Furnishing a rental property is like staging a home for sale. Your goal is to appeal to the largest audience at the best possible price. You don’t want to spend more money than you have to on your big purchases.
In this article we share ideas to help you save money on Airbnb furniture. We also provide a list of the furnishings and supplies every rental property should have.
Where to Buy Airbnb Furniture
In most major cities across America, Craigslist is the best place to find bargain prices on slightly used furniture and electronics. It’s an excellent resource for large items, including couch, bed, TV, and dining table. If you purchase these items new, they can take weeks to ship. With Craigslist, you save money and pick up your items immediately.
Finding the right piece in your area can take time. Good deals on Craigslist sell quickly. So I recommend using Craigslist to buy a single item or replace existing furnishings.
Tip: Set up Craigslist alerts for the type of items, electronics, and desirable brands that you are looking for. By setting up an alert for Smart TV 50″ under $500 you should receive a good lead at least once a week.
You’re not going to find all of your items on Craigslist. Your next option is to try the big box stores. Below are my recommendations for buying the best rental property furniture at reasonable prices.
IKEA delivers to your home for $149. They gather the furniture on your shopping list and deliver everything to a location of your choice. They have a huge selection of items and pre-designed room configurations. I like Ikea because their designs have a modern and simple style that appeals to a mass market.
I stumbled upon Urban Home when furnishing a 1000 square foot apartment from scratch. I bought almost every piece of furniture from here: couch, dining table, coffee table, bed frame, and entertainment center. The style, price, and quality of items are ideal for furnishing a rental property. They deliver an unlimited amount of furniture for a flat rate of $99. (Urban Home is only available in California).
An alternative to buying individual pieces is to purchase clearance furniture from a rental company. This is furniture that was previously used in executive apartments, movie sets, and model homes. Cort is the biggest player in the game. You may have local shops in your area that offer the same service. At Cort, you can buy an entire room set. This saves time and is ideal if you’re not comfortable designing a space yourself.
List of Rental Property Furniture And Supplies
Finally, you may be wondering what you need to buy for your Airbnb property. Below is a list of the basics that every rental property should have. You can also refer to our article on must have gadgets and extra amenities.
Here’s our list of rental property furniture and supplies:
- Clean bed linen.
- Sufficient pillows for the number of guests staying.
- Extra blankets.
- Bedside table(s).
- Reading lamp(s).
- Full-length mirror.
- Alarm clock.
- Window treatments or blinds for privacy.
- Sufficient closet space with sturdy hangers.
- Quality bath and hand towels, at least one of each per guest.
- Toilet paper.
- Hand soap.
- Hair dryer.
Kitchen and Dining
- Pots, pans, and cooking gear.
- Coffee making supplies.
- Enough plates, glasses, and flatware for the number of guests you host.
- Basic pantry items, including sugar, salt, and pepper.
- Hand soap.
- Cleaning supplies, including dishwashing liquid, carpet cleaner, all-purpose cleaners, and disinfectant.
- Dining room table that seats all your guests.
- Comfortable seating for at least the number of guests you host.
- TV with basic cable.
- High-speed Internet.
- Parking space for at least one car.
- Iron and full-size ironing board.
- A first aid kit.
- Washer and dryer.