I have seen it done many times. I have very rarely thought it made sense. Don't get me wrong, sometimes it does, but I have seen it done so many times and so seldom needed to do it that I figured it was something I would never be.
You know, an 'Angler'. Stagers who put furniture and beds and area rugs on an angle. Seriously, in the 3 years I have been staging, I have only put a bed on an angle twice. Truth be told, the first time I was helping another stager with a job and she insisted on it. I didn't want to do it, but it was her job so I gritted my teeth and angled the bed. The second time it was because the room was weird and it was the only way the bed would fit. I hated it. It screamed 'staging class' to me. (Seriously, I have taken two staging classes - both times almost every room in the house was angled - I wanted to be the rebel that DIDN'T angle) I swore I would never do it again.
There was that time I did it in a living room, but that was because I was competing with a baby grand piano and otherwise you would not have been able to walk through the room. Okay, maybe I have angled more than I thought, but it is not something I choose to do often. What was I talking about again?
Today, I staged a house that truly is beautiful all on its own. Great woodwork, really great wood floors, nice tilework, nice light fixtures, you name it. The problem was the living room. No matter how I aligned the sofa with the fireplace, it just wasn't right. Directly across, it looked bad from the entry. Perpendicularly, it blocked the pathway to the kitchen...on both sides. I thought about going with 4 chairs. My husband refused to take the sofa out of the house. I even considered asking the owner to relocate a column (just kidding). What's a girl to do?
Suck it up and try it on an angle, that's what. To my surprise, I loved it...
I may not do it again for a very long time, but yes, I will consider angling again. Of course, only if absolutely necessary. :)