Top 5 Furniture and Appliance Choices for a Rental Property

Today’s real estate market is very saturated with all sorts of different properties for rent or sale, so if you have one you’d like to rent, you have to be smart about it. Your rental has to stand out from the sea of other, slightly different but essentially the same properties. But, having a good location and comfortable square footage isn’t enough to attract renters. You must equip your property with just the right appliances and furniture pieces that will not only make your home or apartment beautiful, but also make it functional and practical. Only then will you manage to attract renters and achieve a good price. So, let’s see the top five appliances and furniture choices you have to introduce to your rental property.

Comfy seating

Did you know that people spend up to 90% of their time indoors which includes their home, work, car and entertainment? That’s a significant number, so people naturally want to be comfortable in their interior. The best way to boost comfort in your rental property and attract people is to invest in some good seating. Equipping your property with a good sofa, an armchair and a good dining set will provide plenty of seating space both for the renters and their guests. If you’re following the latest interior design trends, you must know that big, fluffy, cozy and colorful furniture is super stylish today, but it can really fell out-of-place in a minimalist or industrial space. In that case, opt for a big sofa with sharp lines and subdued colors. The dining experience is the highlight of the day for many families, so make sure your dining table can fit enough people. Those families that love to entertain will be very attracted by a good and spacious dining set. On the other hand, if you don’t have much space in your property, opting for a kitchen island will provide renters with extra counter space and dining area.

A cozy place to sleep

Your renters might not engage in many activities while they are in your rental property, but all of them will use it for sleeping. That’s why you have to turn your average bedrooms into royal lodgings! The master bed should be the star of the show, so make sure it stands out with its size, comfort and aesthetics. If you really want to go all-in, you can prepare a new mattress for the new renters and adorn the bed with some canopies. Canopies are not only super attractive, but also create the feeling of a comfortable and private cocoon that many people say helps with their sleep. Kids’ bedrooms should also look attractive. Make sure to keep them clean because kids love to roll around and play on the floor. Bunk beds are always a great option because they can provide more space for playing, studying and other fun activities. New kids’ mattresses will also look attractive and allow parents to relax knowing their babies are sleeping on a fresh bed free of germs and dust.

Washing up

Many people who come to look at the rental space dismiss it right away when they hear there is no washing machine. Families with kids are especially reliant on them because of all the mess their children make. That’s why you simply must have a good (and smart) washing machine in your rental property. Companies like LG now have smart technology integrated into their appliances that allow you to create custom programs, operate the units via your smartphone and monitor energy consumption. Additionally, make sure that the appliance you opt for has an Energy Star rating that will attract environmentally-conscious renters, those who want to save a few dollars on their utility bills or those who just love new, smart tech and gadgets. Another appliance you must have is a dishwasher. They not only make kitchens look sleek and modern, but also make chores a piece of cake. Dishwashers also save water and allow your renters to do something good for the environment. Smart dishwashers can also be operated and managed with just a press of a button on your phone.


Even though families today basically bring most of the entertainment with them (smartphones, tablets, laptops), you still have to supply them with a good entertainment system. Young families with small kids are especially tech-savvy and love to have a lot of new gadgets and smart technology in their homes. So, investing in a TV integrated with intelligent technology is a great way to provide your renters with a complete entertainment system. Make sure that your TV can be connected to their home Wi-Fi, so that they connect their gadgets and manage channels form their phones and tablets. There’s also a possibility that kids have different gaming consoles, so you must provide them with a TV that allows them to connect their PlayStation or Wii.

Home office space

Many people today choose to work from home, because it allows them flexibility and freedom. However, not every space is suitable for a home office. Rooms that get a lot of traffic and contain many distractions will make users feel overwhelmed, unfocused and unproductive. So, designating a space that can be used as a study or an office is a great way to attract work-from-home renters. A home office can be pretty small, but it has to contain a good work desk and plenty of light and outlets for lamps and office electronics. A desk that is large and sturdy will definitely look professional and attractive, so don’t hesitate to opt for a top-shelf model. If you lack space in your rental property for a full-blown home office, designating a corner with a work desk in the living space can also work just fine, especially for renters without kids.

Of course, there are plenty of other items that make a good rental space, but you simply can’t go without these five basic elements. If you decide to introduce them to your rental property, you’ll have renters fighting over it.

Ways to Furnish a Small Studio Apartment

Recently, I decided to move into the 500-square-foot studio apartment. It is the same apartment I lived in when I moved to London for studies in my early 20’s. Now, I am in my early 30’s and understand that what I’ve pinned to my ‘home’ boards on Pinterest, could not go with studio apartments. But having just one room doesn’t mean that I have to sacrifice styling to gain more storage space, rather now I have developed more sense of decorating and furnishing a practical studio and I  am finding it really exhilarating.

I started with an ingenious way of going from a large two bedroom to essentially one long room. This way I have managed to get more storage space as well as the walls. However, the dilemma of furnishing this small studio apartment was obscured, but I found an effective solution. Read on to discover amazing tips and some of my inspirations for decorating and furnishing your studio apartment.

Furniture Placement

Arranging furniture can be hard in an open floor studio apartment layout as you have just an itty-bitty one room apartment and all your stuff has to fit within it. Moreover, no one wants to have their sleeping space touching their living room space. Or worse yet, have a kitchen in it too. Take heart, I am here to share some tricks to help you to enjoy a little privacy in your intimate space with selecting the right furniture pieces and functional partitioning spaces.

To start with,

  • Get your studio apartment floor-plan on hand and start considering different layout options, you think will work for you. After analysing the area, think if your room is big enough to accommodate more sections and if it will provide more functionality overall? If you are socially active, consider having your friends coming over regularly (in such cases you would need a guest-friendly layout) or if you would like to spend entertaining time outside and will be using your home just for some relaxing me time’ and sleeping activity? Make choices, but don’t forget that you have limited space, so your furniture selection will have a major impact.
  • Now, it’s the time to let your creative juices flowing. Think which furniture pieces do you want and how it can be arranged to serve double-duty. Possibly, a couch in the middle of the room can be used as a separator for your dining room. 

How to Separate a Room

Though not everyone would agree, but allowing your studio to add creative dividers is a must – especially to separate the bed from the rest of the room. While looking at the ‘open space’ route, I realised that the idea of incorporating dividers in my studio room to add functionality in contrast to having my bed and living space back-to-back.There are several ways to separate a room, like:

  • Bookcase room divider. This is one of the stylish and practical combinations, particularly with the finished bookcases both sides, just not to get a separate room, but also to serve double-duty as a spacious storage space and book display case. With this, you can get a space to spare to accommodate books, papers or photos. Even during night time, you can place your lamp on one of the shelves to enjoy the extra benefits. Additionally, the way it keeps the room airy while partitioning off the bed-area from the living room is really incredible.
  • Folding screens. The glamour of the folding screen tends to overshadow its practicality. Adding a folding screen not only adds amplitude to your small space, but also makes it looks sophisticated, no matter if you need to carve out a private space or a foyer from a living room, these screens get the job done. It comes in a variety of sizes (short/tall, wide/narrow) and styles and by using two of them; you can completely conceal your bed.
  • Curtains. Nothing could be easier than adding curtains- after all it reduces the need of having walls while adding tranquillity to your space. As a temporary solution, curtains are easy and cheaper to install.

Studio Apartment Bed

Next on the list is- bed selection and believe me, it really makes my head spin! Since every bed that I select, creates a really different ambiance, such as,

  • Conventional beds. If you really want to enjoy a luxurious night of rejuvenating rest, go with a good old bed (mattress, frame and all). It creates a relaxing environment by providing sturdy support for a truly refreshing sleep.This is my first choice definitely.
  • Futons. Futon could be a great choice for your studio apartment that serves multiple purposes – bed and couch in one. Wrapped in a cotton batting, it provides comfort as a couch for seating for guests and as a bed for you to sleep on. Since futon mattresses are less comfortable than conventional beds, consider it only if you are running short on your space for arranging it into separate sections.
  • Day beds. Day beds are too awesome to have. Use it as a couch during the day or asa guest bed in the night. Plus, it could be a super comfy bench when your friends suddenly come over!

Studio Apartment Decorating Tips

Enlisted are few decorating tips that I’ve accumulated through the years, I hope you find them useful:

  • Select a theme. A studio apartment is one thing that gets a bad rap in design and offers very little in the way of space, without a room to spare. But one thing that I have realised is, while mixing earthy and glamorous touches, you need to select your furniture carefully in a way that fits into the overall theme. If you are incorporating pops of colour with combining removable wallpaper, ensure that every piece serves a variety of purposes. Just, don’t over furnish everything in the excitement; plan your furniture pieces in accordance with the theme instead. Select your couch/sofa, armchair, side tables, shelves and chairs with keeping their utility in mind.
  • Use pretty mirrors profusely. For small spaces, mirrors work incredibly. They know how to create an illusion and trick the eyes for having more space than the existing space. Place the mirror across from a window so that the natural light can reflect back into the room. And yes, be open and use as many mirrors as you want like for example,I have two- one across the natural light source and another in the middle of the room.
  • Separate areas with area rugs. Area rugs are a great way to separate spaces with serving a “purpose” for each space. Not only does it blend seamlessly with the existing decor, but also provides a cosy feeling. Since, it’s too cold in London; I have personally installed column radiators in my studio apartment to get extra warmth during chilly nights as well as to enhance the overall elegance with its amazing designs.
  • Lighting options. With so many lighting options available in the market, it’s important to analyse the best option for your apartment. Like, there are ceiling fixtures that give off a lot of light or you can consider having table lamps and floor lamps as well.
  • Be creative and add some pictures, paintings, artifacts, etc. 

Author Bio

George Knowles loves to be called “Problem solver” by both his colleagues and friends as he helps his clients with the best loft conversion ideas. He used to live in London, which is the source of most of his stories. He also an avid blogger who likes keeping himself and the readers updated with the latest interior design trends.