It’s official. We have found the perfect Airbnb bed. On Sunday, we checked into a luxurious Airbnb with a bed so captivating, so meticulously assembled, that it triggered this series of reactions: a) we had an immediate desire to leap onto the bed in an outreached belly flop like we were in a hotel commercial (we managed to refrain for the sake of the photos); b) we circled the bed running our fingers over every layer of soft, inviting fabric; c) after each fabulous night’s sleep, we’ve carefully made the bed as soon as we’re upright so that whenever we pass the bedroom during the day we can appreciate its full beauty; and d) we’ve documented the entire set up in this blog post as an act of admiration and preservation.
It’s official. We have found the perfect Airbnb bed. On Sunday, we checked into a luxurious Airbnb with a bed so captivating, so meticulously assembled, that it triggered this series of reactions.
We’ve deconstructed each piece of this Airbnb bed puzzle (with corresponding affiliate links below), explained what we loved most as guests, and included all the bonus bed-making tips we’ve picked up firsthand during our own travels. After nearly a year of sleep on the road, we present this step-by-step guide on how to make the perfect Airbnb bed.
Let’s start with the foundation. Here is each piece of furniture you’ll need to create the ideal structure for your Airbnb bed.
The bed frame should provide a rock solid foundation for your Airbnb bed. No squeaks, shakes, or rattles. A sturdy, quiet bed frame from isn’t just about sex; it’s also about your guests not waking up each time they (or their partner) rolls over during the night. Double check that the frame and other nearby furniture or walls have a bit of breathing room between them. And while your box spring and mattress set might be just as comfortable on the floor as they are elevated, a bed frame is a must in our book. A box spring sitting directly on the ground has a way of undermining the other elements of the bed that are done beautifully.
Prevent stubbed toes and subsequent cursing by adding adhesive padding to the ends of any sharp metal frames. And if your Airbnb bed has a footboard, be sure to expose it. Stealth footboards hidden under fluffy bedding are usually discovered with a bruise.
Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up. As you build out your Airbnb bed, remember that it’s all about light layers. This creates flexibility for your guests and makes washing each piece easy for you.
More than anywhere else in your Airbnb, guests go barefoot in the area surrounding the bed the most. If you don’t have carpet in the bedroom, consider adding an area rug under the bed to create a soft path.
If you just enough room or budget for two small rugs on either side of the bed, add a small grippy pad under each to keep them from sliding around. You want your guests’ feet to land on them each time they step out of the bed.
Your furniture is in place, your fabrics are all washed. Now it’s time to make the bed. Here are four steps to create gleeful guest reactions.
Start with the fitted sheet, and get it nice and snug. It should look like a quarter could bounce right off it. Then center the top sheet and strive for military corners. Tuck the ends underneath the mattress at the foot of the bed to prevent any excess fabric from hanging out. Then fold the top sheet back to expose the first six to eight inches of the fitted sheet before tucking that folded layer underneath the mattress to create a clean, tight line.
As you make the bed, show each layer of fabric, from the fitted sheet up. This creates ease for your guests who can easily see that all of the layers of the bed are clean and inviting the moment they enter the room.
Now who wouldn’t want to sleep in that bed? Like we say in our complete bedroom checklist, every guest you welcome into your home will use the bed, even if they overlook the kitchen and never hang out in the living room. If there’s one place to spend a bit more time designing up front and preparing between guests, the bed is definitely it. We’d love to hear from you! Guests: what helps you sleep well at night when you’re on the road? Hosts: what are your Airbnb bed making secrets? Tell us in the comments below, and until next time, happy hosting!