Furnishing your Airbnb? These days, bookings aren’t the only way to make money at your vacation rental. Guests want all the comforts during their stay, and brands are willing to give you huge discounts and even pay you extra for it!
You know that feeling when you learn about something, try it out and suddenly you want to share it with everyone!? I experienced this recently when I discovered Minoan, a platform that helps hoteliers and vacation rental hosts to plan and purchase all their furnishings in a single cart.
Furnishing an Airbnb doesn’t have to be tedious and time-consuming. What if there was a way to have everything arrive on time, and then earn revenue back? With Minoan, hosts have access to steep discounts on over 200 brands like West Elm, Article, Polywood, CB2, Lulu + Georgia, Wayfair, and more! You can easily fully furnish, upgrade, or refresh your space for the best-in-class guest experience.
What is Minoan?
I reached out to the Minoan team to learn more and met with Sage Nathan and Ally Goltz, from Minoan’s partnerships team, over Zoom to learn more. They are self-proclaimed boutique geeks and are both clearly very passionate about helping hosts and STR designers simplify the furnishing process and save big while doing so!
As someone who loves hacks and the smart way around hard things, it was refreshing to discover how easy it is to use their free platform (and order with huge industry discounts!) Furnishing your Airbnb has never been easier!
As many of you may be curious about doing this for your own property, I decided to try it out myself to make a few upgrades to my own Airbnb….and I’ll show you exactly how to do it!
Why Use a Minoan?
Not only will you save money and time furnishing your Airbnb, but with centralized ordering from multiple websites in a single cart, you’ll get delivery time frames for all of your purchases so you can manage all of the tracking for items from different brands all in one place!
If you want you can even earn more revenue Minoan can help build a cohesively integrated digital retail experience where guests can shop the space around them and you as a host can earn a commission on anything that sells. With a platform like Minoan, they can help you easily create a natively integrated digital retail shop for your property like this. The ‘Shop my short-term rental” page is filled with any products you purchased through Minoan!
To really fall in love with a product, you have to experience it in your everyday life. The best products are often discovered without intention — while living your life, or often while staying in a vacation rental. For this reason, brands are willing to give you a commission if a guest buys through your shoppable experience! It’s all very subtle and guests will be directed to a customizable digital retail experience via a QR code in case they fell in love with something during their stay!
How It Works
Shopping with Minoan is pretty easy. You simply add items from the different brands’ websites to your Minoan cart, request a quote, and they will consolidate it all for you and apply your discounts and quickly send it back to you.
- You first need to apply. You can do that here and there’s 0 cost to working with them. (If you have a property or are furnishing one, you will most likely be accepted) Once you’re accepted, you’ll get an email with information on how to get your account set up and get the Google Chrome Extension for Minoan installed. Don’t worry if you don’t use Chrome, you can still use Minoan on Safari or other web browsers.
- Shop from over 200 different brands, adding the products you like from any website into a single cart with Minoan.
- Click ‘ request quote” which sends the request to Minoan and their team will consolidate delivery dates, shipping costs, discounts, etc. for you. ( I got my quote back in 15 mins, they strive to do it in less than 5 hours)
- Review your quote and if it works for you click to purchase. If you want to delete or add other items before paying you can! You’ll just need to click “Request Quote Update” once you’ve made modifications.
Short-term rental hosts are the new four-walled influencers. With Minoan, hosts will never have to pay full retail when furnishing or refreshing their spaces. Earning discounts on the front end and then being able to offer a shoppable experience is a great way to increase your revenue while also making the guest experience more enjoyable.
If you’re looking for a modern, user-friendly, and free platform to furnish your BnB, with steep industry discounts, pop over and check out Minoan for yourself and apply at www.minoanexperience.com/join-us. Did I mention it’s totally free?