Beds are the focal point for most bedrooms. Because of this, when you make the bed for home staging, your objective should be to create a space where buyers feel invited to relax. You want it to be a space where they would be comfortable sleeping. Think luxury hotel room!
To give your bed that layered, high-end hotel look…
- Remove bed linens that are dated, worn, too bright or too heavily patterned.
- Opt for neutral color bedding, preferably solids or with minimal patterns. My personal preference is white bedding, as it gives the room a more cohesive, high-end feel. In addition, white bedding tends to show up much more favorably in listing photos.
- Bed-in-a-bag options are an easy solution and available at most big box department stores. These sets typically include the duvet or comforter, a bed skirt, pillow shams, sheets, and accessory pillows. (If you’re looking for a simple, attractive set that won’t break the bank, we recommend this white, queen-sized bed-in-a-bag from Amazon. It’s also available in king and a variety of other sizes.)
Steps for Staging a Luxurious, Layered Bed
- Iron the bed skirt and place it on the bed. I prefer a simple, tailored bed skirt with clea lines. (A fluffy dust ruffle can look too feminine.) Try this one from Amazon I use for staging both queen and king beds.
- Apply the fitted sheet as usual.
- Apply the flat sheet next, making sure the “right side” of the flat sheet is down, facing the fitted sheet. Tuck in the sides, leaving a couple of feet untucked near the head of the bed (you’ll fold this back at the end to make the bed feel more inviting).
- Spread your bedspread, coverlet, or quilt across the bed, leaving the top edge about a foot away from the headboard. Next, fold your flat sheet back across the top of the spread.
- Finally, fold your comforter in thirds and spread across the bottom of the bed. Alternatively, you can place the duvet the same way you’d lay a bedspread/quilt in the previous step.
Now add finishing touches…
- Place your pillows in the proper order:
- 2 Euro pillows (3 for a king, 2 for a queen) in the back against the headboard. Because Euro pillows are rather large and square (26″ x 26″), they’ll really help give your bed a luxurious touch.
- 2 standard-size pillows next for a queen bed; 3 standard-size pillows (or 2 king-size pillows) for a king bed.
- 1 to 3 decorative throw pillows in the front layer
Foamily Premium Hypoallergenic European Sleep Pillow Insert Euro Sham Square Form Polyester, 26″ L X 26″ W, Standard/White
JOLLYVOGUE Bed Pillows for Sleeping 2 Pack, Hypoallergenic Pillows for Side and Back Sleeper, Down Alternative Hotel Quality Sleeping Pillows Soft Pillow-Standard Size
- Drape a blanket across the foot of the bed to add a little color or contrast. These are a few of our favorites, available in variety of colors. Hint: choose a color and texture that complements your space. Your accessories should simply enhance the room — not steal the show.
Bourina Beige Throw Blanket Textured Solid Soft Sofa Couch Cover Decorative Knitted Blanket, 50″ x 60″, Beige
Freshmint Throw Blanket 60 x 50 Inch Thanksgiving Luxury Fluffy Chenille Knitted Blankets with Decorative Fringe and Striped for Home Decor Couch Cover Sofa Bed Gift, Blue
These are guidelines — not hard and fast rules for every bed. So play around with your options and find the solution that works best for your room and bedding. Making a beautiful bed can be a bit of a pain while you’re trying to sell. However, it is a must for your listing photos and when showing the home. Show potential buyers just how luxurious and restful your bedroom(s) can be by making the bed look extra inviting!
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