Starting a business by renting out your property through Airbnb can be a hefty investment, so understandably, you want to get the most bang for your buck, especially when it comes to decorating. You want to make sure the decor is appealing to the eye but light on the pocket. Keep reading for our top tips on decorating Airbnbs so your rental property gets booked fast, you get 5 star reviews and guests return... all without breaking the bank!
Look at Your Existing Furniture Before Making a List
Before purchasing new furnishings and decor for your Airbnb, take time to look at the existing furniture — and how it can be used or repurposed around the space. Strategically place the pieces in good condition into welcoming, comfortable, and purposeful spaces. For example, if your Airbnb lacks a designated dining space, consider utilising the living area for both purposes. That is, place a dining table in one corner and a sofa setting in the other. When potential guests see the functionality your Airbnb offers, they’re more likely to book it.
For worn-out furniture pieces, look up ways to breathe new life into them with upcycling ideas to save the cost of replacement. When you’ve made good use of existing pieces, you can then proceed to make a list of the ones to purchase. While doing so, prioritise the ones that offer basic functionality, such as sofas, beds, chairs, etc. Also, aim for multifunctional pieces, such as ottomans that double as coffee tables.
Look for Preloved Pieces
When your list of furniture and accessories to purchase is ready, head to the thrift store or flea market. The Facebook marketplace also has plenty of options. You’ll be amazed to see the variety you have to choose from. But before purchasing, be sure to go through the things to know before deciding if the used pieces you’re eyeing are safe to purchase. For example, vintage wood furniture is a good purchase, while mattresses and pillows should be purchased fresh.
Doing so will make sure there is no compromise on quality — and nothing deters your guests from visiting again!
Know Your Options
Complete replacements can be expensive; instead, take time to learn about your options, and choose the ones that are a fraction of the cost. For example, understand the pros and cons of repainting, refacing, and replacing cabinets — when you can opt for the former two, skip the replacement! If your cabinetry is already in good condition, simply switching out the hardware will give it a fresh look, too. And when your Airbnb looks neat and well-decorated, viewers will begin booking your space.
Make an Effort to Create a Cosy Vibe
Oftentimes, the secret to highly-booked Airbnbs is their cosy, homey vibe that always succeeds in drawing visitors. While looking through listings, people are searching for their ‘home away from home’, somewhere they can feel relaxed and welcome. And by making the ambience inviting, that’s exactly what you achieve.
Stay on budget while adding cosiness by incorporating plenty of soft furnishings. For example, budget-friendly throw pillows and cushions (if you have existing ones, simply changing out the covers will do as well). Learning how to mix and match cushions will help you create a stunning sofa setting. Laying down area rugs is also a useful idea, especially because they help delineate spaces in open floor plans. When it comes to bed linens, investing in high-quality ones is integral to providing your guests with a comfortable night’s stay — and having them return.
Add Plants Where You Can
Plants and flowers are fantastic additions in terms of hospitality and atmosphere. They add a touch of nature and freshness to your Airbnb interior. Above all, they are a budget-friendly decor upgrade, and act as natural air fresheners.
Tip: If your property allows pets, be sure to opt for plant varieties that are safe for cats and dogs. Another safe option is choosing faux plants.
Update the Walls with Removable Wallpaper
Because the walls constitute a major percentage of any interior, upgrading them can completely transform the look and feel of the space. And the nicer they look, the higher the chance you have to land bookings.
For a budget-friendly upgrade, look for inexpensive options, such as removable wallpaper and wall decals. Use these as a means to introduce colour and texture to your space, making it look new and visually aesthetic. From vivid patterns to natural materials, there are plenty of options to choose from — just be sure to opt for the one that complements your Airbnb setting best.
When decorating your Airbnb, there are plenty of ways to save money but still get that aesthetic that gets bookings. However, it’s important to note that some upgrades, such as lighting fixtures, deserve a splurge. That’s because lighting makes or breaks a space and sets the mood and tone, so a little investment there will go a long way!
Can’t figure out how to decorate your Airbnb on a budget? Chat with Candace, an Interior Designer specialising in Airbnb design. Get her expert eye on your space over video call, and receive personalised advice tailored to your property.