Furnishing Your Vacation Rental Property

July 21, 2021 | Expert Advice

So you finally purchased a vacation home: congratulations! Whether you are the proud owner of a lake house, beachfront condo, or cabin in the woods, you now have a place to get away from it all — for a few weeks of the year, anyway.

Tango Sofa Murphy bed at the Floating Farmhouse. Shown with integrated cabinetry and shelving and a Dynamic height-adjustable coffee table.

How should you go about furnishing your Airbnb or vacation rental?

Owners of this tiny vacation cottage use a Tango Sofa to sleep extra overnight guests.

Owners of this tiny vacation cottage use a Tango Sectional wall bed to sleep extra overnight guests.

Whether you anticipate hosting guests yourself or making your home available through Airbnb or a vacation rental property manager, you’ll want to outfit it with good quality, flexible furnishings that will work for a variety of situations. Obviously, you know who you’ll be inviting as your personal guests — your besties or siblings, their partners, their children — and can equip your place to fit the needs of your “regulars.” (We previously featured this tiny vacation cottage, designed to be shared by extended family. The owners installed a Tango Sectional wall bed to provide additional sleeping space in the living room, and a Giro converting console table that turns an otherwise unusable entranceway into an area for study/work or dining.) But furnishing a vacation rental can be more challenging when you’re making it available to strangers.

Don’t skimp. Invest in quality furniture.

It’s tempting, especially after having just made a large financial investment in a vacation property, to want to skimp a little when it comes to furnishings. Maybe you know of a great consignment or second-hand furniture shop nearby, or maybe you’re thinking about moving some of the furnishings from your primary residence to use in your vacation rental. Better think twice; potential guests make their decisions based primarily on photos and a random array of second-hand furnishings isn’t likely to entice.

Another reason not to go the used furniture route: if you expect your vacation rental to be occupied regularly, the furnishings may be used almost as frequently as they would be if the property were your full-time residence. And while most rental guests will be respectful of your possessions, accidents can and do happen. A bed that collapses under a guest, a table or chair with a rickety leg — chances are these items will become trash before the first rental season is even over.

The Flex’s movable backrests allow for the ultimate customized seating solution.

The Flex’s movable backrests allow for the ultimate customized seating solution.

Multipurpose furniture that’s both comfortable and beautiful.

Consider investing in a few pieces of multifunctional furniture, even when you aren’t cramped for space. The five-bedroom Floating Farmhouse, a lovingly renovated, 200-year old manor home nestled in New York’s Catskill Mountains, makes the most of every inch of their stunning space. A popular event space rental, Floating Farmhouse recently installed a Flex sofa in the common area off the kitchen. With several base sizes and shapes available and its moveable backrests, Flex is the ultimate in configurable seating.

A small, unused nook near the stairs was turned into an additional lounge/sleep area with the use of a Tango sofa wall bed. The height-adjustable Dynamic table functions as a coffee table, desk, or even dining table for two; it doesn’t need to be moved when the bed is lowered.

Likewise, the desk on the Kali Duo Board installed in a small bedroom does not need to be cleared before opening up the bunk beds. One piece of furniture tripled the sleeping capacity of the room and provided additional value to guests by offering a workspace when the bunk beds are not in use.

A Kali Duo Board installed in a small bedroom at the Floating Farmhouse provides guests with a desk when the Murphy bunk beds are not in use.

For the ultimate flex guest room, look to the Ella and Louis sofa wall bed. Each side opens individually to reveal twin sleepers; when joined together it becomes a queen.

The versatile Ella & Louis opens to reveal two twin beds -- or one oversized queen bed.

Don’t forget the dining area!

Maybe you don’t plan on eating at home very much while you’re on vacation, but don’t overlook the importance of providing a suitable dining area for your renters. Even without a dedicated dining room, a transforming console (like our Goliath or Outdoor Goliath) or convertible coffee-to-dining table (like the Cristallo or Passo) makes it easy to provide a sit-down meal for the whole gang.

With furniture that serves more than a single purpose (and a lifetime warranty on all the mechanical parts and hardware for our wall bed systems) purchasing Resource Furniture is almost a no-brainer for the vacation home owner. Let your rental unit stand apart from the others with furnishings that are beautiful, durable, and fun to use.

Flex sofas and Passo transforming coffee-to-dining tables, combined here to seat a large dinner party.

Flex sofas and Passo transforming coffee-to-dining tables, combined here to seat a large dinner party at Graham Hill’s Maui getaway.