5 Smart Bedroom Home Staging Tips to Use When Selling a House

5 Smart Bedroom Home Staging Tips to Use When Selling a House

Nothing beats a cozy, relaxing bedroom — your own private oasis to retreat to and escape the rest of the world. Staging your bedroom (especially the primary bedroom) is a key step if you’re trying to sell your home quickly and at the price you want. You want to convey intimacy, warmth, and softness while still appealing to the widest possible range of potential buyers. We’ve put together five of our top tips for bedroom staging when selling a home. We’ve also included links to some of our favorite budget home decor finds from Amazon.

How to Stage a Bedroom When Selling & Our Favorite Budget Decor Finds

1. Simplify and Reduce

One of the most important first steps of the selling process is decluttering your space (or as we prefer to call it, simplifying and reducing). Bedrooms tend to accumulate excess bedding, clothing, piles of stuff you’ve been meaning to donate, stacks of paperwork, toys, and lots of miscellaneous items. Clear out as much as possible from the closets (paying special attention to getting everything off the floor), as this can be distracting for potential buyers during home showings. Moreover, an empty closet can give buyers the impression of ample storage space. Thoroughly clean each bedroom to present it in its best possible condition, and neutralize the space by removing family photos, religious or political items, and unnecessary knickknacks. 

How to Stage a Bedroom When Selling & Our Favorite Budget Decor Finds

2. Maximize Floor Space

For most bedrooms, the bed is the focal point and is immediately noticeable when you walk into the room. Try to position the bed in a way that allows space on both sides. When possible, avoid placing one side against a wall as it can create a cramped feeling within the room.

When staging a bedroom in a home that’s for sale, try to limit the use of furniture to only essential pieces – nightstands, lamps, a dresser, and possibly a chair or bench (but take the chair/bench out if it feels at all crowded). Your goal here is to demonstrate to buyers that a complete bedroom set can comfortably fit in the space.

Ideally, the furniture in the room should match to establish a cohesive look. If you don’t have suitable pieces and are working within a limited budget, consider repainting or refinishing existing furniture instead of purchasing new items. Check thrift shops and online neighborhood groups for furniture in the sizes you need.

Duhome Button-Tufted Ottoman Bench, Upholstered Bedroom Benches Leather Footrest Stool Accent Bench for Entryway Dining Room Living Room Bedroom End of Bed, Yellowish Brown

When purchasing a nightstand, select one that is at or near the height of your mattress so that the items you place on it are easy to reach.

Furinno Just 3-Tier Turn-N-Tube End Table / Side Table / Night Stand / Bedside Table with Plastic Poles, 2-Pack, Americano/Black

3. Style the Bed

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Litanika White Comforter QUEEN Size, 3 Pieces Boho Lightweight Solid Bedding Set & Collections, All Season Fluffy Bed Set (90x90In Comforter & 2 Pillowcases)

Litanika White Comforter KING Size, 3 Pieces Boho Lightweight Solid Bedding Set & Collections, All Season Fluffy Bed Set (104x90In Comforter & 2 Pillowcases)

Adyrescia Chunky Knit Blanket Throw | 100% Hand Knit with Jumbo Chenille Yarn (50″x60″, Cream White)

decorUhome Decorative Boho Throw Pillow Covers 20×20 Set of 2, Lumbar Accent Neutral Tufted Pillow Covers for Couch Bed Sofa Living Room, Textured Striped Woven Pillow Covers, Beige and Cream White

For extra full, fluffy luxurious throw pillows, use pillow inserts that are one size larger than your pillow covers (i.e., stuff 22″ x 22″ inserts inside a 20″ x 20″ cover). We like these:

Utopia Bedding Throw Pillows Insert (Pack of 2, White) – 22 x 22 Inches Bed and Couch Pillows – Indoor Decorative Pillows

4. Add Decorative Touches

When selling a home, you want the bedrooms to look warm, welcoming, and relaxing – decorated, but not overly personal — similar to high-end luxury hotel rooms. Avoid leaving out personal items (e.g., word art, monograms, family photos, collectibles, references to religion or hobbies). Instead, opt for bedroom decor that enhances the overall interior design and increases the perceived value of your home.

Healthy beautiful greenery or even realistic faux plants can create a warm and inviting atmosphere in the bedroom. Neutral, proportionately sized artwork above the bed helps draw buyers in. Incorporating an area rug, especially if you have wood or tile floors, can also add a cozy and comfortable vibe to the space. (If your bedroom is carpeted, forgo using any rugs.)

flybold Artificial Fake Snake Plants – Faux Indoor Plant – Modern Decor Artificial House Plant – Large Faux Sansevieria Plant with 28 Tall Leaves – Includes White Pot and Tripod – Green – 36in

Canvas Wall Art, Set of 3 Framed Art Prints, Abstract Painting, Neutral Minimalist Print Set, 16x24inch Modern Wall Decor, For Bathroom Living Room Bedroom Office Kitchen

Nourison Essentials Solid Contemporary Ivory Beige 8′ X 10′ Area Rug

5. Lighten and Brighten

Oneach USB Table Lamps Set of 2 for Living Room 24.5″ Modern Nightstand Lamp with Fabric Shade Glass Bedside Lamp for Bedroom Kid’s Room Girls Room Office Glass Silver

The Takeaway

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Published by Vannessa Rhoades, Three Bears Home Staging

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of "Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging" and the founder of the award-winning firm, Three Bears Home Staging®. She specializes in providing positive and empowering consultations to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money. Vannessa has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties, both in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.

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