Listing a place on Airbnb and actually getting it ready for guests are two different things, the latter of which takes some serious thought and research. Not only should a short-term rental have all of the things a visitor might expect from a hotel room — coffee-making supplies, a comfortable mattress and clean, crisp linens — but, if you want to maximize your bookings, you should consider items that also add comfort and style.
We scoured forums and tested products from a handful of companies to come up with a list of the stuff we think hits the sweet spot in terms of looks, quality and affordability. Outfitting a rental space doesn’t have to mean buying the best-quality goods, but your guests don’t have to know that.
Target Threshold 400 Thread Count Printed Performance Sheet Set
Soft, silky and, most importantly, starting at $30 a set, Target’s cotton sateen sheets come with fresh prints and absolutely no harmful chemicals (in fact, they’re Oeko-Tex certified). You’ll want to keep at least two sets of sheets per bed on-hand so you can rotate them per guest. They’ll wear out faster than you think, so it makes sense to keep the price tag low.
Brooklinen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle
To up the quality but still score a bang for your buck, opt for Brooklinen’s 270-thread count cotton bundle, which includes a sheet set and a matching duvet cover. Buying the bundle will take 25 percent off the retail price, which comes in handy when you start pricing out individual duvet covers.
H&M Cotton Duvet Cover Set
Duvet sets usually run upward of $100, so it’s smart to spend less when you need at least two for rotating. H&M’s Cotton Duvet Cover Set is just as comfortable and stylish as its more expensive offerings, and it won’t break the bank.
Target Duvet Cover Set Linen – Hearth & Hand with Magnolia
If you have to have linen, check out this Target set designed in conjunction with Hearth & Hand, Chip & Joanna Gaines’s exclusive line for Target. There’s nothing course about it, which is sometimes an issue with linen.
L.L. Bean Ultrasoft Cotton Comforter
If you live in a place with multiple seasons, having something you can layer up or down is key. L.L. Bean’s Ultrasoft Cotton Comforter is stuffed with polyester and fiberfill, which means it works in the summer, unlike down. Once the white stuff falls outside, you can layer it with a toasty Polar Fleece Blanket from L.L. Bean ($59).
Buffy Breeze Comforter
For something less puffy, try Buffy’s comforters, which optimize warmth while minimizing volume — The Cloud is good in cooler weather and The Breeze is optimal for warm nights because it has more seams for releasing warm air. Guests may be allergic to down, so it’s smart to explore alternative insulators; The Breeze is made from eucalyptus fibers but there’s none of the scratchiness that sometimes comes with natural materials.
Ikea Jordrök Pillows
You’ll want a variety of pillows on-hand — some soft and smushy, some firm and voluminous. We like Ikea’s Jordrok pillows — which come in both soft and firm. At $13 a pop, they pair perfectly with straight-up polyester-filled pillows from Target ($4) and give your guests a variety of options.
Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress
This bed is engineered with layers of gradual support and 30 percent more cooling beads than other foam mattresses. And it starts at just $445.
Oxo Uplift Tea Kettle
Just as in a hotel, guests expect to be able to make coffee and tea in your rental space so having supplies on-hand is a must. No tea kettle is more reliable than this one from Oxo. It’s well-designed, doesn’t require any fuss and the water won’t volcano out when its piping hot.
Oxo 9-Cup Coffee Maker
Counter space matters. That’s why we like Oxo’s 9-cup coffee maker. It’s not too big but it can brew up one sophisticated cup of coffee.
AmazonBasics Mixing Bowls
Your guests may eat out every night or they may cook dinner. You have to be prepared for both. AmazonBasic’s Mixing Bowls come with lids so it’s easy for guests to store leftovers.
Ikea Flitighet Bowls
These shallow bowl-plates work for things that require bowls, like soup, or things that don’t, like pasta. And they’re just cheap enough that you won’t be upset if a few get broken.
Brandless Silicone Utensil Tools Bundle
Brandless makes it easy to make your kitchen look super stylish for very little money. Its Silicone Utensil Tools Bundle comes with matching wood-and-silicone utensils and an Acacia wood box for storing them.
Other Household Necessities
Nest Thermostat E
Being able to control the temperature remotely is important. If guests leave and forget to turn off the air conditioner or heat, you’ll want access — especially if you can’t be there in person. A Nest Thermostat can be controlled by app from your phone. And, you can also set a range of acceptable temperatures so your guests can’t crank the heat to 90 and then forget it after they’ve checked out.
Shark Wandvac Handheld Vacuum
Keeping cleaning supplies on-hand for guests is vital just in case they have an accident and want to tidy things up before your house cleaner gets to it. Today’s Dustbuster is the Shark Wandvac Handheld Vaccuum. It’s sleek, mountable, dependable and easy to use.
Dyson V8 Absolute
If you’d rather just keep one vacuum on-hand, make it a cordless stick vacuum like Dyson’s V8, which is more affordable than their latest top-of-the-line vacuum, the V11. The V8 will get the job done as well as any Dyson vacuum, won’t take up space and makes cleaning up easy because there are no cords to unhook from furniture.