Have you ever thought about staging your bedroom before getting it listed on the market? According to Home Staging report of NAR, 51% of real estate agents believe staging a bedroom is “very important” and after that is the living room .Therefore, if you haven’t thought about it, you are indeed losing a lot of potential clients.
So the question is how to stage a bedroom to sell? Staging a bedroom for sale can be tricky if you don’t know what to do.
10 Secret Tips For Staging A Bedroom
#1: Depersonalize your bedroom
You are selling home, not selling your personal style. Therefore, depersonalizing your home is a must when you want to put your house on the market. Especially the bedroom where most of us consider as our small world.
Put a fresh coat of paint on the wall and ceiling to create a new look for your bedroom. A neutral, white, beige, gray, blue or soft green colors are suggested because they can appeal both sexes as well as create a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere for the room.
Put away your personal items such as family photos, certificates, awards, posters, picture or decorations and replace them with something more generic, like landscape or architecture images or flower vases on the nightstand to create an elegant feeling.
#2: Declutter the bedroom
Decluttering is considered the tough task when staging house. Especially, bedroom is usually the place where we keep all kinds of clutter.
Imagine you are a home buyer, Will you want to see a bedroom with load of clothes/shoes scattering on the floor or dirty cups of tea on the nightstand? Definitely, you will not want to throw a thousand dollar on a room like that.
So how to declutter the bedroom?
Let start with KonMari Method which is created by Marie Kondo – an author of “The Life – Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. She has very specific guidelines for how to properly fold clothes or store things. You can take a look at her Youtube channel or her blog to learn how to tidy up your bedroom to make it more spacous and appealing. Her approach to decluttering is tackling the stuff category-by-category rather than room-by-room. Thus, It might take you few days to category all the items, however, it will help you in the long run, especially when you need to move.
#3: Make your bed appealing
A bed is the focal point of the bedroom. Therefore, when staging a bedroom, try to make it inviting and relaxing as much as possible so that your buyers will not want to leave that space once they visit it.
Headboard is the first thing you should pay attention to. By making use of headboard, you can turn your bed into a stunning focal point. Regardless of new or DIY headboard, choose a color and style that goes with your bedroom. You can use neutral or single colors or patterns. Just make sure it will appeal to different buyers.
Dressing the bed in linens and coordinating the bedspread, pillows and duvet with the wall colors will also make the room appear larger and fresh.
Here are the basic guidelines for staging a bed
– Iron the comforter or duvet and place it evenly on the bed. To create the feel of softness, you can layer 2
– Place your pillows in the proper order:
+ 2 Euro pillows in the front of the headboard. Make sure they are evenly spaced
+ 2 standard-size pillows next
+ 1 to 3 decorative throw pillows in the front layer
These steps work for all types of bed. Depending on your bedroom and your style, you can create more interesting ideas to make your bed
#4: Brighten window coverings
If your bedroom has a window, take a look at it to see whether it matches with your staged bedroom. Remove window coverings in outdated colors and styles, or theme-based window and replace them with basic sheer curtain panels and simple blinds. Window coverings should complement the color palette and style of your bedroom. Remember to open the blinds and pull back the sheers so that you can brighten the room with natural light once the viewers come in.
#5: Optimize the lighting
Lighting is an essential part in staging a home in general and staging a bedroom in particular. It plays an important role in showing of the beauty of your bedroom as well as somehow sparkling the room. Making use of natural light from the window can be great. However, if your bedroom is out of luck, add some light fixtures on the wall or place a lamp on the bedside table. They don’t have to match but should be in the same design scheme.
#6: Enlarge the space
Buyers always want to seek for a spacious space whether they can relax after a long working day. A small bedroom can make them feel uncomfortable and hard to imagine how it can be when they move in. Therefore, enlarging your bedroom to create more space is one of the most necessary factors to appeal your viewers.
Here are some tips for staging a small bedroom larger:
- Use a mirror: Mirror can be used not only as a unique pieces of art in your bedroom, but also a useful tool to enlarge your spaces by reflecting the view. Put the mirror above a dresser is a perfect and inexpensive decorative piece to use when staging a room and make sure it is sparkling clean!
- Remove excess furniture: Too much unnecessary furniture in the bedroom can make the room cramped. If your bedroom is really small, don’t add anything other than side tables and a small chair. Try to minimize the furniture in your bedroom as much as possible so that you can create more space and plenty of walking room.
- Use a smaller bed: a big bed for a small bedroom is a bad choice. Consider chosing the smaller one can help you save a lot of space. The purpose is selling your home, then if you don’t have a small bed, you can learn how to make a fake bed/matress for staging instead of buying a new bed.
- Keep the bedroom clean: Tidy up your bedroom, straighten up stuffs, and store small items in pullout storage drawers under your bed. By doing this, your bedroom will look much more spacious and neater.
#7: Organize your closet
If you have a master closet connected with your bedroom, it is time for you to glam it up. Take some time to separate your clothes into categories like pants, dresses, tops, outerwear, accessories, and undergarments. Then sort through every item in a single category before moving on to the next. Try to organize the category by style and color to make your master closet professional and impressive.
#8: Stage en suite bathroom
Staging ensuite bathroom is also important. Your effort to stage a beautiful bedroom will be failed if you forget the ensuite bathroom. Viewers also want to check the bathroom to make sure it clean and convinient to use. Clean up all the clutter on the sinks and replace it with a big bar of soap and a candle. Lay out clean, white towels as well to create spa atmosphere for your bathroom.
#9: Decorate the wall
Living the wall bare seems to make the room less inviting and unwelcoming. Hang up a large piece of artwork over the head of the bed or over your dresser will make your room more appealing. Using some small pieces of neutral artwork on the wall or on the bedside table will make the room warmer and cozier.
#10: Make use of Virtual Staging
Virtual Staging is a technique adding 3D furniture into your room. It has been using quite popularly these days as an alternative for traditional staging. However, Virtual Staging only works best for photo, therefore, make sure you don’t mispresent the bedroom by only showing the virtually staged bedroom. You can using Virtual Staging as a way for previewing the room before actually staging.
Staging a bedroom is not too difficult. However, if you don’t know how to do, it would be a trouble. Take some tips here, ask some advice from home stagers or use Pinterest to get some bedroom staging ideas would definitely facilitate your bedroom staging process.