When you're selecting furniture for your Airbnb Living Room, the sofa should be one of the FIRST items you consider.
It's a really large purchase, and I understand completely that it can feel quite daunting. This piece will get a lot of use and abuse from your guests, and you want it to last!
To help on your quest, I've rounded up my top 8 fav options for you here!
These choices represent a variety of different styles that I feel are versatile chameleons able to slide into almost any style genre you choose for your space. (Hyperlink style quiz at "style genre" <-------)
When it comes settling on a sofa there is more than just the quality to consider. There is also the style- which is equally important!
Let's break down the style of the sofa into 2 categories:
Shape & Material
If you haven't already taken our Style Quiz, do that now.
Once you're happy with your style direction, you'll need to find some inspiration within that style. Pinterest is a great place to start for gathering inspiration! Once you start pinning, assess which style sofas you gravitate toward in your inspiration photos. Observe the lines of the piece, the type of arms, skirt, amount of cushions, arm heights, and back heights you like best.
🗝If you have room in your budget for leather, go for it! Vinyls have come a long way as well, and some of are beautiful, affordable, and easy to clean.
🗝If the seller of your sofa offers a stain guard or cleaning guarantee, DO NOT HESITATE. Sign up for that and be sure to read all the fine print and keep your paperwork handy for when filing a claim may be necessary.
Now Let's talk about SIZE
Map out the length and width of the perfect size sofa by putting down painters tape, or if you have time time you could try to draw your room to scale. You also need to make sure that the arm height, back height, and seat height are a good fit for your space. You may want to go out shopping and sit in some sofas to determine what dimensions and materials feel comfortable for you.
Where to Save Money
🗝If you have gone over on your sofa budget, which is easy to do, you could always skimp back on your side table budget. Search through vintage shops, antique stores, flea markets or Home Goods. Feel free to paint, sand, or change hardware on old side tables to give them a fresh look.
How to Clean
🗝Of course always follow the manufacturers advice around cleaning your sofa's fabric. One trick I've learned is that microfiber clothes are your very best friend as an Airbnb owner. Before you try anything else, simply take a clean and damp microfiber cloth to any mark or stain on your sofa. If you've chosen a cleanable and pre-treated fabric, this will likely take care of your stain!
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