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Furnishing your holiday let in the right way is one of the first and most important steps of letting your property – so we have come up with a handy guide on how best to furnish your holiday home to help you along.

Be sure not to underestimate the importance of how you furnish your holiday cottage, as this influences many things. From the pictures on the website to giving your guests a good first impression once they arrive, it is vital to carefully plan the design of your property.

Read on to discover some top tips on how to furnish your holiday let…

General Tips on How to Furnish your Holiday Let

There are 4 things that you should factor in when furnishing a living room:

  • Comfort
  • Style
  • Affordability
  • Durability

Finding a balance between these 4 factors will keep both you and your guests happy. Although the look of the room is important, the comfort of your guests is imperative, as this is one of the first things that people notice about a holiday cottage. A holiday let changeover checklist always comes in handy to keep up the standards from one booking to the next.

A few more holiday let furnishing tips include:

  • Don’t just buy cheap, random furnishings for your holiday let. Think about what style your typical guest would prefer and try to make this flow throughout the property
  • Let your property do the talking. If it has an interesting story or standout features such as traditional stone walls or exposed beams, show them off
  • Make the most of your location. If your property is by the sea or in the heart of the countryside, showcase this through pictures or themed features around the property to remind your guests of their unique location
  • Picture your property in the eyes of the customer. Imagine what the pictures of your holiday home are going to look like online and the likelihood of them convincing potential guests to book a stay. Learn how to get your holiday let ready for photos with our handy guide.
  • Little extra touches go a long way. Thoughtful things such as guest information packs and welcome hampers give off a great first impression

Now you know the basics of how best to furnish your holiday let, discover some hints on how to furnish each room in your holiday let:

How to Furnish your Living Room

Costwold House Living Room

The living room is where your guests are going to spend the majority of their downtime, whether that be planning activities, reminiscing on their adventures or simply relaxing – having a comfortable space to do this is essential.

Here are a few more tips on how to furnish your living room:

  • Position your seating in a ‘U’ shape to encourage conversation
  • Choose furniture with storage space to reduce clutter. TV stands and side tables are perfect for this
  • Seating and tables with space below them give the room a more spacious feel, rather than solid units that reach to the floor
  • Provide ample seating for all of your guests, preferably some extra, with scatter cushions and throws to make it more homely

How to Furnish a Bedroom


Much like the living room, a lot of thought needs to go into furnishing a bedroom as a good sleep is key to a memorable cottage holiday. Furnishing your bedroom is not something to be frugal with, as having a comfortable bed and a warming ambience goes a long way towards a holiday to remember.

Discover some tips on how to furnish your bedroom:

  •  Choose a high-quality mattress and bedding
  • Buy either thick curtains or blackout blinds to prevent light getting in
  • Have a bedside table on both sides of the bed
  • Make sure there is plenty of power sockets, preferably with USB ports
  • Offer plenty of space for hanging and storage

How to Furnish a Bathroom


Furnishing a bathroom doesn’t need to cost a lot of money, a minimalist approach can go a long way. Fresh, monochrome colours tend to work well when furnishing your holiday let bathroom.

Pick up some more tips on furnishing your bathroom:

  • Use blinds rather than curtains to prevent mould
  • Offer some form of power shower as these are often preferred to baths
  • Provide power sockets for hairdryers, shavers etc.
  • Ensure that the lighting is bright
  • Storage for toiletries, towels etc. helps to reduce clutter

How to Furnish a Kitchen

Cottage Kitchen

Your kitchen may just be the most important room in the house when it comes to designing and furnishing your holiday let, as this sets the tone for the rest of the property.

It is very easy to strip the whole room and start again when furnishing your kitchen, however a moment of careful consideration could save you a lot of money and create a wonderful cooking environment for your guests at the same time.

Here are some tips to use when furnishing a kitchen:

  • Have a real think of how each fixture and fitting could be used before throwing it away. It could be that all it needs is a lick of paint to freshen it up
  • Having table, breakfast bar or island allows your guests to socialise and have a rest whilst they are cooking
  • When selecting where to store your utensils and crockery, choose somewhere that is easily accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Learn more about this throughout our guide to child-proofing your holiday home
  • Do not skimp when buying pots and pans, high-quality equipment will be easy to clean and can withstand heavy usage

Let your property with Sykes and earn up to £125,000 per year*

  • Join over 15,000 holiday properties already working with Sykes Cottages
  • We welcome over 26 million web visitors a year
  • Many of our owners achieve more than 45 bookings a year
  • We specialise in turning your holiday property into a profitable year-round income for you

*Based on a 7 bedroom property in the Lake District with bookings between October 2017 to September 2018.

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