If your house for sale is situated in a fast-expanding suburb or bedroom community with excellent schools, economic opportunities, and good parks and playgrounds, it is very possible that most of your potential home buyers would be parents searching for the perfect home for their growing family to settle in. With this in mind, staging kids’ bedrooms should be carried out with much planning and careful thought.
As with any other area of the home, staging a child’s bedroom isn’t done with the intention of showcasing your own taste, preferences, or personality, or even your kids’. Its purpose is to help in selling the space to clients and making it complement the overall marketability of the property. The purpose of staging the children’s bedroom is to sell the space by allowing the buyers to see their children in that space, so the bedroom should be neutral and broadly-appealing in design.
Some suggestions for staging a kid’s bedroom:
Use stuff that you already own. Limited finances are not a problem, because you can likely start the bedroom staging effort through accessories and fixtures you already have. Look at the walls and ceiling; what paint colors are used? If it’s green, blue, or pink, then you can use that color scheme to start with so there won’t be a lot of changes needed. A fresh coat of paint on the walls, a newly-cleaned area rug, and toys or furniture items from the garage or storage would add charm to the room without much cost.
Gender-neutral bedrooms would be your best bet. Aim to decorate the bedroom with as much unisex appearance as possible; one room may have more shades of a specific color, but try to downplay themes, cartoon characters, sports accessories, or other items and designs that are usually aligned with a specific gender. This makes it easier for potential buyers to envision their children in the rooms.
All personal identifiers must be removed from the room without exception. Your kids’ picture albums, certificates, jerseys, school awards, even clothing items with their names on it should be removed from the room and kept stored away or off-site. Aside from the staging rule of depersonalizing the home, you would not want to share your kids’ identities to harmful people as well, so do not leave anything that would reveal their names or ages to visitors.
The room should be bright and cheery using natural light. Choose window dressings and treatments that allow as much natural light as possible. If the room has an excellent outside view, you would want to emphasize that to clients. The brighter the kid’s bedroom is, the more inviting it will look. If the room doesn’t have any windows, you can make it look brighter with bright-colored paint, and use a lot of artificial lighting (lamps, overhead lights).