3 Common DIY bedroom staging mistakes

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Home Stager with Seneca Home Staging

Like many professional home stagers, I like to peruse online photos of local MLS listings. There are three common mistakes I see again and again when it comes to bedrooms, and the solution is very easy, once you know what to do. Take a look at the "before" picture and see if you can identify 3 (or more!) common mistakes that sellers make when preparing their home for MLS photos. Then scroll down for the "after" photo. 

 

Mistake #1: Comforter pulled up over the pillows

Back in the 1960s and 70s, people used bedspreads that came up over the pillows and tucked under the front edge. That doesn't work so well with today's comforters or duvets--it just looks odd. The comforter should either be folded down, or it should be pulled up to the head of the bed with the pillows placed over it. Then add a couple of pillows with shams (Euro or regular size), and 2 or 3 accent pillows for a polished, pulled-together look.

Mistake #2: No bedskirt

Yikes! The bed is almost naked without a skirt! I cannot believe how often I see MLS photos of bedrooms with the metal bedframe showing. Sometimes it looks as if the bed is floating in midair. Please please please, at the very minimum, get a plain white bedskirt, cover up the metal frame, and give the bed a firm foundation.

Mistake #3: Flat or mismatched pillows

This is such a common mistake that I don't think people even realize what their pillows look like. In the "before" photo, the pillow on the right is way thinner than the one on the left, giving the bed a lopsided look. If you are a seller who is doing their own DIY home staging, get a couple of fluffy new matching pillows and put the old ones away.

A final word, then the big reveal

Styling a bed is not everyone's thing, but DIY'ers can get great results by avoiding these 3 common mistakes. Another fail-proof way to get great looking bedroom photos is to purchase a bedding ensemble and make your bed exactly like the bed in the photo on the packaging.  

Of course, the absolute best way for sellers to make sure their home is photo-ready is to make an appointment with a home stager who will help prepare the home to sell faster and for more money.

 

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Janelle Ancillotti, Certified Professional Home Stager

Seneca Home Staging, Baldwinsville, NY

(315) 506-0725

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Rainer
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Thanks for all of these great tips!!! 

Jun 19, 2015 07:11 AM #1
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50 clicks and only 1 comment...surely someone has something to say. Thanks Erik Gruenwald for yours !

Jun 21, 2015 01:39 AM #2
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Diane Daley
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Great finished result. Thanks for posting. So many homes without staging in this area. 

Jun 21, 2015 10:28 PM #3
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Sharon Tara
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Don't know why there aren't more comments....great before and after example Janelle!  Hiring a stager, even for just a consult, will make all the difference in the quality of MLS photos!

Jun 29, 2015 09:39 AM #4
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Inna Ivchenko
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Those little fixes did make a difference. The bed looks much better and inviting.

Jun 29, 2015 04:47 PM #5
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Janelle Ancillotti
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Thanks Erik Gruenwald Diane Daley Sharon Tara and Inna Ivchenko 

It's no mystery--staging makes a huge difference.

Jun 30, 2015 12:14 AM #6
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Grant Schneider
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Janelle - I can't remember the last time I saw a bed like that. That is much improved in the second picture.

Jul 07, 2015 10:52 AM #7
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Janelle Ancillotti
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Grant Schneider -You don't see beds like the one in the first photo? I see them constantly in MLS photos of properties in my area. Even higher priced homes that have supposedly been "staged".

I visit Armonk once in awhile because my husband has relatives there--very nice town!!!

Jul 08, 2015 12:07 AM #8
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
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Janelle, the "before" bed in your photo is actually nicer than many "befores" that I see, but it's so true that just a few easy changes as you've shown here will really improve the appeal of the home for potential buyers.

Sep 06, 2015 01:46 PM #9
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Janelle Ancillotti
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Thanks Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging . I know--I see stuff like this all the time too, and it just makes me sad to think how easy it would have been to make a better impression.

Sep 08, 2015 02:17 AM #10
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What did you do to get the sharp crease at the foot of the bed?  The after photos look excellent! Still, did you meat to take the photo at an angle that makes the floor look like it is on a hill?

Oct 13, 2015 06:44 AM #11
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Janelle Ancillotti
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Hi Evelyn Johnston. To get sharp creases, you should use new or almost new bedding, or iron the heck out of the bed coverings.

Regarding the photo angle, I wanted to get the metal bed frame caster in the "before" shot, and illustrate the difference the bedskirt makes in the "after" shot. 

Here is a link to a YouTube video you may enjoy:

How to make a bed

 

Oct 13, 2015 10:39 PM #12
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