The bedroom of an Airbnb is arguably one of the most important spaces in the entire vacation rental. Since the average guest sleeps 6-8 hours a day, the bedroom is likely the one place in the home they’ll spend the most time in.
Given how much time is spent in the bedroom when furnishing your Airbnb bedrooms, it’s important to prioritize home-like experiences for your guests. The guest bedroom must be clean, comfortable, relaxing, and, most importantly, functional.
The good news is that we can create spaces with an Airbnb bedroom design that meet (if not exceed) the same level of expectation as a hotel room at our Airbnb properties.
Below, you will find Airbnb bedroom ideas that are both practical and functional to help enhance the guest experience. These Airbnb room ideas will lead to a good night’s sleep for your guest and guaranteed 5-star reviews.
Best Airbnb Bedroom Ideas
1. Charging Station for Personal Devices
Having a charging station or outlet where guests can charge their phones, laptops, or other personal devices is a must-have in your vacation rental. The last thing you want is for your Airbnb guests to unplug one of your household items, move furniture around or crawl under space to make room for their devices.
The best way to avoid this is by having smart items in your Airbnb bedroom. Smart items can include lamps with built-in USB ports, smart clocks with plugs, or an extension cord that is easily accessible. This is especially great for guests who are working remotely and need to be plugged in and connected.
2. A Comfortable Mattress
A good night’s rest is priceless, and most guests want a bed where they can rest and recharge. Therefore, a comfortable mattress should never be overlooked in a vacation rental, as the mattress is an enormous factor in your guest’s ability to sleep well. Whether a king-size or queen bed, it is important to have a quality mattress in your short-term rental.
So take the time to find the best mattress for your Airbnb. If you don’t have the budget to invest in a new one, consider the various ways that you can make an uncomfortable mattress more comfortable. Ultimately, overlooking the mattress can automatically lead to negative reviews.
3. White Bedding
Depending on the target guest, high quality white bedding, including sheets and comforters, is a must. White linens and sheets make the best impression and communicate cleanliness well.
White sheets are also a standard across many high end hotels and even lower tiered hotels. While your vacation rental properties and Airbnb bedroom are not hotel rooms, it is important that we take note of what the hotels are doing – as we should consider them a competitor. White sheets will give your Airbnb bedroom a nice, crisp, clean look.
If you are completely against white bedding, opt for lighter colors, such as light grey or light blue, for alternative bedding colors. Just don’t forget to try out the triple sheeting method for your Airbnb bedrooms – it will absolutely change the way you make your guest bed.
4. Bedside Tables
A nightstand is an essential Airbnb decor item. Your potential guest may want the convenience of certain items in reach while they’re in bed, including their phone, book, alarm clock, tissue, or bottle of water.
A side table on both sides of the bed will make the room look and feel complete. It is also most functional for couples or multiple people sleeping in a bed. For smaller bedrooms, opt for a small floating shelf or a narrow nightstand to minimize the use of floor space. Narrow nightstands and floating shelves take up just enough room without making the space feel cramped.
5. Bedside Lamps
Not only does the bedside table lamp serve as a decorative element, but it is also great for mood settings and reading in bed. Choosing the right lamp takes careful thought – from the right amount of lighting and adjustability to its size and shape.
Whatever you choose, ensure it is the right fit for the Airbnb room. If space is an issue, pendant lights or wall-mounted reading lights are viable solutions.
6. Faux or Live Plants
Plants are not just for outdoor spaces – they can be a good addition to an Airbnb bedroom. Having indoor plants in a bedroom is also a great way to add character to a space. Plants are known to improve air quality, sometimes even purifying the air so guests can breathe fresh air in the Airbnb bedroom.
Understandably you might be hesitant about a real plant since it requires watering, maintenance, and upkeep. If that is the case, then your best choice is to consider fake plants.
Fake plants are one of the best Airbnb decor items, requiring little to no maintenance. Fake plants are not dependent on sunlight, nor do they need to be watered to survive, and there are no risks of allergic attacks for allergy sufferers.
7. Sturdy Bed Frame
The last thing anyone wants to do is to sleep on a bed that is noisy or squeaky. The guest bed must be sturdy and durable and able to withstand heavy weight.
The first time I stayed at an Airbnb alone, the best squeaked the entire night with every twist and turn I made. To say that I slept horribly is an understatement. Think about this the next time you furnish your Airbnb or mid-term rental.
A bed frame can make a big difference between good reviews and bad reviews.
There are different pillows for every sleeping position – from back sleepers, side sleepers, or even stomach sleepers. The best pillows for your Airbnb will be accommodating to the majority of your guests.
It may be a good idea to have a soft (down-like) pillow and a medium firm pillow. If you include accent pillows, it is unlikely that the guests will sleep on them, so they should not be a part of the actual sleeping pillow count.
While you may not be able to satisfy all guests, you may even want to leave out extra pillows in the closet for guests with specific preferences. And don’t forget to use pillow protectors to protect your pillows from dust mites, bacteria, and bed bugs.
9. An Area Rug
Whether during the winter months or summer months, it is nice to have something soft to step on when you get out of bed. No one wants to step on cold solid floors in the Airbnb bedroom. An area rug can be a nice touch for a small bedroom or master bedroom.
Depending on your color scheme and accent colors, you can choose a Persian rug, sheepskin, or tufted rug to help bring the room together and give a cozy feel.
10. Curtains or Blinds
Blackout curtains and blinds are great for privacy and filtering out light. Although many people enjoy natural light, our guests may prefer not to be forced to wake up while on vacation. As a host, I have been informed by many guests how important it is to have blackout curtains. Some guests filter through Airbnb listings that lack window treatments.
In addition, black-out curtains can help to reduce energy costs in our rental space by reducing the sunlight that heats up our space and the level of air conditioning needed.
11. Throw Blankets
Blankets are a must have for all Airbnb bedrooms. Having blankets are great Airbnb rooms ideas that can also instantly upgrade a guest bedroom, giving it a warm and cozy vibe. Throw blankets are great for a layered bed. And sometimes, guests just need an extra layer of comfort or something to cuddle up with while in your space.
12. A Dresser or Chester
Most guests want somewhere they can store their personal items. Depending on the size of the room, a dresser or chest can be an excellent solution. It does not have to be high-quality furniture from west elm but instead a dresser that is durable and functional. You can find used durable furniture online, in-store, or at a local thrift store.
If the room size or setup simply does not allow a bulky dresser, then opt for dresser alternatives, such as a luggage rack, storage cubes, or a nightstand with drawers. This will give your guests somewhere to store their items.
As simple as this might seem, many hosts forget to include hangers in their own Airbnb. This should be on every Airbnb host checklist. This is especially important for vacation rentals that attract individuals wearing business attire or garments that require hanging.
Make sure there are enough for at least two people to hang multiple sets of clothing.
Hangers might likely go missing, and they may often break, so double-check during every turnover and replenish as needed.
14. Seating Area
Depending on the size of the room, a seating area with a chair or bench is a great way to add coziness and functionality to a bedroom. Guests often want somewhere other than the bed to relax and unwind.
A seating area is ideal in a master bedroom but can be done in a smaller bedroom as well. Guests can use the seating area to get ready, put on their shoes, or simply read a book. This is an easy way to elevate the comfort level in your vacation rental bedroom.
15. Full-Length Mirror
A full-length mirror in a bedroom is ideal for the guest experience. The bedroom is where the guest will get dressed and will want to see themselves from head to toe. You can lean it against a wall, hang it behind the bedroom door, or tuck it in the closet.
Things to Avoid when Decorating your Airbnb Bedroom
Not Anchoring Furniture
You need to ensure that your furniture is kid-proof by anchoring all furniture in the bedroom to a wall. From the dresser to the computer desk, it must be anchored to the wall to prevent a tip-over.
Furniture tip-overs happen more often than you think, so you must get ahead of a potential accident happening at your property by installing anti-tip devices on furniture and TVs. The last thing you want is for a child to play with a piece of furniture, and it accidentally falls on them.
Failing to Secure the Rug
As attractive as rugs are in the vacation rental, rugs that slip and slide can be hazardous. A slippery rug can lead to a slip and fall in your Airbnb. So be sure to secure all area rugs by placing a rug pad, felt pad, or carpet tape underneath the rug.
Clutter Free Space
Most guests look for spaces that are clean and clear of clutter. Your guests do not want to have to walk around an item or accidentally trip over something.
Having a clutter-free space will ensure that your guests seamlessly experience the bedroom with limited interruptions. Keep the bedrooms clean, simple, and clutter-free, incorporating only the necessary and essential pieces of furniture and decor.
While candles are considered romantic and cute and great for mood settings, they can also be a fire hazard and a liability in an Airbnb. While you might be tempted to leave out a candle or two for your guests, it’s best to err on the side of caution.
I hope you have found these Airbnb decorating ideas for the bedroom helpful. Curating the perfect Airbnb bedroom may not be easy, but the best Airbnb bedrooms will impress guests and make a huge difference in your bookings.
Guests will always appreciate a well-designed bedroom and the little touches showing you have gone the extra mile. And you don’t have to be an interior design expert to implement some of these ideas.
So make sure you are incorporating the items guests genuinely need and want. This simple addition can go a long way in the guests’ stay, and the best Airbnb design will include some (if not all) of these items. Incorporating these items may lead to a positive experience for the guest and 5-star reviews. Your Airbnb guests will not only love it but will appreciate you for it.
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You can also check out our vacation rental Home Tours & Design for interior design ideas on how to decorate your own spaces.
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Tamara White is the creator and founder of The Thrifty Apartment, a home decor and DIY blog that focuses on affordable and budget-friendly home decorating ideas and projects. Tamara documents her home improvement journey, love of thrifting, tips for space optimization, and creating beautiful spaces.