I recently got a call to Stage a Master bedroom on a tight budget. However, not only was the budget tight, but the room. Without furniture the master bedroom gave the impression that not even a queen bed would fit. Well, that is why Staging is so crucial. With a tight budget and a tight space, Home Staging By C.C. took the challenge.
Here is how to Stage a room on a budget.
Step One:Go to your local hardware store and buy 12 medium size moving boxes- Yes, that's right. Moving Boxes. Then,fold the tops and bottoms in so they close - NO TAPE. Tape will just ruin the boxes and most importantly take too long to tape and then un-tape at furniture pick-up day. After assembling the boxes. Lay them out in rows of 3 where you want your bed to go. Ideally, against a wall, but in this scenario it is under a window (not ideal). See image below.
No tape. Queen Bed-12 boxes
Don't Worry. There are more steps.
Step Two: We hide the boxes with a bed skirt. Bed Skirts are an essential tool in Staging. In higher end Stagings, we use actual bed frames and we still use bed skirts, great way to hide our empty storage bags/containers for pick-up. See Image.
Brown Bed Skirt
Step Three: Place the mattress on top. Now, even for Box Bed Stagings I use a real mattress. You want the bed to look inviting, comfortable, real!!! I never use fake box like mattresses. And for a master bedroom I went with a queen size, nightstands still fit. Image below
Real Mattress- You can use an air mattress-Round edges are key.
Step Four: Lush, comfortable duvets, pillows. The night before a Staging I always iron the top sheets, pillows etc. I iron them with folds as well. Perfect folds. Then on staging day I use the lines on the folds to make the bed perfectly. Like a Hotel. I also keep the sheets, pillow cases etc packed until arrival. i.e. I don't cover the pillows beforehand, to prevent any dirt, smudges. Great example, going into this house I slipped on the ice (thank you Chicago blizzard)-luckily all the linens and pillows were safely packed in plastic.Image below of a comfortable bed coming together.
Don't worry. Once it is all done I steam out wrinkles. :)
Why? We are portraying a lifestyle. A lifestyle somebody wants!!!Don't you want to go to bed every night in Steamed, ironed Sheets. AH, a dream
Step Five: On all box/fake beds I add a bow-tie blanket- a polite way of saying "Don't SIT down!!" Because we know what will happen if you do.
Some Stagers may use a tray with tea/coffee set. I use to- but trying to get away from the common trends.
Before Meets After