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The BEST OF IKEA for your Short Term Rental

airbnb ikea Jun 16, 2021

I once stayed at an Airbnb in Canada that was very clearly stocked and furnished with 100% Ikea everything. From the dishes to the duvet covers to the sofa. All of it. It wasn't great. It wasn't horrible, but it was not great. It lacked soul, for one thing. 

Let me first clarify, I love Ikea. I love the experience of visiting the stores and seeing the vignettes all set up in their staged glory. I love buying their art supplies for my kids. They've got some incredible storage solutions, and I'm even a fan of their kitchens for the right application. 

But do I think a Short Term Rental should be 100% Ikea? Definitely not. And if you're here reading this, I probably don't need to explain why. To boil it down, it will not differentiate you or your rental. In a market flooded with Ikea everything, you can be better

That said, there are some excellent Ikea furniture and decor items that you should totally consider folding into your design. Because budgets! And because, Ikea does make some awesome things that look and feel more expensive than they actually are. 

So, here's a fun and highly visual list of...

My Favorite MUST HAVE IKEA Items for your Short Term Rental


1. TVARFOT lamp | 2. SUCCULENTS | 3. HURRING Basket | 4. FULLTALIG Candle Sticks | 5.  RANARP Wall Lamp |  6. (Similar) Cabinet | 7. (similar) INGALILL Cushion Cover | 8. FARLOV Armchair | 9. ZZ Plant & GRADVIS Plant Pot | 10. GESTALTA person | 11. TONAD Decor | 12. SINNERLIG Pendant | 13. METTALISE Cushion cover | 14. KRISTIANNE Cushion Cover | 15. STOCKHOLM mirror | 16. BUSKBO Armchair | 17. LOHALS Rug | 18. RENS Sheepskin 


You can't go on Pinterest or Instagram right now without seeing the SINNERLIG Pendant everywhere...

(above photo: Credit Marisa Vitale via Apartment Therapy)

(above image Pine and Prospect Home Blog. Click for a review of this chair and slipcovers.)


(above image via: SASOU)


I would be remiss to post an Ikea article and not talk about the ASSEMBLY.

You've assembled some Ikea in your life, right? You go into it with a big glass of wine and all the optimism of Phil from Modern Family. An hour and a half in, the bottle of wine is almost gone, you've lost half the tiny screws and put on a piece backwards causing you to now have to dis-assemble.

Just me?

Most of the items I'm including in this blog don't require much if any assembly, but if you do choose Ikea dressers or cabinets, don't forget to factor in your time for assembling that thing, or the cost of paying someone else to do it.

My personal fav way to assemble Ikea is to hire a guy. Or gal. Especially if it's a ceiling height PAX unit. For the sake of your marriage, consider this as a reasonable option!


1. IKORNNES Mirror | 2. HOVSTA Frame | 3. GRONADAL Rocker | 4. (similar) SHARONFRUKT Plant Pot | 5. Kvarnvik Storage Boxes | 6. STURSK Wall Clock | 7. GLADOM Tray Table | 8. (similar) GANGA clock | 9. RANARP lamp | 10. LOMMARP cabinet | 11. KRISTIANNE Cushion cover | 12. KNIPPARV cushion cover | 13. SJALSLIGT cacti | 14. NORRARYD chair | 15. IKEA Decor (puppy is now out of stock sadly) | 16.  MORBYLANGA Table (rentangle only now) | 17. SNIDAD Basket | 18. (similar) ALSEDA Pouffe | 19. FROSLOV Sofa

If DIY is your thing, check out this Domino article for some fun and current ideas of amazing Insta worthy Ikea Hacks! 

 (above image design by Kate Hamilton Gray via Domino)

I also want to add that folding Ikea into your design does negate the need to adhere to my NUMBER ONE cardinal rule for successful decorating: 

Have at least one item in each room that is older than you.

Find something with a story, and some soul. Find something with some history and character and allow that to elevate your space to the next level and make your guests know that you put thought, effort and creativity into your design for them.

But also, do some Ikea where it makes sense.  You can also check out my Target blog here.  It's all about going high and low, friends. You got this!

Happy Hosting! 

 P.S.- If you're hoping to learn more about how to design and furnish a show stopping and unique Short Term Rental, check out my e-course where I break down this daunting process into an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide.

You can be the designer. I'll teach you how!

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