How to Stage Your Guest Bedroom for Buyer Appeal

Interior of contemporary bedroom for guest

Eric Hernandez / Getty Images

If you want to sell your home fast and expect to get your asking price you must stage it to attract as many home buyers as possible. Many home sellers stage their primary bedrooms but forget that the other bedrooms are also important to buyers. Buyers with families scrutinize the kids’ rooms as well as the guest room. It need not be said that staging your guest room is important. When potential buyers see it, they will be impressed, and an offer will soon come. 

About This Term: Primary Bedroom

Many real estate associations as well as the Real Estate Standards Organization have classified the term "Master Bedroom" as potentially discriminatory. "Primary Bedroom" is the name now widely used among the real estate community and better reflects the purpose of the room.

Read more about our Diversity and Inclusion Pledge to make The Spruce a site where all feel welcome.

  • 01 of 05

    Declutter and Downsize

    Guest Bedroom Decor Ideas
    Create a guest bedroom that appeals to buyers Getty Images

    The first place to start in your guest bedroom is with decluttering. Many guest rooms are used as dumping sites for unused bedding, clothes, and accessories. Remove all items from the closets as they will distract buyers during showings. Neutralize the space by getting rid of family pictures, religious and political items, and knickknacks. Clean the room thoroughly and leave the closets empty to create a feeling of additional storage. While bedrooms are personal spaces, buyers should be able to picture their guests sleeping there.

  • 02 of 05

    Create a Focal Point in Your Guest Bedroom

    Natural light bedroom
    Create a guest bedroom buyers will love! Getty Images

    Furniture plays an important role in your staged guest bedroom. Try only to use pieces that are absolutely necessary to avoid the room looking overcrowded. Bed, dresser, and chair are the core pieces to include. If you have more space, side tables and supporting furniture can be included. The bed should be the heart of a guest bedroom. Pick a good location for it then decorate around it. Your main aim should be to show buyers that a whole bedroom set can easily fit in the room. Add a chair, dresser, lamp, and bedside table. Match the color of the dresser and table to that of the headboard. If the room looks a bit crowded, you can remove the chair. If you have a limited budget, you can paint or reface old furniture instead of buying new pieces.

  • 03 of 05

    Add Personality to Your Guest Bedroom With Home Decor

    Guest bedroom accessories
    These flowers add a decorative touch to this guest bedroom Getty Images

    Home decor in the form of accessories and embellishments can change the look and feel of your guest room. Remember decor helps you draw attention to your home's best features. Besides adding a bedside table and a lamp, cover the bed with beautiful bed linen. You can buy new bedclothes if the current ones are dated. The best part is that you can carry the bed linen when you move. Place some towels and guest essentials in a basket and put it on the bed. You can also set flowers on the dresser to create a welcoming atmosphere. Make buyers want to spend a night in your guest room.

    Many home sellers wonder if they should stage their guest rooms. While prospective buyers may not decide to buy a home based on the guest room, failure to stage the room can have a negative impact on the sale of your property. Stage your guest bedroom and make your home a buyer magnet.

  • 04 of 05

    Paint the Walls and Bring in More Color

    Paint roller on yellow wall
    Thomas Hauser / EyeEm / Getty Images

    Bedrooms are frequently painted in personal colors. For example, a girl’s bedroom can be painted pink while a boy’s bedroom can be painted blue. When staging your home, you must remember that your preference and a buyer’s preference are two different things. Bedrooms must have neutral colors as other ones can be off-putting. If you use a bold color, buyers might decide not to buy your home because of the hassle associated with repainting. A fresh coat of paint can transform your guest room. If the existing paint is too bold or looking the worse for wear, apply a new one.

    Continue to 5 of 5 below.
  • 05 of 05

    Bring in More Natural Light

    Room with natural lighting

     Sylvia Serrado / Getty Images

    Some bedrooms don’t bring in enough natural light. To make matters worse, they have dimmed lighting and look dull at night. When selling your home, make sure your bedrooms are light and bright. Some buyers will come to see the property at night, and they might get turned off by the lighting. Install sheers and light curtains to let light in during the day. Heavy draperies or bold curtains hog all the attention and may cause buyers not to notice the finer aspects of the room. Replace bulbs and add light fixtures to brighten up space at night.