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Vacation Rental “Silent Killer”: Small Beds

Written by Elizabeth Weedon
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In The Ideal Listing series, we discussed a number of ways to make your online vacation rental listing as effective as possible from a marketing perspective. But also important are the unnoticed pitfalls that can negate any of your wonderful marketing efforts and cause prospective vacationers to opt for another property over yours. I call them the Silent Killers because, most of the time, one never realizes why their listing has not received inquiries or bookings, often despite receiving many hits/views.

What beds do you offer?

One of the “deadliest” of the Silent Killers is the lack of a queen or king bed. The human body is considerably larger than it was a few generations ago, and couples these days are just not willing to spend an entire week sleeping in a double bed. Vacation is meant to be relaxing and rejuvenating, and a good night’s sleep is essential to that. My family house was filled with wonderful, old double beds – but they’re all gone, replaced by a queen and two sets of twins, one of which can be easily converted to a king.

Obviously, some cottages with small bedrooms cannot accommodate a large bed. But most can, and homeowners simply don’t realize the importance of offering at least one (if not more) queen or king beds. The twin-to-king converter is a simple, T-shaped piece of foam that costs a mere $12-$15. Large beds are becoming so necessary to vacationers that we have even considered adding this feature to our Power Search process on

Do you offer at least one queen or king size bed? Did you ever consider how detrimental NOT having a larger bed could be?

About the author

Elizabeth Weedon

Elizabeth Weedon - Although I’ve worked for since 2008, I’ve been a loyal homeowner on the site since early 1998, just a few months after the website was launched by the Talmadges. I grew up summering on the Vineyard and managed my family's rental home there since the mid-1980’s. I’m passionately devoted to the Vineyard – and to WeNeedaVacation, which I credit with enabling me to hold onto the special property that has been in our family for nearly a century. An enthusiastic member of the WNAV Homeowner Support Team, I endeavor to keep my finger on the pulse of the Cape and Islands vacation rental industry so that I can provide homeowners advice about how to ensure their booking success with us. With owner Joan Talmadge, I am also responsible for editing and writing much of the text on our website, our monthly newsletters, and Homeowner Blog posts.


  • […] Bed sizes – One more thing to consider is the bed configuration. A king or queen bed is far more appealing to vacationing couples than a double. If none of your bedrooms is large enough to accommodate a queen or king, consider converting two twin beds to a king size by purchasing a king converter piece (Bed, Bath & Beyond sells them for around $15). See our blog post “Vacation Rental “Silent Killer”: Small Beds.” […]

  • Elizabeth,
    Thank you for this information. Although I am woman of about 155lbs, I am rather tall (5’9″ to be exact) and I have a king bed myself. I find that when I am searching for a comfortable B & B, the nice bed size is upon the first things on my wish list. Nevertheless, I am frequently disappointed when KING is not available. More often than not, I just settle for the queen.

    Thanks again for the info!

    Kind Regards,