Step #3 – Furniture For Your Home Staging – Too Much? Not Enough?

Hello Friends!

Finally, right?!  Well, I apologize for the long delay, so let’s get started …

Before we go to Step #3,
(since it has been awhile) let’s recap:

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Step #1Declutter, Depersonalize, Sort and Pack
You’re moving anyways, so pack and clear the extra clutter!

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Step #2Neutralize
Neutralize the walls in your home from a neutral color palette – remember bright colors and the task of painting deters your potential buyers.

NOW, WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU …

Step #3 – Furniture For Your Home Staging:

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to how much furniture you should have in your home when staging it for sale.  Homeowners and real estate agents tend to think that the house needs to be filled with furniture to acquire that “lived-in” and “warm” feeling.  Not True!

When staging a home, typically less is better BUT not enough will appear too sparse.  Obviously too much furniture will shrink the size of any room, so it is important to not only use the right number of pieces, but also the right sizing of furnishings to match the dimensions of the room.  If your furniture pieces are too large, it will automatically downscale your living space.

For example, look at the photo above.  I could stage 3 rooms with all that furniture!  Whether it is your occupied home or a vacant home that you are staging, my rule of thumb is to have around 3-4 pieces of furniture per room.  Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule.  Living rooms, great rooms and master bedrooms tend to be larger and may require additional piece(s).  On the other hand, if your room is small, you can still stay within the 3-4 piece guideline, but you will want to use furnishings on a smaller scale to keep the room in the correct proportions.

That being said – let’s go over some rooms and my typical furniture contents when I am staging a home.

Take a standard bedroom of 10′ x 10′ as an example, I would place a bed (with or without headboard), a night stand and maybe a dresser w/mirror.  Simple, clean and classic.

When staging a dining room, I would typically have a dining table and chairs and maybe a buffet table.  Again, here is another exception to the rule – often times the dining table and chairs are sufficient when the dining area is a standard size of 11′ x 14′.

Most living rooms or great rooms are often on a larger scale and require additional furniture pieces.  I would stage a standard great room 18′ x 24′ with a sofa, coffee table, two accent chairs and a side table.  If you have too much more than that,  you may end up blocking the natural flow of walking traffic in the area.  This, unfortunately, may get interpreted from a potential buyer as not having enough living space.

Here is a vacant home staging that we did in Sun City West.  It was necessary to  incorporate a few extra pieces, since the size of this  living room area was much larger than the standard.  However, we still kept the flow of traffic open and uncluttered.

Of course, the placement and layout of your furnishings is the base of your home staging design, but it will be the accessories that you add in the end that will tie everything together and make the home literally come to life!

Those accessories include area rugs, lighting, trees, greenery, accents and decor.  Don’t forget comforters, throws and pillows … lots of pillows, which will give you the “POP” of color that will stand out from everything you have since been told to “neutralize”.

To summarize this Step #3, it is important to know the dimensions of the area being staged to determine the necessary sizing, placement and layout, and the number of furniture pieces needed to set your home for staging.  There is a fine line of too much furniture and not enough furniture.  When staging your occupied home, it may be necessary to put some of those extra pieces of furnishings into storage to create a spacious and model home look.

We’ll talk further in my future home staging steps about furniture placement, specific accessories, where to shop for them and what items give you the most “bang for your buck”!  Until then …

Happy Staging!

 

 

An Amazing Expo Event!

Hello Friends!

Having been away for the past 2 months, I feel like I have been playing “catch up” in every facet of my life.  I think I am finally getting caught up – so I promise next week we will jump right back into where we left off on our Home Staging process!

This week’s blog will be short and sweet.  I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about a trade show that Revitalized Designs would be participating in at the 15th Annual WeMAR Expo Event in Glendale, Arizona.  I wanted to share with you my experience with my first trade show!

* * *  WeMAR Added a Little Twist – A Mardi Gras Theme!  * * *

I think having the Mardi Gras theme made the event fun and not all “serious business”.  There were Exhibitors and booths that displayed creative variations of the Mardi Gras theme.  Some Exhibitors were in costumes and masks, there were balloons, candy and, of course … lots of beads!  The aisles were filled with attendees lavished in layers of beads they received from various Exhibitors.

Here is Booth 29 – Revitalized Designs!

I was thankful I had help from my sons (Mike and Nick), who are not only supportive of my home staging business, but who are very much a part of its success.  Being that this was my first trade show, I was excited and a little overwhelmed with the number of people stopping by our Exhibit. Honestly, had they not been there, I would have missed meeting and speaking with a lot of the great people who came by!

So a HUGE shout out to Mike and Nick!!

We met many people attending the Expo Event and I hope I have the opportunity to work with each and every one of them in the near future.  We also met and made great friends with our neighboring Exhibitors and I hope to see them at next year’s Expo Event!

Well, the event was a great success!  To me, success is defined as being happy with my Exhibit and Booth setup, having great conversations, meeting new people and seeing old friends … so, the event was an absolute success!

See you all next week!

Happy Staging!