally friendly home! 

So if you’re feeling ready to have an environmentally friendly home, you’re in good company!

Making a One-Bedroom Apartment Guest-Friendly

Luxury guest bedroom suite with desk

In a one-bedroom, it can feel like you don’t have much room for guests. Whether your guests are visiting for the afternoon, or even staying for a couple nights, your one-bedroom actually has plenty of space to host visitors comfortably! It doesn’t have to be stressful to have people over.

Here are some easy ways to help keep your space guest-friendly while also being livable for you.

Food & Drink: Buy in Advance, and Stage It with Style

a wood cutting board with cheese and crackers and a knife

Keep some cans of sparkling water in your fridge, and buy a few bags of chips or trail mix to store in the back of the cupboard. You can easily offer these to your guests as soon as they arrive. Additionally, this is a great trick for unexpected guests. While they’re sitting down and sipping on their drink, you can subtly dash into the bathroom to wipe down the sink.

Another way to add a special touch is to use uniquely shaped plates and serving dishes. You can find lots of options at the thrift store — look for the long-narrow appetizer trays often donated by catering companies, or wood cutting boards. A little staging goes a long way to making whatever food you have on hand look special.

Coats & Shoes: Make It Obvious

two pairs of sneakers on a wooden shoe rack

As soon as they arrive, most guests will want to know where to stow their shoes, coat, and bag. Having a coat rack or shoe bin right by your front door is an easy way to visibly guide people towards the right thing to do. Help them feel at home by having a clear place for their things.

Some people like to post a sign, saying something like “Shoes Off, Please”. Signs are a great way to communicate with guests, and they can save you the time and energy (and sometimes awkwardness) of asking guests to remove their shoes or hang their coats.

Bathroom: Make It Easy

a WC water closet sign against a blue sky

This is an easy one. Of course, you don’t need a label on your bathroom because you know where it is. But your guests don’t know! After all, who hasn’t been that person wandering around, looking for the bathroom and praying you don’t open the wrong door?

Look for a discreet sign you can mount on the bathroom door. It should be something you won’t get annoyed looking at every day. The sign could be something as straightforward as a classic bathroom icon decal (get a free gender neutral one, here!), or something artsy, like a poem or sketch about the fabulous joys of taking a bath.

Another great trick is to keep a collection of travel-sized toiletries. When you’re having people over, it’s easy to swap out your regular soap for a fresh, guest-friendly one. You can also set out a set of shampoo and conditioner with their towels, which helps them to not use yours!

WiFi: Don’t Make Them Ask

Displaying your WiFi code is not just a tip for Airbnb hosts! This is the ultimate way to make your place guest-friendly. It’s kind to help your guests conserve their data usage, especially if they’re coming over to work on a project with you. But for overnight visitors, it is absolutely essential that they know how to access the Internet.

Plus, WiFi networks and passwords can be a fun opportunity to share your personality! It’s fun when a visitor can guess the name of your network based on your interests. So write out and frame your network and password, and mount it in your living room somewhere obvious.

Sleeping Arrangements: Easy Set-Up, Easy to Hide

a hotel bedroom with large bed and curvy grey sofa to make a bedroom guest-friendly

For one-bedroom dwellers, this can be the trickiest part of having guests over. It can be challenging to figure out how to provide a second bed, a set of bed linens and towels, and create room for your guest’s belongings without totally destroying your living room. Lots of people use futons or sofa beds, of course, which can be a couch during the day and a bed at night. A nifty idea is to apply smart glass film to the windows in your guest’s area. This way, they can control the flow of daylight.

But our best tips for overnight guests involve clever storage. An ottoman with storage provides the perfect way to add extra seating to your living room while also stowing guest linens invisibly inside. Similarly, if you can spare the space, it’s really lovely to be able to offer your guests part of an empty console or bureau in the living room to store their items.

This tip works in the bathroom too. By using containers in your bathroom, you can easily gather up your own stuff and set out an empty container for your guest’s items.

Your Own Stuff: Quick Storage

a zebra striped chair and a storage ottoman - a host-friendly and guest-friendly storage solution

Finally, our best tip for making your one-bedroom guest-friendly is to have quick storage options around for all your own stuff. This way, whether you have lots of notice, or none at all, you can use your baskets or crates to quickly contain your mess and tidy up, leaving more space for your guest to feel at home.

Guests generally care more about the cleanliness of the room and bathroom more than anything else! Don’t sweat! Check out our cleaning guide for guests.

There you go! We hope these tips are useful for making your one-bedroom space more guest-friendly.

Just remember, most people aren’t coming over to inspect your house, they’re coming over to hang out with you. Being present with your guests and checking in about their needs are the simplest ways to be a good host, no matter the size of your home.

Happy hosting!

Which Items to Get First When Furnishing a New Place

cute dog at home

cute dog at home

A lot of people get overwhelmed with the sheer density of tasks that come with relocation. Because let’s face it — moving is like 60% exciting and 40% a COMPLETE DRAG. You can only prepare so much, and for everything else, you sort of have to handle it as it comes! If you’ve already signed your new lease, congrats! This is for you. Similarly, you can also use this article if you’re in the early stages of your relocation process. We cover budgeting for the move, and also budgeting for furniture. At the bottom is the list of furniture, sorted by priority, to help you plan ahead for your relocation and for furnishing a new place.

Remember, everybody’s process will look different. Some of us order new cardboard boxes from U-Haul, and others scope out street corners on recycling day 🤷. You do you, friends. What’s most important is that you feel prepared and excited!

empty studio

 

So, here it is! Our easy guide to making yourself at home in your new place, one piece at a time From art to ottomans, we’ve got you covered. Our tried and true list helps you organize your furnishing process by ranking items by priority.

If you furnish according to this list, you’ll start to feel at home in your new place in no time. This post is specifically geared towards one-bedrooms, but it’s easy to adapt it for bigger or smaller spaces.

FOUR BASIC BUDGET CATEGORIES FOR MOVING

First, you should start setting aside money in four basic categories. 1. Departure (packing up, moving out, transportation), 2. Arrival (rent, security deposit, moving in), 3. Set-up (cleaning supplies, unloading, acquiring new furniture, utilities), 4. Unforeseen (something breaks, someone cancels).

research on design

A good rule of thumb is to plan to spend up to three times your new monthly expenses on a move. However, this is just a draft! Take a deep breath, and let’s start by exploring some possible budgeting ranges for your move. Better to spend some time figuring it out now than be blindsided by it later, right?

Let’s begin with the amount you’ve allotted for rent and monthly expenses. Maybe you’re looking in the $2000 range. Put that figure down beside Departure, Arrival, and Set-up categories below, and we’ll tweak as we go along.

1. Departure Budget (est. $2000)

$0
[ ] add pack up fees like cost of boxes, bubble wrap, movers ($200 or less if you’re DIY’ing, $500 or more if hiring movers)
[ ] add clean up costs (if you’re hiring cleaners) ($0 DIY, $150 if hiring cleaners)
[ ] add transport costs for you (plane ticket or gas fees, meals)
[ ] add transport costs for your stuff (moving van, shipping fees) ($25 for across-town U-Haul van, check out Busfreighter or Amtrak for shipping long distance by freight)
[ ] subtract whatever your security deposit return will be
[ ] subtract the amount you expect to make from selling things
TOTAL Departure Budget =
turn key furnishing

2. Arrival Budget (est. $2000)

$0
[ ] rent / security deposit in new place
[ ] movers’ fees ($0 DIY, $100 beer and pizza for friends’ help, $500 or more if hiring movers)
[ ] delivery food for your first night! ($25)
TOTAL Arrival Budget =

3. Set-up  Budget (est. $2000)

$0
[ ] new cleaning supplies ($50 for surface cleaners, broom, dust pan, mop, plunger)
[ ] hire help to assemble furniture ($0 DIY, $30 – 100 for TaskRabbit)
[ ] hire help to hang art ($100 or more on TaskRabbit)
[ ] find new furniture to match space ($500 -$3000)
TOTAL Set-up Budget =

4. Unforeseen Budget (est. $500 – 1000)

$0
[ ] don’t get your security deposit back
[ ] essential furniture breaks en route
[ ] flight canceled and need hotel
[ ] you break your arm and have to hire movers
TOTAL Unforeseen Budget =

Add up each total, and there you have it!

Your goal moving budget is Grand Total (Estimated) = [ ].

Now, you may notice that the “find new furniture” task in Category 3 has a huge range — between $500 and $3000. This category can be the most stressful part of any move.

measure twice cut once

In addition, lots of people discover too late that their furniture doesn’t fit in their new space, either literally or stylistically. For this reason, we recommend setting aside a bit of extra cash to solve these furniture dilemmas.

Okay! You’ve drafted your moving budget, so now we can look more closely at how to go about furnishing your new space.

HOW TO PRIORITIZE FURNITURE

We know it’s tempting to rush out and buy a new lamp and a new side table, but we promise you’ll be happier if you furnish your space in the proper order. Did you know it can actually be cheaper to get new furniture at your new location, depending on the distance of your move? We recommend keeping only sentimental and high-quality items, and furnishing from scratch. If you need help with the sorting process, we wrote a whole post on how to decide what to bring and what to leave behind.

a big room with brick wall and art, a light gray couch, a carpet and big windows with a view of the city

Finding new furniture can be a really good option for people with a relocation budget from a job, or if you’re willing to spend a bit more to get a designer’s touch. For example, Furnishr offers a moving and design service where their designers take the measurements of your space, give you a customized style pitch based on your needs and design preferences, and then order it all and set it up for you in a single day 😲. DIY is A-OK, but interior designers actually know a lot of things you may not realize.

So, how should you prioritize furniture in your new place?

Bedroom and Dining Area

At the risk of sounding obvious, sleeping and eating are the first activities you should focus on while furnishing your new place. We don’t begrudge anyone the joy of perusing Facebook Marketplace, or taking home a new plant. But if your bedroom and kitchen don’t make you feel at home, then it’s just not worth putting any energy into other spaces! After all, you can keep your clothes and books packed away until they have a place, but you absolutely need a comfortable bed and place to eat.

a cat stretches out on a polka dot cat-sized couch

In other words, when you can eat and sleep in comfort, then you can think about setting up a home office, the living room, entertaining areas, and updating your space with soft furnishings like carpets, art, and light fixtures.

Truly the best way to furnish a space is to start with big pieces first. Then, you’ll know what sizes and styles you’re working with. Another great way to approach the furnishing process is to select one large piece of art work, and choose colors and furniture which complement it.

comfortable living room

The ordered list of furnishings

If you furnish in this order, one piece at a time you’ll start to feel right at home in your new place.

0. Choose a style (link: style quiz), or a piece of art (link: art article) to guide you.
1. Mattress
2. Bed Frame
3. Bedside Table
4. Bedroom Lamp
5. Dining Table and Chairs
6. Sofa
7. Other Artwork
8. Living Room Coffee Table or End Tables
9. Consoles and Bookshelves
10. Living Room Lamp
11. Carpets
12. Home Office
13. Decorative Items

Save this list to your favorite to do list app, and cross off all the items already accounted for. For instance, bringing your mattress across town but leaving behind your old bed frame? Awesome, check off Mattress and start prioritizing Bed Frame.

a bedroom with light curtains

If you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed, a good place to return to is Step 0: a style quiz or a favorite piece of art. These can serve as your compass as you select furniture and budget for new items.

So, we’ve got you covered for everything you’ll need during your move, from start to finish. You can use our general moving budget template above, and then hop over to our in-depth, one-bedroom furnishing budget guide to see how it plays out in a real-life case study. When you’re ready, schedule a free online consultation.

We want to help make your move easy and stylish, while saving you time and money. So good luck and happy relocating!

How to make your home more inviting

colorful accent pillows on cream sofa

loungeAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, roughly 35 million Americans move house every year. To some the thought of moving is filled with intimidation concerning cost, labor, and leaving family. But for many, transitioning out of an old space leaves endless possibilities for how you can create your new home. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with endless design and decor ideas on what you want your space to look like. Having a starting point is essential. We’ve curated some tips on where to begin when creating your cozy and inviting home.

Make Your Home Yours

Your living room is probably where you’re going to be spending a large chunk of time while at home, so ensuring it’s an inviting and welcoming atmosphere is important. Always create a physical space for yourself to sit and quiet your thoughts, so you can relax from the stressors of everyday life. It will also contribute to better mental health.

Find the right furniture that not only fits the room well, but is comfortable and makes you look forward to relaxing after a long day. If you have company over, you’ll want the space to accommodate them also. By requesting a custom design package, Furnishr will help you choose the best combination of furniture and accessories that fit you and your space. All the furniture and accessories will be delivered and set up altogether too!

Gallery Wall

Reminder of your best memories

Empty walls can make a room feel sparse and barren, the exact opposite of inviting. There’s no better way to gain visual appeal in a room than to create a gallery wall filled with photographs. The gallery wall is where you can exhibit your own personal style by showcasing pictures in alluring photo frames that catch the eye. A gallery wall gives the sense of a lived in, homey feel. It’s not only a great conversation starter when you have company, but you’re reminded of special moments with friends and family as you pass by. Interchanging photos every so often can give your wall a refresh as well as highlighting other pictures that don’t see as much traffic.

The perfect conversation starter

Paintings and art prints are another addition to feed your gallery wall. A study published by University College London revealed that looking at art can make you happier. Art induces feelings comparable to looking at someone you love. To find art that you enjoy and is unique and personal to you, look at online shops where you can find prints that are inexpensive, yet make a statement. Artwork can evoke dialogue, and because it’s subjective, people can have different opinions on it. You’re able to gain insight on what your guests interpret from the cool print that you’ve incorporated into the space.

Homey Aromas

candles and accents to add aroma

Something that isn’t recognized often is the scent of a home. A fresh bouquet of flowers fill a room with natural perfume, plus they’re a subtle way to enhance a coffee table or counter area. Getting a candle of a scent you enjoy will set a mood when you light it. A study from the Smell Report showed that pleasant fragrances have been found to have positive effects on moods in all age groups. When picking a scent for a room, consider how the smell will compliment the space and help enhance it. Be careful to avoid an overbearing scent that takes away from the room, a clean fresh fragrance is ideal for an area such as a living room.

A Pop of Accents

Use colors and textures in pillows and throws

Pillows and throws are a home accent that can add character to a home instantly. Find pillows that contrast the furniture in the room. This will give form and flow to your furniture, a variety of textured pillows will highlight a solid colored couch. Throws are a great addition to enhancing a home, you can lay one (or a few-the more you have, the cozier movie nights are) on a couch to add another layered element to the room. If you have neutral furniture, a brighter colored pillow or throw can complement the overall aesthetic and tie the space together.

 

Layering rugs is the trend

Layering multiple rugs in a room adds dynamic visual appeal to the space. Rugs instantly add a homey feel to any area and can help fill a space without physically cluttering a room. Playing around with different textiles, colors, and placements can accentuate your personal aesthetic when you walk into the room. Positioning one rug on top of another in a diagonal formation will create the effect of a walkway, almost leading guests to whatever furniture is lined up in the path. When placing rugs, make sure to consider the features and size of the room. It can be easy to go overboard and totally overwhelm a space if your rug choices don’t fit the dimensions and color of the room accordingly.

Personal Memorabilia

Showcase only your most favourite items. Be sparing and tasteful.

Your home should reflect your personality and tell your story- design and decorate with personal items that make you happy. Making an inviting home is all about expressing your uniqueness and individuality so people can get a sense of you. Your personal style is the first priority in crafting your space, so highlight the things that cater to your taste. If you have a collection that you’re proud of, don’t be afraid to showcase it! A huge part in creating your home is to add elements that make you excited to walk back through the door, as well as inviting others into a space that you love. Your home is your own personal sanctuary. So you need to make it yours!

The Secret to Matching Wall Art to Interior Design

If you’re googling about picking any wall art for your home, then you probably fall into one of two categories. Either your walls are way too bare, or they’re covered with outdated and generic artwork that just doesn’t represent you anymore!

So, how do you go about picking art that matches you and matches your furnishings?

We’ve collected a few questions to get you started. You could start by taking Artichoke’s quick quiz, to start thinking about which styles make sense for you and your home. Just like people, no two rooms are the same. So make some notes and soon enough, you’ll discover your unique personal style emerging!

Benefits of Wall Art

Did you know that having art on your walls actually makes you smarter? A recent study by the University of Houston set out to measure the effect of art on the brain. They found that “when viewing art, there is a major increase in a brain’s delta wave connectivity, which is linked to a person’s decision making and sustained attention. There is an even higher increase in the brain’s gamma wave activity, which is linked to information processing and cognition.” So, being in the presence of original artwork you find meaningful can actually boost your brain’s activity up to 10%! 

How to Choose Your Artwork

Here’s our tried-and-true method for picking the right artwork for your space. If you can, go and actually sit in each room as you work through these questions.

Mood 

What mood do you want the room to evoke? What activities do you often do there? And is there some kind of view?

Use color theory to think about what makes sense for that specific room. Livings rooms are better for vibrant, slightly more risky pieces. Bedrooms are good for more abstract art. Leaving art unframed can work well in the bedroom because it keeps the focus on the art, and makes the room feel less formal. Bathrooms are generally good for simple, geometric styles. But don’t be afraid to like what you like! It’s your interior space, after all. If you do your best work in the kitchen, the art should reflect that mood.

Existing Palette

Related, what colors, textures, and eras already exist in your room?

Look around at the floor, the walls, and your furniture. Are you farmhouse chic, with lots of natural wood, greens, and yellows? Perhaps midcentury modern with gray couch and blue velvet throw pillows? Do you live in a 1930s era apartment building or a new construction condo? You want to choose art that doesn’t totally clash with the architectural features of the building or with the furniture you already have. On the other hand, don’t be narrow-minded about art that contrasts, rather than complements, your existing design scheme. Sometimes art that’s too matchy-matchy can get lost in the room. 

Space Planning

What size and number of artworks do you have room for? A single large statement piece, or perhaps a triptych of three related works?

A grey wall is covered with many small paintings of birds

There are a lot of templates on the Internet that help you see potential arrangements of artwork for your wall. You can group several smaller paintings together, for instance, or align the top edges of a group of works for a visually interesting arrangement of slightly differently-sized art. Leave room in your plan for inspiration. Maybe you decided on a single large statement piece for your bedroom, but you stumble upon three perfect prints at the farmer’s market. Interior design is an art and a science, after all. Try using online design tools to help you, if you can’t visualize the wall art layout.

Visual Style

Generally speaking, what visual style attracts you?

a woman sits on a couch and looks out the window, with art on the walls behind her

Maybe you find yourself drawn to geometric, landscape, or figurative work. Go to a local art gallery or museum, and spend time walking through the exhibits. Notice what art makes you light up, or which art relaxes you. Remember that your taste is unique. Whatever works for you, works for you! And don’t be afraid to mix and match styles! Your art collection can help tell your specific story throughout your home in a really beautiful way.

Values

What values do you hold? What are you growing towards?

Art is a wonderful way to inspire yourself toward a goal or value. Maybe you dream about vacationing in Greece, or a trip to visit the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. If you imagine a future full of trees, people, and creativity, these values can inspire the kinds of art you see. Take a moment and jot down a few ideas that resonate with you. It could be as simple as, “Fresh air makes me happy” or “Dinner is the best time of the day” or “Tangerine colors make me feel so positive and uplifted.” Use these as your inspiration to look for artwork, and sift everything through your value system. You could always try DIY-ing some artwork, like Mr. Kate and other YouTube personalities recommend. Alternately, you may wish to consider working with local artists! Because no one ever asks, Where did you get that skyline print?

Consider a Local Artist

A woman paints in profile while sitting at an easel

Working with a local artist can be hugely rewarding, and surprisingly affordable. You get unique art, plus you get to know the story behind the artist and their work. You can even commission an artist to create a bespoke work. A tip, though — you may have a very particular vision in mind, but try not to ask an artist to work too far outside their regular style. This truly makes it so much more meaningful to look up and see the work on your wall. You can look on Etsy or Instagram to connect with independent artists and get a sense of their style before investing. Plus, you’re supporting a real human being.

A final tip for your artwork journey: Remember that framing and installation make a big difference in how your art looks when mounted on the wall. Go to a professional to get your pieces ready for display.

>> We hope this guide has been helpful! We’re suckers for before-and-after photos, so please tag us in your drab-to-fab photos on Instagram @furnishr. If you’re interested in hiring an interior designer, check out our article on how interior designers work and the interior decorator design process. 

P.S. This article is co-presented with Artichoke Art, “Match Makers for Your Walls.”

How to Create an Airbnb Guidebook (and why it matters)

airbnb guidebook for hosts

This is your start-to-finish guide for creating a killer Airbnb guidebook. Don’t forget to check out our printable templates.

Why are Airbnb guidebooks so important for vacation rentals?

Firstly, Airbnb guidebooks represent one of the easiest ways to impress your guests and provide them with a great experience. The reason a guest chooses an Airbnb is not only for the physical living space but rather the host’s ability to provide insider tips. Chances are many guests aren’t from your city, and almost none will be from your local neighborhood. That means that they don’t know the local “go-to” spots that you probably know like the back of your hand! As a result, an Airbnb guidebook can offer that ‘local guide’ expertise giving yourself a competitive edge in quality service. 

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A good Airbnb host is like the concierge at a hotel.

They assist guests by providing answers to frequently asked questions. Additionally, it’s fortunate that one guest’s questions are likely shared by others.

  • I’m looking for a good bite to eat. Where should I go? Any standout dishes on the menu?
  • This is such a big city! What sightseeing attractions should I check out?
  • I’m sick and need cold and flu medicine. Is there a 24-hour pharmacy?
  • I am craving a good cappuccino. Does that exist around here?
  • I need to keep the kids happy. Any ideas?

The key to a virtuous circle of bookings is positive reviews. There’s no faster shortcut to a good review than providing a stunningly useful Airbnb guidebook. After all, communication, location, and value represent half of the review criteria that a host is assessed against. Thus, a guidebook demonstrates a communicative host with a great living space, who provides valuable guest experiences.

Meanwhile, you can proactively answer guests’ questions by creating a welcome guide that showcases the best your neighborhood has to offer. This kind of guidebook helps your listing stand out from the competition, too. Not only that, but it will also be publicly displayed on your Airbnb listing page (even before guests book your place). Additionally, you can print your guide and make it available in hard-copy format, once they arrive.

An Airbnb guidebook shows off your knowledge of the local area, reinforce your credibility as a host, increase bookings and maximize your nightly rate from guests looking to stay in great spots with reliable hosts.

But the best part? The beauty of a Airbnb guidebook is the value you provide your guests from a single small investment. You can reuse the guidebook with all future guests, and it shouldn’t need updating very frequently.

Therefore, as a low-cost, time-minimal investment, building an Airbnb Guidebook truly represents the low hanging fruit of your Airbnb success. So carve out some time to sit down with this post, and you’ll soon see a big difference the attractiveness of your property.

Let’s get started! Or scroll to the bottom to download the free template.

WRITING YOUR AIRBNB GUIDEBOOK

Step 1. Identify your target guests.

family friendly environment
 

For example, are they primarily elderly vacationers? Families with young children? A couple on romantic getaway? Go back through your listings if you need a memory jog. In addition, think about age, gender, number of guests, budget, and their interests.

Step 2. Brainstorm relevant activities for them.

parks nearby
 

Find activities that fit the interests and budgets of the guests you identified. For multiple segments of guests, consider making two sections within your guide! Tip: You can find comprehensive community event listings on the Internet, like a town hall website, or on local bulletin boards. Think about the questions your guests have asked you about the neighborhood.

CATEGORIES

Food Scene (fast food, your local fave restaurant, iconic restaurants, local fave coffee shop, coffee shop near transit)
Sightseeing (historical places, novel attractions (World’s Smallest Toothbrush!)
Drinks & Nightlife (bar with a view of the area, the local bar, the swanky “it” bar)
Arts & Culture (art galleries and museums, famous schools and libraries (did a celebrity grow up in the area?)
Parks & Nature (parks, playgrounds, natural beauty spots like beaches, trails, or national parks)
Shopping (malls, notable stores (brands, locally made goods, or popularized spots)
Entertainment & Activities (movie theaters, comedy clubs, rainy day activities like bowling alleys)
Basic Essentials (in other words, convenience stores, grocery stores, delicatessens, pharmacies, phone and electronics repair shops)
Getting Around (nearest transit stops, best routes and running times to popular spots)
 
Bonus Tip: Consistently directing guests to specific restaurants or shops may also let you ask those shop owners for discounts that your guests can use! Keep in mind that not all owners will be interested, and your pitch will work best if you are bringing them significant traffic.

Step 3. Make sure your activities cover a dispersed regional area.

trader joe's
 

In other words, some of your guests will only want walking-distance attractions, whereas others want to explore the wider region. For instance, try to cover the best spots in your own neighborhood, but also include some unique places that aren’t. From art galleries to coffee shops, your knowledge can be a huge gift to your guests!

Step 4. Make sure you’ve catered for seasonal variance!

outdoor skating rink
 

If your area is susceptible to seasonal tourism, definitely include popular seasonal points of interest like apple picking. However, look for ways to showcase the best of your location at all times of the year, whether it’s snowshoeing in the wilderness or free summer concerts at the park.

COMPLETING YOUR AIRBNB GUIDEBOOK

When you’re ready to add your complete guidebook to the online listing, here’s what you need to do.

1. Login to Airbnb.
2 In Hosting mode, select Listings from the top menu.
3. Click on your listing.
4. Click on Listing details from your listing’s menu.
5. Click the Edit button for the Guidebook section.

Now, you can add your guidebook in Airbnb.

Type the name of the particular place you wish to include within the relevant guidebook category. After that, Airbnb will automatically retrieve the official name of the place you wish to add, which you then select. Airbnb will also use Google Maps to pull the address and a map of the spot you want to list.

This is done on an itemized basis, so it can be a bit time-consuming. Subsequently, you can select a sub-category for the place. You can provide a short description up to 700 characters for each place you want to list. Use this space to let guests know why you recommend it, or an ‘insider tip’ they can use when they go. You also have the option to specify what the place is good for, for instance Families, Late Nights, Budget-Friendly, Peace & Quiet.

If you’d rather, just add a note to your listing that you provide a current, customized guidebook for your guests. Then print your guide and provide it as a hard copy. Above all, remember that if your guide doesn’t appear in the online listing, it can’t attract guests!

ADDITIONAL PRINTABLES

You can download this post in worksheet form to do offline! In fact, we recommend it — sit down with a cuppa and imagine a perfect experience for your guests.


Additionally, many hosts use blank printables to communicate essential info to their guests, like the wifi password. Some are great framed behind glass so your guest can use a whiteboard marker on it, like a checkout to do list.

Welcome Page Printable

Guest Planner Schedule Printable

Host Contact Info Printable

Wifi Printable

Recommendations Printable

Airbnb Checkout Instructions Printable

Do Not Disturb Printable

Remove Shoes Printable

Airbnb Feedback Printable

–> Complete Airbnb Printables

Either way, congrats! By creating an Airbnb guidebook, you’ve just taken an important step towards happier guests, better reviews, and increased bookings for your vacation rental or Airbnb.

Finally, do you need help setting up the Airbnb with the right furniture? 

Setting up an AirBnb is no easy task, Furnishr can design and set up the entire home for you in a day. Simply complete a design request, and you’ll receive a proposal with 2-3 designs for all the rooms in your unit. 

Furnish Your Airbnb

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This has been an (edited) guest post from our friends over at Padlifter.