Advice for Decorating a Rental Home

July 24, 2018

You have probably seen a home improvement show where an interior designer revamps a drab living space into a modern oasis. Decorating a rental home may seem complicated.

How do they know what style and design will appeal to a wide range of tenants?

It might seem like a professional task to create a look that appeals to everyone.

However, with a few tricks, you can take your apartment from being just four walls to a vision of city living.

Some things that all tenants (long and short-term) look for in furnished apartments:

  • Lighting and overall feel of the space
  • Comfort of furniture
  • Quality of appliances
  • Space for guests
  • Storage and closet space
  • The additional amenities


Living room

The first thing all prospective renters see is the living room. It’s likely that they will spend most of their downtime here. Feeling relaxed and comfortable is important. Make sure your tenant feels at home.

So lighting is the main element that sets the mood.

How much natural light comes in? What does it do to the living room walls?

Controlling the brightness is imperative.

Create a mood with the right curtains and built-in fixtures. Consider the ceiling height when purchasing lamps, sconces, and chandeliers. Make sure they don’t interfere with walking space or clash with other furniture.


After lighting, a common seating area is key. Your goal is to get prospective tenants to sit down right away. If they can visualize themselves living there, you will have a better chance of leasing the property.

Around the sofa, you will need side tables, a coffee table, and some understated decorative pieces. Decorating a rental home doesn’t mean filling it with just anything. Choose simple and classic items.

For example, succulent plants, books, and metallic figurines.

Aside from adding elements, you will need to make sure that there are enough chairs and table space. A large comfy side chair or even a convertible futon can do the trick.



Once the living room is taken care of, the next place they will look for comfort is in the bedroom.

Not all NYC bedrooms are created equal. This is where most landlords need to get crafty. A firm mattress with plush bedding helps provide ideal sleep accommodations.

Getting a mattress is something tenants hate having to sort out in a new place.

First, it’s expensive.

As the landlord, you are saving the tenant a pretty penny by providing a quality resting place.

Secondly, it’s heavy. The hassle of lifting a mattress up three flights of stairs is something NYC renters dread. If you are providing bedding, a soft plush comforter is a good idea.

If they are renting for the long term they may bring in their own bedding and bedroom accessories.

Regardless, providing options is extremely helpful and displays a certain level of luxury.



There are hundreds of restaurants within walking distance of any New York City property. They range from local eateries to world-class kitchens. Most city dwellers take advantage of the options and convenience of having culinary experts around every corner.

Yet, many foreigners and locals want to cook their favorite traditional meal from time to time.

This is why kitchen appliances matter.

Obviously, the size of the kitchen affects the amenities you can provide.

If you have a smaller unit with limited counter space, then a collapsible rolling wooden island is a great addition. Portable countertop burners are also useful for smaller homes.

A San Francisco ktichen with wooden cupboards and stainless appliances

Alternatively, a larger multi-bedroom unit for a family would be better served with high tech, modern appliances.

For example; stainless steel refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers.

The more updated the kitchen and living features are, the more likely that tenants will want to stay long-term.


Storage space

Whether it is a family or single-tenant, storage space is crucial. Your prospective tenant will definitely need ample space for their wardrobe and belongings. A chest of drawers can double as a TV stand.

Storage for seasonal clothing items can be kept out of a walk-in closet. Maximize space even more by installing a shoe rack outside of the main closet area and hooks for coats near the entrance.


Everyday essentials

Your furnished apartment is not a hotel. Renters don’t expect you to leave little bottles of shampoo for them in the shower every day.

However, adding some bonus amenities is a nice touch.

It will also make it even easier to get someone excited about signing a lease. Household items can get overlooked when tenants move from place to place.

For example; irons and ironing boards, vacuum cleaners, hangers, cooking appliances, wastebaskets, and shower curtains. Providing some of these everyday items can separate your unit from the rest. It will make your tenant feel that you are looking out for their needs.

A home is more than just style and design.

When decorating a rental home, focus on who will live there. It becomes a renter’s base and gives them a sense of new beginnings.

That is why Blueground updates your property. Transform your space without the hassle of unpacking, assembling, and moving furniture.

As the landlord, you can make the tenant feel comfortable immediately upon arrival. Simply foster an open and positive relationship from the start.

Industry Tip: If you are subleasing a fully furnished apartment you can charge a 10% fee every month to cover the wear and tear of your belongings – according to Michael B. Rosenblatt, the assistant commissioner for rent administration at the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal. Source – New York Times


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