Make Your Furnished Short-Term Rental Feel Like Home

Furnished short-term rentals are an excellent alternative to hotels when staying for longer periods of time. Even though your stay is not permanent, it should be a happy and comfortable one. In order to feel at home when you’re away from home, here’s our best tips for personalizing a furnished short-term rental. 

First Find Out What You Can and Can’t Personalize 

The number one rule when personalizing a short-term rental is to always think “no damage décor”. Since your new rental is temporary, the management company is expecting you to return it in the same condition as when you took occupancy. 

You can assume this means no painting, no wallpaper and no new fixtures or installations. If you are in doubt as to what is and is not acceptable, the best course of action is to always ask the management company before doing anything that could cost you. 

While you may be limited in changing anything of permanence at your short-term rental, you are not limited in ways to add your personal flair and touches. Keep reading for accepted ways to decorate and personalize your home away from home. 

The Small Touches 

You’ve heard the saying before; little things can go a long way. This could not be truer than when decorating a furnished short-term rental. From adding pops of color to arranging a space layout that works for you, here’s all the ways you can make your short-term rental feel more comfortable and inviting. 


Bedding in Short-Term RentalSleep is important, after all we spend a third of our lives doing it. To maintain productivity when traveling, it’s important that you have a serene and comfortable sleeping space. Adding personal bedding is an easy way to make your bedroom feel cozier, and more like


Throw Pillows 

Pillows are our favorite way to instantly add a pop of color to a room, and on a budget. When it comes to these, we say the more the merrier! A few for the couch, a couple for the bedroom, heck throw some on kitchen chairs. Best part? When you’re ready to head home, just pack them up and take them with you! 

Framed Pictures 

Adding personal photos is one of the oldest tricks in the decorating book. Placing a few frames of family, loved ones, pets, or whatever it is that makes you happy, will go a long way. 

Rearranging Furniture 

While changing out the furniture at your short-term rental is not an option, rearranging itis. You would be surprised how simply moving a coffee table, sofa and couple end tables will make a room feel completely transformed. Plus, by rearranging you can make the space more functional for your needs. 

The Big Touches 

If the small changes just aren’t cutting it for you and you need something a little bolder, here are some ideas for “no damage décor” that can turn a blank space into your space. 

Wall Art 

From textiles to canvas prints to poster, adding wall art can instantly transform a short-term rental. You can add additional wall art, or simply replace what is currently in place (carefully storing the current artwork in a closet or under a bed). Be sure to use wall putty or temporary hanging options so as not to do any damage to the walls. 

Furniture Covers 

For a very vocal change to main living spaces consider getting furniture covers. There are tons of sofa and chair covers options out there, allowing you to get the look you want for a temporary situation. 


Rugs are a great (and temporary) way to bring personal style to space. Since they come in so many sizes and shapes, and are relatively inexpensive, there is sure to be an option to fit any short-term rental layout. 

Need Additional Short-Term Rental Resources? 

If you are in need of short-term rental information for Mississippi, Louisiana or Alabama reach out us at Southgate Executive Lodging. From decorating tips to locating rental options off the beaten path, our expert team has insider knowledge to help you with any of your temporary housing needs. Contact us today and see how we can be of service!