The world has become a fast-paced environment with a clear focus on efficiency, however, for most individuals, this can feel overwhelming. In order to escape the busy city-scape, working professionals are utilizing Airbnb to find their inner peace, by carving out a weekend to go away on a personal retreat.
Recent data shows that meditation and hiking activities are among the most trending Airbnb Experiences based on bookings, this year over last. Additionally, the Airbnb’s 2019 interior design trend predictions point to a similar trend toward nature and mindfulness, like Green Is the New Black and Stay-in-imalism.
We could all use more meditation in our lives. Whether you are thinking of redesigning your home or rental property, it’s easy to create a restful space that appeals to this category of guests. Here you will find 10 effective ways to make your space a haven for retreat-seekers.
Natural Element Décor Ideas
Use aromatics like candles or essential oils to gently activate the senses. Remember that each guest will have a different sensory preference so you may wish to offer a basket of scented items rather than spritzing them yourself. Let your guests choose which scents to utilize. To set the tone, you could add a note about fragrances in your welcome letter.
2. Choose natural materials
for your furnishings, like wood and bamboo. Look for wooden tables, wooden spatulas, or small wood sculptures. Even a simple tray of pebbles can serve as an invitation for your retreating guest to breathe a bit deeper.
Plants around the room can make space feel fresh and calm. Any kind of greenery will clean the air and bring aesthetic interest to what could otherwise be a stuffy space. For those with a black thumb, even fake plants help give the appearance of a lively retreat haven. A small bouquet of fresh flowers can do the trick as well.
Try to incorporate books on mindfulness along with the coffee table or bookshelves. When a guest spots that meditation book or collection of Buddhist poetry on the shelf, they might feel extra inspired to relax.
5. Avoid appropriative decor.
As you look for items to create a more peaceful environment, it may seem counterintuitive to avoid deity statues or calligraphic illustrations. However, if you choose cultural items that are not from your culture, you run the risk of offending guests who are from that cultural background. It’s not a hard and fast rule. We live in a multicultural world, after all, and we can all appreciate items of beauty. Just remember that objects you find inspiring may have a completely different meaning for someone else.
6. Natural Lighting
Incorporate natural lighting around t
he household wherever possible. This can be done by adding sheer curtains behind heavy curtains. Thi
s also gives your guests the option to enjoy natural light in priva
cy. Additionally, consider moving a chair or couch so it’s oriented towards the window. This way your guests will be drawn to sit under the natural light.
7. Soft furnishings
Soft furnishings provide serious comfort to retreat-goers. High-pile rugs, throw blankets, and soft robes give that extra dose of physical luxury. By providing items that help your guest’s body and mind to relax.
8. Minimize Electronics
Minimize overbearing electronics and tuck away cords. If you have a big TV, buy a simple cabinet to hide the flat screen. Not only that, tuck less-used kitchen appliances into the cupboards and leave a note about how to find them. By keeping electronics and cords out of sight as much as possible, you make it easy for someone on a retreat to focus on their inner state.
9. Negative space
The trend towards minimalism is here to stay! Rather than arranging knick-knacks together on a shelf, you might try displaying just one or two items, leaving lots of space in between. Look over your space with an eye towards clutter. What do you have more than five of? Can you reduce it to three and still serve your guest?
10. Reduce visual stimulation.
Loud colors have an energizing effect – that’s why fast food restaurants tend to use bright primary colors in their decor. Be mindful where you place mirrors — too many mirrors can create visual noise for your guest. Please don’t force your guests to look at themselves in the mirror before they’ve had their morning matcha!
You can trust that mindfulness is a growing trend among many demographics, no matter your location. Cities are still a major destination for Airbnb guests, with the most popular North American cities in 2018 being New York City, Orlando, and Miami. Airbnb also announced a growing trend towards “more rustic and non-traditional digs” like nature lodges and yurts. So, even if your space is not typically ‘zen’, it could still benefit your business to Incorporate zen principles.
After all, relaxation and well-being will never go out of style!
Download this checklist here, and zen your Airbnb today.
Cleaning may not be your favorite thing to do, especially if you’re a person that is always busy or with a tight schedule. But, as you grow up, you realize that duties do come in life, whether you like that or not, and a grumpy face and some Mr. Bean-styled murmuring won’t shoo them away.
Instead of postponing the home chore you hate the most, it’s better to eat the frog and do that in the morning. You probably will croak during the process of cleaning, but once it’s done, you’ll be proud of yourself and you will finally breathe in some fresh air, both metaphorically and literally.
A tidy home does not just give you the feeling of coziness and relaxation, but also creates a healthier and safer place to live in. Getting rid of all the unnecessary stuff and cleaning every surface in your apartment or room means getting rid of any bacteria that could possibly affect your health in a bad way.
A clean home is also a wealthy home, especially when you’re renting your place. The trend of hosting strangers and travellers is still rolling high, and if you’ve been both the guest and the host, you’re probably aware of the importance of a clean home. No one wants to sleep in a mess, or to step on a floor covered in crumbs. If you’ve already hosted guests from around the world, you’ve probably cleaned your home many times. Now, did you get a new message from someone who’s interested in staying over at your place? Did that person catch you off guard?
If the person you’re hosting is about to arrive at any moment and you couldn’t find time to clean your home until now, here are few tips and tricks that you can use even in a last minute situation.
OH, WAIT! HOW TO HANDLE THE PANIC?!
Before I start with the 30 minutes cleaning challenge details, let me say a word or two about the panic that seizes you the moment you realize that you don’t have a lot of time to make your home look decent. It’s just like with any other type of deadline: all of a sudden, you realize that you’ve waited too long and now you’re in panic thinking you won’t make it. Before you drown in worry, block your negative thoughts and stop thinning your nerves because the only thing you’ll “get” is lost time. Stop panicking and start organizing yourself for the cleaning process.
THE GUEST CHECK-IN GENERAL PLAN
Finally, let’s begin with ideas on the cleaning schedule. This is how you can clean your home thoroughly in half an hour without making a bigger mess during the cleaning process.
First things first, take all the cleaning supplies, detergents and towels to one place, so you can have them near you and avoid losing time on picking through them until you find the supply you need.
Don’t focus on the unimportant – have your goal on your mind all the time, so you don’t get distracted. Make a priority list of the rooms that you will clean. Once you have your general plan ready and set, you can start cleaning.
Dust where you must!
A clean surface on your rooms’ drawers and shelves will increase the effect of a neat space, so make sure you free these surfaces of all particles that burden its cleanness. Before dusting, remove all papers, garbage and unnecessary things that would steal your time. This will enable you to clean the dust faster. Don’t lose time on cleaning each figurine or souvenir on the shelves. Instead, dust only the wide surface and use the vacuum cleaner for the crowded parts.Make sure you don’t vacuum any of the little decorations!
Dust from the top towards the bottom, so you don’t bring any dust back.
It’s time to multi-task
Cleaning is probably one of the few situations in which multi-tasking is welcomed with pleasure. This way, you’ll save on time and you’ll organize the whole process with more focus. The multi-tasking cleaning chore should include the kitchen and the bathroom. First, apply a stove cleaning detergent on the whole surface and coat the burners. Let sit for a few minutes and in the meantime, start cleaning the bathroom. Spray the cleaning detergent on the toilet seat, the shower cabin or bathtub, the sink and the rest of the surfaces that should be cleaned.
Use a sponge to remove any stains from the different surfaces and wash off the detergent with a gush of warm water. Leave the door of the bathroom opened to avoid mould creation and bad smell.
Go back to the kitchen and start with the stove. Use the coarse side of the sponge or a scrub brush and remove food residue and stains from the burners and the whole surface. Wash off with warm water and then dry it with a clean towel. If there are any dirty dishes, put them in the dishwasher before starting with the stove.
It’s very important to have clean and stain-free drinking glasses, plates and cutlery. That, and a clean eating table should be your priority in the kitchen.
It’s time to break free!
Remember the scene where Freddy Mercury is vacuuming the house with ease? If a King can do it, you can do it too! Vacuuming can be tiring, but when there’s music that alleviates the feeling of boredom, this home chore transforms into a liberating fitness activity. Turn up the volume, play your favorite songs and motivate yourself, because this is the last large cleaning chore from the 30-minute cleaning challenge. Start from the corridor of your home and vacuum clean the whole place, focusing on the dormitory and the rooms where your guests will spend most of their time.
When you finish with the bedroom, change bed sheets, pillowcases, and blankets or duvet covers.
The beauty of the details
In order to complete the challenge successfully, pay attention to the details that make the home feel cozy, neat and welcoming. Open the windows and let some fresh air come in. You can use an air freshener with a pleasant aroma (nothing strong-smelling). Lavender, lime or some herb-based aroma would do just fine.
You can place a vase with flowers from the local flower market or shop to create a welcoming atmosphere.
How to split the 30 minutes for each cleaning chore?
Time is precious, I know! Believe it or not, half an hour is enough to do all these activities and I’ll prove that with the following time management plan.It’s all about focusing on priorities and being practical.
As you can see in the previous paragraphs, the challenge counts three large tasks. Don’t split the time into equal segments, because some of the tasks are more complex. You’ll surely need more time to clean the bathroom and the kitchen than you’ll need for dusting or setting the bed.
So, here’s how to split your precious thirty minutes:
7 minutes for dusting
12 minutes for the multi-task part – bathroom and kitchen cleaning
8 minutes for vacuuming the home and changing bed sheets
3 minutes for the details
Looking at these numbers, you probably think that I’ve gone cuckoo, but believe me, it’s possible. It’s like a good and well-planned workout in the gym: you have a goal, you know how to focus and you know that time is precious.
Let me remind you that most important of all is to forget about panicking. There won’t be any kind of inspection; you just want to be a nice and polite host who cares about the guests and you want to leave a good impression.
When already talking about the importance of using time wisely, here are some extra tips on how to spare yourself the trouble next time an unexpected guest makes a last minute reservation.
Try to keep your home as neat as possible. Build a daily routine of washing the dishes and throwing out the garbage regularly. Don’t leave your clothes on the sofa or the chair. Dust once a week. It’s much easier to clean one layer of dust than something that has already begun to make history on the shelves!
Using the vacuum cleaner once a week will also make your home look well ordered.
You know that the guest bedroom should always be a priority, so always have clean and ironed bedding. Never use this room as a place where you store unnecessary things! Once a day, open the windows to let some fresh air come in.
Take this challenge as an opportunity to prove yourself that you can do things the good way even when you’re short on time.
I hope that these tips will be of help and that you will enjoy the process. In the end, the satisfied look and the positive feedback from your guests is what will make this sacrifice worth your time and efforts.
If you’re thinking of renting out a home or property you own as a short-term vacation rental on Airbnb or other home-sharing platforms, you’re probably wondering how you can set up the space in the best possible way to attract airbnb guests and impress them when they arrive. But furnishing a home for short-term rentals isn’t always simple. There are more factors to consider than just style. That’s because the needs of a weekend visitor might be different than someone living at a property full-time. You also need to account for a wide range of tastes. You might love creative touches like hot-pink wallpaper, but you’re less likely to attract a large number of guests with unique choices like that.
The most vital are of all when furnishing your Airbnb is the living room. This is where your guests will spend much of their time during the day, and its crucial that you nail the décor and functionality of the space. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most important elements of an effective Airbnb living area.
What’s the easiest way to get an Airbnb unit ready?
Hire help! Most Airbnb hosts are part-time hosts. If you’re to do everything yourself, your time spent on finding everything and coordinating the logistics may end up costing you more. Check out our guide for the cost of furnishing an apartment to see whether your time is worth the work.
Or you can let us furnish the whole unit for you in a single day. No need to take days off to wait for deliveries. Just submit a design request, and our designer will send you a proposal with a few designs for all the rooms in your unit.
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Don’t forget to ask about the move-in kit! It will include all the kitchen essentials (pots and pans, utensils, cookware, flatware, etc.), beddings and towels for your guests. It will get your guest move-in ready!
Airbnb Furnishing Checklist
Assuming you’re managing the furnishing yourself, here are the key tips to be keep in mind.
One of the challenges of furnishing an Airbnb is that you have to balance two distinct needs—providing enough furniture and seating to serve your guests, while also avoiding a cluttered and overly compressed vibe in your living area.
That’s why it’s key to choose furniture that’s efficient in its use of space and also provides a clean, somewhat minimalist appeal. That’s especially important when you consider that short-term travelers are often laden with luggage and other items that will be spread throughout the house during their stay. If the home is cluttered before they even arrive, then it’s only going to be downhill from there.
Choosing the Right Furniture
Choosing the right furniture goes a long way in determining how successful and appealing your living space will be. Not only should it be stylish and visually appealing, but it needs to also provide everything your guests will need for a comfortable space during their stay.
Keep in mind that while choosing unique and character-rich furniture can give your Airbnb a unique, quirky vibe, that direction can sometimes backfire. The more distinctive your style, the greater the likelihood that certain guests who don’t share your sensibility will be turned off by your choices. Your safest bet is to choose restrained but still stylish and contemporary pieces for the living space. That way you have the best chance of appealing to a wider range of guests.
When it comes to living room seating, remember that providing ample seating space while leaving enough space in the room is vital. It’s a careful balance that will require you to get a little creative with your sofa and chair selection. We recommend going for a two-piece set as opposed to a sectional, as this is more flexible and allows for pieces to be moved to adjust the space.
If you do want to go for a sectional sofa, ensure that you choose one with the right arrangement for your unique space. For example, your living area might be suited for a sectional where the point of the L-shape is on the right, as opposed to on the left. Ideally, you can choose a sectional that can be adapted and rearranged if you find that a certain arrangement isn’t working for your Airbnb.
We definitely recommend considering a pull-out sofa bed. Adding another sleeping option allows you to list additional sleep allocations on your Airbnb listing and bump up your price.
Tables & Surfaces
Providing enough areas for dining, playing games and other activities is absolutely crucial. When choosing how much table area and seating to provide, think about the maximum amount of guests your Airbnb can hold. If it only sleeps 4, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to provide dining space for eight guests at a time. You don’t want to overcrowd your space with an unnecessarily large table.
In regards to choosing the right table shape, we suggest taking a page from King Arthur’s book. Circular tables can be the most space-efficient, removing angular corners that can cut into pathways and living space. That doesn’t mean that square or rectangular tables are off-limits—they might be better suited for your space than a circular table. But if space is at a premium, a circular table can be a great way to offer ample seating without commanding a large area of floor space. Circular tables are also a more casual option than rectangular tables, perfect for the board game sessions and hang-outs that are a hallmark of most Airbnb stays.
Consider mounting the living room television directly to the wall rather than using an entertainment console or other TV stand. This will keep you from taking up more space than is necessary for your television, and also adds a high-class vibe to your living room. There are two types of mounts to consider—fixed or adjustable. Fixed mounts keep the television in a set position that can’t be altered by you or your guests. An adjustable mount can be turned rotated, and adjusted for the perfect viewing angle. Adjustable mounts are obviously more flexible, and can allow your guests to view the television clearly from various spots in your rental. That being said, it’s no surprise that an adjustable TV stand invites guests to adjust it. They might not all be as delicate and respectful as you, and this could result in damage to your mount or the television itself.
If you do opt for an entertainment console, choose one with opaque doors that will let you hide away electronics and other peripherals to avoid clutter.
As far as the TV itself, there’s no need to go for a mega-huge option. But guests will also be turned off if all you offer is a 12” tube TB from 1995. Nice, relatively large digital TVs are fairly cheap these days.
Should you opt for a more common (and inexpensive) LED TV or a 4K Ultra High-Def option? That’s your call. Personally, considering how impressive even mid-range LED TVs have become, we’re not sure springing for a more expensive 4K option will be worth the cost for you or your guests. But that’s a call you’ll have to make on a case-by-case basis.
The Power of Multi-Purpose Pieces
Designing an Airbnb with limited space is all about finding the best way to maximize the floor area. That’s why we love adjustable and multi-purpose furniture. If you choose options that provide multiple arrangements or uses while still remaining stylish and contemporary, you’ll be rewarded with a more spacious, appealing Airbnb that will land you more guests.
Let’s take a look at a few of the most common multipurpose furniture items and how you can use them to expand your living room space (as well as other spaces in the home) for maximum appeal.
Daybed with Storage
If you don’t opt for a pull-out sofa, a daybed with storage can be a great alternative. A comfortable seating option by day and an additional place to sleep by night, some Airbnbs feature daybeds in their living rooms in lieu of sofas. They also offer the added benefit of providing storage in drawers or shelves underneath, increasing the flexibility of your space and reducing clutter throughout the home.
A daybed is worth considering for a living room space, particularly if you’re in an area that caters frequently to large groups and you want to absolutely max out the amount of guests who can sleep in your rental.
We already mentioned this above so we won’t go into too much more detail. However, it’s worth mentioning that not all pull-out furniture is created equal. Many lower-end models leave you with a poorly constructed sofa and a poorly constructed bed in one. If you do go for a sleeper sofa, choose one that rates highly in comfort both in sofa-mode and once it transitions into a bed. Uncomfortable sleeping arrangements can lead to poor guest reviews and decreases in bookings.
Whether it’s a coffee table or dining table located in the living room, choosing extendable surfaces is a great way to maximize the available space. Some feature side ‘leaves’ that fold out from under the table and lock in place. Others use sliding pieces to extend smoothly from below, and still others are actually two separate pieces. These are designed so that the slightly smaller table can fit under the other when not in use, but then spread out for additional space when necessary. This can be a very flexible and helpful factor in making the most of your living space for your guests.
Speaking of flexibility, choosing surfaces with wheels or ones that are lightweight enough to be easily moved can greatly increase convenience for your guests. When they have the ability to quickly move a table aside or arrange seating around a board game or other activity, your guests will feel more at home in your rental. Using furniture with wheels will also help prevent scraping and scratching on your floor.
Extra Tips to Consider
We’ve covered some of the considerations for maximizing your space and providing an effective, homey and stylish Airbnb. But let’s take a quick look at some additional last-minute tips that will help your living space translate into more bookings, higher income, and less costs down the road. You’ll find that expending just a little thought towards these tips and some of those listed above will absolutely transform the appeal and profitability of your Airbnb in a way you never thought possible.
This tip is more for your sake than the sake of your guests. Choose furniture that’s rated highly for washability. Selecting high-end fabric that are impossible to safely clean will leave you with a lot of expensive, poor-looking furniture after just a few guests. Remember—wear and tear on your furniture will be higher with guests than if you were living in the unit yourself. Stick to washable, easily cleaned fabrics to make your life easier.
Along those same lines, we recommend choosing furniture that’s built to last. While you might feel thrifty by choosing cheap furniture with a low-end price tag, you’re likely to end up paying down the road when the furniture breaks down more quickly. Replacing furniture should not be a regular part of your routine as an Airbnb host. Opt for quality and you’ll be rewarded with a low-maintenance living space.
Neutral vs. Unique
We touched on this a bit already, but let’s talk about style. Balancing the level of personal touches in an Airbnb is a delicate art, one that many hosts have a hard time mastering. You might absolutely love the quirky appeal of your armchair shaped like a swan—but many of your guests may not feel the same. That being said, you don’t have to erase any semblance of uniqueness or personality from your unit altogether.
We recommend striking a balance. For major furniture items like sofas, coffee tables, and major wall art, try to stick to universally appealing, current and modern styles. But you can then feel free to season the rental with small, unique touches that will allude to the owner’s personality without it becoming overpowering. A good rule of thumb—if you’re not sure whether a piece of furniture item is too strange for your rental, it probably is.
When you visit a rental listing on Airbnb, what’s the very first thing you do? If you’re like most potential guests, you scroll through photos of the unit. And the living room where you’ll spend most of your time in the unit is at the top of your mind.
That’s why it’s vital to choose furniture that not only looks good in person, but also photographs well in your space. A photogenic listing is absolutely vital to securing guests. We recommend trying different furniture arrangements and taking photos as you go. You might find that something which feels right in person might not translate as well to a photograph. In that case, you may want to consider a new arrangement or removing/swapping a certain item in the living space.
Key Take-Away Points
Overall, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of your living room or living space when it comes to attracting guests and impress them once they arrive. Keep the space clutter free, implement multi-purpose or adjustable furniture, and keep quirky or personal touches to a minimum while sticking to primarily neutral and contemporary furniture choices. This will allow you to achieve great reviews and hopefully, your investment home will be fully booked per month!
Feel overwhelmed by the thought of furnishing your rental yourself? You can always hire a professional furnishing company to handle the entire process on your behalf. An experienced furnishing organization will analyze your unique space, target guests, and budget, then impeccably decorate and furnish your listing to maximize bookings and boost your list price. Read about how Jason was able to boost his nightly rates.
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We’ve furnished many short-term rental homes in cities and by the beaches. The decor and furniture in a unit need to complement the style of the home and the neighborhood it is in. If the unit is in a city, use more contemporary finishes with wall arts that speak to the culture of the city and the host. This shows a personal touch for a city-loving guest. If the unit is a cottage get-away, then mixing different styles of furniture tastefully is the way to go.
If you’ve never booked an Airbnb before, you probably have quite a few questions about the whole process of paying to sleep in strangers’ apartments. Not to worry, it’s really not that complicated. We’ve composed a detailed guide on booking an Airbnb the right way your first time.
Research the Area
One of the most important steps in booking an Airbnb is researching the area it’s located in. You want to make sure that it’s safe and close to your destinations. Some listings will claim to be “near downtown” but are actually quite a distance from it, proving to be inconvenient especially if you are planning on walking or taking transit. Airbnb will not post the exact address of the property until after you’ve confirmed your booking, but will give quite a specific area so that you know what you’re working with.
Reserve with Superhosts
Airbnb superhosts are hosts who have gone above and beyond expectations and are certified by Airbnb themselves. To become a superhost, they must meet these requirements:
Have at least a 90% response rate
Host at least 10 trips
Receive a 5-star rating at least 80% of the time
Complete each confirmed reservation without canceling
These hosts are truly reliable and have gleaming reviews from other guests. You can’t go wrong booking an Airbnb with them.
Save Money with “Special Offers”
Something that many don’t know when booking an Airbnb listing is that you can sometimes get special discounts off of the advertised price. You can try this out by clicking “Contact Host” instead of “Book” and messaging them to see if they’re open to offering you a discount. Make sure to introduce yourself and have a friendly conversation first before asking them to knock off a few percent off their price. If the host agrees, they will be able to send you a special offer that’s not seen on the website. You should use this method to its full advantage if you are planning an extended stay, or are booking last minute, as hosts try to fill any vacant dates.
Make Note of the Cancellation Policies
Airbnb has three different categories of cancellation policies:
Each host has the option of choosing any one, and it will be displayed on the listing. Pay attention to this so that you aren’t surprised by any cancelation fees should you change your mind. This is extremely important, especially if you are booking your stay well in advance.
These tips will make your first experience with Airbnb a pleasant and impressionable one. Just remember to do your research and keep an open mind. Happy travels!
Airbnb has taken and challenged the hospitality industry in many ways. Due to the increasing popularity, getting your Airbnb listing chosen seems to be impossible. Airbnb hosting business has become more popular recently and, of course, becoming more and more competitive almost every day. As a furnishing expert, Furnishr has helped many Airbnb hosts with setting up their rental properties. Here are some of our Airbnb tips to help make your property stand out from the rest of the competitors.
Here are 5 Airbnb tips to make your listing stand out from your competitors:
5 Airbnb Tips
1. Make your Home Photogenic
Guests rely on photos when choosing their stay. Make your property look aesthetically pleasing!
Use neutral and easy-to-clean furniture such as metallics, grey and textured fabric.
Patterns and colours should be applied on area rugs, wall arts, throw pillows and beddings.
Use matching bed pillows and bedsheets. Mismatches never look professional.
Keep all the walls white and curtains neutral.
Use hardwood or tiled floor if you have a choice.
Always take the photo from the doorway of the room.
2. Maximize Occupancy and Space
The more people your property can accommodate, the higher your return in rent. While your space is limited, maximize the functions and utility in your furniture.
The easiest piece is to use a sofabed with a pull-out mattress, i.e. not a futon! It will only be used if all the bedrooms are filled. Sofabeds with pull-out mattresses are comfortable for sleeping and sitting.
Round dining tables tend to fit more guests than rectangular tables, mainly because round tables stand on one pedestal leg and you can place more chairs around the table without interfering with the legs.
If you have space available, get an extendable table, but it can be more prone to damage because guests might not know how to open or close the extension properly.
Diversify the bed arrangements. If you have two or more bedrooms, try to fit two people in each room and use different sizes of beds to give travellers different sleeping arrangements.
Minimize the number of furniture pieces even if you have the space. If your property can occupy 8 people, get as few furniture as you can to fit all 8 people in one common space. The more furniture you have in a space (even if it’s a big space), the more cluttered it will look.
3. Keep the Property Spotlessly Clean at all Times!
Cleanliness is the key attribute for review. Send a cleaner once a day to clean up to make sure your guests feel comfortable staying at your property at all times. Sending a cleaner will not cost you more as the host since the cleaning fees are paid in additional as the accommodation fees. If you’re more comfortable with cleaning the space yourself, use these tips to clean on a time crunch.
4. Provide Friendly and Personal Notes
Guests on vacation want a nice memory from staying at your property. Add a few personal notes with WiFi passwords or restaurant and recreational recommendations around your area to make your guests feel more welcomed. Perhaps even going to the extra mile and create an Airbnb Guidebook. You may also provide a welcome basket of toiletry.
5. Use Keywords in your Listing
With a nice home set up, you want to make sure your guests can find your listing. SEO (search engine optimization) is applied everywhere including your Airbnb listing. Use keywords that are found in Airbnb’s instructions for guests since new guests rely on those instructions to learn the booking process. Highlight the convenience and landmarks in your area – such as transportation options and how to get to the tourist landmarks in your city.
Overall, there are many things to consider when renting your home to the public. Another important aspect to consider are the legal and tax matters. Here are some additional information for you to know when renting your home at Airbnb.
Legal and Taxes Matters
Since property hosting is a business, there are legal and accounting aspects that matter. Before setting up your Airbnb listing, consider these legal and tax matters.
1. Setup An Active And Correct Insurance Policy Or Coverage
Before listing your property with Airbnb, you must understand that risks are inevitable. Setting up an active and correct insurance policy for protection against such risks is a must for you. You can simply use Airbnb Liability insurance or discuss with your insurance broker before taking the deep dive with your Airbnb listing.
2. Know About the Taxes
Operating an Airbnb rental business could attract some taxes on your earnings which, of course, is best to have a concrete knowledge of such taxes. Let the tax man know if you’re just earning some extra money from your Airbnb host to avoid unnecessary taxes.
3. Understand Landlord and Building Regulations
There are strict rules against Airbnb in many cities. If you’re planning to host a property on Airbnb that isn’t a personal property, you must think carefully how you’ll want to reach out and communicate with the landlord. Listing your property without landlord’s or property management’s consent may be illegal. While the side income is nice, getting into any legal matter just isn’t worth it.
Here is a checklist to help you design an Airbnb space that’s 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.
Not only that, but a rental that sleeps more than 6 can net $650 or more per night.
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 Host Checklist: 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, they 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 sofabed essential to increase your return on investment.
It’s also important to differentiate a sofabed with pull-out mattress and a fold-down futon.
Sofabeds 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 sofabeds 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 sofabeds 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
Cups, glasses and wine glasses
Pots & Pans
Mouthwash & disposable cups
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)
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. Due to this, 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. However, this is exactly why our customers hired 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 his entire home $800-1000/night. The cost of furnishing the whole home was paid off within the first half of the month. With Furnishr, you too can receive great reviews with your Airbnb fully booked per month.
Planning a big move? The cost of furnishing a home from scratch might not be what you expect. Whether you’re relocating for work or finally making the leap to live on your own, you have a lot to consider. Your moving budget has got to cover all those pesky move-in fees: the increased costs of rent, utilities, and internet.
This post takes you step-by-step through the entire process of how to furnish an apartment from scratch. We even use a real case study from to illustrates the common benefits and pitfalls of furnishing an apartment.
So get out your pen and paper! We’re about to break down the cost of furnishing an apartment from scratch.
But first, some real talk.
You’re probably thinking, sofa, TV, mattress — easy! Shouldn’t cost more than a couple hundred here and there. The truth is that you need more than just these three items to live an adult life. How your home is set up has a huge influence on your lifestyle and social life. A truly upgraded and adult space should have a few more furnishings, such as an armchair, a coffee table, a dresser, sturdy and stylish dining set for entertaining to feel like a home. But we’ll cover essential and bonus furnishings in a bit.
Let’s think through the entire moving process. Not only do you need to buy furniture from stores with quality stuff, you will also need to coordinate the move and assemble it all. Ultimately, no matter how much you plan for it furnishing is no easy task!
The last thing you want is your TV sitting on the floor for 2 weeks because you forgot to buy a TV stand that matches your living room décor. Or to discover that your closet space is actually too small so you end up living out your suitcase until you get a dresser.
EVERYONE has been there! This guide will show you how to prevent a worst case scenario by avoiding the biggest moving mistake of all, which isunder budgeting your furniture + move-in costs.
Your Budget vs. Cost of Furnishing
To shed some light on the true cost of furnishing, we invited one of our recent customers, Lucy, to share her journey with us. We had a detailed chat about her experience through the “Three Stages of Moving”: confidence, anxiety, and finally, relief! (Spoiler alert: Lucy ended up super happy with her space, which was actually furnished in a single day.)
At the beginning of her planning process, Lucy felt armed with her knowledge and experience from previous moves. She sat down and made a realistic, “furnish from scratch” budget based on shopping only at IKEA. Sure, the store wasn’t Lucy’s top pick in terms of quality, but she wanted to avoid the stress of searching at multiple stores for coordinating furniture.
Here, you can see Lucy’s first budget. At this stage, she intends to furnish her apartment from scratch for $1,985.
Definitely a modest budget right? Plus, she’s moved before… no sweat!
Unfortunately, this budget needs some changes. Take a breath and bear with us. The costs of furniture on her list may have been accurate during Lucy’s college days, but inflation, labour and gas prices have all increased since then. Even Lucy was surprised once she began to shop online. She started adding items to her virtual shopping cart, her total estimated cost came in over budget by 55% — just with IKEA furniture!
Even if you’re a thoughtful planner like Lucy, you might be shocked by the total price of furnishing an apartment. It’s also worth asking yourself which kind of furniture you want.
Okay, so what is a reasonable budget for furnishing a studio or one-bedroom apartment?
First, let’s find some quality stuff. You need to graduate from your IKEA days! There, we said it. After all, the furniture in your new home should be stylish and high-quality, especially if you’re making a big move or starting a new job. The way you live is dictated by where you place the furniture. That’s the beauty and power of interior design. If you place a chair by the window, you’ll sit by the window and enjoy the view.
Plan your furnishing budget around high-quality basics first
So let’s start with Furnishr’s guide to basic living. We recommend 3 – 4 pieces of essential furniture for your living room, plus 3 essential pieces for your bedroom.
Here’s the breakdown of bare basic items for living room & bedroom.
Cost Breakdown Of Furnishing A Living Room
Essential Furniture and Their Typical Retail Costs
Sofa + Accent Chair, or Sectional Sofa: $1800-2600
If you have a wide enough living space, use a 3-seater sofa and an accent chair to create a conversational seating arrangement. People generally don’t like to sit next to each other in a sofa even if it’s a wide one. Adding an accent chair opposite to the sofa will create a conversational environment. Try mixing different fabrics/textures to make the setting that is more intentional and ‘designer’.
Otherwise, if you have a small living space, use a sectional sofa. Remember, the smaller the space you have, the fewer pieces of furniture you should have!
Coffee Table: $120-260
A coffee table provides a necessary surface area to place drinks and snacks. Many coffee table designs have additional storage. Try to use as much multi-functional furniture as possible! Note that cost will increase as the piece shows more style and function.
If you’re excited about multi-purpose furniture, look for lift-top coffee tables that become workstations or dining tables.
One thing to keep in mind for multi-purpose furniture is that most people get lazy in changing the configuration of the furniture. Make sure your multi-purpose furniture is easy to change into its different purposes.
Floor Lamp: $130-290
This is a big one! Many apartments don’t come with ceiling lights. So whether you get much sunlight or not through the windows, you will need at least one floor lamp.
TIP: Note the locations of all your outlets to help you plan your lighting scheme.
Cost Of Furnishing – Living Room Furniture Comparison
Here’s a quick easy guide from Furnishr on how much a living room would cost from retailers like WestElm or Crate & Barrel.
Essential Furniture and Their Typical Retail Costs
A proper bed is essential. There are many options with storage drawers or lift-up under-bed storage. The more storage function, the more costly it is.
A bed should be made to last, so consider it a key investment piece.
A nice headboard can also serve as a statement design item in the bedroom.
A good mattress is the key to a good night’s sleep, so definitely don’t skimp. There are many different kinds, like memory foam and spring mattresses. Mattress technology has advanced so much over the past decade that it’s actually difficult to find an uncomfortable mattress unless you’re an extremely picky sleeper.
Choose a mattress (and bed) size that fits properly in your bedroom. You want plenty of room to sprawl out in bed, naturally, but remember that you also need enough space to move around the room comfortably. Nothing creates dead energy in a bedroom quicker than a poorly sized bed.
TIP: Make sure your mattress is at least 8″ thick to ensure all the foams and padding are thick and high-quality.
You need at least one surface area next to the bed for a table lamp, an alarm clock, your phone or a book.
Nightstand sizes vary. Pick one that fits with the size of your bedroom, and also that will fit everything you typically keep beside your bed.
If your bed is not against a wall (or window), it’s best to have two nightstands (one for each side of the bed) to create a symmetrical look.
Cost of Furnishing – Bedroom Furniture Comparison
P.S. When choosing your furniture, make sure you choose pieces that “spark joy”.
Other Furnishing Costs To Get The “Designed” Look
Alright, now you know how to budget for the essentials when furnishing an apartment from scratch. Once you cover the basic pieces, like bed frame and coffee table, you’re free to add more style and more function to your space. So let’s level up. You may as well plan for your best life if you’re planning a move anyway!
Next, we’ll cover the items that can transform a house into a home. These items are optional, but they definitely level up your space in terms of usability and aesthetic appeal.
For these items, the interior design “rules” become a bit trickier — for instance, how on earth do you choose the correct size for an area rug?
After all, you want to avoid a mismatched set of furniture in your home. Here are a few beautiful rooms that can be achieved with high or low budgets:
Still overwhelmed? No worries! You can get a design proposal from Furnishr to see 2-3 designs for your whole apartment. Just answer a few questions about who you are and what your space is like, and you’ll get a proposal in 1-2 days. Each design includes all the furniture for your entire home. They also set up the whole home in a day, just like a home make-over show!
BONUS Furniture and Their Typical Retail Costs
Whether you use Furnishr or not, we’d still like you to have a comfortable home to live in. Here’s what the Furnishr interior design team recommends for optional furnishings and their costs.
TV Stand (or Sideboard): $400-700
For small spaces, a TV stand can be the only storage piece you have. Because of this, consider investing in one with ample storage compartments.
But if space is really limited, do without the TV stand. Get a storage coffee table instead and mount the TV onto the wall.
Side Table(s): $100-200 each
Give yourself more places to put lamps, glasses, and decor items!
Each side table should be at least 18″ wide to hold everything safely. You need room for a lamp, a few small knick knacks, and several drinking glasses.
Area Rug: $290-500 (depending on size)
An area rug adds softness and visual appeal. You’ll appreciate it especially in cold winters.
5×8′ is a standard size. The next size up is 8×10′.
In living rooms, the rug size should be proportional to the size of your living area. Measure your sofa and coffee table. At minimum, both front legs of your sofa should be on the rug. If your coffee table is centred on the rug, have at least 18″ of margin between the coffee table and any surrounding furniture.
For bedrooms, the rug should be near the foot of the bed with at least 30% of the rug under the bed. Just like in the living room, both legs of the bed should fit comfortably on top of the rug. Bedroom rugs should be gentle, both in texture and color. You want to feel softness on your feet every morning when you get out of bed. You also want to see enough of the rug so you can really appreciate the patterns and colours on it!
A dresser should have at least three drawers.
Don’t be afraid to match the size of your dresser to your space!
TIP: In small bedrooms, you could use a small chest of drawers to serve as your nightstand. This saves you the cost of a nightstand and saves space while providing more drawers for storage.
If your budget and/or space are limited, take a step moment to ensure that you’ve covered the 3 – 4 pieces of essential furniture for your living room and bedroom. The breakdown of total costs for all the essential furniture will be:
Living room furniture of $2050-3150 + Bedroom furniture of $880-2300 = $2930 to $5450 in total.
In short, $3500-5800 should be the range of cost of furnishing an apartment with just the essential furniture.
Living Room Essentials
Sofa $1800 – 2500
Bed $400 – 800
TV Stand / Sideboard $400 – 650
Coffee Table $120 – 260
Mattress $300 – 1200
Side Table(s) $100 – 200 each
Floor Lamp $130 – 290
Nightstand(s) $180 – 300
Area Rug $280 – 480
Dresser $400 – 800
$2,050 to $3,150
$880 to $2,300
$1,180 to $2,130
Don’t Forget the Time & Hassle of Moving
Remember Lucy? All she wanted to do was prepare for her new job, but she also needed to coordinate with her new building to book the service elevator. Did you know that many furniture stores can’t even guarantee that all your furniture will arrive at once?
And what about the assembly? All of a sudden, Lucy began thinking about having to coordinate the actual transfer of furniture to her place, as well as assembly. And when assembly is done, what about the boxes? Lucy would have to cut up the boxes or fold them down in order to fit them into her building’s recycling bins.
Ultimately, Lucy found a way to furnish her apartment completely from scratch and all in a single day, with no need for her to assemble anything or clean up any mess.
But let’s rewind to you, today. You know what you want your new apartment to look like. Your new job is starting soon, and your official move-in day is rapidly approaching! You’re feeling ready. Well, almost.
Next up, what is your plan for handling furniture? Will you need to rent a truck or rent some friends to help you with the moving, setup and cleaning up? If you’re not picking up the new furniture yourself, your delivery costs could range from $150 to $300 per item per store.
Remember that most delivery services drop off items on different days, and many don’t include assembly. Hiring a handyman to assemble your furniture can cost you $30-50/hour. How much is your time really worth?
Don’t take vacation days to stay at home and wait for furniture deliveries.
We’re trying to help out your future self. If you’re like Lucy, your future self probably wants to start off their new adventure without the stress and anxiety of managing all this annoying moving stuff!
We’ve got you. This is how Lucy managed to solve all her moving & furnishing difficulties with a single, comprehensive solution.
Lucy ended up purchasing a Furnishr package and completely avoided the stress of furnishing her studio apartment alone. She spent a few minutes gathering accurate measurements of her new space, and then took a brief style quiz.
Lucy was paired with Elle, one of Furnishr’s dedicated designers, to collaborate on choosing the perfect items to fit both budget and style preferences.
Her living space is small, but it’s a good rectangular space that can easily be transformed into a living room with separate sleeping area.
Size: 350 square feet
Budget: $2900-3200 USD
Just 15 days after placing her order, every single piece wasdelivered and set up in Lucy’s studio, all in a single day.
Let’s take a look at all the items Lucy got in her Furnishr package for $2999 USD.
“The Transformation was miraculous! I can’t believe I furnished the whole apartment for just $3000 without doing any work.” – Lucy
The biggest lesson learned? Lucy realized her time is actually worth more than a bit of savings, especially in the midst of a big life change. Maybe the old saying ‘Time Is Money!’ was coined by someone managing an epic move!
Moving is stressful — but stress means that you’re discovering new information that can actually help you out in the long run. So congrats! If you’re stressing, you’re well on your way to furnishing an amazing apartment.
Let us help
Moving and furnishing an empty apartment is no walk in the park, but Furnishr can make it easier. And here’s why.
Firstly, the retail costs of Lucy’s furniture would have been at least 20% more if she went elsewhere. Secondly, Lucy got the added benefit of working with a trained interior design consultant to create her perfect apartment, wrapped into the cost of finding furniture. There are a lot of surprising hidden perks to working with an interior design consultant.
If you are planning for a move, bookmark this page and get a custom proposal for furnishing your own space. Furnishr helps you save time while creating a nicely furnished home with high-quality furnishings.
Our goal is to make your move easy, wherever your next adventure takes you. Do right by your future self, and go check out your options to Get A Custom Design ASAP.
Although small rooms may seem cozy and fun, they can sometimes feel suffocating. As you fill your home with more belongings, storage space becomes an uncommon commodity as your trinkets begin to pile up on all the surfaces! This can leave the house looking cluttered and even more closed-in, especially in small spaces. We get it, not everyone has the luxury of having extra square footage. However, rather than settling for a dysfunctional space, here are three easy ways to make small spaces look bigger.
Whether you live in a house or a small apartment complex, there are easy tips and tricks to create the illusion of a bigger and more spacious home. This can be done by purchasing the right furniture, artwork, and ornaments.
1. Use statement furniture with multiple purposes
Low and high: Sofas with low arms add room height and make the room feel bigger by allowing an overall view from multiple angles. This can also create movement in the space.
Select furniture with a “wow” factor: The “wow” comes from small characteristics such as materials used, accents, details, and patterns. This will enable you to style a room that reflects your personality. Have fun and show off your individuality!
Multi-purpose functionality: Selecting furniture with a dual purpose allows flexibility in life whilst removing the need for excess furniture. This also can improve overall traffic flow, so that you do not have to worry about weaving and navigating through furniture.
Show off some leg: Forget skirted sofas with or boxy chairs. Instead, opt for height and sleek lines which reflect light and create a sense of space
Avoid small furnishings: Multiple pieces of small furniture can reduce the flow of movement in the living room. Large sofas that fill the room give the illusion of space whilst maximizing comfort.
2. The ABC of artwork.
Arranging smaller artworks or photographs can be grouped together neatly to replicate a single piece.
Oversized, Bold artwork will draw the eye upwards, becoming the focal point of the room and give the appearance of a bigger space.
Create unity by coordinating Colors of the Artwork with soft furnishings like cushions and throw rugs.
3. Ornaments styled right.
Larger ornaments provide more impact, creating a sleek and modern sense of style. As a result, rooms appear clean, crisp, brighter and bigger.
Reduce the number of ornaments on your shelves by only displaying a few of your favorites. By keeping a few pieces of furniture or a few shelves clear of ornaments, the number of ornaments is reduced. Therefore, and appear less cluttered
Excess ornaments can be kept in boxes or in a cupboard and rotated every season for a fresh look, allowing you to still enjoy the benefits of those treasured belongings.
Place items on furniture with less use. This reduces breakage and increases functionality and comfort.
Add depth with items of varying heights and in groups of two or three. (The vase displayed has two stems of orchids in varying sizes).
>> Comment below if you enjoyed learning how to make your small spaces look bigger! And let us know what topics you would like our designers to write about next. If you’re on a home design roll, then go read our next article on how to make your living space more functional.