After coming home from a long day, for most, all they want to do is collapse on their bed and relax for the rest of the evening. The bedroom becomes a place where many can escape and find some respite from the day.
Certainly, we all spend a lot of time in our bedrooms — in fact one-third of our lives are spent sleeping. From binge-watching your favorite show to late night snacks to snoozing, you’ll want to make a pleasant, inviting space where buyers can envision themselves winding down and relaxing.
So when you start staging your bedroom for open houses, keep this in mind and create a welcoming space making it feel like a sanctuary they’d want to come home to at the end of the day.
To help you create this ambience, here are ten tips for staging your bedroom that will draw in more potential buyers and likely, more offers for your home.
10 Tips for Staging Your Bedroom
1. Declutter Your Bedroom
You want to make your bedroom look as big and inviting as possible to potential buyers. And this means getting rid of all the clutter.
Put away all your extraneous knick-knacks, magazines, books, slippers, family photos, electronics, and clothing. You want a clean space for buyers to be able to walk around in and not trip on anything or be distracted by your personal items.
On that note, make sure all your chargers, lamp cords, and power strips are cleaned up and tucked away as well.
2. Get Rid of Excess Furniture
The only furniture that should be in your bedroom are your bed, nightstands, and a dresser. This also means no televisions or computers. Move into another room or throw into storage any extra tables, vanities, bulky chairs, or old, torn, and falling apart furniture.
If you do have a large, roomy master bedroom, you can keep a small chair or writing desk to balance the space.
But first and foremost, your bed should be the focus of the room.
Place your bed across from the door and centered against the wall, not stuck in a corner. And if you have a king-size bed in a small room, consider downsizing your bed to a queen or full-size in the interim to give the illusion of a larger space.
3. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
An easy way to spruce up your bedroom is with a new coat of paint. Choose neutral, light colors like whites, beiges, or cool light blues. This will help freshen up the space and if you use an eggshell paint finish, it will help catch the light and brighten up the bedroom even more.
4. Use Lighting to Your Advantage
Throw open your shades and let in all the natural light. Great lighting can do wonders to make your bedroom look its best. It’s a good idea to clean your windows to allow the most natural light in as possible to make the space feel bigger and highlight the room’s best features.
If you don’t have a whole lot of natural light or great bedroom lighting in general, use soft lighting from lamps. Stay away from bright and harsh fluorescents and pick warmer tone bulbs to create a more welcoming and homey feel.
To help let in even more light and open up your bedroom, replace heavy blinds or drapes with light-colored, clean blinds or sheer and gauzy drapes.
5. Strategically Place a Full-Length Mirror in Your Bedroom
Using a mirror to make a space look bigger is an old trick, but still an effective one. Place the mirror directly across from a window to maximize the effect as well as to have more light bounce off of the mirror, brightening up the bedroom even more.
6. Don’t Forget to Stage Your Nightstands
Yes declutter, but don’t have absolutely nothing on your bedside tables. Minimalist is key. Feel free to add a lamp or a small plant on one of the tables. And you could add a small, stylish clock, a candle, or a singular, classic book on your nightstand.
Your nightstands are a good opportunity to add a splash of color and personality. For instance, use a vibrant, colorful vase or place a uniquely designed lamp on the nightstand.
Keep in mind, however, that while your lamps and accessories don’t entirely need to be matching pieces, make sure they are similar in style and era — e.g. don’t have one lamp chic and modern, and the other a bulky, gold Victorian-style lamp.
7. Make Your Bed Look Amazing
You want to make your bed look as inviting and comfortable as possible. You want buyers to imagine themselves falling into it each night after a long day.
First off, make sure the bed is made. Use clean sheets and a comforter, preferably both being a light, solid color like white. If your linens look old, stained, or worn, it’s in your best interest to buy a new set.
Add fluffy pillows as well as colorful throw pillows for a pop of color. Make sure there’s nothing under the bed and if your bed doesn’t have a headboard, you can buy an inexpensive one to help make the bed look more elegant and put together.
8. Make the Space Feel Comfortable and Cohesive
Again, you want to make the buyer feel like they never want to leave. Add a few homey touches like a soft, white blanket folded at the end of the bed or hang a cool piece of artwork on the wall.
However, whatever additional decor you decide to add, pay attention to the cohesiveness and style of the bedroom. Everything should flow and match the general overall design whether it’s modern or country-style.
9. Do a Thorough Cleaning
Get in all the nooks and crannies. Dust, vacuum, sweep, mop, and thoroughly clean all surfaces of your bedroom including nightstands, windows, and dressers. Make sure everything looks and smells fresh and clean.
Indeed, it’s probable that, like most homes, your home has a specific smell that you no longer notice. Light scented candles or use a non-toxic scented spray to freshen up the room. Keep in mind buyers with allergies, you may not want to dose the room in perfume or cologne.
10. Organize the Closet
When decluttering your bedroom, don’t shove everything into the closet. Buyers will always open closets to check out the amount of space there is for clothes. Clear everything off the closet floor and remove about one-third of your hanging clothes.
With less items in the closet, the buyer can more easily visualize the space. Have all your clothes hang tidily, at the same length, and if you’re feeling ambitious, organize the clothes according to color as well.
The same goes if you have an ensuite bathroom, a bathroom attached to your bedroom. Clean every service in the bathroom including the shower, toilet, and mirror, have a spotless shower curtain, and freshly washed rugs and towels.
Work with an Experienced Real Estate Agent
To help you tailor these staging tips to your home, partner with an experienced, local real estate agent who will use their expertise to market, stage, and show your home as well as help you navigate the home selling process overall.