It seems easy, renting out your spare room or apartment and becoming an Airbnb host. But to be truly successful is an art. Large hotels have round the clock cleaning services and Wall Street money to market their chains, update and replenish interiors while you have a very limited budget and a few smartphone photos of your humble abode. Fear not, Airbnb has proven to be the great equalizer for DIY hoteliers. With a good cleaning and the right furniture choices, Airbnb accommodation has been proven to be an attractive alternative to travelers looking for a more organic and less pricey place to lay their heads.

Things To Bear In Mind When Preparing An Airbnb Room

There are certain factors to bear in mind when renting out a room or home. Decluttering and making the place as impersonal as possible is essential.  Secondly choosing furniture that’s functional, attractive and photogenic, and are easily maintained will keep you fully booked. Here are 5 furniture sets that fit the bill.

Modway | EEI-1270-TAN Loft Armchair and Sofa Leather 2 Piece Set in Tan Color

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This 2-piece set from the Loft Collection adds a contemporary charm to any bedroom or living room. The set is tufted to provide a certain plushness with clean lines for modernity. The tan color gives a desert cool. Also, there’s a set available with an additional loveseat, meaning that scaling up for larger rooms with a number of color schemes is a breeze. Also important is the fact that leather is easy to clean and maintain for multiple guests. It’s also nice enough for home-owners to use themselves when not booked.

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Furniture of America | CM6336BKSL 2-Piece Living Room With Stationary Sofa and Loveseat in Black

The Makri collection is sleek with, clean lines and Bonded Leather-Match (bonded leather in the seating areas with skillfully matched vinyl elsewhere) which helps keep the price down. As with most other two-piece collections, the stationary sofa and loveseat this can be upgraded to a 3-piece set with an additional living room chair. The durable nature of the material makes it an easy clean while the polished metal legs add contemporary panache and sturdiness.

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Coaster | 300281SET 3 PC Living Room Set with Sofa, Chaise and Storage In Black

This 3-piece Dilleston Collection set is a perfect choice for a budget conscious Airbnb host. The faux leather keeps costs low while being friendly to the environment … and cows! It also easy to clean. However, the biggest asset with this set is the fact that the sofa converts to a bed, allowing the host to charge extra for visiting guests. The chaise can also be used for sleeping. Also helpful is the ottoman which doubles up as a storage unit – handy for storing extra linens and comforters for chilly nights.

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VIG FurnitureVGMAMI576SES 3-Piece Living Room Set With Loveseat and 2 Chairs

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If you need to get up and running with Airbnb and want to keep things simple, this 3-piece set from the Modrest Ridge Collection consisting of a love seat and two chairs for just under $1000 will help you get started. Unlike other collections in this price range, the chair frames aren’t constructed from cheap painted metal but rather wood stained in a warm walnut color. The seat and back cushions have a tailored piping trim and the linen fabric is soft to the touch. The sesame/grey color is neutral and fits with most color schemes.

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Signature Design by Ashley | 47600QSSLCOAO 5-Piece Living Room Set with Queen Sofa Sleeper, Loveseat, Chair, Stool Ottoman and Accent Ottoman in Fog Color

This is a plush 5-piece set for the Airbnb host with an entire living room in a single-family house or spacious apartment to furnish. It will add an instant air of sophistication to any room. The sofa bed, which sleeps two, can bring in extra income. The matching loveseat and living room chairs in a neutral tone allow a multitude of color schemes and furnishings to work. The ottoman adds both seating or footrests, and a touch of class. A wise investment for your business.

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