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5 Home Staging Essentials To Have On Hand

As a real estate agent or an owner trying to sell your home, you know how important it is to stage a vacant home for sale. When someone walks into an empty house and there aren’t things to help them visualize themselves in it, it can mean the possibility of losing that buyer. We put together a list of 5 things that you should invest in to help stage your home.


These can include little decorative items such as books, home magazines, fake plants, throw pillows, baskets, and interesting tchotchkes. When you add little decorative elements to an empty space it brings a personal touch to the room. A couch with a couple throw pillows and a blanket draped across it looks much more inviting than an unadorned one, and adds texture to the space.

Coffee Table

A coffee table centers the room and creates a more cohesive living space. This helps determine the flow of traffic which will also help the buyer visualize how they would walk through the home when their own furniture is in the home.

If you have time, the top of your coffee table is another opportunity to accessorize and give the living room a finished feel. Give your coffee table a centerpiece, like a floral in an interesting pot, and then build out from there with stacks of art books, candles, or whatever you have handy.


When you think art, don’t think expensive. You can find inexpensive canvases at thrift stores, Homegoods, or Hobby Lobby. We recommend canvases as they are more durable and you don’t have to worry about storing them or breaking glass. Lean towards neutral colors and nonrepresentational styles.

A good rule of thumb is to hang a single framed artwork at eye level. If you’re hanging art above furniture, it can be about 6 inches above the piece. If the art is going above a sofa or console, the piece should be approximately two-thirds the width of the furniture.


Grabbing a variety of occasional tables can come in handy when you are staging a home. These can be places next to couches, chairs, or used as a bedside table. Having these on hand just adds to that finished feel.


We always have one of these handy when staging a home. When a room has just a mattress and frame adding a headboard gives it a more finished look. These are inexpensive and easy to carry. Make sure to tuck or prop the pillows as the headboard will not be attached to the bed.

All of these items are easy to move and carry. Avoid large items like couches and beds. We also recommend avoiding rugs as they will not work in every space that you are www. Happy staging!

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