TIPS on HOW TO STAGE A BEDROOM TO SELL!

Written by Jennifer Carroll – celebratingeverydaylife.com

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Let’s talk about How to Stage a Bedroom to Sell! Because, no matter if you are flipping houses to make extra money, downsizing, up-sizing, moving for a job, or any other reason, if you find yourself in a position where you are trying to sell your home, I know you want to get top dollar for your house, right? Excellent!

Then read on for my proven tips to help you stage your home and make more money! 🙂

Home Staging Before + After, Home staging ideas, How to stage a bedroom, decorate a bedroom for sale, celebrating everyday life with jennifer carrollDid you know that statistics show that empty houses are harder to sell because it can be challenging for many people to imagine how spaces can be set up? (I get excited about empty spaces to decorate, but that’s just me!) The opposite is also true – if a room is too cluttered and full, potential buyers have trouble looking past all the stuff.

So rule number one for staging is less is more, but there is a balance. Sometimes, less is just, well, less. And that’s not necessarily helpful either. So be careful that you don’t get to spare and lose all sense of style.

Home Staging Before + After, Home staging ideas, How to stage a bedroom, decorate a bedroom for sale, celebrating everyday life with jennifer carrollThe home I’m sharing today is an older home with decent but not overly large rooms. I’m a firm believer that you can still have great style even in small spaces. They key is to not overly fill the room with clutter. So, I kept my design simple.

Curate every item you bring in. Is it adding to the overall decor scheme? There’s not room for fluff when you are going for a simple and striking room.
Since this house was empty, my first task in this room was to install a bed – after all, what’s a bedroom without a bed?!

Home Staging Before + After, Home staging ideas, How to stage a bedroom, decorate a bedroom for sale, celebrating everyday life with jennifer carrollRule #2 for staging is to create a budget and stick to it as much as possible. After all, we’re trying to add to our bottom line here.

You might think you have to get a fancy headboard and mattress to really “sell” a room, and while those things are nice, they aren’t actual “must-haves”. In fact, this room has an air mattress (affiliate link) in it!
There are a few secrets to making an air mattress really work.
    1) You must elevate it off the floor. No compromise. This is not a college dorm room, so please get it up off the floor. I used empty storage tubs to do this. They were the same tubs that I packed everything into that I brought to decorate the house. Making this not only handy but also easy and affordable. I used a total of six tubs, three on each side.
    2) Fake a headboard. The mattress I used has a built in headboard which I have a love/hate relationship with. It’s not attractive – at all (which is the hate part) but it does provide a backdrop for me to prop some Euro Pillows (large square pillows) against which helps disguise the fact that there isn’t a “real” headboard here.
Since the inflatable headboard was really not the look I was going for. In addition to the Euro pillows, a large piece of artwork (hung from Command Strips (affiliate link) so that I’m not putting holes in the walls) did a good job of masking the fact that there isn’t an actual headboard.

Home Staging Before + After, Home staging ideas, How to stage a bedroom, decorate a bedroom for sale, celebrating everyday life with jennifer carrollTo complete the bed scene, I painted two inexpensive side tables with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey to help them look more like a pair without being too matchy-matchy.

The light gray color keeps the room feeling light and bright, and also is on trend right now. Matching mercury glass lamps and a couple of accessories round out each nightstand and make the space feel warm and inviting.
To give the feeling of furniture in the space – but without having to physically move in a heavy chest of drawers – I placed a leaning mirror with a heavy wooden frame and a bamboo tray table. The tall mirror helps the space “feel larger” which is always a bonus!, and lets buyers get a feel for furniture in the room.

Home Staging Before + After, Home staging ideas, How to stage a bedroom, decorate a bedroom for sale, celebrating everyday life with jennifer carrollCrisp white bed linens, paired with aqua blue accents, are a perfect compliment to the existing wall paint color. Plus, even if a potential buyer doesn’t love the blue, by having the majority of the bed in white, they are having to use much less imagination to envision making this room their own.

The drapes were left by the homeowner and the darker color added a bit of drama to the space. In a perfect world, the drapes should be hung higher to make the room feel taller, but these were already there so we worked with it.

Remember how I said at the beginning of this post that these were proven techniques? Well, in case you’re wondering, this home sold within 24 hours of being listed! It had over 6 offers and sold for more than list price!!
I was so proud and excited to play a role in helping this family sell their home all while getting to do something that I truly love to do!!

Home Staging Before + After, Home staging ideas, How to stage a bedroom, decorate a bedroom for sale, celebrating everyday life with jennifer carroll

Here are some tips I have for you when staging a bedroom to sell!
  1. Don’t overfill the space – consider taking some furniture out of the room if necessary so that it feels roomy.You may even want to temporarily store your king sized bed and replace it with a Queen sized air mattress! (Note, if you are going to be actually sleeping on an air mattress do not use the plastic tubs as a base, those are for staging purposes only!)
  2. Bedrooms are havens that we all want to retreat to at the end of a busy day, use soothing serene colors so potential buyers feel like they are entering a “retreat,” almost spa-like room. It will make an impression! Blue is reported to be a very good color choice for bedrooms.
  3. Keep your decor, especially bed linens, neutral. You want as few negative distractions as possible and dated fabrics are a quick “turn-off” to everyone.
  4. Consider hiring a professional decorator or stager if you are selling your home. While a good stager will cost a little bit of money, you could end up making thousands more in your final sale price, just like these homeowners did!

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Home Staging Before + After, Home staging ideas, How to stage a bedroom, decorate a bedroom for sale, celebrating everyday life with jennifer carrollI hope you picked up a bit of inspiration for How to Stage a Bedroom to Sell! And even if you aren’t selling your home I hope it was helpful, after all, who doesn’t love a serene bedroom? I know I do!!

 

Happy Celebrating!
Jennifer Carroll. Celebrating Everyday Life blog


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