Staging the Bedroom

How to sell your home and make a faster, more profitable sale

Monochromatic master bedroom with blue accents. Staging the bedroom.See how the neutral colors in the area rug are repeated throughout this lovely master bedroom. Photo by

Staging the bedroom before placing your house on the real estate market will help your home stand out above the other competition out there. The fact is, most buyers are looking for a move-in-ready home.

All of the bedrooms in your home should be nicely staged, but it's especially important that the master bedroom looks gorgeous enough to entice buyers to make a quick offer on your home.

At this time, home buyers are looking for a master bedroom that providess a relaxing get-away from the cares of the world.

Create a headboard by hanging a beautiful quilt.No headboard? The beautiful quilt takes this bedroom over the top! Pinterest.

A master bedroom should appeal to both sexes. Don't go too feminine or masculine with color, bedding or accessories.

Also, avoid being too taste specific; avoid ruffles and lace, sports or beach motifs and moose heads. 

Replace worn-out carpets or wood flooring, as buyers will most likely negotiate the price of a house down for new flooring.

In their minds, worn carpets and shabby furniture are a reflection of the condition of your home. This is an unfortunate truth in the home selling business!

Plus, a home with brand new flooring just shows better.

With proper furniture layouts, neutral paint colors, plush bed linens and accessories, you can create the look that most home buyers want. 

Keep reading for diy home staging tips that are sure to sell your home faster and for more money!

The best colors for staging a bedroom

Neutral colored bedroom. neutral tones provide a restful atmosphere in this well balanced bedroom. Photo courtesy of

Cool blues, greens, grays, beiges and varying shades of white work well in any bedroom, especially in a master bedroom.

If buyers don't like the bedroom wall colors they will only be thinking about all the repainting they will have to do.

Soft neutral colors and luxurious fabrics appeal to both sexes. Monochromatic and monotone color schemes are the most restful design style and great for small rooms, as they create an expansive feel.

Add an area rug to your bedroom

Area rug size and placement. Staging the bedroom.Adding an area rug to your bedroom will provide warmth and texture. Photo courtesy of Rugs Direct.

How to find the right size area rug

Adding an area rug will bring color, warmth and style to your bedroom decor. Determining the right placement and size can be a challenge, though.

Generally, a minimum of six inches and a maximum or 18 inches of space should exist between the rug and walls for the best effect. Check out this simple guideline by Rugs Direct to find the correct rug placement and size for your space.

Placing the bed in the room

Neutral colored bedroomSometimes, the only choice is to place a bed in front of a window.

If your bedroom has a great focal point, like French doors, a fireplace or a beautiful window, place the bed opposite it, if possible.

  • The foot of the bed should be placed furthest from the door and the first thing you see as you walk into a bedroom. This isn't always possible due to architectural details like windows, doors and closets, or simply the size of a bedroom. 
  • When staging the bedroom, your goal is to present home buyers with a beautifully dressed bed as they enter the room. Avoid having the bed cross the doorway as you enter, as this can make a bedroom look smaller.

  • The ideal bed position allows you to walk around each side of the bed.
  • Small bedrooms often have no unique features. In that case, the bed becomes the focal point merely because of its size. Positioning the bed in a small bedroom often presents a challenge. Placing the bed sideways against the wall is often the only option.

Feng Shui tips for bed Feng shui tips for bed placement
  • If you don't have a wall without windows and doors, try placing the bed in front of a large window. A bed in front of a window should have a headboard. Turn the window into a focal point, with lovely window treatments.
  • The best spot to place the bed is against the longest wall. If you're lucky, the longest wall will be directly opposite the door, making the ideal setup for traffic flow around the bed.

  • If you want to apply feng shui to your staged bedroom, place the bed in the "command position." This is where you can see the door while lying in bed, but aren't in direct line with the doorway.

According to feng shui principles, a bed lined up with the doorway is called the "coffin position." Yikes! For more on this ominous subject, see feng shui home staging.

Stage the bed with a headboard

Headboard ideas. Staging the bedroom.Add drama to the bedroom by placing mirrors or pictures over the bed.

Headboards are a great way to accent any bed. 

A striking headboard can add drama in an otherwise boring bedroom by turning bland into beautiful.

A headboard can turn your bed into a stunning focal point, important if your bedroom lacks any interesting architectural features.

Because many of us may not have the means to buy a new bed or have a custom-made headboard created for us, here are some homemade bed headboard ideas:

Quick and inexpensive homemade bed headboard ideas

  • Hang a collage of pictures over the bed;
  • Hang one large piece of artwork; a round mirror, a rustic clock, a beautiful quilt;
  • Place a folding room divider screen at the head of the bed;
  • Paint louvered closet doors in an accent color and hang on the wall at the head of the bed;
  • Attach window shutters to the wall-- sand off some of the paint for a rustic look;
  • Attach an antique wood table top to the wall at the head of the bed;
  • Hang a triptych, (a picture presented in three parts) on the wall;
  • Attach an old rustic door horizontally to the wall or arrange reclaimed lumber across the wall;
  • Hang a large tapestry or quilt on the wall above the bed;
  • Paint a large square the width of the bed in an accent color on the wall at the head of the bed.

For more headboard ideas, go to:

Learn how to make your own upholstered headboard by watching the video below by Sailrite.

What is Traffic Flow?

Traffic flow, or traffic pattern, is the natural flow of people traveling through a room, the paths in and out and through a room. You often see worn paths in carpeting where people walk the most. It's important to establish your traffic pattern before placing your furniture. Watch out for door swings and windows. 

  • Leave 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet of space around a bed.
  • The space between twin beds should measure between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet.
  • To make small bedrooms appear more spacious, swap out a big bed for a smaller one.
  • Leave at least 3 feet of walking space in front of a dresser for opening and closing drawers.

How to make a bed for home staging

Home staged basement bedroom.Soft neutral-colored walls and flooring, good lighting, and cheerful bedding give this basement bedroom a light, airy feel, in spite of the tiny window.

When staging the bedroom, your goal is to make home buyers want to linger in that space. Replace worn out bedding with linens in soft neutral colors. Aim for that high-end, layered hotel look that so many people desire. 

Cozy bedroom vignette design interior picturesSoft neutral colors and varied textures create an inviting retreat.

For quick and affordable bed linens, look for a “bed in a bag” set. These sets come with most of the bed-making essentials you'll need and take the guesswork out of trying to coordinate colors and patterns.

A "bed in a bag" typically includes a comforter, bed skirt, pillow shams, and often, decorative pillows.

To make a luxurious bed you will need:

  • Two standard-size pillows, (king-size for a king-size bed, one pillow for twin-size)
  • Two standard-size, or Euro-style square pillows with shams (three for a king-size bed, one for a twin)
  • One bed skirt
  • Blanket or bedspread (Optional)
  • A plush comforter
  • A duvet cover for the comforter (white, ivory, grey, green, blue, or any soft neutral color)
  • Fitted and flat sheets
  • Assorted decorative pillows in a variety of shapes and sizes, preferably in odd numbers 
  • A coverlet, shawl or throw for the end of the bed

In your normal fashion, make the bed with the bed skirt and sheets, leaving the top sheet untucked 1-2 feet at the top. Iron the bed skirt before putting on the bed. Remember to place the top sheet face down, because you will be folding it back to expose the right side. Folding back the top sheet reveals pretty edging and makes the bed look more inviting.

For pro and elegant bed making ideas for staging, go to:  The Spruce

If you love duvet covers but struggle getting them on a quilt, take a look at the video below.

Watch the following video by Woman's Day Magazine on How to quickly put on a duvet cover.

Staging the bedroom furniture

Monochromatic BedroomHanging pendant lights are a good solution if you don't have room for nightstands.

Dresser: If you have space, place a long dresser, preferably with a mirror above it, and a tall chest of drawers in the bedroom. Be sure to balance furniture around the room instead of all on one side.

If you have a bedroom "suite" with multiple matching pieces, remove most of them to make your room look more spacious.

Nightstands: Place nightstands on each side of the bed if you have room. They don’t have to match, but should be similar in scale, color or material. Nightstands on each side will give the bed more presence. 

Place matching lamps on each table. If you don’t have a matching pair, try to keep them similar in scale and weight. Matching lampshades can be purchased to give dissimilar lamp bases something in common.

Bedside table tea vignette design interior picturesCreate vignettes when staging the bedroom
  • No room for nightstands? Hang wall light fixtures on each side of the bed instead. Or, hang pendant lights from the ceiling.

  • Keep wall art to a minimum-- you don’t need pictures on every wall, leave some breathing space! Too many pieces of art will take away from the serene environment you're trying to create.
  • Use a mirror to bounce light around and create a more spacious feeling. If possible, try hanging it opposite a window where it will reflect nature. Your goal is to maximize natural light coming into the bedroom.
  • For children’s bedrooms, place a few cute stuffed animals and toys on the bed or shelving. Make it playful. Stage the room with a cute rocking horse or child-size table with chairs. Set up a board game or doll tea party on the table to suggest fun activities.
  • When painting a child's bedroom, use gender-neutral paint colors. When I was a real estate agent showing buyers around, I heard more complaints about pink walls than any other color!

Bedroom design interior picturesStage the bedroom with a cozy sitting area.
  • Window treatments should diffuse light and impart a feeling of privacy. Sheers hung between ceiling to floor draperies will lend a feeling of elegance and make a low ceiling appear higher.

  • Don't block a lovely view with heavy window treatments. If privacy is not an issue, simply leave them bare.
  • A window with a view of a brick wall, etc., should be creatively filtered. Mini blinds or sheers will allow light in while screening an ugly view.
  • Many people use a portion of their master bedroom as an office space. Try to avoid this, as buyers will see that there's no room for an office in your house. If you must keep a work space in your bedroom while your home is on the market, hide it inside an armoire or cabinet, or separate the two areas with a room divider screen.

  • Use under-the-bed storage containers to hide the personal items you use daily.
  • Hide a television inside an armoire in the master bedroom. 
  • Create good flow between a master bath and the bedroom by painting walls the same color, or a darker or lighter tone of the same color.
  • Match bed linens and window treatments to the wall color to create a serene feel. 

Neutral colored bedroomNeutral paint colors and luxurious fabrics give this monochromatic bedroom a sophisticated feel.
  • To make low ceilings appear higher, hang curtain rods close to the ceiling instead of just above the window. Hang full length curtains that reach to the floor to create a strong vertical element.
  • To widen a narrow window and allow more light in, hang curtain panels alongside the sills rather than covering part of the window. Be sure that window frame edges don’t show, or the illusion won't work.

How to cheaply stage a spare room as a bedroom

If you want to stage a spare room as a bedroom but can't afford a new mattress, use inflatable mattresses. Stack them up and place on top of a platform, or use bed risers to lift them off the floor. Bed risers can be found at most home improvement centers.

Whatever you do, don't place mattresses on the floor when staging the bedroom. This creates a down-trodden college dorm look that is a real turn off to buyers.

Cover inflatable mattresses with lovely bedding. As long as buyers don't sit down, they will never know!

Which way should pillowcases go?

I've always wondered about this myself. For an interesting, (and informative) article regarding which way to turn pillowcases on a bed, read the following column by Dear Abby published in 2009.

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