Our STR Sample Inventory

By Kylee Niederhauser

Does setting up a short-term rental feel like a mystery to you? 

Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to start your purchasing list and budget? 

Stress no more, friend. You’re in good hands.

Below is our sample inventory which is the exact list that we use when starting a new STR setup.

From linens to silverware, we’ve linked the products that we’ve tried and tested ourselves.

Remember that we call this a sample inventory for a reason. Keep in mind your ideal guests, the storage space in your kitchen and other factors and adjust this list to fit your needs.

We’ve also included budget and splurge options in some categories.

*NEW* – If you’re looking for design help (with more shopable links), check out our STR Bedroom Design Made Easy blog post.

Happy Hosting!

Kitchen Items

Dishes – 2x max occupancy

Drinkware – glasses

Drinkware – tumblers (or this budget option)

Fire extinguisher

K-cup holder

Keurig (or Costco) or this two-in-one option

Kitchen towels (or Costco)

Knife block (or Costco) – plus steak knives if not included with block set

Measuring cup (liquid)

Measuring cups/spoons (or comes included in this cooking utensils set)

Mixer (optional)

Outdoor dinnerware (or this budget option – plates, bowls)

Paper towel holder

Pizza cutter (or comes included in this cooking utensils set)

Pot holders (or Costco)

Pots & Pans (from Costco) – or piece together these four items from Amazon – 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Salad bowl – this set also serves as mixing bowls

Serving platters/bowls – Target, Costco, Home Goods – look for dishwasher-safe, melamine options when possible

Silverware (gold and matte black options)

Slow cooker (nice to have)

Soap dispenser – hand

Soap dispenser – dish


Sheets – 2 sets per bed

Additional pillowcases – 1 set per bed size

Layering blanket – 2 per bed

Quilt – 2 per bed

*tip – choose a different stitch pattern for king vs queen for easier sorting!

If a duvet is a must, we like these (use the code KYLEEANDSTEVEN30 for 30% off)

Sound machine – 1 per bedroom

USB hub – 1 per nightstand and desk

Hangers – don’t skimp on quantity

Luggage stands

TV (nice to have) – splurge option

Shop bedrooms from our listings:

Twin Bedroom at Saguaro


Towels – 4x max occupancy

Hand towel / wash cloth sets – 1x max occ.

Makeup wash cloths – 2x max occ.

Bath mats – 2 per bathroom

Refillable shampoo bottles – 3 per shower

Bottle labels – for each bottle

Extra pumps

Hand soap dispenser – 1 per sink

Living Room

Shop living rooms from our listings:

Violet Sands Living Room

Smart Home Features

Click here for our full smart home list with multiple options per category

Click here to watch our video on smart home devices

Kids Items


Pool / Beach

Pool towels


Pool floats

Remote pool control capability *Check with your pool person to make sure this is compatible. Additional equipment may be required.

Storage & Misc.

Power strips

Extensions cords

Key lockbox for emergency (if smart lock fails)

12 thoughts on “Our STR Sample Inventory

  1. Thank You so much for creating this list.I am just starting my Airbnb in Florida and I was becoming overwhelmed and how to put all items in order.This list was extremely helpful your videos are the best.

  2. Hello from The Property Mama in Ventura, California! I am setting up a HUGE vacation home for our family that will be a future vacation rental. Your list is super helpful – thanks for sharing your ‘tried and true’ products – Love your videos – SO MANY great tips and advice. Really well done! If you’ve never visited Ventura – we’re right between LA and Santa Barabara. Come check us out!

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