Let’s talk short stay rentals! 

Whether it’s a weekend away, visiting friends and family or exploring a new town, short stay rentals are becoming increasingly popular.  Did you know Airbnb has over 5 million listings worldwide?! Amazing.

This Autumn, Smart Interior Design were hired to transform and renovate a 3-bedroom property with excellent transport links based in Kidbrooke, South London into a peaceful, welcoming and modern short-stay home.

Mood board

Mood Board for renovated bedroom

Below we’ve shared our advice and tips from this project:

  • Working with tight deadlines
    For this project we only had 4 weeks to turn a tired dated house into a welcoming abode.  As this project had such a tight deadline, our advice would be to source items that can easily be collected from a local store, shopping centres or better still delivered next day. By designing digital mood boards for each room and sourcing the individual items, our client had the freedom to purchase the items as and when and allowing them to put other items on hold until the budget will allow.
  • Budget
    Working with a short timeframe in combination with a limited budget, sounds virtually impossible doesn’t it?  As this project had very little leeway budget wise, we had to be quite frugal when it came to our proposed design options.
    For instance, in the kitchen we opted for an acrylic splashback as opposed to glass. This was not only the most feasible option for us, but visually gave the kitchen the same polished and refined look.  Remember, no matter what size budget you’re working with, always manage the budget effectively, make the most out of it and always keep tabs on it!  We managed this with an effective spreadsheet allowing us to monitor each step of the project.
  • Consider your audience
    Before spending your life savings on lamps and rugs, remember you’re designing with various demographics in mind. The key to a successful short-stay rental interior, is to understand the expectations, needs and the level of comfort a visitor would want.  When designing, ask yourself questions such as, “Is this material child-friendly?”, “Is this colour scheme too masculine/feminine?”, “Are these items likely to get damaged at some point?”.  Keeping your colour palette neutral creates a nice balance and appeals to a wider audience.
  • Storage, storage and more storage!
    You want your listing to feel spacious right? What better way to do so than incorporating clever storage and space solutions.
    Within this project, we opted for sliding wardrobes, sofa beds and ottoman beds to help give the property a contemporary look as well as being practical for guests and enabling a quick turnaround for the next guests.
    By using multifunctional furniture pieces, it allowed the space to feel clean and modern, which in turn helped to add value to the rental listing.
  • Hire a professional photographer
    A picture says 1,000 words…
    Don’t see photography as an expense, see it as an investment. Potential renters want to visually feel at home before physical visiting, so why not make it a HD experience.
    When hiring a photographer, remember to consider different looks and features of a room you’d like captured and shared on the listing websites.
    Trust that a professional photographer will capture your design and translate it into a visual masterpiece.
Renovated bedroom in copper

Full house renovation in Kidbrooke for short let

Check out the professional images from this project in our updated portfolio HERE

When designing a home for a short-stay listing, it important to think practically and position yourself in the renter’s shoes – You want them to feel at home even when they’re away from home. 

For more information on how we can help transform your space, get in touch with us today



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