When we crunched the numbers to reveal which amenities got the most bookings nationwide, outdoor space made the top 10 in every region of the U.S. That means guests are looking for room to relax al fresco — and booking it. And the right vacation rental backyard ideas can turn your home into a traveler’s paradise.
The great news: a few key updates can make a major impact on your guest experience — leading to better performance and five-star reviews. Here are 14 Airbnb backyard ideas to create a must-book outdoor space at your rental property.
There are a few things owners should always have in mind when creating an ideal outdoor living space. Use these tips to establish a clear baseline for a successful backyard makeover.
It’s natural to focus cleaning efforts on your vacation rental’s interior, but owners should address outdoor areas, too. Cleanliness is often the top guest complaint about outdoor amenities, so make sure your backyard gets some love with a cleaning routine that helps you avoid negative feedback.
Whether you have a snowy mountain ski home or a sunny beachfront abode, vacationers enjoy getting fresh air while staying protected from the elements. Think about how you can make time spent outdoors more comfortable and convenient for guests in your home’s environment. If you get lots of sun, avoid metals and choose lighter colors to help on hot days. In a humid area, steer clear of wooden furniture that can mold and deteriorate more quickly.
Some outdoor amenities require more care and caution than others. If it flows (water features), glows (fire features), or grows (vegetation), you need to take extra precautions to keep your guests safe and happy. A great starting point: always include instructions for hot tubs, grills, and fire pits, and make sure all outdoor areas are well lit and meet reasonable safety standards.
Consider the guests who would be happiest in your home, and go the extra mile to meet their needs. For example, if your home has a lot of bedrooms, you might set up the backyard for families and large groups. If you’re aiming to attract pet-friendly travelers — which recent data shows is one of the most popular guest amenities — cater your backyard to four-legged friends, too.
From the landscaping you choose to the amenities you offer, upkeep should always stay top of mind. It’s important to think about who will help maintain your home’s outdoor space and how often it’ll need attention. Then, set clear expectations with your service crews, because avoiding gaps in your property maintenance keeps your home five-star ready in every season.
Designing one-of-a-kind areas can leave a lasting impression with guests. Whether it’s the special touches you add through decor or the unique activities you provide for entertainment, look for vacation rental backyard ideas that offer experiences your guests will remember (keep reading for a few of our favorites).
An outdoor paradise has plenty of space for relaxation and gathering, including an open-air dining or lounge area. Here’s a few Airbnb backyard ideas to inspire a feast.
The key to pleasant backyard dining is comfy, durable furniture — think modern, weather-resistant seating (whether that’s dining chair cushions or lounge-worthy couches). And whatever you do, don’t use furniture discarded from your primary residence. Guests will notice: our experts say outdated pieces and furniture wear and tear are among the most common complaints for these spaces.
Outdoor dining spaces and lounge areas should accommodate every traveler staying in your home the same way your interior does. Provide enough seating and table surface to meet the needs of your max occupancy, and make it easy for outdoor gatherings to happen without a hitch. (The same goes for outdoor wares, like plates and cups).
Stock your shelves with outdoor-friendly dishes, cups, and mugs so they aren’t easily cracked or damaged. This also helps avoid shattered porcelain or broken glass, which is especially important near pools and on lawns where bare feet are even more likely to roam.
Your patio and outdoor dining area should be an extension of your home’s aesthetic. Bring that cozy and inviting vibe outside with weather-friendly decor elements like an area rug, patterned throw pillows, potted plants, or metal wall hangings. (If you’re willing to invest a little more, you could also add a bar or cooking area to create an even more memorable experience).
While outdoor living spaces make the top 10 most-booked amenities, locations throughout the country also get bookings for features like complimentary outdoor gear, landscape views, hot tubs, and pools. Here are a few rental backyard ideas to create an atmosphere that brings the fun.
Guests often book a home specifically for the grill, so make sure yours is always clean and ready for use. Give easy-to-follow instructions for how to turn it on, install propane if necessary, and properly clean the grates between visits. Better yet: provide all of the necessary accessories, like spatulas, tongs, and aluminum foil.
Our research shows fire features are the most popular amenities for travelers, so adding one can get your home more bookings. Plus, a fire pit offers light, warmth, and entertainment — all while giving your vacation rental an upscale feel. Provide instructions on how to safely use yours, then make fireside nights even more fun with s’more ingredients and skewers at the ready.
As one of the top amenities for guests across the country, hot tubs can have an especially large impact on your home’s performance if maintained at high standards. And private pools add an extra splash of fun, too.
Like all your amenities, guests expect water features to be clean, safe, modern, and ready for use, so keep yours in pristine condition for five-star impact. Heat hot tubs in advance of guest arrival, and leave instructions nearby to guarantee the smoothest experience. You can also offer large towels and water toys for an extra dose of poolside excitement.
Even on a budget, well-mowed grass and a few reclining lawn chairs can turn a lawn into a sanctuary. Go the extra mile by hanging a hammock or adding a peaceful reading bench. Think about plants or succulents for some extra flair, too. Just remember: unless you have automatic watering systems, it’s best to choose resilient plants that won’t need as much upkeep during busy seasons.
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