One of the most common questions I get asked as an AirBnb host is how did I choose the best bedding for my vacation rental?
With so many options, in this post I’m going to help you weigh the pros and cons of each to see which is best fit for your AirBnb vacation rental bedrooms!
So, how do you choose the best bedding for your AirBnb??
White Sheets? Colored Sheets? Pattered Sheets?
Duvet cover? Comforter? Quilt Blanket?
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What type of bedding do I have in my AirBnb?
After much contemplation, here is what I decided on. In the rest of this post, I will explain why and how it is working for me!
Sheets: White Hotel Style Hypoallergenic Sheets
Duvet Insert: Lightweight Hypoallergenic Duvet Insert
Duvet Cover: Soft White Duvet Cover & Pillow Cases
Mattress Cover: Bed Bug Blocking Mattress Protector With Zipper
What color sheets are the best?
Keeping your bedding stain free at a vacation rental can sometimes be a challenge. People spill things or makeup gets on pillow cases or a million other things that can cause a stain.
So, what kind of sheets will keep the longest for this type of situation?
White sheets, always!
Why white sheets? You can bleach them and almost any type of stain will come out.
White sheets also give your guests the feel of being clean.
TIP: Always keep a container of bleach for your cleaners to use (if you don’t do the cleaning yourself). Use it as a spot treatment before putting in the wash in addition to adding bleach to the wash if you see a spot on any of your sheets!
But don’t darker sheets hide stains?
Possibly.. but not always. And the thing is, you can’t bleach sheets of different colors or patterns.
You also don’t want to completely hide stains. If your cleaner doesn’t notice them, they might not realize that the sheets need to be spot cleaned and you will potentially have an unhappy guest.
If you do decide on a non-white set of sheets, make sure you have at least 1 spare set for each bed in the house at all times.
Stains WILL happen and the only thing you can do is be prepared.
Do I Need A Mattress Protector?
The clear answer 100% of the time is… YES YES YES.
Guests will not take care of your bedding in the way that you would at home.
Protect your mattress from dirt, stains, and so many other things. The best way to do this is to get a mattress protector with a zipper so that it doesn’t fall off!
How Do I Pick Between A Duvet or A Comforter?
My opinion on this is that with a Duvet set, it allows you to wash the cover without washing the insert.
A duvet cover will easily fit in the washer WITH you sheets. A comforter needs to be washing separately, therefore taking way more time.
Tip: Have at least 1 extra set of bedding on hand per bed in case of stains or rips.
A comforter is bulky and sometimes not even machine washable. If you do decide to use a comforter, make sure that it can fit in your washing machine!
Always wash your duvet covers or comforters in between guests.
Should I Leave A Throw Blanket On The Bed?
It’s really your preference! Does it look nice? Yes! Will every guest use it? Probably not!
The one thing I will say is that IF you do leave a throw blanket on the beds, make sure that your cleaners are going to wash them every time!
You don’t want an unexpected stain on a throw blanket and have a guest complain thinking that your beds are not clean!
In my AirBnb – The Beach Life Bungalow – I did decide to leave a throw blanket on each bed. The front bedroom is a flamingo theme and I’ve found so many fun flamingo decor items including this flamingo throw blanket.
A throw blanket is a great way to add a pop of color to your white bedding.
How Many Pillows Should I Leave On Each Bed?
My rule of thumb – 4 per bed.
How many pillows do they leave you in a hotel? I would meet or exceed what a nice hotel provides.