Staging a yoga space is a great project that can transform small useless areas into fully functional buyer-pleasers in certain types of real estate. Yoga is more popular than ever before and many buyers would love to have a dedicated space to practice this sacred art form in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. While yoga spaces do not enjoy universal appeal, they can be better than leaving a small area of the residence blank and undefined. Better still, yoga rooms can also double as meditation spaces, which are also in high demand with certain buyer demographics.
This guide examines how and when to stage an interior space as a yoga sanctuary. Furthermore, I will provide guidance on the best types of real estate to set up yoga spaces to court appropriate and interested buyers.
Staging a Yoga Space Locations
Yoga spaces can easily occupy tiny bedrooms that are too small for a proper home office. In fact, creating a yoga and meditation room is a more appealing choice than a nursery for most buyer demographics.
Yoga spaces can also be placed within a larger space, such as in an alcove or bump-out. In this regard, a dedicated yoga practice space can become part of a basement, attic, master suite or virtually any room in the home.
In some climates, yoga spaces can even be created outdoors, such as in covered spaces in between a house and garage, on a deck, patio or terrace or under the shelter of any type of structure in the yard.
I have even seen some excellent conversions of loft space to create a yoga retreat inside a larger room or garage, making far more use of the space than an additional storage location could ever provide.
Staging a Yoga Space Guidelines
Yoga is wildly popular, as are many positive mindbody practices. However, these spaces are best left for real estate that is being marketed towards the following demographics: young singles, professional singles, retired singles and couples, and people in upscale urban markets. Yoga spaces might have less appeal when placed within family homes or rural real estate of virtually any kind.
Yoga spaces should never be prioritized over other more useful and saleable commodities, such as guest bedrooms, home offices or family rooms. Large spaces should not be exclusively dedicated to yoga and meditation, since these can always find better purpose in a well thought out design plan.
Therefore, I recommend setting up a yoga practice space in the smallest and least useful of interior locales in order to define and beautify square footage that might otherwise be overlooked.
Staging a Yoga Space Designs
Yoga staging is simple and should be minimal in design sensibility:
The floor should be clean and nonporous, which works well for yoga and meditation alike. Carpet is a bad idea, as it retains moisture and odor.
The space should be painted a soothing color that inspires, but does not overwhelm. If the yoga space is within a larger space, painting an accent wall is a great idea to differentiate the region from its surroundings and offer a hint of color to transform the space into a personal retreat.
Art and lighting should be present, but minimal. It is great to provide calming music in the area and this soundtrack should always be in full effect when prospective buyers come to view the beauty of the space. Candles, scented oils or minimal fresh flowers will add a refined touch.
Yoga mats, cushions and apparatus should find neat homes within easy reach, but should not be stacked in the corner of the room or left on the floor.
If possible, having a small laptop or television area is great for practitioners who prefer to use videos or instructional materials as part of their yoga experience. Additionally, a small refrigerator full of water and a few healthy snacks will complete the vignette of wellness in this great room.