What makes renting a highly rated vacation home so nice? Much of it is due to the home’s location and proximity to fun activities. But another factor is that, in a good rental, everything from the bedding to the furniture to the decor is carefully chosen and prepped so you can unwind and enjoy. If you can’t get away this summer, or if you just want to transform your home into a cozy retreat, you can make it look and feel like a posh Airbnb with these tips.
Have you noticed that the best rentals have everything you need, with nothing out of place or difficult to find? To get that experience in your home, try to make it as neat and organized as you can. You can donate what you don’t use or put it in storage in your attic. You could also consider having your home professionally cleaned. Once your place is tidy, you can put your feet up knowing that there are no chores that need to be done.
Add a bit of luxury
Are your bed and sofa comfy and attractive? If not, consider splurging on a new sectional sofa or king-sized bed or dressing up your existing couch with a good-looking slipcover and stylish blanket. You could also make your bed more luxurious by adding crisp sheets, a foam topper, and fluffy pillows. Lend a spa feel to your bathroom with soft towels, a warming towel rack, and therapeutic shower steamers, aromatherapy tablets that release comforting scents when placed in the warm water of your shower.
Add meaningful extras
Vacation rentals’ special amenities are often what make them so appealing. Think about what unique features could turn your home into a fun vacay spot. You could start small by adding just one new feature and gradually bringing in more as your budget allows. Consider these ideas for upgrading your home’s inside spaces:
- Wake up well
Enjoy your mornings by placing a Keurig machine stocked with coffee or tea in your bedroom.
- Make a hobby room
If you enjoy a creative activity such as crafting, jigsaw puzzles, or model building, consider reserving a room or space complete with everything you need so you can pursue your pastime.
- Create a reading nook
Devote a room or just a small space for reading by adding a comfy chair, some leafy green plants, and a place to store magazines and books.
- Prep for relaxation
Make your home more comfortable by spreading a luxurious throw on your sofa, setting out some candles, or stocking your pantry with your favorite snacks.
Create an outdoor oasis
You might want to enjoy the beautiful summer weather during your staycation, so why not turn your backyard into a fun destination with these suggestions?
- Set up a cinema
Rent or buy a projector, and hang a backdrop or set up an inflatable screen to watch movies in your backyard.
- Go camping
You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the great outdoors. Pitch a tent in your backyard, and bring along a mini telescope to get a better view of the stars.
- Step up the competition
You can turn your backyard into an entertainment center by putting out classic board games like Monopoly and Scrabble and backyard games like volleyball, cornhole, and horseshoes.
- Host a luau party
Convert your backyard into a fun luau spot by hanging string lights, stocking an outdoor bar, filling an inflatable hot tub, stoking a firepit, and adding some Bluetooth speakers.
- Put up your feet
Relax by hanging a hammock and adding a water feature for the soothing sounds of trickling water.
Enjoy the good life
If you vacation at home this summer, use the money you save by not traveling to augment your staycation experience. You could order a week of easy-to-prepare meals from a service like HelloFresh or Blue Apron, get takeout from DoorDash or Grubhub, or treat yourself to a Netflix or Hulu subscription.