Home Staging: Furniture Tips to Make your Home Look Larger

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    Scale your Furniture by the Size of your Interiors

    Use furniture that is neutral and welcoming. Getty Images

    Home staging works best when buyers feel like the home they are viewing looks open and welcoming. Take a look at your home for sale, does your home feel small and cluttered with too much furniture? Take a walk through your home and see if you can see the baseboards throughout. If not, you may have too much or too large of furniture. Just because your home is small doesn’t mean it has to look small to buyers. There are many ways to add square feet visually. You can make your rooms look larger by repositioning or replacing furniture. Furniture can help you to de-emphasize your home’s weaknesses and highlight its strengths. Here are some furniture tips you can use to make the most of your small home.

    Consider Replacing Over-Sized Furniture

    Does your living room have worn-out furniture or unused furniture pieces? Consider getting rid of them, and replace with a lighter color and lighter weight pieces. Buyers only take in what they see and rarely envision what could be. If they see worn-out furniture in your rooms, they will conclude that your home is neglected and think that other areas are also neglected. Get new covers for your old upholstered furniture and toss out the pieces that can’t be repaired. If you are buying new furniture, remove the old pieces. Too much furniture can make a room look smaller than it actually is. Try using a virtual staging program online if you need help envisioning your space before you move furniture.

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    Remove Over-Sized Furniture in All of your Rooms

    Ensure you can see the floor baseboards in every room. Getty Images

    Some homeowners believe that their rooms look bigger when furniture is pushed against the walls. This is not the case. When there’s a lot of space between furniture, a room looks bare. Place furniture pieces close to each other to create intimate conversation areas. Do not place chairs further than 8 feet apart and think about the traffic flow when arranging the pieces. Unless the backs of your furniture pieces are unfinished, don’t be afraid to show them off.

    Highlight a Focal Point in your Interior Decorating

    Before you arrange furniture, decide what you want to highlight in the room. Is it the breathtaking view, the fireplace, or the TV? Place the biggest piece of furniture first then add the others. Arrange the pieces around the focal point with the largest facing it. This creates order in the room. Avoid having more than one focal point as the room may look disorganized. People’s eyes are usually drawn to one item when they enter a room and this is what you need to emphasize.

    Use Furniture to Define Rooms

    If you have an unused room, repurpose it with furniture. An extra room adds to the value of your home and a furnished one allows buyers to picture themselves in the space. You can turn your basement into a yoga room by installing a carpet or rubber padding and adding comfy pillows. You can also add a small table and chair to your stairwell nook and transform it into an inviting reading spot.

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    Bring in Natural Light to Add Visual Space to your Room

    Let natural light into your space to add visual depth. Getty Images

    Arrange Furniture with Symmetry for Buyer Appeal

    Depending on the look you want to create, arrange furniture symmetrically or asymmetrically. Symmetrical arrangements work best in formal areas while asymmetrical ones go well with informal areas. If you want to give your living room a casual feel, place a sectional next to two armchairs. To make the room look informal, place identical sofas opposite each other and a coffee table in-between. 

    Bring in Natural Light whenever Possible

    Light brightens up your rooms and makes them look beautiful. Don’t block the path of natural light with furniture, let it in. Place chairs and sofas near walls without windows so that all the windows are bare. You can also place furniture pieces across from windows; just be sure to arrange the pieces as stylishly as possible. The light will liven up your room and your furniture arrangement won’t look cumbersome.

    Selling a house these days is no easy feat and that’s why many homeowners have resorted to hiring professional stagers. If you are limited for cash, use these furniture tips professionals use to transform homes. Without a doubt, you’ll increase your chances of getting a buyer, and you'll help declutter and make your home feel larger and more welcoming.