Vacation Rental Checklist for the Dining Room

Dining Table

When guests stay in your vacation rental,  not every night has to be restaurant night. A well-equipped kitchen can make home-cooked meals enjoyable. The dining room, in fact, is one of the areas where they will spend a lot of quality time—whether they’re enjoying home-cooked meals, sharing takeout, or having game nights. Ensuring it’s clean and comfortable enhances their experience. Here’s a checklist for your dining room. Also note, the links on this page will lead you to Amazon as I am an Amazon Associate.

Sapphire Shells Vacation Rental Centerpiece
Table Setting for Sapphire Shells

1. Dining Table and Chairs

  • Dining Table: Ensure the dining table fits the rental’s occupancy comfortably.
  • Table Condition: Equally, the table should be stable, clean, and free of scratches or stains.
  • Chairs: Check for sufficient seating and be sure all chairs match the table in style and height. Check chairs for sturdiness and add felt pads at the bottom to prevent floor scratches.

2. Tableware and Utensils

  • Complete Silverware Sets: Provide enough plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, and cutlery for the number of guests your rental can accommodate, plus 25%. Don’t forget placemat sets.
  • Variety: Include different types of glasses (e.g., wine, water) and dishes (e.g., large and small plates).
  • Quality: Ensure all tableware is clean, unchipped, and in good condition.

3. Dining Accessories

  • Serving Dishes: Include serving platters, bowls, and utensils for communal meals.  I really like these bowls and platters as they have handles for easy holding and are classic.
  • Condiments:  Be sure to stock common condiments like salt, pepper, and perhaps some local specialties.
  • Table Linens: Offer tablecloths, placemats, and napkins to add a welcoming touch. Not to mention they will help protect your table.

4. Dining Room Decor

  • Table Centerpiece- It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Check out my centerpiece which can also be used for hot pots! Love a double-duty decor piece!
  • Wall Art: Choose neutral, pleasing artwork that complements the dining room’s style.
  • Lighting: Above all ensure there is adequate lighting for the room, including overhead and table lamps if needed.

5. Storage and Organization

  • Storage: Provide storage options, such as a buffet or cabinet, for guests to stow away tableware or dining supplies.
  • Organization: Keep all items organized and accessible. Clearly label drawers or shelves if necessary with a label maker.  This will help housekeepers and your guests alike to put things away correctly.

6. Dining Room Extras

  • Child-Friendly Items: If you host families, consider offering child-friendly items like booster seats or high chairs. I also offer child-friendly dinnerware. The kiddos love having their own dinnerware and so do their parents. Now and then I get reviews about the extra amenities. And this is one of them!
  • Entertaining Essentials: Include a few board games or a deck of cards for guests to enjoy at the dining table. Uno is a classic card game “must-have” in a vacation rental. And the giant-size version is really hard to lose!  😉

7. Cleanliness and Maintenance

  • Cleanliness: Thoroughly clean the dining room before guests arrive, including table, chairs, and any accessories.
  • Maintenance: Regularly inspect and maintain furniture, lighting, and decor to keep everything in good working condition.


A well-prepared dining room can be a standout feature in your vacation rental, setting the stage for memorable meals and gatherings. By following this checklist, you can create a welcoming, functional, and enjoyable space for your guests to dine and socialize. Also note, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.