How to Choose Outdoor Furniture for Your Airbnb or Rental Property

You’ve added a fresh coat of paint on the walls, given the cabinets a makeover, and replaced the carpets with hardwood floors. The renovations in your future rental property are coming together nicely, making your new side hustle look like a full-time gig. The kitchen is ready. The pillows are fluffed, but it still feels like something is missing from your Airbnb property.

Airbnb Kitchen

Short term rentals like Airbnb offers a serene retreat where vacationers can indulge in a little slice of luxury for a weekend or two. Treat your guests to an unrivaled experience by creating an elegant open-air living room on your property’s patio.  With this guide, you’ll learn how to choose the best outdoor furniture for your Airbnb that is sure to make your listing stand out from the rest.

Outdoor Living Spaces at Your Airbnb or Rental Property

Allow the style of your interiors to flow out to your outdoor spaces, making your rental property feel larger than life. With the color palette and ambiance of the home trickling through the back doors, an outdoor living room offers added value to your guests’ stay.

If the indoor space at your rental property is limited, transform your patio into a chic private deck, allowing your guests to enjoy fresh air while spreading out on a plush deep seating sofa with all of their friends. Place a grill and a dining set in your outdoor living area to maximize your rental property’s potential. Because your patio is now an additional room, you can even increase the nightly rate to get the best return in your investment.

Harbour 4-Piece Set
Harbour 4-Piece Set

There are two things that you should be conscious of when listing your rental property on Airbnb – eye-catching photos and high-quality furniture. 

The Importance of Good Photography

Typically, guests choose vacation rentals based on pictures alone, which means that first impressions are everything. Brush up on your photography skills and make sure to capture all the charming details that make your Airbnb’s outdoor space worthy of a five-star rating. 

Nautical Adirondack 7-Piece Trestle Dining Set
Nautical Adirondack 7-Piece Trestle Dining Set

Use your listing photos to paint a picture and show potential guests the capabilities of your patio or deck. Is your deck equipped with a premium gas grill and a massive outdoor dining set? Open the grill, add a tray of freshly charbroiled steaks, set the table, and photograph your backyard in action. If you want to grab the attention of vacationing families, make sure that your sparkling swimming pool is the focal point. Place fresh, fluffy towels on the chaise lounges and sunscreen bottles on the side tables, allowing the renter to envision their picture-perfect getaway.

Nautical 3-Piece Chaise Set
Nautical 3-Piece Chaise Set

Benefits of High-Quality Material

Your outdoor furniture can make or break the overall success of your property. While some travelers prefer mid-century décor and others, desire rustic charm, but quality is a universal characteristic everyone seeks, including Airbnb owners. Adorning your deck with superior outdoor furniture offers a wealth of benefits to help maximize the return on your investment.

Low Maintenance 

Time is money, and money is time — especially in the short-term rental business. Between each stay, every piece of furniture, including outdoor furniture, has to be cleaned spotless. The more time you spend cleaning between guests, the more it costs you. You’ll want to look for furniture that can easily be maintained with a quick spot cleaning so you can focus on other areas of the property.


Low Maintenance

Standard plastic furniture can still look cloudy and dirty after a quick cleaning and usually requires regular deep cleanings and treatments. You must take extra precautions when cleaning furniture made from softwoods such as cedar because they need to be stained with wood oil regularly to prevent damage.


Chances are, you won’t be able to shelter the outdoor furniture in the event of a surprise shower. Be sure that the furniture at your beachfront retreat can endure common environmental conditions such as misty ocean air, thunderstorms, and constant sun exposure. Rain and moisture can cause natural wood and wicker furniture to mildew, rot, warp, fade, and crack. Although standard plastic and aluminum are considered water-resistant, furniture made from these materials can be knocked over or blown away by heavy winds.

Weather Resistant

It is paramount to invest in weather-resistant materials such as HDPE lumber. Made from recycled plastics, our HDPE lumber features UV-inhibited pigment that runs through the material and prevents color fading from direct sun exposure. Additionally, this heavy-duty material won’t rot, mildew or rust due to moisture and can withstand the harshest environmental conditions.

Outdoor Furniture Planner

Are you ready to become an Airbnb tycoon but don’t know how to decorate your outdoor space? With the POLYWOOD Furniture Planner, we will pair you with up to three furniture sets that will make your rental property stand out from the crowd.

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