This is the final blog in our series on home staging. If you saw any of our previous blogs, you may already know that home staging is a way to make your home more attractive to buyers. Buyers may have a difficult time looking beyond moving boxes and vacant spaces. Staging your home is a fantastic way to help buyers imagine themselves living in your home. Statistics show that staged homes are not only more appealing to buyers, but they typically spend less time on the market. Check out some tips on how to get the bedrooms in your home ready for the market!
The first step to staging any room is cleaning up. Dust, vacuum, and vacuum some more! As much as you can, clear the bedroom of all personal items. Take down posters, tapestry, decals, and family photos. Remove hampers, knickknacks, and anything else making it look cluttered. Try to reduce the room to a few simple pieces of furniture. A great starting point is a bed, nightstand, and a dresser or writing desk. This task can be difficult if your living in the home while it's on the market. Do your best to simplify the room, enhance the look of space, and keep it clean.
2. Bed & Bedding
The bed will be the focal point of the room. Whether you're staging with an air mattress or the real deal, you should dress the bed just the same. The bedding should consist of fitted sheets, a comforter, and pillows -- a lot of pillows. Drape a throw blanket over the end of the bed for some bonus points. If you can get your hands on a headboard, it can easily be tucked behind the bed up against the wall. It will complete the look and provide a place for leaning pillows. When it comes to bedding, we recommend sticking to neutral colors that will complement the bedroom rather than distract from it.
3. Bedside Table
Place small end tables or nightstands on either side of the headboard. If you only have on table, not a problem! However, if you are using two tables, try to pick accessories that match one another and create a symmetrical look. Place a lamp on the table, a small plant, and maybe decorative vase or ceramic piece. Another option is to put a small tray on the table and fill it with decorative items or a decanter and two glasses.
4. Sitting Area / Extra Space
If your bedroom features a sitting area or offers extra space, you can make use of a dresser or a writing desk. You don't want to fill this extra space entirely. Rather, you want to attract the eye to it. Whether you are using a dresser, creating a work area with a desk, or using two chairs to make a seating area, keep it simple and subtle.
Note that, prior to hanging art, the walls should be cleared of all tacks and nails and wiped down. A second thing to note is that art should not leave behind lasting damage. Command products are awesome for staging, as they do not damage walls. Don't over do it with art. You can't go wrong with a large canvas piece over the headboard. As for the rest of the walls, avoid wild colors that will distract from the rest of the room. Stick to neutral colors and try to choose pieces that complement one another.
When in doubt, ditch the blinds and curtains! If blinds or curtains are available, keep them up but keep them open. Nothing beats natural lighting. Avoid dark, heavy curtains. Do your best to enhance the room with natural light.
Home staging is a great way to get buyers talking about your home and, even better, walking through it! If you are considering listing your home, don't hesitate to give us a call! We are always more than happy to provide tips, suggestions, contractor recommendations, and more! We want you feeling confident and finding success on the market.