Home Staging -- Tips for Transforming a Vacant Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom is one of the spaces in your house on which buyers cast a keen and discerning eye.
They need to know if this room is big enough, bright enough, quiet enough, and cozy enough.

In a vacant home, this room NEEDS to be staged.

Without cozy, you may get no contract.

See what I mean?
This room, as shown online, before I staged it, could translate into any another room in the home.
Is this a dining room? Living room? Office?
The before pictures are the actual ones that were in the MLS listing.

Don't let house hunters wonder what a room's purpose is.

If you have no bed (because you are now using it in your new place,
or you can't fit it into or even LIFT it into your car), do what I do:
Make a base (boxspring size to fit the mattress) of these.
(About 8-10 boxes.)

And add one of these to it:

You don't need fancy bed linens either, to get a layered look.
In fact, this bed's layers consist of a fitted sheet, throw, two pillows with shams,
3 throw pillows and 3 curtain panels!
The red "comforter" you see is actually a curtain.
The flat layered sheets are also curtain panels.

This room doesn't have a fancy dresser/bureau set.
But, it does have a sitting area.

The two arm chairs from the dining room and a foyer table makes a spot to relax.

Some of my "props" are lamps, rugs, vases, greenery, throws.
Props are home decor items (furniture and accessories) that stagers use 
to help a house feel like a home.

The fruit, florals, and food on the bed tray are faux, fake, and phony.

I got them at Hobby Lobby.
I also added some tea bags to the teapot.

If possible, while showing, leave the blinds/shutters/curtains open to let the light in.
Don't do this, however, if there is a view into the neighbor's bathroom.*grin*

This is the Master Closet off this bedroom before.
I'm sorry about the dark pictures taken late afternoon.

Organized and simplified after.
I always leave a few empty hangers in closets to suggest that there is plenty of room for more clothing.

After staging this room and the rest of the house attached to this room,
this house got 4 offers in 34 days!
(It had previously been on the market for 6 months!)

Other ideas for staging a vacant Master Bedroom:

  • You don't NEED night stands. Those round wooden tables with the 3 screw-in legs and a round tablecloth are perfect for a bedside table, too. 
  • Add a large mirror and try to place it across from a window. This suggests spaciousness.
  • Add simple large silk plants.
  • Always, always, always make sure there are alternative lighting sources besides the light on the ceiling or ceiling fan. Keep them on for showings.
  • Always add a chair of some sort to the room, preferably near a window.
  • A bed tray with a magazine, a few mugs, and cloth napkins are a must.
  • An open book with a pair of spectacles on a night table is a nice touch, too.

Any more ideas or thoughts?



  1. You are so smart....and no wonder it made such a difference......boxes for box springs?? BRILLIANCE!

  2. Beautiful job. You are so creative!!

  3. Thanks for sharing your expertise. I need these tips, we may be listing soon. :)

  4. I use this idea all the time! How funny! I use plastic bins as my 'boxspring' and then put the blow up bed on top! (We always have to put a note on the bed though, because some people actually SIT ON THE BED! (Can you imagine sitting on a stranger's bed???) Anyway, you've done a beautiful job on this room!

  5. You do such a great job! I love when you post all your great ideas. Thanks.

  6. Great ideas! Do you have any tips for entering the home staging business in Tennessee? You are such an inspiration!

  7. Great pictures! At least now sellers know what to do to market their property. Hoping to hear more from you!

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  9. Bedroom is the main part of home, where we feel relaxed after full of stress. It should be well decorated. Curtains play very important role in bedroom decoration. Thanks for sharing.

  10. is it important to have a table on each side of the bed? or is one side ok?

    1. One side is perfectly fine, but try to have light sources on either side of the bed. A floor lamp is okay on one side, too.
      Thank you for asking :)

  11. Wow, great ideas! Those tricks are great and an inexpensive way to make the room beautiful!


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