Furnishing Your Spanish Property For Holidays Or Rentals

Published on 28/07/2008 in Your Spanish Home

Furniture for Spanish propertyAlternative ways to tackle this huge task!

You could do it all your self.

It's a bit daunting to begin with, but listing the basics can give you an idea of what you will need.

Start at the front door and make a note of all light fittings - ceiling lights, spot lights, wall lights, staircase lights, laundry lights and terrace lights. Remember to order extra light bulbs to be sure of spares. If you are not handy with electrical wiring, when you choose your lights ask if the shop will also fit them for you.

Measure up all windows for curtains, black out, or voiles, checking to see if you require tracks or poles. You will need a ladder and a drill to fit both lights and curtain poles and tracks.

Note all the bathroom accessories you will need and where you can place them - be careful with cables and plumbing. Marble walls will need extra care when drilling holes!

Measure the bath for shower curtain poles or bath screens and the shower tray for shower cubicle.

Decide what size bed will fit comfortably in each bedroom allowing space for bedside tables and wardrobe doors and windows that open into the room. Check the distance between the wall sockets for headboard space. Keep in mind that a cheap mattress will not be comfortable for most people, it's worthwhile investing in a better mattress & save on other items.

Most living rooms are combined with a dining area so be sure to allow room for a dining table and four chairs (two bedroom) or six chairs (three bedroom). When you need extra chairs you can borrow from the terrace!  Do not include a sideboard unless you have space for it. Lay out the size of a 3 seat and a two seat sofa to be sure they will fit using the wall sockets for the T.V. to orientate you. Measure up the size of the coffee table (s). Leather sofas may be cold in winter and sticky in summer so look at a combination or washable, removable cushions & covers and arm protectors.

Measure up the terrace remembering terrace furniture must be suitable for exteriors, don't use natural fibres (banana leaf, rattan etc.) Synthetic rattan or wicker is the best as its maintenance free. Teak is also an option as it can be left without oiling if you don't mind the colour change.

Now you have a list of the basics, bedding, linen and towels need to be added.  Mattress protectors are advisable as are pillow protectors. Light weight duvets are fine most of the year, but if you are planning to use the property in winter you will need a heavier duvet or extra blankets or a quilted bedspread as the aircon is not really a solution! You will need flat sheets and fitted as well as duvet covers and extra pillows and pillow cases. Count with at least two sets of linen and towels for each bed and bathmats.

The kitchen and laundry - include a microwave and all the usual crockery & cutlery, glasses, electrical appliances, cleaning items and tea towels as well as placemats.  Unless you plan to do a lot of cooking you won't need a large saucepan set.

Before you order your furniture and hang up curtains make sure the apartment has been cleaned as it's so much easier to clean it whilst it's still empty. Once you have the main items in place then think about pictures and plants, a touch of colour really helps to pull things together.

An easier solution as there are lots of companies offering furniture packages here on the coast is a ready made package.  You won't need to buy ladders, or a lot of tools that will need to be stored somewhere!

Make sure the package includes ceiling lights for all rooms, bathroom accessories, and adequate curtain requirements. (Black out curtains if you have no shutters)  Terrace furniture is important as you will be spending more time outside on your terrace than inside!
If your budget is limited you could also consider a combination of both - consider shopping around for some furniture items and ask a company to help you with the more complicated jobs.

Remember not to over buy, extra furniture pieces and decoration can be added at a later date. Last but not least remember to coordinate your colour scheme; you will have to live with it for some time!

Written by: Pamela Taylor Larsen

About the author:Pamela lives in Casares costa near Sabinillas. She was employed for three and a half years with the furniture company "Mobile & Diseño" (Marbella & Manilva) before starting her own company "Sweet Solutions" offering personalized furniture packs, bedding & linen and curtains. Web site -  www.sweet-solutions.net

Right arrow icon Send to friends   Right arrow icon Printer friendly version    Right arrow icon Submit your own article


Only registered users can comment on this article. Please Sign In or Register now.

Comment Using Facebook:

Related articles in this category

20 Home Staging Tips With a Difference

A Week in Spain

Achieving a Comfortable Temperature in Your Spanish Home

Are The Banks Paying Their Community Fees, IBI, Etc?

Bank Guarantee For Renting Your Property

Big Spanish Property Price Drop – Real Case Study

Bills, Bills, Bills

Can't Afford Your Mortgage In Spain? These Are Your Options

Can't Sell? Rent It Out With Option To Buy

Community Commotion

Coping with the limited space of an apartment

Counting The Costa Locking Yourself Out

Currency Update - Eurozone Jitters

Currency Update - Eurozone Jitters Continue Following Spanish Bailout

Currency Update - Is Spain in Trouble?

Currency Update - Sovereign Debt and the Euro's continued fall

Currency Update - What Is Happening To Europe?

Currency Update April 2011

Currency Update August 2011

Currency Update March 2011

Currency Update: Euroland and US - Where are we at the moment.

Demolitions in Spain

Do I Need To Pay Capital Gains Tax In Spain?

E.T Phone Home....but Maybe not from Spain

Entering a Community and the Role of the President

Euro Currency Update July 2011

Euro Currency Update: October 2011

Euro vs Sterling Currency Market Update

Expats Hit Hard By Property Tax Probe

Furnishing Your Property in Spain

Furnishing Your Spanish Property For Holidays Or Rentals

Getting Your Pool Ready for Summer

Home Insurance in Spain

Horizontal Property Act - Part 1

Horizontal Property Act - Part 2

Horizontal Property Act - Part 3

Horizontal Property Act - Part 4

Horizontal Property Act - Part 5

Horizontal Property Act - Part 6

Horizontal Property Act - Part 7

How Do You Value A Property In Spain?

June Currency Review of Euro Vs Sterling - Things Are Looking Up

Long Term Rentals in Spain

Maximising The Value Of Your Property

Mortgage Arrears – Is "Handing Back The Keys" A Solution?

NIE Numbers And Why They Are Important

Protect Your Home in Spain From Insurance Claims This Winter

Ratable Values Are Being Revised In Marbella

Recovering Community Fee Debts From Overseas Owners

Security Is The Key For Your Home In Spain

Some Spanish Property Market Good News?

Spain Ends Monopoly Of Electricity Supplies – Could Your Community Make Savings?

Spanish Property Market Values - What Is The Truth?

Sterling - Euro Reaches New Highs

Swimming Pool Regulations

Target the Spanish

The Day the Don Juan Community Defeated Don Juan

The Impractical Side Of Spanish Architects

The Nota Simple Explained

The Pound And Euro Face Uncertain Times

The Spanish Property Crisis - How long will it last?

The Stirling Euro Yo Yo Effect

There's Something About Spain

Tips On Selling Your Spanish Property The Distressed Way

Top Sales Tips: Get The Best Out Of Your Estate Agent

Top Tips For Insuring Unoccupied Holiday Homes In Spain

TRG for Sellers

Update On The Euro From Moneycorp

Valenica Land Law Abuses Fight For Justice Continues

Weekly Euro Update - 18 May 2010

Weekly GBP Euro Update - 20 July 2010

What is a comunidad de propietarios?

What The Future Holds For The Spanish Property Market

What to Do If Unable to Pay Off a Mortgage to a Bank in Spain?

What's Happening With Aifos?

Where Is The Eurozone Economy Heading?

Why Do So Many Still Put Spain Down?

Why Is My Spanish Property Not Selling?

Why to Insure Your Spanish Home in UK

Wills in Spain - No Will....No Way

Your Property on the Web - Simple!

Click here for a list of all the articles from our magazine 

Spain insurance services

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse you are agreeing to our use of cookies. More information here. x