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Declutter your dining room before you put your house on the real estate market so that home buyers can see the true potential of your home.
A dining room is often a formal entertaining space that is ignored the greater part of the year.
On the other hand, a dining room can be a hive of activity; a station for paperwork, craft projects, homework, and in my case; a sewing machine or laptop.
Even if I had a separate home office, I would probably still park myself at the dining room table because it's located in the center of action. But, I am NOT staging my house for sale...
When you stage your dining room, you should strive to create an impression of spaciousness, no matter how small it is.
There are a few home staging tips and tricks that can help make a small dining room appear larger than it really is. But, before you stage your home, you will need to declutter and depersonalize.
Aside from the table, most dining rooms don’t accumulate a lot of clutter.
The biggest mistake that people seem to make in this room is cramming too much furniture in.
You often see too many pieces of matching furniture stuffed into a dining room; a table, sideboard, china cabinet, corner hutch and I've even seen bookcases taking up space in this room.
In addition, many people have far too many dining chairs, making it difficult for people to maneuver around the table.
Not only will buyers be frustrated trying to squeeze around the table, the excess furniture will make the room appear cramped and smaller than it really is.
A home sale is a good time to pack up any excess stuff for your new home and have a yard sale.
Gather up packing boxes, totes, garbage bags, tape and a permanent marker. You will also need bubble wrap for your breakables.
Start by unloading your china, glassware, silverware and linens from their storage areas and china cabinet. Carefully wrap everything you don’t need for home staging, box it up and take it to your chosen storage area to await your move.
Be sure to save a few special pieces for staging your dining room later.
Declutter your dining room by removing ALL of the furniture and accessories. This includes artwork, draperies and rugs.
With everything out of the room, now is the time to examine the ceiling, walls, floor, windows, trim, and baseboards for any damage. Make any needed repairs.
How to Hang a Chandelier
A chandelier over a dining room table will define that space as the dining area and serve as a focal point in the room.
The distance between the chandelier and the tabletop should be about 30 to 35". Proportionally, the chandelier should be 1/3 the width of the table. The chandelier should match the architectural style of your house.
Center the table directly under the chandelier. If not centered, the entire room will look askew. If the light fixture is in the wrong place, insert a swag hook into the ceiling above the table and swag the chandelier over.
(See video below.)
Add a dimmer switch to your chandelier to tone down glare and lend ambience to your dining room.
How to install a swag hook into the ceiling. Video by godking333.
If your dining room is small, don't put more than 4 chairs around the table. Remove all of the table leaf segments as well. This will make your dining room look more spacious.
When staging a small room, all you really need are a few pieces to give the indication of the purpose of the room.
If your dining room is large, leave in a leaf and place up to six chairs and a hutch or sideboard in the room.
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