Originally Published on January 20, 2020. Last Updated on January 31, 2023.
Did you know Airbnb has its own ranking algorithm? Basically, it’s a set of criteria (or ranking factors) property listings need to meet in order to show up in the platform’s search results. The more criteria your rental meets, the higher it ranks in the search results—meaning more visibility and likely more bookings.
Various ranking factors impact search results, such as pricing, host-to-guest communication, and the home’s location. Another aspect is the number and quality of amenities. Travelers look for stocked kitchens, free Wi-fi, pet-friendly properties, and well-furnished outdoor spaces. Simply put, how you design and outfit your Airbnb listing plays a crucial role in its success.
Whether you’re a new host or refreshing an existing short-term rental, we can help you choose the best outdoor furniture and accessories for your Airbnb. From upfront planning to key design features and style suggestions, here’s what you need to create a welcoming alfresco aesthetic that will wow your guests, keep them coming back, and ultimately improve your ranking.
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Airbnb Essentials: How to Furnish Your Outdoor Spaces
Here are some things to make selecting furniture and amenities for your vacation rental faster and easier.
Make a Checklist
When furnishing your listing, organization is a must to ensure you’ve covered all your bases. Start an Airbnb host checklist that’s specific to your rental, or search online for lists created by seasoned property owners. Your outdoor furnishing list should include:
- Exterior color schemes, complete with chosen paint samples.
- Measurements and floor plans, noting how much room you have for furniture.
- The furniture you need for each outdoor space.
- Coordinating accessories such as rugs, bar carts, and other entertaining essentials.
- Cozy accessories such as outdoor-friendly cushions, throw pillows, and blankets.
- Lighting for added ambiance.
Prioritize Guests’ Needs
When selecting patio furniture for your Airbnb property, think about what would enhance your guests’ experiences.
- A cozy bistro set for two so couples can have a candlelit dinner outside.
- A deep seating lounge set where the groom-to-be and his buddies can kick back with cold beers on his bachelor party weekend.
- A big daybed swing where grandpa can read to his young grandson on their first vacation together.
Coordinate Interior and Exterior Style
Let your interiors flow into your outdoors to add value to your guests’ stay. Connecting the home’s indoor style to the exterior spaces makes your rental property feel larger.
Offer At-Home Entertainment
Guests may use your Airbnb rental because it’s near an attraction or event they’re attending, but they’ll need things to do before and after those excursions. Stock your space with yard games like cornhole, Kan Jam, or giant Jenga to keep families entertained while bunking at your Airbnb.
Take Security Measures
Installing motion-sensing cameras, smart locks, and deadbolts keep your property safe and gives peace of mind to the families who use it.
Airbnb Furniture Key Features
Your outdoor furniture can make or break the overall success of your Airbnb property. Search for styles with these must-have qualities to maximize your ROI and make life easier.
Between each stay, every piece of indoor and outdoor furniture should be thoroughly cleaned. But the more time you spend cleaning, the more it costs you. Look for low-maintenance outdoor furniture that only needs a quick wipe-down. This saves precious time that can be spent on upkeep elsewhere, such as sanitizing bathrooms, changing bed linens, or restocking the pantry.
Outdoor furniture needs to withstand common environmental conditions such as salty ocean air, thunderstorms, humidity, and constant sun exposure. Chances are, you won’t be able to cover your outdoor furniture in the event of inclement weather or have space to store it during the off-season. With this in mind, choose furnishings that can endure the elements.
Some travelers prefer mid-century decor, while others gravitate toward rustic charm. However, durability is something everyone can get behind. High-quality outdoor furniture pays for itself in the style and usability it instantly brings to a space. Plus, there are the long-term benefits that save time and money: easy cleaning, minimal maintenance, and not needing to buy replacements every year.
POLYWOOD Furniture Airbnb Hosts Love
No matter your style or location, you can fill your vacation rental’s outdoors with POLYWOOD furniture. These suggestions are based on other Airbnb hosts’ choices for their vacation listings.
Here’s a seat that’s perfect for sunset views from the balcony or circled around the fire on a starlit night.
This four-person set has a “welcome home” vibe that’s always ready for dinner.
Let your guests switch to vacation mode with a few of these chaises lining your poolside.
This all-season Adirondack is fitting for sleek patio spaces or back decks with clean-lined yet casual aesthetics.
Guests can ease into their day or unwind before bed with this all-weather rocker set.
A POLYWOOD fire pit table warms guests up with its cozy glow. Aside from refilling the propane tank when needed and covering the table between visits, there’s little upkeep required.
What should I include in my Airbnb’s outdoor space?
Small details matter in creating great guest experiences. In addition to outdoor furniture and a grill, think about all the items families use regularly and add them to your Airbnb’s included amenities.
- Insect repellent
- Grilling utensils
- Wood for fire pits
- S’mores supplies
- Pool toys
- Beach towels
- Seat cushions
How much should you spend to furnish an Airbnb?
The amount of money you should spend on furnishings depends on the size of your Airbnb rental. Larger properties like four-bedroom homes cost upwards of $14,000 to furnish, and the expense for smaller apartment spaces starts at around $2,000.
How do I decorate my Airbnb on a budget?
Decorate your Airbnb with these budget-friendly tips:
- Buy supplies and amenities from thrift shops.
- Save money and show your creativity with DIY decor.
- Opt for wall mirrors that double as artwork and make your spaces look bigger.
- Look for moisture- and stain-resistant fabrics or removable cushion covers you can machine wash.
- Choose a neutral color palette that goes with everything.
How do I furnish my Airbnb fast?
Furnish your Airbnb fast by hiring an interior designer. Look for someone who has knowledge of decorating vacation rental homes—they’ll know what basic amenities, decor, and furnishings work best for these properties.