After acquiring a property, planning the interior design of your vacation rental is one of your next steps. This is a great opportunity to set yourself apart from the local competition. Plus, you can furnish your rental so that it appeals to your ideal guest. Even if your property comes fully furnished, it is a good idea to add new pieces that better match how you plan to market the rental.
How should you furnish your vacation rental property? Here’s a look at some best practices.
Add Interior Design Pieces That Will Make Your Vacation Rental Listing Stand Out
One of the most intimidating parts of owning a vacation rental is competing with all the other properties nearby. Luckily, thoughtful interior design can help put your vacation rental ahead of the pack.
Take a look at Airbnb and Vrbo listings for nearby properties. Which design features are they particularly showcasing? If these vacation rentals are in a tropical location, for example, then listings will probably highlight the rentals’ pools or waterfront patios.
When you’re decorating your vacation rental, make sure these areas are a step above the competition. Invest in luxurious patio furniture with a cohesive color scheme that really pops in high-resolution photography.
Looks aren’t everything, though. Make sure this furniture not only photographs well but is also comfortable for hours of lounging. That way, when potential guests browse your listing, they’re not only seeing pictures of these beautiful spaces but also reading reviews that sing their praises.va
Decorate With Your Ideal Vacation Rental Guest in Mind
In previous articles, we mentioned how important it is to keep your ideal guest in mind during the acquisition phase. This also holds true during the interior design process. You’ve found the perfect property for your target audience; now, get it ready for their stay.
For example, if you’re in an area where you’re expecting a lot of families, such as Orlando, Florida, be sure your furniture can handle the extra wear and tear from children. It’s also a good idea to offer multiple sleeping arrangements, such as a folding bed or a pull-out couch, to better accommodate these larger groups.
Other rentals, meanwhile, may cater to veteran travelers. These vacation rental guests will appreciate accent pieces, and there will be less worry of damage. We particularly like this bit of advice from interior designer Cortney Novogratz via The New York Times: “Add some fun books on the side table, with fresh flowers for an inviting touch.”
Planning the Design: Functionality First, Aesthetics Second
Finally, we want to reemphasize how important functionality is. Interior design is not merely decorative, and dozens of people will use the furniture items you purchase. Make sure that beds, sofas, and dining tables are not only pleasing to the eye but also durable.
You’ll also want to make sure that there are plenty of items to go around. For example, interior designer Alexis Austin mentions that you may need more chairs for outdoor seating areas than you expect. Plus, if you have a pool, you’ll want to offer guests plenty of towels.
Functionality should be top-of-mind for you during the interior design process of your vacation rental. If you’re unsure what guests will need most during their stay, consider hosting friends at your rental as a soft launch. Then, ask them which spaces met their expectations (living room, patio, etc.) and which ones still need some work. This will be valuable feedback, and your friends will appreciate the cheap vacation!