Today.... I Became .... an 'Angler'

Home Stager

I have seen it done many times.  I have very rarely thought it made sense.  Don't get me wrong, sometimes it does, but I have seen it done so many times and so seldom needed to do it that I figured it was something I would never be. 

You know, an 'Angler'.   Stagers who put furniture and beds and area rugs on an angle.  Seriously, in the 3 years I have been staging, I have only put a bed on an angle twice.  Truth be told, the first time I was helping another stager with a job and she insisted on it.  I didn't want to do it, but it was her job so I gritted my teeth and angled the bed.  The second time it was because the room was weird and it was the only way the bed would fit.  I hated it.  It screamed 'staging class' to me. (Seriously, I have taken two staging classes - both times almost every room in the house was angled  - I wanted to be the rebel that DIDN'T angle) I swore I would never do it again.

There was that time I did it in a living room, but that was because I was competing with a baby grand piano and otherwise you would not have been able to walk through the room. Okay, maybe I have angled more than I thought, but it is not something I choose to do often.  What was I talking about again?

Oh, right!

Today, I staged a house that truly is beautiful all on its own. Great woodwork, really great wood floors, nice tilework, nice light fixtures, you name it. The problem was the living room.  No matter how I aligned the sofa with the fireplace, it just wasn't right.  Directly across, it looked bad from the entry.  Perpendicularly, it blocked the pathway to the kitchen...on both sides.    I thought about going with 4 chairs.  My husband refused to take the sofa out of the house.  I even considered asking the owner to relocate a column (just kidding).  What's a girl to do? 

Suck it up and try it on an angle, that's what.  To my surprise, I loved it...

I may not do it again for a very long time, but yes, I will consider angling again. Of course, only if absolutely necessary. :)



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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

I, too, shudder at MLS photos of room after room that have been "angled" by a Stager - for no apparent purpose otherthan to make the room appear strangely tilted!  But here, you've provided a solution - big difference!  Happy Staging - Julie

Jun 19, 2008 12:42 AM #12
Abby Roselli
ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC - Staten Island, NY
Staten Island Home Stager

I think there are times that angling furnishings are appropriate, and other times not so much.  Depends on the room, the furniture, etc.  But, like with anything, it needs to be pulled together correctly and look like someone could actually live comfortably as it is set up.  Your examples define that perfectly...they look great!  =)  Angling furniture just for the sake of angling it doesn't work...and that goes for occupied and vacant homes.

Jun 19, 2008 01:03 AM #13
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Michele - I almost totally missed your comment!  Glad I didn't.  10 or 20 times, huh?  Sigh....

Kym - Thanks for the compliment - it really does mean a lot to have so many qualified stamps of approval!

Julia - Shudder - that exactly what I do!  I'm often shaking my head and asking why? why?  over and over again.  Used in moderation - and the appropriate situation - it can work and not seem weird.

Abby - Well said!  Knowing when it works and when it is just wrong is something all stagers should know.  And I know you know it!  :)

Jun 19, 2008 01:43 AM #14
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Beautiful home and beautiful staging, Kimberly!  I'm with you and usually resist those angled arrangements unless the room really dictates it.  I especially think it looks funny to angle a bed and have never done that, but there may come a time!

Jun 19, 2008 02:09 AM #15
Elizabeth Jacobs-Kelleher
Best Impressions Home - Zelienople, PA

I'm with you on angling. I think it usually looks contrived and slightly jarring, and brings attention to the furniture instead of the actual roomelements that buyers should be noticing, such as the flooring and fireplace.

In this case, however, it looks great! You made an awkward room functional. Thumbs up. :)

You have actually made me reconsider angling in my own home! I have a very similar room that could benefit from an arrangement like that, and I've been resisting because I just. don't. like. angling. But you did such a nice job and made it work so well that I may copycat you. LOL

Jun 19, 2008 02:34 AM #16
Leslie Hoyt
Hello Home! - Greenville, SC
Hello Home!

Staging wisdom tells us when to angle and when NOT to.This time you were wise- and so was your stubborn husband who refused to take the sofa out of the house.

(LOL! You two sound like Mark and me working together!)


Jun 19, 2008 02:42 AM #17
Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
Staging done ONLINE!

Kimberly- On most jobs, I will try the angle, but most of the time it doesn't work. But I keep on trying because every once in awhile, it not only works, but looks fabulous! Yours looks fabulous, and you took what could have been a boring predictable arrangement, and gave it some WOW!!!

Jun 19, 2008 04:10 AM #18
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Diana - Thanks!  That's that you've said it, an ngled bed may be in your future... ;)

Okay, Elizabeth, my anti- angling sister, go ahead and give it a go!  I want to see pictures!  :)

Leslie - You should have seen the look on his face when I said 'This sofa may not work.'  It was hysterical!!   His response?  'Oh, you will make it work.'  So I did.

Elaine - WOW?  Really?  Yeah!!!!   Keep trying that angle, you may get lucky!

Jun 19, 2008 01:54 PM #19
Heather Cook
Rooms in Bloom Staging & Design Inc. - Kitchener, ON
Quality Home Staging

Looks awesome! Welcome to the angler's club!

Seriously though, my husband once found me my "dream home" because it was on a corner lot and "angled" to face both streets! He thought it was hilarious and I just thought it looked fabulous.

Sigh. LOL!

Jun 20, 2008 01:14 AM #20
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Beautiful work Kimberly and the angles are perfect for this setting.  That's the key, make the furniture work with the room and the architecture.  I like angles and I like asymmetry but I guess that's to be expected with someone a bit off kilter like myself. 

At first I thought you were "throwing us a line and had gone fishin'" but then I thought, NO moderator Kimberly would not post her vacation in SIF.  (-:

Jun 20, 2008 02:27 AM #21
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Heather - Angled on a corner lot...LOL...Thanks for letting me in the club!  :)

Ginger - That's right, I follow the rules!!  LOL!  Just fishing for the perfect furniture arrangement.... ;)

Jun 20, 2008 04:19 AM #22
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Beautiful Home Kim and the 'angling' did look awesome here!



Jun 21, 2008 02:00 AM #23
Roberta Anderson
Hearth & Home Staging - Silverdale, WA
Hearth & Home Staging, Staging Kitsap County

I love the angle look when it FITS the home! Often it just looks contrived and as some have said "staged". I despise angled beds though. But, I just did a move in consultation and the only way the large bed could fit in the room without blocking the windows was. . . angled. I hated suggesting it, but it will look great in the corner~

As always, your rooms look great Kimberly! And I had to laugh that your hubby refused to take the sofa out. Mine has done the same thing!!

Jun 21, 2008 02:28 AM #24
Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

Sometimes it is fun to through in an "angle" to spice things up and throw off your assistants ;))... it is all about the flow. You did a great job. At first I thought you were talking about fishing... I thought "what is she dangling on her fishing/staging line?"

Ha... dangleberry is the graphic.. too funny!

Jun 21, 2008 04:07 AM #25
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Grace - Thank you!

Roberta - I know just how much you cringed when making that suggestion!  LOL...sometimes, you just have to bite the bullit..

Lori Kim- Thanks!  Fishing...never entered my mind when I wrote the title, so that tells you how much I'm into that!  :P

Jun 21, 2008 06:26 AM #26
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
Real Estate Services You can Trust!

Kimberly, your angling staging job turned out beautifully.  Very nicely done.  Congrats.


Jun 26, 2008 08:51 AM #27
Kathy Riggle
Houston Home Staging

Looks great Kimberly! Don't worry-get back on the wagon tomorrow & forget this little transgression...

Jun 27, 2008 10:46 AM #28
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Actually staging my listing yesterday with Kym Hough and she said the exact same thing!!!  I hate to angle the couch and what do you know, we angled the couch.  Sometimes, it's just right, just right, just right.  She'll be posting photos soon.  You'll see.  Good job, beautiful staging.

Jun 27, 2008 12:05 PM #29
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Gary - Thanks so very much!

Kathy - I am going to an 'anglers anonymous' meeting this wek... ;)

Terylynn- I knew I liked Kym for some reason!  LOL!!!   Can't wait to see them!

Jun 28, 2008 12:55 PM #30
No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging
Hickory, NC

Kimberly - beautiful job... I dub you Master Angler - at least for a day ;-) God bless,

Jun 28, 2008 01:53 PM #31
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