Should You Set Your Table When Selling Your Home?

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Quite often clients will ask me if they should set their table for open house and showings.  I try to explain that it should be done in a simple understated way so as not to detract from the room.  Here's an excellent example from one of my fellow AR stagers.  Very nicely done !

Original content by Kathy Nielsen

Should You Set Your Table When Selling Your Home?

Here are my recommendations:

  • Set one table but not both - In other words, if there's a dining room table AND a kitchen table, set only one of them.
  • If there's only one table, take into consideration "how busy a table setting" will have from a visual standpoint. If it appears "clutter-like", then opt for a simple arrangement. 
I also let the home speak to me in terms of what it needs. For example, in this home (with one table), I wanted the chandelier to take center stage. As a result, I used small, contemporary dishes, no napkins, or glasses and a centerpiece. 
I added a twig to the centerpiece to help pick-up the browns from the window treatment and table:
Dining room after home staging
Dining room table after home staging
Close-up Dining Room Table

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Comments (6)

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Go ahead, set that table. Just keep the cat from sprawling in the middle of it with his tail sash shaying back and forth in the soup dish, brushing the row of folks, knives, spoons.

Oct 18, 2011 12:33 AM
Bill & Cyndi Daves
Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! - Hiawassee, GA
TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains!

Sandi -

When we lived in Florida and had a formal dining room, I always kept my the table set with antique china.  It was kind of funny - with four young children we NEVER used the formal dining room but rather ate in the less formal breakfast room.  But what did happen was that our children (4 of them with only a 6 yr span from youngest to oldest) learned not to touch what they weren't supposed to!

Oct 18, 2011 12:41 AM
Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

My preference would be to not set the table, but if a client really wants to then simple and uncluttered as you recommended is the way to go.

Oct 18, 2011 12:41 AM
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

I like the simple and uncluttered look of a set table -- your photo is a great example.  Thanks for the notes - will share with clients.

Oct 18, 2011 12:55 AM
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Thanks for the reblog, Sandi. Uncluttered is definitely the way to go! Thanks again.


Oct 18, 2011 01:32 AM
Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

My pleasure, Kathy.  Love that beautiful table !

Oct 19, 2011 12:05 PM