Bedroom staging is one of the most crucial tactics for enriching the aesthetic appeal of your home. Bedrooms are important to every home buyer, since they know that their family will spend a considerable portion of their lives in these private retreats. The number, size and condition of each bedroom will affect a prospective buyer’s opinion of your residence, for the better or for the worse.
Home staging the bedrooms is a great way to bring out the positive characteristics offered by each room, while distracting from any downside which may cause the potential buyer to complain. This resource section is devoted to improving the aesthetics of bedroom spaces throughout the home.
Bedroom Staging Techniques
Bedrooms are usually quite easy to stage. It is crucial, as always, to be sure that the walls are painted with a nice fresh coat of neutral paint and that the windows are left unobstructed and airy. Heavy draperies and dusty miniblinds will not endear buyers to your rooms.
Try not to clutter the bedroom with furniture which is too large or heavy for the space. Rather, keep the design airy, using open space to convey the illusion of more square footage.
Always keep the beds made with nicely coordinating fabrics which are not too taste-specific. Put a few throw pillows on the bed and clear the clutter from nightstands and dressers.
Make sure the closet is well organized and not too full of personal items and clothing. Try to fill the closet to half capacity or less, in order to increase its perceived size and value.
Remember to keep some scented candles in the room and use the area under the bed for additional storage.
If you have the room, create a nice vignette by placing a reading chair near the window with a couple of books on a small table.
Adding a bed tray with a book and a single flower is a nice touch, which creates the illusion of a luxurious environment at home.
Above all, make the bed to be the center of attention and spend extra care dressing it to look great.
Bedroom Staging Issues
Sellers’ main complaints about staging the bedroom include having to make the bed daily and clean out their closets. Well, making the bed takes 2 minutes and the closet will need to be packed up in order to move anyway. Get it done in advance of listing the house for sale to optimize the available space to impress buyers.
The master suite should always shine in every way possible, while kids’ rooms should be kept tidy, organized and cute. Guest bedrooms are the easiest to stage, since they are not generally in use and once set up, the door can simply be closed when not showing the property in order to keep everything looking fantastic.
Some of the main problems in the bedroom include dated and worn furniture and carpets. Although many sellers figure that buyers are purchasing the property, not their stuff, they are naïve to think that interested parties are not affected by a seller’s sense of style. It is easy to update old furniture with a basic coat of white or black paint. Meanwhile, changing out the hardware will provide a more contemporary look for a very cheap cost. Get soiled or old carpets professionally cleaned, or better yet, replace them with a new laminate flooring. This solution will add some money to the budget, but will also make a huge positive difference in the room.
Bedroom Staging Advisory
It is important to maximize the view from your bedroom if it is scenic. To accomplish this, remove the screen, so that the view will be clear and unobstructed. Make sure to show the home having the curtains fully open and with all the lights on to brighten the spaces inside. Provide enough room around the bed and furniture for people to walk comfortably throughout the room.
Staging the bedrooms should not require too much time or money. Bedrooms are some of the easiest rooms to complete with DIY staging techniques.
Home staging a nursery is a simple task for most home sellers. In fact, this room is one of the most basic DIY projects for aspiring and do-it-yourself stagers.
For additional information about home staging tips for the bedroom, please refer to the dedicated chapter on bedroom home staging in my highly praised book: Learn Home Staging.