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Airbnb Basics for Beginners: Getting the Perfect Home Interior
August 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm 0

In this modern world there's a term that keeps popping up over and over again; Sharing Economy. But what does it mean exactly?

Sharing Economy: an economic system in which assets or services are shared between private individuals, either free or for a fee, typically by means of the Internet.

Sounds great, right? Sharing your off street parking to a commuter, renting out a room for a lodger, or maybe even letting out your entire house for holiday makers, there's no denying this is an intriguing concept. So how do you make it happen for you?

There are many sites on the world wide web, but perhaps most popular is Airbnb. You can let your home out for weekly getaways, or share a room to meet new people and make a bit of extra cash along the way.

I’ll admit though, the thought of having essentially a stranger staying in your home can be daunting. We’ve created a series of Airbnb Basics to supply you the best tips and tricks on looking after your Airbnb home, be it cleaning, styling or furnishing. This is your one stop Airbnb beginners guide. 

 

Make your home the perfect holiday destination with our Airbnb Basics guide. Siena Corner Sofa and Arc Glass 4 Seater Dining set with Riva Stackable Dining Chairs

 

Getting Started

Almost anyone can host on Airbnb but there are some barriers. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the Airbnb FAQ’s. Heres a few things worth checking out before getting too stuck into Hosting;

  • House / Liability Insurance- Airbnb offer some sort of coverage, but it's a good idea to make your insurance company aware when you start Hosting on Airbnb, and also explore your other insurance options. Remember to add your furniture to any insurance policy too. These are investment items and you want to make sure you're covered should anything happen... Insurance isn't all about electricals!
  • Costs, Taxes and Fees- As with most sharing sites, there will be some applicable costs. Again, we highly recommend reviewing Airbnb’s post about what you’re likely to be charged when being a Host. 
  • House Rules, Safety Card and First Aid Box- When sharing your home or letting it out, you must make sure to lay down some ground rules, along with safety information. Look at a Welcome Pack, with all the do’s and don’ts, Safety information, emergency numbers and have a first aid box clearly posted.
 

Stylists Tip: Be sure to include any 'no snacking zones' and how to care for you furniture in your House Rules- let your guests know these are to be followed and respected.

 
  • Property Type- Airbnb has 3 different types of properties, and it's key to list yours correctly, not only for your listing to be found, but also for your security. These are:
            • Shared rooms- You’ll be sharing space with other guests, as well as sharing the entire property
            • Private rooms- You’ll have your own private room, however the rest of the property will be shared.
            • Entire homes / apartments- You’ll have the entire property for yourself. These are great for those big family trips away, or if you just prefer your privacy.

Creating the Perfect Listing

Now you know what Airbnb is all about, its time to get your listing up and running. So, whats the first thing that attracts you to a potential rental property? The pictures of sweeping staircases, insane garden views and the most desirable magazine-worthy interiors? Getting your home interior pictures right is super important in pulling in those future guests…

  • Lighting is so important! A bright and airy room flooded in natural light will always appear more appealing. Avoid synthetic light, and photograph your home in the morning, when the lighting is spot on.
  • De-clutter. Make your home look like the pages of your favourite interior design magazines by removing any remotes, mugs, washing, children toys etc. Your home wants to look like the perfect getaway / relaxation zone. 
 

Stylists Tips: Add a strategically places mug and magazine to make your home look lived in, but uncluttered! 

 
  • Get back and capture the entire room. You could use a wide angled lens to get more of the room in, but you don't want that 90’s fish eye effect. Just get back as far as you can, even if it means moving some furniture. The more your guests can see, the more likely they are to book with you.

 Moodboard using our Stone Grey and Taupe Grey Finn and Stylo Dining Chairs

 

Airbnb Interiors

Once you're ready to be a host(ess) with the most(ess), you need to make sure your home is practical for weekly new guests and also stylish, so people see your listing and want to stay. Luckily for you, we’re masters in creating beautiful interiors, so heres our tips for the perfect Airbnb home makeover.

Durability

The biggest thing to remember is that, although you are careful in your home, other guests may not treat it the same. That's where tough and durable furniture comes in. Some of the most durable kitchen table finishes on the market are Tempered Glass and HPL (high pressure laminate).

 

Zen Dining Table, £289

 

The Zen 6 seater Glass Dining Table is a perfect option for letting out your home on Airbnb. With a 10mm thick Tempered Glass top, this makes the table extra strong and resistant to breakage. As tempered glass will not splinter, the Zen Dining Table is also a kid friendly dining table. Plus, the sleek ‘V’ shaped gloss legs mean this 6 seater glass dining table is ticking all the boxes for modern interiors.

Stylists Tip: A Glass Dining Table allows light to flow through you room, helping with those all important interior photos and creating a light, airy kitchen! 

 

Ellie Extending Dining Table, £499

 

If a Glass Dining Table isn't your style, but you still want a durable kitchen table finish, take a look at our Ellie Extending Table. Made from HPL, this is one of the strongest, high performing materials for the home. HPL is able to withstand a temperature of up to 180ºC, but we would recommend using coasters anyway! Still unsure what HPL is? Take a look at our Material Spotligth: HPL post to find out more.   

 

Easy Clean

Secondly, you have to have wipe clean surfaces. There's nothing worse than scrubbing coffee stains out of a solid oak dining table, or trying to get red wine off of your favourite leather dining chairs! Let's face it, you can't watch your guests 24/7, so making sure your home is easy to keep clean is paramount.

 

Santo Dining Chair, £79

 

If you want to add more protections to your leather or faux leather dining chair, make sure you protect with a quality product, such as scotchgaurd fabric & upholstery protector. This will coat your chairs in an extra protective layer to repel those unwanted spills and prevent any nasty stains!

 

Detail of Zen Table

 

When it comes to keeping you table clean, our Zen and Ellie tables couldn't be more low maintenance. Just follow these simple steps;

  1. Wipe table with a clean cloth, soaked in a solution of warm water and fairy liquid. Make sure you cloth is rung out well.
  2. Wipe up any spillages as soon as they happen to avoid any staining. If you do find a stain, use a non-abrasive cleaner such as a magic sponge, or try adding a touch of vinegar to your cleaning solution.
  3. Take a dry, clean micro-fibre cloth to buff away and water makes, and keep your table streak free and sparkling!

Stylists Tip: If your table however does require specialist care, like a solid oak table, make sure to include this in your House Rules, so your guest know straight away to take extra care!

 

Compact Furniture

One of the key things potential guests will be looking at when browsing Airbnb is open, light and airy spaces. No one wants a home which is cluttered, dark and dingy. That's where compact furniture comes in.

 

Eve Compact Sideboard, £349

 

Although smaller, this handy space saving furniture for small apartments is ideal for rented properties. By having smaller, compact furniture, it means your space will feel more open, while still offering practical storage solutions. Which, as a result, will be much more appealing to potential lodgers!

 

Eve inside cupboard

 

Our Eve compact sideboard has a high gloss finish and matt tempered glass top (durability) and is a stylish piece for any hallway, living room, dining room or bedroom! Plus, for you part time Airbnb Hosts, a compact sideboard with drawers a good idea to tuck away any personal items and mark as an out of bounds area.

 

Multi-purpose Furniture

Multi-purpose furniture goes hand in hand with compact furniture. These clever space savers are ideal for rental properties and first time Airbnb hosts. Be it a side table which hides a footstool or a Console Table which doubles as drinks cart, there's no denying the possibilities are endless.

 

Fern Console Table, £199

 

The Fern console Table is a practical extra surface but also ideal for showcasing your favourite items. The high gloss finish also helps reflect light back around your room.

 

Duo Side Table, £149

 

Much as the Fern Console Table is multi-functional, the Duo Side Table doubles up as a table for remotes, lamps and magazines, while the pouf which tucks neatly inside can be pulled out as a perfectly sized footstool! Multi-tasking at its finest!

 

Dining Benches

When looking for an Airbnb property, 9 times out of 10 people will be looking for new experiences. You want your home to be that new experience, something different from the day to day.  Although you cannot physically give them a new experience, you certainly can give then a new interior experience.  

Loop Right Hand Corner Bench, £899

  Stand out from the crowd with a Dining Corner Bench and create a multi-functional American Diner style booth. Dining benches are such a focal piece and add so much style and class to a kitchen / diner. The Loop Bench Range offers multiple sizes and styles to suit any home interior. Combine a corner bench with a backless upholstered dining bench, or perhaps a mix and match of dining chairs and a 3-4 seater dining bench with backrest. Either way you'll have a totally desirable and magazine worthy kitchen. So now you have the basics to getting started on Airbnb. Don't forget to read through all the FAQ's over on Airbnb and familiarise yourself with the safety tips and tricks.  

Coming soon...

We've got so much more to share with you when it comes to getting your home Airbnb ready! Keep a look out for the next post in the series, where we will be talking through all things colour and getting the most out of your Airbnb listing!

Have you got any Airbnb hosting questions? Submit them below and our experts will be sure to get back to you. In the meantime share your Airbnb interiors with us by tagging us in your pictures and using #mydanetti.
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Styling Tips
Multi-Purpose Studio Apartment Furniture
February 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm 0
These funky white high gloss coffee tables are the perfect space-saving idea for studio apartments and small flats.  If space is at a premium, these funky multi-purpose coffee tables are not just perfect for popping your latte on, they have a handy storage compartment within and can be utilised as a desk or even a dining table in front of the TV! Denza White Coffee Table
Denza White Gloss Coffee Table

Denza White Gloss Coffee Table £299.00

The white high gloss Denza Coffee Table is a modern, versatile rectangular coffee table with hidden advantages.  The lid lifts up on hinges at either side to provide a handy storage compartment underneath for magazines, newspapers and coffee table books. The edge of the lid creates a design feature with its smooth curves and rounded corners.
Denza White Coffee Table

Denza White Gloss Coffee Table £299.00

In addition, the lid can be locked into the raised position so that you can balance a laptop or TV dinner upon it!  Perfect for small flats and compact living spaces. The two metal legs of the Denza are looped with rounded corners, to create a stylish finishing touch. Measurements: 320mm high, 600mm wide, 1200mm long Lift White High Gloss Coffee Table
Lift White High Gloss Coffee Table

Lift White High Gloss Coffee Table £289.00

The modern Lift White High Gloss Coffee Table is a rectangular coffee table with sleek sharp lines.  Ideal for studio apartments, the lid smoothly lifts up on hinges at either side to provide a handy storage compartment within to keep things from looking cluttered. As an added advantage, the lid can be lifted and locked into the raised position to safely balance a laptop or your dinner in front of the TV!
Lift White High Gloss Coffee Table

Lift White High Gloss Coffee Table £289.00

This is the perfect coffee table for a studio apartment or living space that needs to have a dual purpose. The white high gloss finish also means that the decor within the room is kept light and bright to make the room appear more spacious. Measurements: 450mm high, 600mm wide, 1200mm long.
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Styling Tips
Danetti’s tips for furnishing a small space
February 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm 0
Zeta extendable glass dining table

The Zeta table is made of glass, so creates an illusion of space, and is also extendable

The UK is a pretty crowded place, so it's not common to hear people complaining about having too much space, is it? Most of us are looking for ways to make our homes comfortable and practical, without surrounding ourselves with bulky furniture. If you've got a home where doors won't open fully because there's furniture in the way, tables feel squashed in and sofas take up half the living room, then you need a furniture overhaul. When we're sourcing our furniture, we are constantly thinking about how each item will work in real people's homes - because we know that real people usually live in flats and small houses, not the sprawling open-plan spaces that you see in interiors magazines. So here are our tips for furnishing a small space, and a selection of Danetti products that we think will make all the difference:

Measure up

If you want to buy furniture that will fit and leave space for moving around your home, you need to know exactly how much space you have. make a note of your room dimensions in your diary (or better still, draw a little floor plan noting things like distances from doors to walls). This way, when you're shopping for furniture you can make sure the dimensions are suitable. On the Danetti site we provide information about the dimensions of our items of furniture, so you'll know what you're buying.

Make clever use of space

If your home is small, then simply buying the furniture you love the most isn't going to work. You need to think whether the furniture is smart. Can you buy a coffee table that will double up as a stool when guests come over? Our Somen coffee table does the job nicely.Will your dining chairs all fit snugly under your dining table when not in use o they don't get in the way? Will your dining table collapse down to a more manageable size when not needed?

Santino wooden sideboard

The Santino wooden sideboard will house all your clutter

Get storage sorted

Clutter is one of the biggest problems in small homes. Even a few old newspapers, CDs, shoes or games consoles hanging around can really make the place seem messy. Invest in some efficient storage, which has compartments suitable for the kind of items you need to store, and your home will look instantly more spacious.

Consider the materials you're choosing

That brightly coloured, patterned sofa, dark wooden table and fabric armchair may be your first choices, but they may simply make your home look dark and closed-in. Opt for block colours on fabrics if possible - you can always create interest with patterned or textured cushions, rugs and wall-hangings. Light or bright colours, rather than blacks and browns can also be effective at increasing the appearance of size. It also worth considering either glass or clear plastic for your tables and chairs - as they let the light through them, they give the optical illusion of taking up very little space.

The Davonte clear plastic stackable dining chair

The Davonte clear plastic chair is perfect for space-saving as it's also stackable!

Let the light in

A room with a view will seem much bigger than a room without one - it's because the outside space merges into the room, making it feel spacious. So take advantage of this by having windows and blind wide open and letting in as much natural light as possible. If a view isn't available, you can trick the eye into thinking the room is bigger than it is with the use of mirrors. If you'd like advice on furnishing your property, then just give us a call. We're happy to help!
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Ideas and Inspiration
Furniture ideas for small spaces
July 6, 2010 at 11:25 am 0
When you have lots of space to play with, you hardly have to give a thought to your furniture choices, but furnishing a small home can be a lot trickier. You'll have to measure every dimension and find pieces that will fit the most awkward of gaps. At the same time, you have to bear in mind that it's important to have some floor space free so your home doesn't become too cramped. At Danetti we're used to helping people furnish their homes - both big and small, and we love the challenge of sourcing items that will help to make your living space a much nicer place to be. We thought we'd draw your attention to a few of our pieces that are either so neat in proportion that they look good even in tiny flats, and also to a couple of our multi-functional products that save space because they can be used for different purposes.
Bodil sofa with metal arms

Bodil sofa with metal arms

COMPACT SEATING

First up, we wanted to show you the Bodil sofa - it's fantastic for small living rooms because it doesn't have the enormous padded arms that you find on many sofas, which can take up a metre of your valuable space if you're not careful - instead it has neat metal arms. The seat and back rest is just as comfortable as a regular sofa though.
Emery contemporary nest of tables

Emery contemporary nest of tables

OCCASIONAL TABLES

Next, a modern nest of tables - the Emery set - which are very useful in small homes. While you may think of nests of tables as something your grandmother used to have for putting bowls of peanuts around the living room at Christmas time, they've moved on, and are still actually a  useful thing to have if you need extra surfaces when you have people over, but want them out of the way the rest of the time. The Emery nest of tables is fantastic value for money and has three tables, each with a chrome frame and glass top.
The stackable Silvi plastic bar stool

The stackable Silvi plastic bar stool

STACKABLE STOOLS

If it's seating that you need, then consider bar stools - these Silvi plastic bar stools are cool, contemporary and great value for money, plus they're stackable so they're a great temporary seating solution if you have a party or friends over, but can be compactly stored when not in use.Generally, bar stools can be a very good idea if you have a small home. When teamed with a wall-mounted slim-line bar table, they can provide you with somewhere to sit for meals without taking up much floor space.
The versatile Somen coffee table - use as a table, for storage or as a stool

The versatile Somen coffee table - use as a table, for storage or as a stool

THREE-IN-ONE

Next, take a look at this tri-purpose product - it's a stool, table and storage unit all in one! The Somen coffee table can be opened to store magazines, toys, blankets, or whatever you like, and it can be flipped over to make a comfy padded stool. It's ideal for modern homes, and it's a very popular option for our commercial clients as well, as it's ideal for bars and clubs.

 

The Pollock multi-form extending table - closed

The Pollock multi-form extending table - closed

SHAPE SHIFTER

Flexibility is important in a small home - sometimes you'll need a large dining table, but probably not all the time, and when you don't need one, you don't want it dominating your room. A great option is to go for an extending table. The Pollock Multiform table is amazing because it can be used as a coffee table, extended to make a formal dining table , or even just half extended, so you have two separate surfaces - great for parties!
The Pollock multi-form extending table - open

The Pollock multi-form extending table - open

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