Vacation Rental Staging Guide to Kitchens

Seachange Vacation Rentals Staging Guide to Kitchens 2021 Edition

Welcome to Seachange Vacation Rentals’ annual Vacation Rental Staging Guide to Kitchens 2021 Edition. Each year we review and update our staging guides and make available to our property owners. This guide is a list of basic items necessary to stock a vacation rental kitchen. Surveys show that a well-stocked kitchen is the number 1 item that guests look for in vacation rental properties and yes, Guests cook. A lot!

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2021 Edition we brought the guide in at a total cost of $24464.70.

This may seem like a lot of money, and it is. Remember that your vacation rental property is a business and should be treated as such! There are costs of doing business that are worth the upfront investment and will more than pay off in guest satisfaction, guest reviews, optimal rates, occupancy, and revenue. We assume that an owner is stocking their kitchen from scratch. You may already own some, or all of these items. You may be able to source from alternative suppliers and get better pricing.

For this 2021 Edition, we sourced from Prime with free shipping. We created a shopping list on for these items, however, this guide does not imply support of any one supplier. 

We also created this Kitchen Guide in a handy checklist so that you can use it to take an inventory comparing against your current kitchen equipment and then use as a shopping list. See our Kitchen Guide Checklist here.

We assume 12 Guests. This means that some items will need to be bought in multiples. We’ve indicated where this is necessary and adjusted costs accordingly.

Please be aware of the following:

  • We recommend white, and/or minimally patterned items since we find that these match any decor, and are easier to maintain.
  • Pay careful attention to the photographs and buy similar items. Where the photograph shows an item with a lid: buy the item with a lid. If the photograph shows ceramic, stainless steel/aluminum, non-stick and so on. Buy the same finish/coating.
  • Pans – saucepans, fry pans and so on. We always recommend stainless steel. Avoid non stick coated pans. Even the higher end expensive non stick pans will not hold up to vacation rental Guest use. They will get all scratched up and hit your reviews negatively after only a few Guest stays. Stainless steel will last longer and can be periodically cleaned by our Housekeeping using Barkeeper’s Friend to remove built up stains.
  • We cover small appliances only. We assume the property already has a dishwasher, oven and stove top, microwave, and fridge-freezer with an icemaker.
  • Coffee makers. Do not go cheap with this small appliance. No need either to outfit your property with a complicated Italian espresso Rolls Royce machine! Guests overwhelmingly favor amenities that are well made, simply designed, and easy to use. We recommend the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew combination drip and K-cup machine. It retails $79 – $129. It is a multi-functional, well-made, easy to use beast of a machine that so far none of our Guests have been able to break! Regular drip coffee machines in the $20 – $50 range rarely seem to last beyond a few Guests before something breaks them.
  • Acrylic and melamine items are included for outdoor dining and for areas with a pool and/or hot tub.
  • If we found a better price buying similar items grouped into a set, then we bought the set. If you see an item with a zero price, then it means it was purchased as part of a set.

Please let us know if we missed anything on this guide.

Vacation Rental Staging Guide to Kitchens 2021 Edition

Bakeware: Cost $153.44

Baking Set Trays

Non-stick large & medium baking trays:
$0 (part of a $59.98 set)

Baking Set - Loaf Pan

Non-stick 9″ rectangular loaf pan:
$0 (part of a $59.98 set)

Baking Set - Brownie Pan

Non-stick 8″ square brownie pan:
$0 (part of a $59.98 set)

Baking set - 2 round cake pans

Non-stick set of two 9″ round cake pans:
$0 (part of a $59.98 set)

Baking set - 12 count muffin pan

Non-stick 12-cup muffin pan:
$0 (part of a $59.98 set)

Pizza baking tray

Non-stick large 14″ pizza pan:

Baking set - lasagne pan

Non-stick large lasagne/roasting pan:
$0 (part of a $59.98 set)

Set glass mixing bowls

10-piece stackable glass mixing bowl set:

2Cup Measuring-jug

2-cup glass measuring jug:

Set 2 glass pie dishes

Set of two 9″ glass pie dishes:

Set 2 Glass Baking Dishes

Set of two glass casserole/baking dishes:

Measuring Spoons Silicone

Set of measuring spoons:
$0 (part of $20.99 28-piece cooking utensil set)

Measuring Cups Silicone

Set of measuring cups:
$0 (part of $20.99 28-piece cooking utensil set)

Set 3 sieves

Large sieve:

Cookware: Cost $507.92

Meat roasting pan with tray

Non-stick large (16″x12″) v-rack roasting pan:

Stainless Steel 1 quart saucepan with lid

Stainless steel 1-quart saucepan with cover:

Stainless Steel 2 quart saucepan with lid

Stainless steel 2-quart saucepan with cover:
$0 (part of $169.95 cookware set)

Stainless Steel 3 quart saucepan with lid

Stainless steel 3-quart saucepan with cover:
$0 (part of $169.95 cookware set)

Stainless Steel dutch oven with lid

Stainless steel 4-quart Dutch Oven w/glass cover:
$0 (part of $169.95 cookware set)

Stainless Steel 8 quart crab pasta pot with lid

Stainless steel 8-quart stock/pasta/crab pot w/glass cover:
$0 (part of $169.95 cookware set)

Stainless Steel 10 inch skillet

Stainless steel 10″ skillet w/glass cover:
$0 (part of $169.95 cookware set)

Stainless Steel 12 inch skillet

Stainless steel 12″ skillet w/glass cover:
$0 (part of $169.95 cookware set)

Stainless steel steamer insert

Stainless steel 20cm steamer insert w/glass cover:
$0 (part of $169.95 cookware set)

Over sink metal colander

Stainless steel over the sink colander/strainer:

Block knife set

15-piece knife block set with kitchen scissors

Swivel vegetable peeler

Swivel vegetable peeler:

Potato Masher

Potato masher:

Can Opener

Can opener:

Pizza Wheel Cutter

Pizza wheel cutter:

Silicone Ladle

Large ladle:
$0 (part of $20.99 28-piece cooking utensil set)

Silicone Serving Basting Spoon

Basting/serving spoon:
$0 (part of $20.99 28-piece cooking utensil set)

Silicone Slotted Spoon

Slotted spoon:
$0 (part of $20.99 28-piece cooking utensil set)

Silicone Slotted Flipper

Slotted flipper:
$0 (part of $20.99 28-piece cooking utensil set)

Nylon Flat Flipper

Flat flipper:

Angled Fish Spatula

Angled fish spatula:

Silicone Balloon Whisk

Balloon whisk:
$0 (part of $20.99 28-piece cooking utensil set)

Trigger Ice Cream Scoop

Trigger ice cream scoop:

Box grater

Box grater:

Silicone Spatula

Silicone spatula set:
$0 (part of $20.99 28-piece cooking utensil set)

Silicone Basting Brush

Basting brush:
$0 (part of $20.99 28-piece cooking utensil set)

Bamboo Cook Tool Set

Set bamboo cook tools:

Set 3 plastic chopping boards

Set 3 small, medium, large chopping boards:

Salad Spinner

Salad spinner:

Reversible stove top griddle

Reversible stove top griddle:


Safe bagel slicer:

Food Storage: Cost $34.99

Set Rubbermaid Food Storage Containers

Set Rubbermaid food storage containers (60 pieces):

Tableware: Cost $304.88

Flatware set with steak knives for 12

Flatware cutlery set for twelve w/steak knives:

Silverware tray

Two silverware storage trays:
$15.96 ($7.98 each)

White dinnerware set for 12 with mugs

Dinnerware set for twelve including coffee mugs:
$106.68 ( 2 sets 6 at $53.34 each)

Set two large serving bowls

Set of two large serving bowls:

Set two serving platters

Set of two serving platters:

Serving Utensil Set

Set serving utensils:

Set 2 serving tongs

Set serving tongs:

Set Placemats for 12

Set of placemats for twelve:

Set Coasters for 12

Two sets of 6 coasters:
$27.96 ($13.98 each)

Set Salt and Pepper Grinders

Salt and pepper grinders:

Set 2 Silicone Oven Mitts

Set of two oven mitts:

Outdoor Dining: Cost $345.86

Set 4 Melamine Outdoor Dinnerware

Three sets of 4 servings melamine outdoor dining sets:
$149.97 ($49.99 each)

Set 6 Outdoor Water Glasses

Two sets of 6 outdoor water/beer, and juice ‘glasses’:
$39.98 ($19.99 each)

Set 6 Outdoor Stemless Wine Glasses

Set of 6 outdoor stemless wine ‘glasses’:
$37.98 ($18.99 each)

Outdoor Jug

Outdoor serving jug/pitcher:

Set two 17 inch melamine outdoor serving trays:

Set Two Melamine Serving Bowls

Set two 11 inch melamine outdoor serving bowls:

Large Serving Tray with Handles

Two large carrying trays:
$23.98 ($11.99 each)

Set 6 outdoor food screens

Set 6 outdoor food screens:

Set BBQ Grill Tools

Set grill tools:

Glassware/Barware: Cost $205.58

Set 12 Water Glasses

Set of twelve water/beer glasses:

Set of twelve stemless wine glasses: 

Set 12 Martini Glasses

Set of twelve Martini glasses 

Set 12 Champagne Glasses

Set of twelve Champagne flutes 

Glass Jug

Glass Jug/Pitcher:

Cocktail Shaker Set

Stainless steel martini shaker set:

Hand held citrus squeezer

Citrus squeezer:

Citrus zester/channel knife:


Corkscrew/bottle opener:


Small Appliances: Cost $272.23


Countertop kitchen blender:

Food processor

Countertop 12-cup kitchen food processor:


Wide slot cool touch toaster:

Flexbrew coffee maker

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew coffee machine:

Electric tea kettle

Electric tea kettle with auto shut off and burn dry protection:


6-quart family size crock pot:

Housekeeping: Cost $639.80

Steam Iron

Steam Iron:

Ironing board

Ironing board:

Oreck vacuum cleaner

Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS Commercial Upright Vacuum Cleaner XL, Blue:


Long handle broom and dustpan set:


Paper towel holder stand:


Dual can step-on lid 16 gallon kitchen trash cans (one for trash, one for recycle):


Bathroom trash cans (assume 6 bathrooms):
$47.97 ($7.99 each)


Bathroom plunger & brush set (assume 6 bathrooms):
$110.97 ($18.49 each)


Hairdryer for each bathroom (assume need 5):
$49.95 ($9.99 each)

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