How do you stage a triangle shaped room that's only 10 square feet?

Home Stager with Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket 416.928.2999

A builder called to ask if Advantage Staging could stage one of their units in a condo which had recently won a major world wide award. It is known as the Marilyn Building in Missisauga Ontario. It is quite spectacular from the outside.

marilyn building

It was a difficult lay out and they had not been able to sell the condo vacant. Could we help?

When we entered the condo this is what we saw. A very small living area with off set walls which didn't allow for the TV to line up with the sofa. The main living room wall ended in a triangle shape which was set away from the opposite TV wall.

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The far more difficult room though was a TRIANGLE shaped room off to the right side of the living room which they did not know how to present to buyers.

 That's right, 10 square feet! In the shape of a TRIANGLE!

triangle room before staging

This is one half of the triangle shaped room. It was difficult to photograph in one shot. This is the left side of the room. You can see Lake Ontario in the distance. Quite the view from the 31st floor.

We needed to market that view to the buyer for sure.

What to do, what to do?

We thought it might work staged as a desk area with a casual chair to the side.  That would have been an obvious solution.

But then we are known to be out of the box thinkers when it comes to staging so we offered a second option.

We could stage the tiny space as a lounge area to read, relax and see the lake view off to the south side of the building.

The builder was quite taken aback when we made this suggestion. How on earth would we be able to showcase the room as a lounge. You literally could stretch your arms out and touch the walls.

This is how we staged the triangle room. The first shot is the right side of the triangle room and the second shot is the left side of the room.

staging a triangle room  staging a triangle room

We used two pieces of artwork that were done on a mirror background to give added depth to the room. Added two curved back tub chairs, a matching foot stool along with a glass and polished chrome round end table.

Hard to believe that we were able to fit all that furniture in the small space but now it shows as a great little hide away to relax, read a book, enjoy a cup of coffee. And the view is a perfect one of Lake Ontario and the skyline of Toronto.

What a great marketing tool to use in a small space condo. Everyone needs to get away from it all and this is a personal space carved out of 10 sq. feet. With the patio door to the balcony it really feels like a great personal space.

This is how the off set living room was staged.

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Space was created for three to sit watching TV, two small modern coffee tables were used so that they could be moved around when needed for extra company. A single chair was set to the left of the TV on the opposite wall and the single tub chairs from the triangle room could be swung into this area for extra seating.


The adjacent kitchen area also provided extra seating if needed by swinging the chairs around to join the party.

staging a condo kitchen   Hard to believe, but you could now seat 10 people comfortably in this tiny space if you were having a get together.




















Another staging success story by Advantage Staging. When buyers come from all over the world to see the Marilyn Building they now see a truly unique set up inside as well. Buyers would have been left scratching their heads wondering how to live in the odd shaped rooms. Now they can see themselves living there and enjoying the view of Lake Ontario.

Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.

Advantage Staging is ready to market your property for sale, triangle rooms our specialty!

Michelle Finnamore    416.928.2999      

 RESA top ten stagers


Comments (44)

Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Melissa, I do buy fake flat screen tvs through the U.S. though. A few of us Canadian stagers pooled our order to save on shipping. It was Jackie Paridso i Burlington or Hamilton that I ordered through. Maybe she is still listed with CSP?

 It was a few years ago.$65 each.

Hi David, I have a few other ideas for triangles as well when they are a bit larger. I will email some image to you to see if they could be used in your project.


Sep 30, 2012 01:43 AM
Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

Great job!  I love how you put up the Flatiron bldg to emphasize that tight corner.

Sep 30, 2012 04:35 AM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


If any one asks me if they  know a good stager in Ontario, I know whose name to give them.  The pictures before and after are amazing.  You did a great job.

Sep 30, 2012 04:37 AM
Monique Keith
Ahwatukee, AZ
Ahwatukeenulls Favorite Realtor, Buyers Agent with

What a beautiful building! I would be stumped as a buyer also looking at these spaces not decorated. You did an amazing job!

Sep 30, 2012 06:26 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

It does take a lot of skill to stage such strange shaped rooms. Very well done. Such impeccable staging will help buyers fall in love with the space and imagine living there.


Sep 30, 2012 06:33 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Michelle, I would say that you have proven that you are the consummate stager! What a difference you made.


Sep 30, 2012 11:06 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Kathy!  We got through one more week with no duplicates.  There are so many great posts on Active Rain!

Sep 30, 2012 11:53 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Jennifer, it was definitely a sharp corner. I had never seen anything like it in 30 years of working in the new home construction field.

HI Evelyn, that's quite the compliment! Thank you for appreciating just how difficult this room was to stage.

Hi Monique, as some one had posted earlier, you would have to leave the room to be stumped! It was incredibly small.

HI Gretchen, The builder was impressed with the results in this room. Experience is one attribute you want in a stager.

HI Frank and Sharon, I don't think I have ever been called the consumate stager before.Thank you! I'm beginning to think that staging this room is going to give me a staging story to share with clients for a long time to come. Thank you for stopping in to see this room.


Sep 30, 2012 10:46 PM
Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

michelle -- what you accomplished is absolutely amazing!  love thos staging challenges!

Oct 10, 2012 12:47 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Karen,  thank you for stopping in to see this very awkward room.  It sure kept me on my toes that day!

Oct 10, 2012 08:17 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

I triangle room in a spiral building. Now that is unique. That is definitely a tough room. Holy Moly. Great solution. I staged a hexagon house a couple weeks ago. Small, tons of traffic patterns and doorways besides so I had to put on my thinking cap too. It's good for us. LOL

Oct 10, 2012 10:19 PM
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

What a great job Karen! The builder was exceptionally smart to have it Staged. Can you imagine buyers walking in and thinking, what on earth can I do with this room?!?!

Oct 14, 2012 02:24 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Shar, isn't it fun when we have to put our thinking caps on! A hexagon house, that must have been very difficult to place the furniture.   Every wall was at odds with the opposite one in this condo. All except the master bedroom which was a rectangle.  Staging definitely helped the buyers to figure out how to live in this one.

Hi Peg, it wasn't going so well before it was staged. Showings picked up dramatically after staging.

Oct 14, 2012 04:00 AM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

What a stunning building and what a wonderful job you did.  You worked miracles.

Oct 14, 2012 11:45 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

That is quite the challenge, Michelle.  Nicely done, though.

Oct 14, 2012 09:09 PM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Jane, this building never fails to illicit a gasp from people when they see it for the first time.  Living in it is another adventure. Staging really helped in this suite.

Hi Gabe, I was really pleased with the outcome on this challenging room. Luckily for me the rental compnay just happened to have artwork with the flat iron building in it to tie it all together.

Oct 14, 2012 09:38 PM
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

Well done. You must have flipped when you saw your challenge. However, there is always a good solution when the right minds are working on it.

Oct 24, 2012 06:32 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Nan, Well it certainly stopped me in my tracks. I knew where I was heading right after the consult. The rental furniture comany with the condo sized furniture. Thank you for stopping in.

Oct 24, 2012 09:53 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Michelle - what a great building and wonderful opportunity to show how to stage(and live in) an unusual shaped room.  Very nicely done.

Oct 27, 2012 03:02 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Michael, thank you for stopping in to see this most unusual room. I still marvel at this building. You can see it for miles when driving in the area.

Nov 15, 2012 11:41 PM