5 simple interior design tips to light up your Airbnb on a tight budget in Malaysia 

5 simple interior design tips for Airbnb on a budget in Malaysia


There are more than a few reasons that travellers all over the world choose Airbnb over hotels. Low cost, convenient locations and household amenities are just to name a few. However, our experience tells us the biggest factor is the interior design of the apartment. Even if the apartment is in a poor location, beautiful interior design can help generate outstanding returns.

Here are some tips you can upgrade your house to an outstanding Airbnb listing on a tight budget in Malaysia.

A unique interior design style to be different is good

We have tested all sorts of style and our best units that move are those which play with cool colours and have a design flair. It can be achieved with a funky yellow chair, huge carpets or a quick repaint of the walls to create a feature presence. Also, some feature lights would light up your house, and make the guest staying in feel more bright and cosy.

One of the most clicked on posts in Airbnb Malaysia

Decorating your place with interesting art, furniture and bedding would make the unit a memorable homey feel to the guest. Built-ins can be sourced from Recommend, while larger furniture can be found at local furniture stores, or simply IKEA. Avoid picking common furniture that is easily recognisable as IKEA though – it gives the impression that little thought has been put into the interior design.

Interior design that works in Malaysia
Panorama – the marble looking wallpaper makes the living room appear expensive. Click here to book

One of the best ways to set the mood and atmosphere of your space is with ambient lighting. This light makes the space warm and welcoming even if you are not there. By ambient lighting, we mean not overhead or harsh lights that cause shadows. Lighting should be soft white, not bright blue or fluorescent.


A complete kitchen would help

Airbnb is consistently chosen over hotels because of the convenience. That includes having a kitchen and utensils. Guests staying would be grateful to have some pots, pans and cutleries to cook themselves. Therefore, make sure you prepare some of them and would be even more convenient with some oil, salt or sugar.

Being on a stricter budget than hotel travellers, the kitchen is an essential appeal which cannot be ignored. 

The Establishment - Airbnb vacation rental management
Pots and pans in our Airbnb at The Establishment
Binjai Residency - Interior Design done right
Binjai Residency (click here to book) – attractive photography and beautiful interiors help to generate around RM15,000 a month

Have extra of everything – also extra 1 or 2 beds

Because sometimes, one set of towels is not enough. As some guest may have long stays, therefore, a set of towels would not be enough for them. Even though our units have housekeepers who can also deliver to guest during their stays, but in the case, you just have yourself in the business, make sure to have extra in the storage of the unit. Some extra amounts of items like light bulbs, extra bath towels, pillows, toilet paper, boxes of tissue, so they don’t run out during their stay. This would be handy for everyone.

Why extra bed? One of the top performing Airbnb in Malaysia can always “squeeze” more than it could. As said before, some guests just want to have a one-night-cooking with their friends, and no one wants to be left out, so extra beds or foldable mattresses would be handy. As in Plush, we charge RM30 extra per head per night and most of our customers happy to pay a little extra.


Little touch goes a long way

Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel

Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel are heavy to carry when you travel. And we, as a guest, all love accommodations that prepare free shampoo, conditioner and shower gel, so why not put these into your unit. Dishwasher or detergent are also appreciated, these are things that you would use little of as a short term guest. We have found that guests also ask beforehand and value having a washing machine so they can travel light carry-on.


Detergent and dishwasher for short-term stays

We have always checked if our unit has enough shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, detergent, dishwasher and handwash before any check-in, as some guest may use up after their stays. But you can also leave some in one of the drawers in the kitchen just in case you wouldn’t be free all the time to deliver to guest during their stay.


Iron, iron board and a hairdryer

We also put an iron, iron board and a hairdryer. This may sound a bit strange, but A hair dryer & iron are inexpensive and having them in your property illustrate that you have thought of the little things, that just may save the day for a guest.  Many guests are visiting the area for a wedding or other formal event and an iron will help de-wrinkle their clothes from their suitcase.

Some feature items may up level the unit

Who doesn’t like a coffee machine? As we love making our own coffee, we put one machine into the unit for our guests. The guest would be even more grateful if you put a little note beside the machine on how to operate it, or can also be sent in the Airbnb message like us do. 


A coffee machine set up in The Mews 


Some decorative pillows will upgrade the unit immediately. Pillows are cool and fun for both kids and adults, also great comfy and cosy feeling for everyone

Colourful pillows brighter the room 

“Mirrors are like art in that the style should coincide with other pieces in your home” designer Amy Bubier says. Aside from being an interesting addition to a blank space in a room, mirrors also have many benefits for the room and its occupants as well. The mirror can “double the place”. This is because mirrors reflect light and once it bounces, it gives the illusion of a much bigger space, without actually moving the walls further.

Decorative mirror in Mercu Summer Suites – SS#6

Mirrors can also increase the brightness of a room, because of its property to let the light bounce in all corners of the room. Use large mirrors or mirrors with decorative frames to attract the eye by placing them on the most visually prominent walls or tables, or on huge blank spaces.

Binjai#4 kitchen brighten up by setting up a mirror


As in Plush, these recommendations are applied to all the units we are managed. In addition, come along with many different services, such as professional photography, well-trained housekeeping service, clear communication with guests before and during guest staying in. To get to know more about Plush and our service, contact us here!

Tel: +60 3 2181 9399
Email: [email protected]


5 Ways to Achieve Airbnb Superhost Status

You’ve seen those listings – beautiful homes with rave reviews…and that shiny Superhost badge annexed to the (smugly) smiling profile of your competitor…

It’s no secret that achieving Superhost status could potentially do wonders for you on the Airbnb platform. Apart from snagging you some handy perks from Airbnb (such as travel coupons and priority support), there is also the tempting possibility of this VIP acknowledgement helping to generate increased bookings and revenue from future guests.

In order to qualify as a Superhost, a host needs to ensure that these following four criteria are met within the year:

  • Achieve a 4.8+ overall rating,
  • Ensure good communication with guests at a 90% response rate (or higher) within a 24 hour period,
  • Host a minimum of 10 stays; and
  • Refrain from cancellations.

If this sounds daunting to you, don’t worry – here are 5 simple tips (tried and tested personally by Plush Services) to help you along your path to attaining Superhost status:

1. Enhance the guest experience

Nothing says “5-star host” more than one who makes it a point to meet their guests in person with a friendly welcome. Building a relationship with your guests is key to helping them settle in with ease – and hopefully leave a glowing review at the end of their stay!

Here at Plush Services, we find that providing our guests with a little welcome pack containing some basic amenities (such as bottled water and local snacks), together with a personal note to say hi, often leaves a great impression.

2. Be unique

People often gravitate towards Airbnb listings (rather than conventional hotels) because of the allure of a home-away-from-home environment with personal touches.

Capitalise on this interest by adding some unique highlights to your home (such as decorative items sourced locally, or a printed guidebook with personalised recommendations (as we offer at Plush Services)) that can serve as valuable selling points in your listing.

3. Pay attention to the nitty gritty

Before offering your home to guests, make sure to personally stay at least a night in your property to iron out every kink. Guests are entitled to expect that reality will live up to your listing, so make sure that everything is properly in order before their stay.

As far as possible, try to preempt potential queries by providing guidelines to your guests relating to issues such as check-in and internet connectivity, to name a few. At all Plush Services properties, we take the time to label the available amenities and provide clear instructions as to their use, for ease of convenience to our guests.

4. Maintain prompt communication

Ensure a speedy response rate to the queries raised by your guests. The Plush Services team, with our 24/7 on-call assistance, adopts an “answer within the hour” policy, which helps to instil trust as to our reliability as hosts.

Even if no queries are raised, a short note just to check in with your guests during their stay would also be a thoughtful touch.

5. Honour your bookings

Once a booking has been made and confirmed, don’t cancel out! This will only serve to disappoint your would-be visitors – and leave an unsightly blemish on your reputation as a host.

If the unavoidable does occur however (such as a family emergency), contact Airbnb directly to inform them of your intended cancellation. Exceptions to the penalties incurred may be waived under extenuating circumstances.

If the thought of managing your Airbnb property leaves you feeling overwhelmed, rest assured- our experienced team at Plush Services are happy to help with the heavy lifting on your behalf. Feel free to drop us a line at +603-2181 9399, or email us at [email protected] for further information about our services.