How to Stage Your Family Room

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How to Stage Your Family Room

In addition to the kitchen, the family room also receives a lot of scrutiny from buyers. Besides the kitchen, it’s where the family’s where we all relax after a hard day.


staged family room


You don’t have to knock out walls to make your family room stand out to the buyer. You will want to show the possibilities and livability of the room!


How to Stage Your Family Room...


This is one of the first things that’s recommended for all of your rooms when selling your house.

If you have a taste specific color, use a color that is that will appeal to many buyers and not turn off others.



Two things that will turn off a Buyer quickly is a house with an odor and one that is dirty!

The best thing you can do is clean over, under, around, in and on top of everything!

Don’t forget to also clean either yourself or professionally your upholstered furniture and rugs and carpet.

If you have patio doors, make sure you clean the tracks as well.


crowded family roomRIGHT-SIZE YOUR FURNITURE

What many people do is buy furniture for their next house...the one that they hope will be larger.


What this ends up doing is making your family room look small and crowded.

Or, we use pieces that we fell in love with because they are so comfortable without any thought to size and proportion.

Whatever the case, if you aren’t in a position to buy or rent more size-appropriate pieces, then remove pieces that you don’t need. Store them for your next home!


You want something that will draw your buyers into the room.  If your buyers aren’t going into a room, but only peeking in, that adds up to low interest.

For family rooms, it might be a fireplace, a large piece of art,  a seating area or a TV/media center.

While some people frown on televisions being used in staging, let’s be real!  What’s one of the first things that someone will ask when they walk into a family room?  Where can we put the TV?



You have a house to sell, so show it! Let your buyers see what they may want to buy. If your only artificial light is the overhead fixture that came with the house, then you need to head to Home Goods or Home Depot and invest in some light fixtures!

Spread the lamps around to create the right mood. Want to know just how much ambient lighting you’ll need? Check here.


Remove heavy valances and window coverings.

Make them sparkle.

If you have screens on them, remove them! (Did you know that removing screens lets in as much as 30% more light!)

Make sure that there are no obstacles blocking the view. For those of us who live in Florida, our buyers are looking for the tropical lifestyle. That view is what will help with the investment you’ve made in your home.

blocked windows

The client was blocking the view with the sheers, tv, and bookstand. And the fireplace gets lost.





While you won’t want to have a lot of small rugs eating up space, you will want to use larger rugs to act as an anchor for your seating areas. It helps to define a space, especially if you a large family room, or one that is longer than it is wide. (the bowling alley room), or one that has a very unique shape.



As you would throughout the house, edit what you don’t need or items that will distract or detract from the viewing experience.

Take a look at your bookshelves and remove about 75% of what you have on them. Go ahead and pack them up!


 family room cluttered



Now comes the fun part! Even though it has been more comfortable having that recliner close to the patio door, you may have to reposition it so that buyers will be able to easily go out to view your pool or patio area.

Make sure that traffic paths are not blocked!


Need help staging your family room? Contact Room Service Home Staging for our tailored just for you Consultation!!



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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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Great post it really is all about making the first impression a lasting one.

Jul 06, 2018 12:30 PM #20
Doug Jones
Mortgage Magic - San Jose, CA
Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668

Going to save this and one day use it ...kind of embarrassing but I seem to specialize in empty houses of dead people 

Jul 06, 2018 02:20 PM #21
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Now appearing on stage live and in person Kathy Streib 

Jul 06, 2018 02:20 PM #22
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I see a great deal of family rooms stuffed with over sized furniture, great topic Kathy Streib 

Jul 06, 2018 03:56 PM #23
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Kathy another great how to post on staging!

Jul 06, 2018 04:24 PM #24
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good aevening Kathy Streib,

o glad to see this post featured! Families accumulate so much clutter! Once its removed you can begin to enjoy the livability of the space and enjoy your home!!

Jul 06, 2018 05:27 PM #25
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Great tip sfor staging a family room.  I would not have guessed the part about using a rug to focus on an area.

Jul 06, 2018 05:38 PM #26
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Wonderful info Kathy Streib  great tips on decorating as always

Jul 06, 2018 05:53 PM #27
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy loved this post, one part of it reminded me when we looked at our present home and the living room had an oversized L shaped leather couch.... Diane hated it it took up a large part of the living room, keep in mind it is a small house... and then close to closing time the listing agent wanted to know if we wanted the couch:)) yes right size furniture does make a huge difference, Endre

Jul 06, 2018 06:27 PM #28
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Fantastic post, Kathy and you are spot-on - oversized furniture is something we all love in our family rooms - we want it cozy and have plenty of seating room...EXCEPT when we are selling our homes! It needs to be done JUST the way you descibed!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend, Kathy.

Jul 06, 2018 08:53 PM #29
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

When we buy our next home, we will not put ours on the market until we move out.  We'll leave some of the furniture for staging purposes, you can bet the home will be squeaky clean

Jul 07, 2018 03:24 AM #30
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Nice tips, Kathy. I think all sellers should read this and do it. I am getting more and more clutter adverseand less is more.

Jul 07, 2018 05:37 PM #31
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I love this straight forward post.  All sellers should read every word of this article.  Best of all, most of the suggestions can be implemented with little or no cost.

Jul 08, 2018 02:19 AM #32
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Good advice - thanks for sharing!

Jul 08, 2018 06:40 AM #33
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager all of it! Great choices for photos as examples too, Kathy!

A well deserved FEATURE!

Jul 08, 2018 09:03 AM #34
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy

This is outstanding! I see a lot of family rooms that are cramped with stuff...the way people live and relax - which is NOT what buyers will react well to. And I suspect some are looking to see "will our stuff all fit?" and if the rooms look cramped, the answer will be no.


Jul 08, 2018 09:41 AM #35
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

WIth every house I list, I make sure the windows are cleaned first. Makes such a big difference!!  The sellers are always amazed!

Jul 08, 2018 01:29 PM #36
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Yes, let in the light and the view. We had neighbors (now deceased) whose house has large windows with a view over the meadow toward the mountain - a beautiful view. However, I was never in that house when I could see out. The blinds were always drawn and the house was always dark. It felt like a cave and I never wanted to stay long.

Jul 09, 2018 09:40 AM #37
Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Thank you for sharing these great tips. many times sellers forget it is the basics that can make a world of difference to a potential buyer. 

Jul 10, 2018 10:12 AM #38
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

I have seen many people try to stage a family room with the sparse furniture front and center on the fireplace or tv.  To me, if you have a 20' room with a fireplace at the end, you shouldn't scoot the two chairs into the front half of the room and leave the second half vacant and void.   I am not a home stager, so maybe there is a valid reason for it but at least to me, it implies a lot of wasted space in the home more than the cozy setting.  What are your thoughts on this Kathy Streib ? 

Jul 12, 2018 12:17 PM #39
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