Atlanta Home Staging Company: Puzzled on How To Arrange Your Furniture When Selling?

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Puzzled on How To Arrange Your Furniture When Selling?


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Well you’re not alone.  The question; "how do I arrange the furniture?" is perhaps the most frequently asked questions I receive.  And with reason.  Most sellers have seen enough shows on TV to understand that there's a need to change.  However, they're challenged on exactly what changes would benefit them the most.  

Let's begin with reviewing the objective:  

The objective for the seller is to showcase the features as well as the space the home has to offer.

How is that accomplished?


  • Find the feature you want to highlight.  Perhaps it's the fireplace in the living room or the built-ins in the keeping room.  Your objective as a seller is to draw the buyers' eye to that feature.
  • Add visual space. This can be accomplished by removing an item or two from the room.  For example, if you have two end tables today, try removing one.  If you have a dining room table with a leaf and 6 chairs, try removing the leaf and two of the chairs.
  • Expose your flooring.  This is especially true if you believe this to be a feature of the home. Try removing the rug or reduce the size of the rug you use.  Yes, area rugs can add warmth but if over-sized, then you risk covering up one of the best features of the home.



With those basics in mind, know that it's perfectly okay to have a room re-arranged 5-6 (or more) times before you settle on the right arrangement.  

Also know that there are experts in place that are use to "putting the pieces together." An experienced home professional can easily help you identify the features, knows what it takes to add that "visual space" and can recognize what features may be hidden and need to be exposed.

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Comment balloon 24 commentsKathy Nielsen • January 21 2009 08:26AM


Kathy ~ Very informative!  I like the tips for adding visual space.  I love the graphic and tag line!

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) over 6 years ago

Kathy: Great tips for home sellers. Most will still need to hire a professional home stager to implement it. I like your puzzle analogy. Very clever. Is "We put the pieces together" your new tag line?

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 6 years ago

I really agree with exposing the flooring-too many times it is covered with oversized rugs.  Great Article Kathy!  

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Thanks, Kathy P.

Michelle - I agree that most will need to hire a professional!  Thanks for the compliment on the puzzle analogy.  As for "we put the pieces together", I do like it as a tag line and need to consider using it moving forward.

Cathy - There's a before and after picture (which I should post again) that truly demonstrates the impact removing the rug had on the room.  I shared that picture with a prospect last week and she gasped.




Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( over 6 years ago

Great post Kathy! I also love your new photo. :)

Posted by Annie Pinsker-Brown, Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager (Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging) over 6 years ago

These are some great tips.  Do you have any suggestions on how to tactfully ask a customer to rearrange a room?  We have a listing where the owners have the house staged beautifully except for one bedroom that needs ... something different. 

Posted by Brenda Carus (Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Thanks, Annie!

Brenda - here's what I tell my prospects when I meet with them for the first time:

Should I put my home on the market tomorrow, one of the first things I would do is to re-arrange my rooms.  I further go on to explain that how I have it arranged today works for "living" in the home.  However, in its' current arrangement I've made the room appear smaller.  Works for living but not for selling.

Now to give you an example of how to take what I just said and put it into words you could use with your customer; try this:

"The way you have your room is great.  But, I see some real opportunities available to us that could make a big difference in how the buyers view this room."

Hope that helps, Brenda.



Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( over 6 years ago

Great post Kathy! I love the tag line too! And your new picture is great :)

Posted by Wendy Timmons, Temecula Realtor (Realty ONE Group Southwest) over 6 years ago

Kathy - That is the question we get most--how do we arrange the furniture.  You have given great take-off pointers that any homeowner can use.  Great job.

Posted by Debbie Wheeler, Chandler, AZ Rooms Rearranged RESA, IRIS (Real Estate Staging/Rooms Rearranged, LLC) over 6 years ago

Congrats on the featured blog Kathy!  I seem to recognize that property in your jigsaw puzzle  ;-)

Posted by Jennifer Walker-Derby, Real Estate Extraordinaire (Re/Max Westside) over 6 years ago

Puzzle is a great graphic. The room arrangement is so important.  I had a Realtor call the other day, that just wanted me to deliver the furniture to her listing...she said she would arrange the furniture.  Isn't that interesting?  May have to do a blog on that topic.

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Great tips for "where to start" for home owners unsure of furniture placement. 

Posted by Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc (Simply Staged Inc.) over 6 years ago

Thanks, Wendy!

Debbie - I'm sure we (home stagers) get this question asked by sellers all over the country.  

Hi, Jennifer.  I hope you're doing well.  We're going to have to get together soon.

Cindy - Yes, that's very interesting that the agent wanted to do the arrangement.  

Thanks, Michele.


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( over 6 years ago

Thanks for such a clear explanation of the basics. My partner and I are preparing a presentation on the basics of home staging, and this really helps focus my thoughts. Your blogs are always well worth reading!

Posted by Laurie Calhoun, Seminole County FL Home Stager (Gloria Home Staging, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Kathy thanks for the tips.  It's really incredible just how useful staging can be to sell a home, yet how few sellers are willing to take advantage of these services.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 6 years ago

Great tips! Staging really can transform a space!

Posted by Roxanna Morey (The Real Buyer's Agent) over 6 years ago

Good post, it's always good to state the obvious because we're not all trained to see what needs to be done in a room. And with all of those TV show about staging your home most leave out the most basic staging principles.

Posted by Jill Nelson, Interior Design & Home Staging (Jill Nelson Design Services) over 6 years ago

Thanks for the staging information. All of my listings, except one, are vacant. What to do, what to do?

Posted by Kelsey Barklow, 423/948-9154, Marne Drinnon 423/202-2277 (Evans & Evans Real Estate) over 6 years ago

I love the tag line and puzzle!!  It's so true! 

Posted by Kathy Booth, Setting the Stage, Home Staging and ReDesign Professional (Setting the Stage) over 6 years ago

Hi Kathy, What a great picture of you!  I think it's the first time I've ever really seen your eyes, and they're gorgeous.  I, too, love your puzzle analogy.  I often wonder why people shove furniture against the walls.  It's as if they are trying to feature them, or that they think this will make the room look larger when WE know that just isn't so.  Michelle's right.  They do need us.

Posted by Patricia Ebrahimi, Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD (SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant) over 6 years ago

LOVE, LOVE the new photo.  You got younger!!!   I agree, puzzle analogy was a good one.  Missing Yvonne Root right about now, she used to do that really well too.  Good post.

Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CEP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - over 6 years ago


As a successful realtor in this changing market, I use a stager whenever I can.  It has worked every time, making my seller more money and getting the home SOLD!!

Posted by Susan Massaway over 6 years ago

I knew some arrangements looked better than others, but I never really thought much about why. Your post gives me some direction in that area. Thanks.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) over 6 years ago

Your presentation is well done.  The finished rooms are truly liveable, warm, and inviting.

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