How to Stage Your Master Bedroom…

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How to Stage Your Master Bedroom…

Years ago a builder, showing me his latest custom home proudly showed me his master bedroom and bath. He pointed out that the master suite was designed so that it would never be without enough hot water. Afterall, he said, this is the person who’s paying the mortgage...let’s make sure they’re happy.



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When you are preparing your home for sale, make sure that you make your buyer feel as if they’ve just walked into a retreat.


How to stage your master bedroom...


1. Think Spa and Retreat

If you’ve ever had the good fortune to spend a night in a luxury hotel, think back about your first thought and how you felt. If you’re like me, you probably said “Wow!”

This is what you want your buyers to if they’ve walked into a retreat


2.Enough light to see and soft enough for effect

Most of the homes I see lack proper lighting. In fact, many still have the overhead light fixture that came with the house.

THIS IS NOT ENOUGH! You need lamps on the nightstands at the very least. When your home is being shown and your turn on all of the lights, you’ll want to have more than just the overhead light!


master bedroom before master bedroom after


3. Remove any signs of work

If you have your desk piled high with papers and a computer, find another place for it. A working area doesn’t fit the retreat atmosphere and it also tells a buyer that your home is lacking in enough space for an office.

By the way, this also goes for craft projects, etc that you have sitting around.


This goes without saying but because we all spend so little time here, be sure to address some areas that you may have overlooked.

Don’t forget to clean your windows as well!


5.Neutral, soothing color

As in the rest of the house, keep your palette soothing and buyer friendly. Think soft!



Lacy doilies, crocheted throws, and certain lamps can turn off your buyers. In their minds, they’ll see an old person living there and not themselves. (even if they are old too!)


7. Gender neutral

Just as you want your paint color to be neutral, you also want your furnishings to be as well. You’ll want your bedroom to be appealing to any gender.



Most of us have too much furniture in our bedrooms...mainly the obligatory master bedroom set...dressers we may not need anymore, heavy matching nightstands, another matching armoire, and the large comfortable chair. Depending upon the size of your room, you may be overwhelming it.

Edit the room to what you truly need and pack up what you can do without until you move.

If your bedroom is where you fold your household laundry, move it to your utility room.


9.Add a focal point

You’ll want to do this for every room and in the Master Bedroom, that is usually your bed. What do you see when you walk in the room?

If there is no headboard, consider adding an appropriately sized piece of art to help draw the buyer into the room.


10.Give your bed the Ritz Spa treatment

Don’t skimp here!  The best thing you can do is purchase (if you don’t have them) white sheets and pillowcases to go with your neutral comforter or bedspread. Add color with pillows but careful how many you use. Those fluffy pillows can be space eaters.


messy closet11.Don’t forget your closets!

Messy closets filled to the brim with shoes, boxes, and clothes do nothing to create a sense of calm. Edit what you have and take as much off the floor as you can.

For an extra special touch, remove your wire hangers and invest in some of the space-saving felt covered hangers.







Don’t miss an opportunity to show your buyers the possibilities of your home. Show them the retreat they’ve been hoping for.



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Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

Sound advice Kathy.   

Jul 19, 2018 10:55 AM #27
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

This is worth considering even if not moving.  We all want to relax and the best way is too make yourself feel special by creating that "Wow!" when you retreat to your bedroom. Great tips, thanks.

Jul 19, 2018 11:19 AM #28
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy thank you for these great suggestions, especially number three

Jul 19, 2018 11:33 AM #29
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

All fabulous tips, Kathy. As you know one of my pet peeves is lack of lighting in any room. And I'm a fiend when it comes to neat closets. Since my color schemen is more into ivories, I hope you think ivory linens area as good as white.

Jul 19, 2018 12:32 PM #30
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are all excellent tips for staging a master bedroom, Kathy.  I especially like the look of that top photo.  I could live there. . .No problem!

Jul 19, 2018 01:45 PM #31
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons!

So wise of you to say: "keep a spa feeling" to the property--and that goes for the kids stuff too---needs to be tucked away. That will also reflect that you have plenty of room in the house to be able to store away any excesses....I have had clients also think that their beautiful family needs to be on exhibit...Not so! I am sure you agree that a blank slate is better than one that is full....This is a great post for those who really want to do the right thing in order to sell faster, for more money!! Congratulations on the well earned feature, Kathy!!

Jul 19, 2018 01:46 PM #32
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Excellent post Kathy! I love the idea of a spa-like treat. That will really help sellers 'see' what buyers want to see.  We just did 2 photo shoots this morning and both sellers did a great job of being show ready.

Jul 19, 2018 02:06 PM #33
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

I enjoyed number 6.  I know it's hard to believe but, I am an old person.

Jul 20, 2018 01:56 AM #34
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations, Kathy, on your feature recognition.

This is excellent advice to share.

Jul 20, 2018 03:42 AM #35
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

Morning Kathy, thanks for sharing the great tips on staging a bedroom.  It's amazing how just a few small changes and some cleaning can have a significant impact on the perceived value of your home. Have a great day.

Jul 20, 2018 03:57 AM #36
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Great tips! We want buyers to walk into a bedroom, and think, "Ahhhh".

Jul 20, 2018 05:12 AM #37
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Right on Kathy. Go for the high end luxury hotel look in our Master Baths and Bedrooms. One of my big splurges is our bedding - quality sheets, etc. Towels too...

Jul 20, 2018 07:44 AM #38
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

Good post- Are you available for consulting?  GreaT tips here. Thanks

Jul 20, 2018 08:44 AM #39
Fred Dorsey
Douglas Realty LLC - Rockville, MD
Specializing in Solutions

When you are setting up your home available to be purchased, ensure that you influence your purchaser to feel as though they've recently strolled into a withdraw.

Jul 20, 2018 10:20 AM #40
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

When I think "spa" I think big fluffy towels! I bought them, put them up, and have never touched them (my house is for sale.)

And I agree with the headboard - we removed some old artwork over our bed and repainted and never put anything back up - I think it looks too bare. 

Master bedroom

Jul 20, 2018 01:30 PM #41
Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realty, Realtors® • Broker • South East Florida • - Miami Beach, FL
Waterway Realtors, Notary Public 786-229-7999

Clutter is a big turn-off. Too much furniture is also not a good impression. Less is more.

Jul 20, 2018 04:07 PM #42
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hi Kathy, great ideas here.  I design the space for Master Suites and sometimes the detailing, but interior designers tend to make even lighting decisions and of course select all colors, furniture and accessories.  You offer a talent that a builder or homeowner wishing to stage a model or get ready for resale should take advantage of!

Jul 21, 2018 05:00 AM #43
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Great staging tips from a professional. Thanks

I think this is the best I have seen in regards to preparing a Master Bedroom.

Thanks for adding the photos.

Jul 23, 2018 06:26 AM #44
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We will be re-doing our master bedroom after the office...many points well taken...I have "re-done" the fireplace a time or two in my head...great insight !

Oct 08, 2018 01:15 AM #47
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Great advice to share with a seller getting ready to go on the market!  Thanks as always

May 15, 2019 04:14 AM #48
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