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How To Make Your Garden Room Airbnb Friendly

With Airbnb being an incredibly popular choice for tourists, it offers the opportunity to live like a local and experience the spatial and exterior architecture of your chosen destination – giving you an authentic experience. The most popular reason for choosing Airbnb is its value for money compared to a hotel (and sometimes even a hostel!) – So it’s no wonder hosts are becoming more creative with their properties and turning their extra space into additional income.

There are more than a million Airbnb’s available to book, with some properties ranging from canal boats to tree houses – cool, right? But maybe you’ve been wondering what you can do with your garden room, empty shed or all that extra space tucked away. Not only would it be a great project to invest in but the extra income means you’ll end up making some return in investment!

Here’s how you can decorate and turn your garden room into an Airbnb-friendly stay for your guests:

Use space wisely

Garden rooms are notoriously small – however this shouldn’t be a limiting factor when you get round to furnishing your garden room space. As you’d like your garden room to fit the purpose for an AirBnb traveller – think about how you can make the most of your space:

Build up instead of down

  • Got a number of books and ornaments you’d like to fill the space with? Why not stack shelves on top of each other to further maximise your wall space (which in turn will allow room for other bits and pieces).
  • Hang plants instead of placing them on the floor or every flat surface in your room. You can even use any sills for placing small decorative features to add a sense of interest to your garden room.

Multifunctional/purposeful decor

Your new Airbnb-friendly garden room is a haven for all sorts of possibilities:

A study

  • Invest in a small study area within your comfortable guesthouse. It can be used as a unique selling point to target those digital nomads or businessmen on foreign business.

A mini spa

  • Although we don’t recommend trying to cram in a hot-tub, but even a small area with a shelf containing essential oils, candles and self-care products, towels and a comfortable, luxurious space to sit or relax in can work wonders for travellers after a little relaxation.

A mini gym

  • A few decent sized weights and a yoga mat would work great for travellers who like to keep fit on their travels. Stack some home-exercise books and towels into a dedicated shelf to make your garden room into a guest house with a mini-gym

Consider low-maintenance plants as a decorative feature

The colour and decorative features of a plant can make any space feel more imbued with nature, however if you’re away from your home for good lengths of time then real plants might not last long enough for your guests to fully appreciate. Here are a few plant decorating tips to get you started:

Invest in succulents

  • Succulents are perfect for forgetful gardeners or those who are away for long periods of time as they retain water very well. Think Aloe Vera, Cactuses and Plush Plants.

Or if you’re really forgetful…

  • Invest in fake plants. This opens you up to a variety of different species that you won’t have to maintain – just ensure you dust your plants after every guest checks out!

Blend your outdoor space seamlessly

Room decor ideas can be challenging for some – however a simple solution would be integrating your outdoor decor into your Airbnb garden room to create a seamless visual flow between the two.

Use similar materials

  • One of the best ways to do this is to identify the materials used in your outdoor space – do you use wooden decking? Why not furnish your garden room with a wooden bedside table or chairs.

Lighting

  • If you use solar-powered lighting in your garden then why not incorporate suspended ambient lighting or fairy lights around your garden room to add some warmth and ambience?

add warmth to your airbnb garden room

“Garden rooms can be kept just as warm as a cosy living room with a portable electric stove. Portable electric stoves are easy to use, effectively heat rooms and also create a great focal point. At the flick of a switch users will experience a warm and inviting glow making the room one that can be used all year round. Electric stoves have really developed over the last two decades and there is a number of stylish units on the market which appeal to a range of ages, tastes and different interior décor schemes.”

Ben Upham, Creative Designer Focal Point Fires

fire place modern garden rooms

Make your guest bed inviting

It’s no doubt that by keeping your bed looking comfortable and inviting you’ll promote a sense of relaxation and comfort for your guest.

Appletrees’ Head of Design Jackie McLoughlin advises “four pillows to cater for everyone’s comfort preference, offering two synthetic and two natural fill (feather & down) pillows to give guests an option”.

  • Adding a couple of small cushions will give your garden Airbnb lodge a homey feel whilst adding little accents to its décor.
    • You can’t go wrong with mixing different patterns and styles. Buy a few that will compliment the garden rooms’ intended décor to give the whole room a unique look.

Use DIY techniques for a homey touch

A garden room for some is a large investment, especially as it needs to be furnished so decor ideas might be the last thing on your mind. However you might have some materials and spare parts lying around that could be used to make some functional and decorative pieces for your garden room. Not only is this cost-effective but your garden room will have a unique, decorative feel that’s economical:

Lighting

  • Collect old jam jars that can be used to make mini lamps – simply wash/dry them out and wind in some small fairly lights.
    • Bonus if it’s a coloured jar for added ambience!

Wire basket end-table

  • If you’ve got an old bedside table or big slab of wood lying around – simply turn an old wire basket upside down to create a unique bedside table for your garden room.

Stack wooden palettes for extra storage and aesthetic

  • These functional objects make great, rustic pieces of decor! They can be used in place of a shed or cupboard and customised to your hearts’ content

Tin can lanterns

  • Hang your own lanterns by using old tin cans and a Stanley knife to carve out your own designs – place a candle or a bundle of fairy lights into them and watch your designs become decorate shadows on the wall.

Get inspired by key design trends

Home and garden design trends are both ever-changing and timeless. We’ve collated some trends that are here to stay and can inspire your own:

Nordic cool

  • You may be well acquainted with the Scandinavian trends Hygge and Lagom which can be integrated into all aspects of interior design. These trends are perfect for Airbnb travellers looking for a cosy, minimalistic vibe that detracts from all the outside chaos.

Be bold

  • Bold colour and pattern blocking is also a popular hit and is a common trend that seems to pop up in most seasons. We recommend sticking to a set palette of colours as to not overwhelm the space you’re furnishing

Rustic and natural

  • We believe a garden room should be an extension of your home, so why not add features of your current decor into your Airbnb garden room? Think natural, untreated wood, stone and colours from nature for a rustic vibe that connects your guest to the wonders of nature.

Shaun from Windlesham (April 2018)

5m x 3m canopy room “I just wanted to add that the construction process was seamless and thoroughly professional. Rob and Lewis were an absolute delight to have around, put workers everywhere to shame and did it all with a sense of humour and kind consideration for us. I can’t praise them highly enough. The building itself will be linked up to the electricity supply today….but it seems to me that so far the quality of the materials and the finished product matches the lads who built it - excellent.”    
Shaun from Windlesham (April 2018)

Andy from St Albans (July 2018)

5m x 5m border room “All paid thanks – the room is awesome.”
Andy from St Albans (July 2018)

Mark from Dursley (June 2018)

5m x 4m canopy room The garden room is complete and we are very pleased with it. Lewis & Sam have carried out a first class build and it was a pleasure having them around and watching proper tradesman work - top job!”  
Mark from Dursley (June 2018)

Sara from Brentwood (May 2018)

"The garden room is great, and Lewis and Matt were brilliant. They worked extremely hard, were neat, tidy and polite – we would highly recommend you and the team going forward.”
Sara from Brentwood (May 2018)

Harry from Warwick (August 2018)

"The room looks great and the guys were awesome – very polite and considerate. I’ve never seen builders work so hard and produce a product of that quality – they are a credit to the company.”  
Harry from Warwick (August 2018)

Paul from Rochester (April 2017)

“Mike, Jonny just a quick email to say how pleased we are with the garden room. The whole process from initial contact to completion was first class. Please pass on our thanks to Rob and his team - their workmanship was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. A job very well done thank you.”
Paul from Rochester (April 2017)

Lizzie from Chiswick (June 2017)

“From start to finish it was a pleasure to work with you guys.  You have a straightforward, good product which you sell well (loved all the diagrams you sent at the start) and then when it goes up it looks fab.  The boys had great attention to detail and the finish is top notch. Rob and Harry were brilliant and it was a pleasure to have them working hard in my garden over 3 weeks.  They were super tidy, were polite about my tea and coffee, worked really hard and always came up with a good solution to any problems that arose.  A can do attitude is always so much appreciated by us customers and they had that in spades!”
Lizzie from Chiswick (June 2017)

Simon from Epsom (April 2018)

5m x 4m concave room Hello guys, We are really pleased with the room you did for us this time last year, the room is bedding into the garden well.  
Simon from Epsom (April 2018)

Sara from Brentwood (May 2018)

The garden room is great, and Lewis and Matt were brilliant. They worked extremely hard, were neat, tidy and polite – we would highly recommend you and the team going forward.
Sara from Brentwood (May 2018)

Hamza from Wraybury (June 2018)

8m x 11.5m border room Hi Rob, I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work on the project! It was a real pleasure working with and knowing you. You were extremely professional from day one and very accommodating - a true gentleman. The quality of work was impressive and if you yourself ever needed a personal recommendation for any potential clients please feel free to let me know - I will be happy to take the time to speak with them. I wish you the very best of luck for the future. Please make sure to keep safe when you go riding. You have been a good man to have work on the building and I cant thank you enough.    
Hamza from Wraybury (June 2018)
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