Home Staging -- A Boy's Bedroom



I often get asked if a child's bedroom ought to be kept staged as a child's bedroom.

In a smallish house, a child's room ought to be more versatile 
and perhaps be staged as a guest room or office. 
In a larger home, the room can be kept as a child's room.

 What needs to be considered is the buyer market for the home:
  • Is it a family friendly neighborhood?
  • Are the buyers looking for plenty of indoor play space?
  • Are there good elementary schools in this home's district, that would attract buyers with children?
  • Does this home have 4 or more bedrooms, so that other bedrooms may be the versatile ones?
If the answers to these questions are yes, then stage one or two of the bedrooms as children's rooms.


Here are some BEFORES/AFTERS of a young man's room I recently had the fun of staging.

This home had been on the market for FOUR months before I staged it.
It sold in 11 days after it was staged and relisted.

This room was dark, but the chalkboard was way cool, so we lightened the room and kept the fun.


BEFORE.


AFTER.





This room had a cool vintage Road Trip/ Travel theme which I kept.


BEFORE.


AFTER.





The closets were simplified, too.
All the extra "shelving" was removed: concrete blocks/planks, blue plastic bins,
and shoe hanging rack.


BEFORE.


During the staging of this home, this room went from "occupied" to vacant, 
when the family moved to their new home two states away. (This is why the closets are so empty.)
It's okay to simply stage the closets for fun!


AFTER.



Here are some ideas to get you started:


  • Make sure the room is clutter-free, so the resident young 'un can keep it neat for showings. Limit them to their favorites, and work with them.
  • Pretend you're a child again: create ECPs (Emotional Connection Points), not only for the adults, but especially for the child. Make a few "play stations" or vignettes that a buyer's child would take interest in. The real estate agent wants to hear the children say, "Mommy, this can be my room!"
  • Remove anything monogrammed or personally linked to the resident child for safety reasons.
  • Widen the age gap: (You can't do much about a crib)-but as much as possible (with what you have to work with- and this is not always possible) try to make it hard for a buyer to guess the age of the boy living in the room. The room should be as appropriate for a 3 year old, as it is for a 10 year old.
  • Suggest to the seller parents that to ease the transition and stress of selling, they reward their child(ren) for helping keep their rooms nice.


Have a beautiful, blessed day making your home!



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Sweet (Town)home Alabama :: Whole House Makeover on a Newlywed's Budget

[WARNING: Picture overload.]



A few weeks back, my daughter Sarah and I 
took a 4-day trip to Enterprise, Alabama,
to help a new bride surprise her new groom 
while he was away on exercises in the U.S. Army for a month
with a total transformation of their newlywed home.
Before marriage, they'd each lived in their own apartments,
but now their things needed to be merged 
and their personalities and love brought together.
They'd been living here for four months.

Theirs is a two-story town home with 2 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths.
And, although furnished, the new bride felt it lacked warmth and homeyness.
When Sarah and I arrived, we got a semi-good night's sleep 
and then we woke up and took before pictures 
and assessed their current belongings.
We took measurements and notes, 
and then made a shopping list and got in the car.
With visits to nearly every thrift, retail, and big box store available,
we found furnishings and decor for the whole space for around $500!

Let's start in the foyer and work our way through their place.
The foyer when we arrived.
(Take note of the vertical wall shelf on the floor in the corner on the right.)

BEFORE.


AFTER.
The pictures and letter up the stairs 
and the plaque on the table belonged to the couple.
All the rest is "new."

[The only outlet in the foyer was on the opposite wall from the console, the cord has since been secured and hidden.]

BEFORE.


AFTER.


This console was $35 and received a coat of pale gray-blue paint.
It is for future game or shoe storage.
Here it is as we found it.


Off the foyer is the door to the garage entrance, 
the half bath is at the end of the hall, 
and on the left (where her wedding gown is hanging) is the laundry room.

BEFORE.


The couple found themselves needing a spot on which to hang coats, emptied shopping bags, 
and other various things for which they had no spot other than the floor.
Sarah and I fashioned a wall rack from a 6" by 72" piece of poplar
which was stained and to which hooks were added.

AFTER.


It's handy by the back door, so I'm told.


At the rear right of the first floor is the living room, which looked like this when we arrived.
The sofa has a matching sofa and loveseat on the opposite side of the room.


With the addition of curtains, pillows, a plant, ottoman, a "new" table, and floor lamp,
this is what the room looked like when we'd finished with it.


Again, here's the BEFORE.


And the AFTER.


If your back is to the television above, this is what you'd have seen.

BEFORE.


A black leather rocker recliner we found in the garage was paired 
with the gray rocker recliner to make a sweet sitting area for the newlyweds.
These three framed graphic shirts belonged to the groom,
who'd worn them for special military comradery events.
To Sarah and I, the shirts were art simply waiting to be hung up;
they add a personal touch and scale to this side of the room.

AFTER.


BEFORE.


AFTER.



To the dining room, after we'd re-positioned the table and chairs,
we added a round mirror and some fresh white daisies
--the flowers at their wedding HERE.

BEFORE.


AFTER.


BEFORE.


AFTER


More kitchen AFTERS.




Remember the shelf I told you to take note of on the foyer floor at the beginning of this post?
Here it is, turned sideways to keep the counter clear and these things corralled.


This little gem of a lamp, found in another room, got tucked neatly under the kitchen cabinets.
We found this lampshade in a nearby thrift shop for $0.50.


Now we'll head upstairs.
Come along!

First, the guest bedroom/office, which was a bit of the groom's golf art collection, books, and computers.
With a lack of a desk chair, a computer box was being used in lieu of.

BEFORE.


BEFORE.


With a bit of arrangement of the golf art collection, the addition of a chair,
a few added decorative touches here and there, some curtains,
and a bit of staging of the bookshelves,
this space soon became a warm and cozy guest room and office.

AFTER.


AFTER.


AFTER.


BEFORE.


AFTER.



Off of the guest room was the guest bathroom.
Simple touches made this space an elegant one that nicely complements the guest room.

BEFORE.


AFTER.



Across the hall is the master bedroom.
After re-positioning the furnishings in the room to leave the wall opposite the windows
empty for the addition of a crib and changing table
(the couple is now expecting a boy in December!!),
the room is cozy and relaxing.


BEFORE.



BEFORE.


AFTER.




We found this iron scroll at Ross for $15 and it makes an interesting "headboard".
The tables were found at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for $80 for the pair and
the lamps came from a thrift store for $10/both.


The wall art here is souvenirs from the couple's honeymoon to Jamaica.
I grouped it to make a collection they can remember daily.


So, that's it.
We're back to the foyer to give hugs and say goodbye.
And was the groom happy about the makeover when he returned after a month?
Here's what he said:
"Woah. Wow! This is the best surprise I could have come home to."

Mission accomplished!

[One last thing: our favorite thrift store find was this lamp for $7. The shade was more than the lamp: $13!]



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