Staging A Master Bedroom: Dos and Don'ts

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Staging a Master Bedroom: Dos and Don'ts

When staging a master bedroom, think about what will appeal to buyers' emotions. The master bedroom should be staged as a sanctuary where the homeowner can go at the end of the day and just relax. It should feel calm and be comfortable. To achieve a look that will draw buyers in, follow these dos and dont's.

Do Make the Bed the Focal PointStaging a Master Bedroom

The bed should be large, (but not too large for the size of the room), and should be placed opposite the room's entrance so it is the first thing people see when they walk in.

Do Use New Linens

The master bedroom should look luxurious. Invest in a new bedding set that is neutral in color and style. Don't forget about the pillows: you want them to be fluffy and new looking. Three rows of pillows in descending size looks best. Prop Euro pillows against the headboard, then place standard or king size pillows with shams in front of the Euro pillows, and add a few small decorative pillows in various shapes to finish off the look.

Do Paint the Walls

Go for a color that is neutral like light grey or beige. Definitely take down any wallcoverings; most people do not like the wallpaper or borders that someone else has selected for their bedroom.

Do Arrange Furniture Symmetrically

Pay attention to the placement of the bed, night stands, dressers, and any other furniture in the room. Look at the room from all sides to make sure it is balanced. There should not be so much furniture that the room feels crowded. You may need to remove one or two large items and put them elsewhere or in storage for awhile.

Do Set Up a Seating Area

If there is enough space in the room, set up a seating area with one or two chairs and a table. Choose accessories for the seating area, (such as a tray with a bottle of wine and two wine glasses), that will show buyers how relaxing the room is.

Don't Get Personal

There should not be any family photos or personal items in the master bedroom. Remove or hide all your personal things such as sleep aids, medicine, lotions, or anything that is very personal.

Don't Neglect the Closet

The closet should appear spacious, so it is wise to clean out as much as possible when you are trying to sell your home. You want buyers to think there is plenty of space for all their belongings. If they see a closet that is crammed with stuff, they will think it is not big enough for their needs.

Don't Have a TV in the Master Bedroom

If you're not sure whether a TV looks good in a master bedroom, just take a photo and see for yourself. Not only does a TV in the bedroom look unattractive in most cases, it also does not convey a feeling of peacefulness. If you must have one, make sure it is a flat screen and does not overpower the room.


Follow these do and dont's when staging a master bedroom, and you will be well on your way to convincing buyers that your home is a perfect place for them to live.



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Janelle Ancillotti, Certified Professional Home Stager

Seneca Home Staging, Baldwinsville, NY

(315) 506-0725

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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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These are some great staging tips for the master bedroom it really is all about making the room a place to retreat. Thanks for sharing the tips.

Mar 04, 2013 05:09 AM #1
Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors

Hi Janelle - all great tips and you're right on the money. The master bedroom is a key room for getting buyers emotionally invested in a home and it's worth a little extra effort to make sure it FEELS like a retreat not a multi-purpose fitness/office/storage space!

Mar 04, 2013 08:00 AM #2
Chad and Sandy Neumann
Chad and Sandy Real Estate Group - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Realtor (904-414-6500)


hands down some of the best staging tips I've read!

(in a single post, no less!!)

My favorite takeaway from your post:

have sellers take photos of their rooms so they can see

how buyers view the bulky TV!! thanks!

Mar 04, 2013 08:46 AM #3
Mark Horan
Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC - Saint Cloud, FL
"The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &

Janelle, great tips that I will use in the future. Thank you.

Mar 04, 2013 11:09 AM #4
Janelle Ancillotti
Seneca Home Staging - Syracuse, NY
HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY

Great comments you guys! Thanks for the feedback.

Mar 04, 2013 11:34 AM #5
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

You'd think people would realize how to do this but it's not always the case. I actually just shot a short video that shares the "how tos" of making a master bed itself! Great tips Janelle!

Mar 04, 2013 09:18 PM #6
Tom Smolinski
Tom Smolinski Realty - Holland, MI

These are great tips that I can pass along to my sellers.

Mar 05, 2013 12:04 AM #7
Janelle Ancillotti
Seneca Home Staging - Syracuse, NY
HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY

Karen-Thanks! Is your video on YouTube?

Tom-Sellers love tips! :)

Mar 05, 2013 04:45 AM #8
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor
I'm being really picky, but the script on the wall probably needs to be neutralized, to appeal to those who don't have a partner. Great staging tips!
Mar 06, 2013 12:12 PM #9
Wendy Tomm
Beyond the Walls - East St Paul, MB
CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors

Great post and that's why they need us home stagers.

Mar 07, 2013 12:05 PM #10
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Janelle, I have never failed to stage an occupied home using these techniques and not have the home owner say WOW!! I can't believe this is my bedroom!  It just feels right when you follow these simple but effective rules.

Mar 08, 2013 08:34 AM #11
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Often, the biggest change I've made to occupied homes is moving the bed so it faces the entry point.  Such a huge difference - and major impact! 

Mar 10, 2013 01:45 AM #12
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