How to Decorate Your Furnished Rental Home

October 14, 2016

Listing a furnished condo/apartment for rent brings in a whole new clientele, particularly those looking for a more short-term lease. You are also in the position to charge significantly more and create more demand than renting out an unfurnished place. But it’s not nearly as easy as it sounds. Furnishing a rental property takes a certain level of artistic prowess and sensibility. If your property isn’t aesthetically pleasing or lacks one or two key pieces of furniture, you might have a difficult time finding tenants.

Here are a few tips on how to decorate your furnished rental home:


Quality over quantity


You might think you need to spend a small fortune to adequately furnish your rental apartment, but the truth is you can find a lot of great second-hand pieces through Craigslist, auctions, garage sales and used furniture stores. The trick is to make sure that all your furniture has a cohesive, up-to-date look, and that it doesn’t appear as though it was all thrown together. Choose a theme and select pieces that suit the style you’re going for. Prospective tenants who are searching for rooms for rent from another city will only have the photos in your listing to go by so make sure every piece of furniture looks great.


Maintain a neutral aesthetic for full-time rentals


Tenants who are new in town such as university students, businesspeople, and newly transplanted families, are all attracted to furnished apartment rentals because they provide a seamless, cost-effective and convenient solution for housing. Therefore, it’s beneficial that you create an aesthetic that can appeal to a broad number of demographics. Try to stay away from any predictable color and design trends, and make sure you select pieces that have a timeless quality. A classic look in neutral tones will make your place more appealing a broader market.


Select a vacation theme


If your property is a vacation rental, you might want to go with a theme-based look based on your property’s geographical region. This will also make it easier to select the furnishings, particularly when it comes to accent pieces and accessories (photographs, signage, paintings) that represents your rental apartment’s location.


Where to place items


Your furnished rental property should have a ready-to-move-in feel, but you want to ensure that you maintain the right balance of the number of items in each room. If you have too many pieces in any given room, the rental apartment will appear to be too cramped. If you don’t furnish it with enough items, your home will look too spare.


Bedroom: The master bedroom should have a comfortable Queen or King-sized bed with headboard, a nightstand on either side, and if there isn’t sufficient closet space, a dresser. You might want to include a chair or bench if the room is big enough.


Living room: You should include a couch and chairs expected number of occupants, which may mean a sofa and loveseat and an armchair or two. You’ll also need coffee and lamp tables and a piece of furniture for the television (also provided by you) and its accessories — either an entertainment center or some kind of unit with shelves and cabinets. It’s also a good idea to have a bookcase of some sort, perhaps seeded with a few books and decorative items.


Kitchen: An island or small breakfast nook (with chairs or bar stools) that match the counter. There should be some basic small appliances (toaster, blender, coffee machine), as well as enough dishes and flatware to cover the number of occupants and additional sets for guests. As for cookware, you should include a few pots, sauce pans, at least one skillet and a broiler pan. Finally, there should be some basic kitchen utensils on hand, such as mixing spoons and bowls, spatulas, tongs, can opener, a vegetable peeler, a can opener, a pair of tongs, knives and a cutting board.


Dining room: This room should have a table that’s big enough for at least four settings, along with the appropriate number of chairs, and a credenza.