How do you Stage a dining room?

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How do you Stage a dining room?

To create a dining room, the obvious focal point is going to be the dining table. 

Even if the dining room has been used for something else such as a  home office, play room or exercise room, by the previous owner, when it comes time to sell a house, it is best to convert the room back to being a dining room.

Staging makes it easy to convert the room back to dining.   Remove everything out of the room except for a dining table and chairs.   This is to help the buyer see the space and begin to mentally move in and make the connection to the purpose of this room. 

Staging a room slows the viewing buyer down and gives a visual image to connect with.   There is a saying that buyers only see what they can see.   When a room is not staged, you have created what I call a  "run by" room.  This is a room that the buyer never thinks about as they race by.  There is no connection made to the space.

I am a big fan of keeping it simple in dining rooms.  Place a dining room table and set the table.  Another huge reason to keep it simple is that in a vacant house, every staging item has to be moved in and then out! 


The dining table creates your focal point, defines the space, shows the purpose of the space and creates your emotional connection to the buyer.  As you see below, I am partial to round tables!

dining table






dining table






Staged Table


Casual dining in breakfast area.



Another casual look in breakfast area.


casual dining


For help with all your staging questions, call Beverly Carlson at 325-721-2429

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Beverly Carlson,  REALTOR, GRI, ASP, IAHSP, RESA


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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I like the idea that staging slows the buyer down!  I never thought of staging in that way!  I will share that with sellers in the future.

Nov 15, 2012 02:37 PM #1
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Yes, I also love to add place cards to the dining room.

Nov 15, 2012 03:46 PM #2
Mike Warren
Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO

Great ideas, Beverly. And those photos are beautiful.

Nov 15, 2012 04:54 PM #3
Alicia Barrington
Houston Home Staging Presents Alicia Barrington

A little trick that someone taught me was to place the chairs so that they pulled out to the 'corner's.   It provides more space, and the camera can now embrace the tablescape more fully!  So, instead of a N,S,E,West arrangement, the table and chairs go NW,SW,etc...

Maybe not a appliable to all situations, but it's a nice little trick to pull out when needed!

Thanks for sharing these great photos - very tasteful!

Nov 15, 2012 11:53 PM #4
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Sharon, staging helps the buyer envision them living in the home and anything to get them to stop and look!

Michelle, place cards is a staging idea. 

Mike, Thanks for the beautiful comment.

Tom,  Thanks for the tip on the chairs.  Sometimes the chairs are in the way of the photo of the tablescape and so I take photos both ways. 


Nov 16, 2012 01:31 PM #5
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Beverly - nice photos.  I am a big fan also of simplistic.  A piece of art however just adds a little icing to it all.

Congrats on great dining room stages.












































Mar 03, 2013 05:32 AM #6
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor
Wendy, thanks for commenting. I agree art takes the staging to the next level.
Mar 03, 2013 05:41 AM #7
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