Beds are the focal point for most bedrooms, and your objective when staging it is to create a space where potential buyers feel invited to relax and would be comfortable sleeping. Think luxury hotel room! **UPDATE: Learn even more secrets for staging a bedroom in our new book, Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging, now available in paperback or for digital download on iBooks and Amazon!**
To give your bed that layered, high-end hotel look:
- Remove bed linens that are dated, worn, too bright or too heavily patterned.
- Bed-in-a-bag options are an easy solution and available at most big box department stores. These sets typically include the duvet, bed skirt, pillow shams, sheets, and accessory pillows.
- Opt for neutral color bedding, preferably solids or with minimal patterns. Not only does it give the room a more cohesive, high-end feel, it shows up much more favorably in your listing photos.
Steps for Staging a Luxurious, Layered Bed
- Iron the bed skirt and place it on the bed. I prefer a simple, tailored bed skirt cleaner lines as opposed to a fluffy dust ruffle (which can look too feminine).
- 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 or quilt across the bed, leaving the top edge about a foot away from the headboard. Now fold your flat sheet back across the top of the spread.
- Fold your duvet or 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.
- Place your pillows in the proper order:
- 2 Euro pillow (3 for a king) in the back against the headboard
- 2 standard-size pillows next
- 1 to 3 decorative throw pillows in the front layer
- Drape a blanket across the foot of the bed to add a little color or contrast
These are guidelines — not hard and fast rules for every bed. Play around with your options and find the solution that works best for your room and bedding. Making a beautiful bed may be a bit of a pain while you’re trying to sell, but 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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