Airbnb Design Tips for Your Vacation Rental
Congratulations on taking the plunge by putting your own property out there for the world to enjoy! It’s an investment, just like your own home, but don’t treat it like a second-class home. Here are some tips that will help make your vacation rental property more marketable.
1. Greet Guests Curbside at Your Airbnb
Shy of personally greeting your guests with a sign and a bottle of champagne, rolling out the red carpet for a new guest should be an unmistakable sign that they’re at the right place. Something unique that greets your guests like no other house on the street. Guests stroll up for the first time and the good ones make no mistake that you’re at the right place.
Set your property apart from others on the street by adding some pop and a welcoming sequence like a contrasting door, chairs, and welcome signs.
2. A Selfie Is Worth 1,000 Bookings
Provide great spots for the selfie and general Instagramming–one of the most influential online marketing tools today. A $100 piece of decor could pay itself back in spades, so don’t skimp on something that can generate content and promotion for your Airbnb within the Instagram ecosystem.
3. Interior Design Tip for Your Airbnb: Offer Plenty of Conversation Starters
In many cases, guests can be new to each other and traveling for the first time together, and what better way to get acquainted than settling in with thoughts about the artwork… “Oh, dear!” While it’s nice to decorate with bold pieces that look nice, ask yourself whether it’ll drive conversation.
4. Airbnb Designer Tip: Go Modern Where You Can
A very low percentage of homes built in the world were designed with modern aesthetics, which the vast majority of the population has never experienced. Whether you’re starting with a Craftsman or Victorian, you’re going to get a surprising rise and inspiration out guests from modern design elements. There’s no risk for guests to experience something new and refreshing–afterall it’s a rental and short-term. While they’re there, guests will be able to say, “I’ve always wanted to see what it was like… “ or “I love this, but would never do this at home…”
5. Less Is More: Design Your Airbnb Rental With Less Clutter
Travelers are looking to get away from their normal lives–often lives filled with lot’s of stuff. Walking into a clean home with great decor and lot’s of room to clear the mind, is sometimes the best medicine.
Imagine your space when guests settle in–the luggage rolled in, keys dropped on the counter, shoes kicked off, jackets thrown on furniture (don’t forget hooks), coffee cups placed down, magazines rustled through, grocery bags and beer boxes tossed to the side. Things will go everywhere, and you’ll need to calculate your space to accommodate.
And when it’s time to leave, if decorations and nicknacks blend with items brought in from guests, it becomes quite the chore to figure out who’s is who’s. Charging cords from all over the home need to be retrieved, while shoes, clothes, and bottles need to be rounded up. Keep your space easy to pick up, and it’ll be a joy for guests to ease on through the vacation rental.
We wish you the best of luck and if we can help you design or decorate your space, reach out to our expert design staff.