The bedrooms in a home matter a lot to its occupants — so if the ones in your home feel too small, you may understandably be worried about how potential buyers may react. But don’t worry: When staging your home for selling, there are many things you can do to make your bedrooms appear larger. Here, we talk you through some of the best strategies for putting your bedrooms’ best foot forward.
Why great bedrooms are so important when selling your home
When buying a home, bedrooms are among the first things potential buyers will consider. Buyers these days are often looking for a house with three bedrooms, and they want a spacious primary suite as well as extra bedrooms. But clearing out bedrooms for showings and open houses may be a big mistake: Research shows that the impact of staging your rooms is vital. More than 80 percent of buyers prefer a home to be staged so that they can visualize what it would look like once they move in. While buyers care most about the staging of the living room, the primary bedroom is a close second, with 43 percent of buyers deeming it very important.
But how to stage the smaller bedrooms?
Now that you know how important bedrooms are to homebuyers, here are some strategies for making your smaller bedrooms appear bigger, so that buyers may fall in love with your home even faster.
- Play with mirrors, metals and glass
Mirrors — as well as other shiny surfaces such as metals and glass — are the easiest trick when it comes to making a room seem bigger than it is. Mirrors reflect light and create the illusion of a larger space. And, because they’re flat and don’t take up much physical space, it’s a win all around. Anything you can do to maximize the sources of light in a bedroom is a plus, so try placing mirrors across from windows to make the space feel even more expansive.
- Declutter every bedroom
Having lots of unnecessary knick knacks — or worse, mess — in your bedrooms when potential buyers are visiting is a big no-no. It’s not just about your home looking messy, though, especially when it comes to small rooms. The thing about clutter is that it will take up space, making your bedroom look fuller and therefore smaller. So when staging your smallest bedrooms, avoid incorporating too many decorative objects that distract the eye, and focus on the essentials instead.
- Be strategic with lighting
Light and lighting is paramount when it comes to maximizing small spaces. Make sure to open any window coverings in your bedroom while potential buyers are visiting, to let in as much natural light as possible during the day. Additionally, have plenty of lamps strategically placed around the bedroom, on furniture and hanging from the ceiling, so that they don’t take up additional space.
- Decorate in light neutrals or pastels
Dark colors, though wonderfully dramatic, can make a small bedroom feel smaller, so pay close attention to the tones you’re using when staging. If the walls aren’t already painted a light or neutral color, consider giving them a makeover — you’ll be surprised how much of a difference it truly makes. Keep to these lighter tones, too, for bedding, furniture and any other decorative elements you’re using. People will absolutely love these spaces when you employ natural and pastel tones.
- Use a smaller bed
Although king beds look — and are — luxurious, if you try to fit one into a small bedroom it will only take up lots of space and make the room look smaller. Instead, try using a smaller double bed, or a twin bed for a kid’s or guest’s room. This will free up more space and make your bedrooms look more balanced and spacious. You can also place a rug under the bed (make sure it’s quite a bit larger than the bed, so it’s visible) to add an extra dimension.
Staging your house is oh-so-important when you’re looking to sell, as is having beautiful bedrooms to show off to potential buyers. If the bedrooms in your home are on the small side, it’s a lot easier than you may think to maximize the space in your main and extra bedrooms. All you need are these simple strategies under your belt.
National Association of Realtors – Highlights From the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
National Association of Realtors – Profile of Home Staging
Stage My Own Home – Small Bedroom Decorating Ideas
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