Home Staging Bedrooms: How much is enough?

Posted on August 19, 2010. Filed under: decorating, home staging |

When home staging a vacant home there are some rooms you obviously need to furnish completely. Usually it’s the living room, dining room and family room. These public spaces set the tone for the house and are usually the first impressions a buyer will have. This means that you need to have enough furniture to make the rooms feel complete and inviting. It will include accessories and artwork. 

But what about bedrooms? I was working with a client to stage their vacant home in Baltimore. They weren’t sure how much they wanted to invest in staging so I provided them with some options. The first option is one I most often recommend. I quoted a price to furninsh only the master bedroom and only with a queen sized bed and a nightstand. The reason is that the bed offers the buyer a sense of scale. Once people understand how the bed fits in the room, they can imagine how their other pieces (like one or two dressers) might fit. Most people can’t visualize a completed room in an empty space. 

Master bedroom staged in a vacant home

Staged master bedroom with dresser, mirror and curtains


The second scenario was to add a twin bed and nightstand to each of the smaller bedrooms. Again, this provides the buyer with a sense of scale. One of the bedrooms could easily accommodate a full-sized bed. I chose a twin to emphasize the space in the larger room. 

Staged child's bedroom in vacant home

Staged child's bedroom in vacant home


large child's bedroom staged in vacant home

large child's bedroom staged in vacant home


The third scenario is one I don’t typically recommend simply because it costs a little more. This scenario added a dresser to the master bedroom as well as furnishings and accessories for the sun room. 

Staged sunroom

Staged sunroom with curtains, furniture and accessories


This was at the client’s request. He had invested a lot of money in renovations and really wanted the property to feel complete. The additional cost was relatively minor and he is in a competitive market so he really wanted the home to shine. 

The way to determine how much staging is enough is based on a few factors. Budget is the most significant factor but so is the competition and the recommendations of your Realtor. You want to spend enough to get the house sold in the shortest time frame and for the most money. 

I strongly recommend that you work with a professional stager who is willing to offer you several options, who works with your Realtor to make sure the home will appeal to your target audience, and who can explain to you why they recommend a particular course of action. 

“til Next Time, 

Make Yours a 

Welcome Home 

If you are interested in a home staging or decorating consultation, please e-mail me for rates and more information or go to www.interiordesignsolutionsmaryland.com I am available for on-site and virtual consultations.


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