When you’re setting up a new vacation rental, one of the first questions you’ll need to address is how to configure the bedrooms. Which size bed is best for each room? Different bedroom setups will appeal to different types of travelers, and how each room is set up can be the deciding factor in whether a guest chooses your home over another.

Though vacation homes usually offer guests more than a traditional hotel room, their main purpose is still to provide a comfortable place to sleep at night. The quality, quantity, and size of your beds is one of the most important features of your rental home.

Here are a few tips on how to choose the best bed size(s) for your space.

King-size is most desirable.

A king-size bed is a luxury – which is what vacations are all about. Guests who don’t have a king bed at home will love the extra space and comfort, while those who do have a king-size mattress won’t feel like they’re downgrading. Plus, finding a vacation rental with a king bed is rare, so opting for one can help set your home apart from others.

If a bedroom can fit a king-size bed, get one! Use the measurements in the image to determine the minimum room size to comfortably fit each type of bed.

Consider who will likely be staying in your home.

For homes in family-friendly destinations, or for those simply looking to attract more families, a room with two twin beds or bunk beds can be more appealing. But that same layout would likely turn off a group of couples who will be seeking beds big enough for two adults.

Look at other rentals in your area or your past guest history to get an idea of who will be using your home and what would best suit their needs.

In certain locations, you may even consider arranging bedrooms to fit three or four to a room for hosting ski or surf camps.

Focus on universal appeal.

Regardless of its location and size, your home is likely to attract many different guests with different needs and tastes. While you likely can’t please everyone, aim to make each bedroom as equally appealing as possible. Imagine two couples sharing a vacation rental having to argue over a room with a king-size bed or one with a futon!

If you do choose to configure a room with twin beds, decorate them with neutral, unisex bedding. A family with two young boys may not be thrilled to find a room that’s pink from floor to ceiling.

Don’t overstretch your home’s occupancy with too many beds.

If you put a king-size bed in every room, plus a sleeper sofa or two, your home can draw larger groups looking to stay together. But how comfortable will they be? If you have enough beds to accommodate 20 people, but only two bathrooms, the guest experience will likely suffer.

Find a balance that prioritizes comfort over occupancy to ensure guests have an enjoyable experience and encourage repeat bookings.

Bed size and quality are huge determining factors for which guests will book your home and how comfortable they’ll be. Make the necessary time, effort, and investment in this decision to help this amenity set your home apart from others.

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Author: Chris Brown

Chris is a Pacific Northwest-based interior designer with an extensive background in photography, operations, sales, and business development. At Vacasa, Chris plays a key role in the company's newly launched design service arm, and has conceptualized, organized, and managed design projects for dozens of company-managed properties from start to finish. Chris also provides design consultation services to Vacasa's 5,000+ homeowners on an as-needed basis.