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7 Tips for Owners: What You Should Pay Attention to When Furnishing a Temporary Apartment

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Owners, who want to rent out a furnished apartment, often ask the same questions:
How should the apartment be furnished, what is the quality standard and which furnishing style is in demand popular with tenants?

 

1.) How to Furnish an Apartment so it is Suitable for Temporary Rentals

The furnishing style of a temporary apartment should be modern and clean, but not cool and uncomfortable. Currently, the Scandinavian living style is very much in demand. A homely feeling is very important for tenants. Much more than years ago when minimalism was the trend. Above all, the apartment should meet the requirements oft he tenant.

Our recommendation:
It is worth the effort. Apartments that are furnished with attention to details will always find good tenants. It is best to go for clarity, muted colours and some colourful highlights. The apartments should neither be to coulourful, nor too bland.

 

2.) Equipment

Furnished apartments should be fully equipped. Everything the tenant needs, like internet, lowels, bedsheets, dishes, kitchen equipment should all be in the apartment.

 

3.) Target Group – Who Will Rent Your Furnished Apartment?

Before you plan the interior of your furnished apartment in detail, you should determine th target group. Who would want to live in your apartment? All owners would like to have a CEO, or weekend commuter with an unlimited budget as a tenant.  It is much better to set up the apartment for a target group for whom your apartment is their first choice.

Location:

Apartments in Wedding are also easy to rent out, but there is a different target group than Prenzlauer Berg or Mitte: younger, early in their careers, a student at the VLB Brewery Berlin or a PhD student. This target group often moves to Wedding, since the rents are lower than in the surrounding districts. A high-end design apartment in Wedding therefore would not make sense.

With a newly built apartment in Prenzlauer Berg you are addressing a different target group – who are better earning and more demanding. For such an apartment you will achieve a higher rental price and the furniture should be of higher quality.

Number of Rooms:

For apartments with at least 3 rooms, it is possible to set up 2 bedrooms. You can choose between a combination of a bedroom and study with a sofa bed and desk – or simply for a second bedroom, either with single or double bed. Furnished multi-bedroom apartments are in high demand in virtually all of the neighborhoods in Berlin. If you want to rent to a family or two colleagues sharing an apartment, two bedrooms with proper beds is a better alternative. Having two bedrooms is more suitable for tenants who want to rent for a longer period, because sleeping on a sofa bed is not very suitable for several months.

 

4.) Quality of the Apartment

If your apartment is high-quality, with a modern and stylish bathroom and a fitted kitchen etc. it would make no sense to furnish the apartment with very cheap and simple furniture.

 

5.) What Should You Consider when Choosing Individual Pieces of Furniture?

Bedroom:

  • The bed is the most important piece of furniture in an apartment. Of course, it does not necessarily have to be a designer bed. A simple bed of good quality will suffice. You should pay particular attention to the quality of the mattress. Your tenant will thank you at a later date.

Wardrobe and Storage Space:

  • Even if the apartment is small, it is imperative that you put a wardrobe or closet where your tenant can store clothes. A clothing rail is not a good alternative. Clothes hanging open on a pole never look tidy.

Blocking out the Light:

  • It is important that the tenant has the opportunity to block out all outside light. The best options are ‘blackout curtains’ that do not let through any light. Persian blinds, rolling blinds, and normal curtains are other options.

Living Room:

  • Television: a TV is still part of the basic equipment required in a furnished apartment. Make sure the TV is not too small.
  • Sofa: choose a sofa in a muted colour. The cover should be as non-sensitive as possible.
  • Side Table: a sofa without a side table looks lost. Side tables, often several, are more modern, space-saving and flexible than coffee tables.
  • A rug should be placed in front of the sofa.

Kitchen:

  • Fitted kitchens that are low-maintenance are best suited for temporary furnished apartments. How the kitchen is equipped also depends on your target group. Families have different needs than individuals who mostly eat out. The latter appreciate microwaves (ideally with an oven function if no oven is available).
  • A washing machine should be present in each apartment, a dryer would be good if the apartment is large, or aimed towards a family.

 

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6.) Atmosphere and Comfort: How to create a home from home for your tenant

A temporary furnished apartment should be functional and easy to clean and maintain. But it also has to be homely.

After all, your tenant should feel comfortable there.

Tenants are not just looking for an apartment, but a temporary home. Furnished apartments may only be rented to persons who come to Berlin to work here – or who are here for educational or training purposes. Many have a stressful job. The apartment is their retreat, where they can relax and recharge their batteries. Therefore, when furnishing your apartment, you should not only think about the practical but also the emotional needs of the tenant. Create a home in which your tenant feels comfortable.

 

Comfort Through the Correct use of Textiles/Fabrics

Rug:

A rug in the living room – in front of the sofa – is an essential item. Rugs/carpets divide individual areas, improve the room acoustics (less reverberation) like all other textiles, and make the room feel more comfortable. Parquets or floorboards without rugs often look barren.

Curtains and Blinds:

Curtains and blinds are important for some tenants. They do not want people to be able to see inside when the apartment is lit up during the evening. Curtains also improve the room acoustics and help to make the apartment feel more comfortable. When choosing curtains, pay attention to the color. Hard contrasts to the colour of the walls should be avoided. Curtains that are too long should be shortened, because bulging curtains do not look good and will get dirty quickly.

Cushions:

You should decorate the sofa with cushions of a contrasting colour.

Lighting:

Many landlords pay too little attention to lighting. This is a pity, because light is extremely important when it comes to creating atmosphere.
Instead of just one light per room – usually on the ceiling and almost always in the middle of the room – you should opt for a concept with different light sources and light types: a work light on the desk, a reading light by the sofa or armchair, and several table and floor lamps for mood lighting will create an altogether better atmosphere.

Decoration:

It is also advisable to select a few different decorative items. These small details go a long way in making a difference in the apartment.

Pictures/Art:

Pictures with views of Berlin should be avoided. This style of cheap photography bought at general furniture stores can be seen in countless apartments. The target group of furnished apartments is not tourists. Views of Berlin look less high quality.
Examples of more beautiful pictures and posters can be found here

 

You can alsomake mistakes when hanging pictures. Take the time to read this article written by interior design experts, to better inform yourself on the subject.

 

 7.) Invest in Quality

It pays to invest in the quality right from the start.

After all, you want your furniture and appliances to last for many years and give joy to many tenants. Therefore, it makes no sense to save on the initial investment and buy cheap furniture and the cheapest electrical equipment. Good tenants have certain expectations. It does not always have to be high-end, but it should be quality and in our experience, tenants handle furniture with care when it comes to quality products.

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Best Indoor Playgrounds in Berlin

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We know what it’s like to be trapped indoors by Berlin’s often rainy, grey weather. When going outside with your kids isn’t an option, restlessness can ensue.

Have no fear – we’ve got you covered with some amazing indoor playgrounds and activities so you don’t have to feel guilty about popping on another movie or having to endure ‘just one more’ episode of Paw Patrol.

Below are some of Berlin’s best indoor playgrounds and activities to enjoy when the weather is less than ideal.

 

Berlin’s Best Indoor Playgrounds:

Eltern Kind Cafés (Kid friendly cafes)

Perfect fun for you and your tots alike, these kid friendly cafes allow you to enjoy some coffee and cake or brunch, while your little ones can play and make new friends. They often have slides, games, indoor sandboxes, ball pits and toys to entertain your kids.  For more indoor friendly fun, some cafes offer different birthday party packages like sports, dance, theatre, pottery workshops and more.

Some of the most popular kid friendly cafes are Amitola in Friedrichshain, Milchbart in Prenzlauer Berg, and Das Spielzimmer in Mitte.

Who should go: Suitable for babies to children up to age 12

Things to Note:

•    There’s usually a charge of 1€ per child

•    Kids 2 years and up are allowed to play in the play areas

 

Jump Berlin

Located in North Berlin, Jump is the perfect place for your kids to release their rainy day pent up energy! Jump Berlin has a huge selection of different trampolines and games for kids and adults alike. They also offer birthday party packages, with a free present for the birthday kid.

Location: Königshorster Str. 11-13 13439 Berlin

How to get there: The easiest way to get to Jump from central Berlin is the U8, all the way to Wittenau. From there you can take a variety of bus options. It should take under an hour to get there, even if you’re coming from Neukölln.

Cost: Different packages available, starts at 13€ per person

Who Should go: Good for all ages, however, children under 7 years must be accompanied by a paying adult

Things to Note:

•    You have to wear special trampoline socks, which Jump can provide you with for €2.90

 

Science Center Spectrum

The Science Center Spectrum is a fun and educational experience for everyone. You and your kids can go on a tour, or check out the exhibits and try science experiments on your own. There are four floors of interesting and hands on activities for kids to explore being a scientist – this will keep your young ones engaged and learning for an entire day.

Location: Möckernstr. 26, Berlin

How to get there: The closest station is U-bahn Möckernbrucke strasse which serves the U1, U3 and U7 lines.

Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:00 to 17:30

Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 18:00

Mondays: Closed

Cost: Admission prices range, but they offer a Mini Family ticket (1 adult and 2 children up to the age of 14) for €9, as well as a Maxi Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children up to 14) for €17

Who should go: Everyone is welcome, although it is recommended for children aged 4 and up

Things to note:

•    You can also use your admission ticket to visit the Museum of Technology if you go within the same day

•    The Science Centre Spectrum is open 9:00 to 18:00 on most public holidays

 

SpreeWelten Water Park

Located just an hour outside of Berlin, The Spreewelten Water Park is as much a treat for your kids as it is for you. Spend an entire rainy day enjoying the wave pool, giant water slides, and the sauna. If it’s not raining, the outdoor fun includes swimming with penguins (between a glass division), a big lawn for sunbathing, beach volleyball and more.

Location:  Spreewelten Bad Lübbenau  Alte Huttung 13, Berlin

How to get there: You can easily get to the Spreewelten Bad in a little over an hour with public transit – you will likely take a regional train like the RE2.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday 9:00-22:00

Friday and Saturday: 9:00 – 23:00

Cost: Prices vary, but a Family Day Pass (includes two adults 1 teen and children) costs €44

Things to note:

•    The sauna is only open to all ages on Wednesdays (every other day, it’s open to people 7 and up)

•    There’s also a baby pool and a solarium

•    Open New Year’s Eve from 9:00 to 21:00

Regular swimming pools also make a great alternative to outdoor playgrounds. Some of the best kid-friendly indoor swimming pools are the Schwimmhalle Holzmarktstraße, in Friedrichshain, the Schwimm und Sprunghalle im Europasportpark (SSE), in Prenzlauer Berg and the Kombibad Seestraße – Halle und Sommerbad in Wedding.

The above mentioned swimming pools have options for babies and toddlers, like smaller slides and areas for ‘non-swimmers’.

 

Labyrinth Kindermuseum Berlin

The Labyrinth kid’s museum located in Wedding is more so an indoor playground as opposed to a museum.  It’s a shoe free zone that has multiple floors filled with fun activities for your young ones. There are lots of different hands-on workshops to participate in, supporting education and creativity that can surely fill up an entire day with fun.

Location: Osloer Str 12, Berlin

How to get there: The museum is not too far from the U8 Station Osloer Strasse, but you can also hop on a tram (the 50 or M13) for two stops as well.

Hours: They have seasonal hours that vary, check their hours:

Cost: €6.50 per person (€5.50 on Thursdays and Fridays between 13:00 and 18:00), as well as Family and group pricing

Who should go: Ideal for kids 2 and up

Things to note:

•    You can bring your own snacks (there’s also a café inside)

•    The museum is closed on Wednesdays

•    It’s often open on Public Holidays

•    It’s a shoe-free zone, so always bring slippers, non-slip socks, or indoor shoes

 

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Planetarium in Prenzlauer Berg

An educational and fun activity-for kids and adults alike!  This impressive 30m2 dome was the last project created by the GDR. It is one of the largest planetariums in Europe. It uses artistic elements like music and theatre in combination with animation to tell the stories of the birth and death of stars and other interesting scientific findings. They offer many shows in English as well as other languages.

Location: Prenzlauer Allee 80, 10405 Berlin

How to get there: The planetarium is located right across from the Prenzlauer Allee so it’s easily reachable via the S85, S8, the 156 bus and the M2 Tram.

Cost: Most shows are 8€ for adults and 6€ for children. Tickets can be purchased on their website in advance.

Who should go: Ideal for kids 4 and up

Things to note:

•    A list of the shows offered in English and other languages can be found here

Berlin has a lot of unique indoor activities for your kids to explore when going outside is not an option. We hope this list comes in handy next time you’re looking for some indoor fun! What’s your favourite indoor playground in Berlin?

 

Conclusion

Indoor playgrounds in Berlin are a great option to keep your kids entertained when the weather is looking grim. Even when the weather is good they are a nice alternative. Tell us what you think about the options we provided? Did we miss anywhere? Did your kids enjoy them?

 

Bonus: If you want a playground outside check our best outdoor playgrounds guide here.