How To Decorate The Perfect Rental Vacation Home
If you own a rental vacation home, decorating and designing it can be a chore. Here are some great tips to get you started. You don’t have to spend a fortune decorating it and with some good tips under your belt, you can decorate affordably too!
With the popularity and accessibility of services like Airbnb rising on a daily basis, renting has become easier than ever. Whether you’re looking to travel across the world or simply across the state, vacation and apartment rentals exist everywhere; those with fewer funds than they’d wish are able to find comfortable (sometimes luxurious) accommodations, while those with extra space are able to let sections of their property.
Companies like Airbnb have boosted the amount of traveling people are doing, so it only makes sense that more and more people are looking to cash in on the action. Owning a rental vacation home is easier now than it’s ever been!
There are already over 42.58 million housing units in the U.S. thanks to the new generations’ unwillingness to settle down with a huge investment (like a mortgage) — although landlords aren’t usually required to furnish their tenant’s living space, the boom in vacation rentals offers a unique opportunity to make bank on the investment. Here are three design secrets that will have your renters extending their stay.
- Choose durable furniture. Hardwoods are always a good choice — the “hardness” is measured by the force required to drive a .444 inch steel ball into the wood until half the diameter is embedded (known as the Janka Rating System), so the harder the wood, the more damage and abuse it can take without showing.
Hickory is one of the hardest commercially available hardwoods, boasting a pressure to mar capacity of 1,820 lbs. Plus, finely crafted and stained wood furniture look beautiful and elegant without sacrificing quality; quality wood craftsmanship is always worth the investment. This gorgeous custom Hickory Coffee Table is a great example and would be a perfect fit for a rental vacation home.
- Use materials that wear well. A “patina” is the gloss or sheen on wooden furniture produced by age and polishing, so choosing pieces that can handle wear-and-tear and still look good with their patina is a truly beneficial skill — it can make the difference between constantly re-furnishing your rental, or maintaining the same decor and design for a number of years.
For example, leather is long-lasting but requires constant conditioning (at least every six months); if you are unable to access your vacation rental or furniture for such routine maintenance, the wear on your furniture will look more like a tear, and you’ll lose out on new tenants.
Microfiber is nice for cleaning spills and is extremely durable too. It’s the perfect fabric for a rental vacation home. This Microfiber Fabric Living Room Sofa is the perfect example and is very reasonably priced too!
- Keep it simple. Using neutrals as a base is always a good start as you’ll be able to build from a solid foundation. Try to focus on highly edited furniture and keep the accessorizing to a minimum — it’s vital to remember that you’re not decorating this home for yourself, so you need to choose what few accent pieces you do use with the general public and their general trends in mind.
Owning and managing rental vacation home properties, even if they’re as low-key as Airbnb rooms, doesn’t need to be as hectic and stressful as people believe. With a basic understanding of interior design and a drive to create a space people will be happy to stay in, you’ll discover a new, reliable stream of income with ease. You can always hire an interior designer too but that’s only if you are ready to commit to the cost.
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