How to Furnish Your Vacation Rental

Whether you’re renting out an entire home or a spare bedroom, these tips can elevate your guest experience.

How to Furnish Your Vacation Rental June 8, 20211 Comment

The amenities of your vacation rental are one of the aspects that set your rental apart for potential guests. Your amenities should reflect the location of your property, the type of accommodation you provide and the type of guest to expect to host.

To get your vacation rental ready for guests, you must invest in certain decor and furnishings that are up to industry standards. When done right, the decor makes a big impact – attracting return guests and getting great reviews.

Invest in durable furniture

When designing your rental, simplicity is key in furnishing your place. Vacation rentals go through more wear and tear than residential properties due to higher guest turnover. As hundreds of guests would be staying at your vacation home, you want your furniture to require low maintenance and easy to clean. 

Every furniture and appliance in your home should be chosen for its durability. Paying a bit more to furnish your property might not seem essential initially but when you have to replace the same piece of furniture over and over again, it makes sense to invest more upfront. 

Decorate with purpose

When setting up your vacation rental you want to define an overall design for your space. Having a well-designed space tells a story, sets the mood, photographs much better than a vacation rental with no design theme. The right decor can also have a lasting impression on your guests. 

The interior design of your vacation home should be relevant to your property type. For instance, a secluded cabin should rustic furnishings and appropriate decor. If you are furnishing a modern apartment, go for a contemporary style with minimal furnishings and the latest amenities.

Must-have features for every rental

If you want to deliver the ideal experience to every guest, you need to offer them the right facilities. By providing all essential amenities a guest might need during their stay, you enhance the guest experience and improve the reputation of your home.


The bedroom is the most important room in the house. Furnish your bedroom with only what you need. The key to a cozy bedroom is to keep it minimal. Make sure there is enough room for guests to move around and unpack their belongings without feeling cramped. 

Each bedroom in the house furnished with essentials – a bed, bedside table or two, a dresser, and a chair. Beds dressed with crisp, white linens and decorative throw pillows that brighten the place. 

  • Comfortable bed and mattress
  • Bed linen
  • Duvet cover
  • Pillows
  • Nightstand
  • Clothing hangers
  • Extra bed and blankets
  • Dresser
  • Full-length mirror
  • Air-conditioning
  • Charging points near the bed


A bathroom should be a place of relaxation, a place of zen. It a place where your guest can relax after a long day. Similar to your bedroom, your bathroom should be clutter-free and impeccably clean. Consider using hooks and shelves to keep your bathroom spacious. 

Here are some bathroom essentials for your vacation rental:

  • Toiletries
    • Soap
    • Toilet paper
  • Towels: Bath and hand towel (1 per guest)
  • Beach Towels (if necessary)
  • Heater/ Geyser
  • Bath mat

For luxury rentals, you can also provide:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Disposable shaving kit
  • Disposable dental kit


One of the best features of a vacation rental is the kitchen. A kitchen is one of the major reasons why guests opt for a home over a hotel. It’s essential to keep your kitchen well stocked with necessities and furnished with basic appliances. 

Here’s the list of kitchen necessities:

  • Plates, cups, glasses and bowls
  • Cutlery: spoons, forks, knives
  • Serving dishes
  • Pots and pans for cooking
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Water purifier
  • Towels and napkins
  • Basic cooking ingredients: salt, pepper, sugar, etc

A fully equipped kitchen would also include:

  • Kettle and coffee maker
  • Oven
  • Assorted cutlery and glassware
  • Cutting boards and set of knives
  • Dishwasher
  • Hand blender

Living Room

The living room is a place of coziness and comfort. It’s a place where your guests unwind and spend a lot of time. While selecting a couch, consider a pullout sofabed to increase the number of guests you can accommodate.

Here are some things to consider when furnishing your living room:

  • TV with cable or streaming service (Netflix or Amazon)
  • Couch and coffee table
  • Dining table 
  • Dedicated workspace: laptop-friendly table and a comfortable chair. 
  • Books and magazines

If you want to make your living room stand out. 

  • Surround sound system
  • Gaming console: Playstation or Xbox
  • Family-friendly games

Cleaning Amenities

According to a survey by Tripadvisor, 67% of guests selected a washer/dryer as the most attractive feature of a vacation rental. If you are looking to target longer stays, this could be crucial for your business.

  • Washer and dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Garbage bag
  • Disinfectant

Outdoor Spaces

A private outdoor space is something that makes your vacation rental stand out. Think of your outdoor space as a second living room. If your property has an outdoor space, make sure you furnish it so your guests use the space and enjoy some outdoor time. 

Here are some outdoor features your guests would appreciate:

  • Durable outdoor furniture
  • Swimming pool or jacuzzi
  • BBQ grill
  • Hammock
  • Parking space

Other Facilities and Essentials

  • Fast WiFi (which should also cover the entire home)
  • Power backup
  • Self check-in
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Safe

Bottom Line

Ultimately, the furnishing and amenities depend upon the type of property, location and the type of guest you aim to attract. For example, if you own a beachside villa – provide extra towels, beach chairs, a hammock, etc. A vacation rental in the hills will require a firepit, a BBQ grill and even some hiking gear. By offering additional amenities, you make your property stand out and gather those raving reviews.

Amenities Checklist for Vacation Rentals

Ensure your vacation rental is furnished with all essentials by downloading the checklist.

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