Airbnb has quickly become one of the world’s most popular ways to rent a place to stay on vacation. Airbnb hosts offer a look into the way real people live in a city and people from around the world want a taste when they visit. If you live in a major city, guests love apartments that feel cosmopolitan and bohemian.
How you decorate your Airbnb apartment should depend on your audience and the rates you charge. High-end luxury rates demand the furniture (and especially the bed) to match. If you’ve already started hosting, but you’re not sure why guests have chosen your listing or who they are, try asking them a bit about themselves. It also helps to think about where you live and what people who visit expect to see.
This decorating guide is for those Airbnb hosts who know they’re appealing to people who want to see what it’s like to live in your city. If you’re on top of a metro station, blocks from the museum, or in one of the hippest neighborhoods around, here are some things your Airbnb absolutely needs:
A stovetop espresso maker
It’s a cheap accessory to add but the devil’s in the details. Stovetop espresso makers also minimize the amount of clean up required when guests make coffee. All you have to do is toss the grinds in the trash (or the green bin) once it’s cooled down. However, you may want to include instructions on how to use it. They’re incredibly easy once you know.
It’s always a good idea to stay on theme with your furnishings. Photos of the city where you live, especially historical photos, can add a touch of local flavor and history. Failing photos, old-timey maps or city-themed designs are great ideas.
A European-inspired bathroom
A clawfoot bathtub is a common feature in older apartments, especially in older cities. They’re a bit awkward to step into if you’re not used to them, but they will definitely make your urban, cosmopolitan Airbnb apartment feel authentic and historical. With a wrap-around shower curtain, a clawfoot tub can =be used for showering, but they really shine when you want to soak with a book and a glass of wine. When you need to install a bathtub you will also find that clawfoot is relatively easy. Clawfoot bathtubs are available in all kinds of materials, including acrylic and fiberglass, but heavy cast-iron clawfoot bathtubs are the real deal. Plus, cast iron tubs can last up to 50 years.
Store your dry goods in jars
Rice, beans, lentils, pasta. Whether you buy them in bulk or in bags, storing them in large glass jars looks great. In urban apartments where storage is tight, you can leave these dry goods on a shelf or on the counter even when you have guests staying in the spare bedroom. This is a great kitchen space-saver that’s Airbnb-friendly.
Airbnb is one of the top rental platforms used by tourists who want to experience life in cities around the world. Wherever you are in the world, an apartment that highlights city life and bohemian style is sure to be a hit with guests.