Staging dining tables with table settings...does it attract buyers?

Home Stager with Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket 416.928.2999

Staging in Vaughan and the Toronto GTA area we don't typically stage dining tables with complete table settings as most people never use their dining room except at holiday time.

We will stage with a simple table decor like these table settings to create a warm and inviting ambiance in a room...

staging a dining table michelle finnamore

staging a dining table michelle finnamore

staging a dining table michelle finnamore

What do you find is the norm in your area?

Do you set the table with place mats, dishes, glasses, silverware, napkins etc.?

Or do you find a simple, warm and inviting vignette sets the stage to attract your ideal buyers online?

When you are looking to prepare your listing to attract buyers online call the Go To Girl around town.

Michelle Finnamore Interiors Ltd.


2016 Voted Best Staging Company in Vaughan and Toronto GTA




















Comments (11)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I am sure you will get a ton of staging clients from your post!

Aug 08, 2017 06:36 AM
Michelle Finnamore

HI Kristen, people love table top decor and it is an important lifestyle look to project to a buyer.  Thank you for stopping in to see these ideas.

Aug 11, 2017 04:02 AM
Kathryn Acciari
Central One Federal Credit Union - Shrewsbury, MA
Mortgage Loan Originator

Michelle, if you included a photo, I am unable to see it.  

My favorite staging of a dining table is a runner and perhaps a vase of flowers.

Aug 08, 2017 06:43 AM
Michelle Finnamore

HI Kathryn, there are several photos however they are not showing up. Tried uploading them again. Working on it now. Thank you for stopping in and letting me know.


It seems the images are uploading now, it was a system error.


We don't typically use a table runner but I do love the ones from Pier 1 for the holidays.

Aug 08, 2017 06:53 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Michelle,

Like you, I also prefer an interesting vignette on a dining table, rather than place settings (and certainly no flatware).  I think that buyers can relate to welcoming tabletop decor, and it feels less "forced" in homes that are on the market.

Aug 11, 2017 12:22 AM
Michelle Finnamore

HI Maureen, I would always be concerned about the flatware going missing if we staged with it.

We also try for the relaxed look for table top decor.

There are times where we will place an 18" wide decorative mirror on the centre of a table and then place a large vase with flowers on it. Anything we can do to have the buyer remember the house with something a little different we will try. 

Thank you for stopping in to see this today.

Aug 11, 2017 04:06 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Funny.  I never used to set the dining table, but now I almost always do in a vacant property.  Nothing too fussy; simple white dishes, placemats, napkins and something unexpected in the bowls, like a wood ball, felt ball, blades of grass.  I know, random!

Aug 17, 2017 10:15 PM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Sally, would love to see some of your table top vignettes. Interesting choices help the property to stand out with buyers when they sometimes see 5 houses in a day.

Aug 18, 2017 06:54 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Michelle, In the past, I have staged tables with placemats and place settings.  In today's "less is more" society, I would leave the table with something simple like the tray you showed or a nice candle or silk flower arrangement in the middel.

Sep 16, 2017 09:27 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I remember in the early years...staging with all it all....from silverware to tea cups. No more fancy...just usually a runner and centerpiece. Sometimes I do a stack of dessert dishes and a nice coffee setting. Depends on what is at hand...I do occupied so I use what I can find.

Oct 25, 2017 08:19 AM
Janelle Ancillotti
Seneca Home Staging - Syracuse, NY
HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY

Hello Michelle! I have staged many dining tables with simple table decor, but prefer to use table settings.  Whereas simple table decor says to a buyer "this room is just for show", a dining table that looks like it is ready for guests evokes positive emotions for buyers who aspire to entertaining or just enjoying dinner at home with family. 

Jan 18, 2018 05:12 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Janelle, it can be really area specific when it comes to dining tables. We find in our area, most home owners have simple decor items on their tables so we follow suit.  Please post some of your staged tables so we can see your inspiration for buyers.  

Jan 18, 2018 05:50 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

We've advertised homes with both types of display.  There doesn't seem to be a differeence in time on the market.  I do like your logic.

Mar 10, 2018 02:13 PM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Glad to see you have tried both ideas out in your market Judi.  It really is dependant on who you are trying to attract as an ideal client for a property. Age of the potential has a lot to do with it as well.

Mar 11, 2018 07:21 AM