Fung Shei Advice on Dining Room Chairs

Home Stager with Showhomes

On a recent tour of a Showhome here in Nashville, Edie Moll, owner of Showhomes Portland suggested the following:

When touring a dining room, she suggested that it was better Fung Shei to pull dining room chairs out a bit from the table so they are easier to sit in and the table as a whole is more apporachable. Here are two versions of the same table in different stagings with the chairs in and out:

Her idea, and I agreed, was that the more approachable a room is, the more comfortable it is for buyers. The more comfortable the room is, the more likely buyers will sit down in a room and if they do that they will spend more time in the home. The amount of time that a buyer spends in a staged home is often what determines how much they will pay for a home. More time = higher offer.

I like clear dining room tables, free from place settings because I beleive it makes the table more approachable but I never thought about pulling the chairs out. Great idea! Edie is schooled in Fung Shei and uses it in her staging in Scottsdale and Portland.

What do you think?

Comments (9)

Jenniffer Lee
RE/MAX Complete Solutions - Boca Raton, FL
Broker/Owner/Realtor at RE/MAX Complete Solutions

I would have pushed them all the way in to make the room look bigger, but I do agree that it is cozier with the chairs out a bit.  Thanks for the pictures.  I never would have thought of that.


Jul 08, 2008 01:08 AM
Home Staging
Showhomes - Nashville, TN

I had the same idea Jennifer - I liked the tight look and thought it made the room bigger but after seeing it done a few times, it really does make a subtle difference.

This works for barstools, too - pulling them out makes a difference!

Jul 08, 2008 01:09 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Thomas, Depending on the size of the space, I try to leave them out just a little bit.  Interesting because this room has been warmed up with color and more importantly....balanced.  The key I believe to selling and living.

Jul 08, 2008 01:13 AM
Home Staging
Showhomes - Nashville, TN

Thanks, Carole - I was hoping you'ld comment. I'm going to begin paying attention to the chairs - if there is enough room, it really does look and feel better.

Jul 08, 2008 01:16 AM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

I always have the chairs out a little because I think it makes the room look bigger, not smaller.  When all crammed in, the room might seem bigger, but the space appears much smaller because it's all pushed together.  When furniture is spread out, it shows you can put much more furniture into a room.  I had no idea it was a Fung Shei thing

Jul 08, 2008 01:24 AM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO


The room definitely looks more appealing.  Thank you for sharing the idea.


Jul 08, 2008 01:49 AM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Hi Thomas!  Leaving the chairs out a bit is so much more welcoming when the space allows.

Jul 08, 2008 02:08 AM
Wendy Casey
A-List Home Staging & Decor - Surrey, BC

 Thomas, the room now looks more welcoming and open. It's quite a difference - thanks for this Feng Shui moment!

Wendy Casey - Vancouver, BC

Jul 08, 2008 05:06 AM
Home Staging
Showhomes - Nashville, TN

Thanks for the kind words! I am exicted to learn about this Feng Shui technique myself - don't think I'll look at chairs the same way going forward.

Jul 08, 2008 09:16 AM