Staging FAQ’s-How Do I Stage the Bowling Alley Room?

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Staging FAQ’s-How Do I Stage the Bowling Alley Room?


We see these rooms a lot in Palm Beach County, especially in condos and townhomes. In fact, you don’t have to be selling a home to ask this question.


Whether you’re selling your home or want to redesign the long narrow room staging the bowling alley roomthat you have, there are some easy tips that can show the liveability of the space.


When buyers walk into a vacant home, it’s relatively easy to see what to do with the standard living room or family room.

However, when they open the door and think they’ve walked into a bowling alley, this is when bringing in furniture and accessories helps.


Define the space

Often, the space is divided into two usable areas...a sitting area and a dining area.  A large rug in the sitting area helps to define the space and anchor the sofa and chairs to the conversation area.


home staging the long room

Our budget was limited and the owner would not allow us to put anything on the walls, but the property still sold quickly.


Keep furniture to scale

If the room is narrow and long, then you’ll want to choose pieces that work with scale of the room. Large, heavy pieces may eat up whatever space there is.

That said, it’s good to vary the height of the pieces, especially if the room has high ceilings.


Keep it unified

You’ll want to avoid lots of patterns and colors that make the room appear too busy.


Staging when you sell your home is all about allowing your potential buyers to see all of the possibilities of your home. Those narrow bowling rooms can leave them asking where they’ll place their furniture or what the space if for.


home staging before and after

When you have it answered for them through the use of staging, it frees them up to see and to focus on the rest of the home.

Call and request a personalized home staging consultation.


Don’t make them wonder what to do with the bowling alley room!





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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Kathy Streib you've actually squared off the long narrow room by positioning the furniture to square it off....

Jun 13, 2017 05:54 AM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This is timely becasue many of our duplex builds have bowling alley living, dining, and kitchen.

Jun 13, 2017 07:25 AM #8
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I wonder why builders in your area favor the bowling alley rooms? Because it's open and airy?

Whatever the reason, they need YOU to show them it can be appealing.

Jun 13, 2017 08:11 AM #9
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I thought you were actually going to talk about staging a bowling alley in the home, Kathy, ha, ha, ha. I thought it was an intriguing concept. Like, should the balls be ready to roll? Pins set up? Lights illuminating the glossed floor? Treats on a tray?

But of course now I see it was simply an adjective. I see these in photos a lot, typically with a fireplace at the end. They look so stark, naked and uninviting.

Jun 13, 2017 08:29 AM #10
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I often see really big furniture in this type of space. It just will not work if your goal is to make it look its best!

Jun 13, 2017 08:34 AM #11
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

That is a great way to give this long narrow room a little dimension by placing furniture to break it up. 


Jun 13, 2017 12:09 PM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Kathy - the description is notable since I know some co ops like that in New York.  They need staging.

Jun 13, 2017 12:46 PM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Great suggestions for a bowling room in someone's home.  There are homes around the country who have bowling alleys in their basements, and one could have a couple of lanes. LOL A

Jun 13, 2017 01:04 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James Dray -why aren't you out playing while you're on vacation?

William Feela we have so many of those kinds of rooms in our condos and townhomes. 

Sheila Anderson once you see what you could do, I'll bet you figured it out. 

Jun 13, 2017 02:11 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michael Jacobs this is where vacant staging is handy.

Nina Hollander agents can see this because they view these rooms daily but buyers need some assistance.

Wayne Martin we have many in the 55+ communities!



Jun 13, 2017 03:27 PM #16
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Kathy - Great advice. We see these rooms frequently here, usually in finished basements of 60's ranches, and they rarely have much appeal. Great staging, as you demonstrate, can change that completely.

Jun 13, 2017 03:29 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

True Barbara Todaro the easiest thing to do is divide the space visually!

Joe Pryor We see so many in our area, and the rooms can be narrow and narrow and long!

Marte Cliff I think it stems from trying to squeeze as many lots as they can into a small amount of space. It can work because in some communities, the homeowner isn't necessarily looking for a huge back yard.



Jun 13, 2017 03:31 PM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

LOL Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents you are a hoot!!! One of my consults had the media area at one end and the sofa/sitting area all the way at the other end. You'd have needed binoculars to watch television.

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty so many of my clients bought their furniture for their next home.

Jun 13, 2017 03:35 PM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Belinda Spillman rooms are so unique these days, we have to show buyers how they can work with it and their furniture.

Grant Schneider not every home has the traditional rooms that are square and easy to design.


Jun 13, 2017 03:41 PM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ron and Alexandra Seigel LOL- you know, I did see a home with a swimmng pool in the lower level AND a window so you could see under the water.

Dick Greenberg many stagers admit that when they first see these unusually  shaped rooms they have to stop and think about what they will do. I've even called Sharon Tara for advice!

Jun 13, 2017 03:44 PM #21
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Kathy we just had a bowling alley type of room but once it was staged nobody every noticed that part!

Jun 13, 2017 04:13 PM #22
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

The dining areas like this look great with a farm table set up. It is long and sleek and very much in vogue.

Jun 13, 2017 07:36 PM #23
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I leave it to the professionals even though I love the results Kathy Streib you portray...

Jun 13, 2017 09:08 PM #24
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've been stumped many times with odd shaped or really long rooms. It really bothered me the first few times it happened to me because I'm supposed to be the professional. Then I learned to say

"Hey, if this is hard for me to visualize just imagine how potential buyers are going to feel. We really need to define this space." 

There have been a few I really questioned whether I could come up with a solution.

I've always found the answer thank goodness, but some just take a bit more thought than others.

Jun 14, 2017 05:49 AM #25
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Many older homes in our area are long and narrow "shotgun" houses or row houses. Your staging tips are excellent for these types of homes.

Jul 14, 2017 09:30 AM #26
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