Well sized and positioned furniture define your home's spaces for buyers

Ever walk into a room and feel you have to dodge furniture placed near the doorway or walk around sofas to access a space? It’s not that uncommon, as most homeowners take their furniture with them from home to home without a lot of thought about whether it will fit the spaces they have.

None of this really matters, of course, unless you are getting ready to sell your home. That’s when potential buyers will look for spacious, open and welcoming rooms. If your rooms are cluttered with too much furniture, no matter what the size of the room, they will appear smaller than they really are.

Staging website TheSpruce.com gives home sellers a few tips on how to start the process of making your own home look spacious by first recommending that you take a walk through it and see if you notice your baseboards throughout. Stager Ronique Gibson advises, “Just because your home is small doesn’t mean it has to look small to buyers. There are many ways to add square feet visually. You can make your rooms look larger by repositioning or replacing furniture.” She adds that doing this will help you de-emphasize your home’s weakness and highlight its strengths.

You may have chosen those dark brown leather sofas ten years ago because they wouldn’t show the dirt and could handle the dogs. Now? They may be cracked and worn, and their color could be closing down your space. Replace worn out furniture pieces with a lighter color and lighter weight pieces. “Buyers only take in what they see and rarely envision what could be,” says Gibson. “If they see worn-out furniture in your rooms, they will conclude that your home is neglected and think that other areas are also neglected. Get new covers for your old upholstered furniture and remove old pieces.” If you want to get a good idea of what a room could look like after making changes like this, go online and find a free virtual staging program. It will help you envision your space before moving, removing or replacing furniture.

Ah. And then there is that habit of pushing furniture against the walls, thinking it makes the room look bigger, when that really isn’t the case. “When there’s a lot of space between furniture, a room looks bare,” says Gibson. “Place furniture pieces close to each other to create intimate conversation areas. Do not place chairs further than 8 feet apart and think about traffic flow when arranging pieces. Unless the backs of your furniture are unfinished, don’t be afraid to show them off.”

Focal points still rock, so choose one if one does not exist. Is it the view, the fireplace or the huge flat screen TV? “Place the biggest piece of furniture first, then add others,” advises Gibson. “Arrange the pieces around the focal point with the largest facing it. This creates order in the room. Avoid having more than one focal point as the room may look disorganized. People’s eyes are usually drawn to one item when they enter a room and this is what you need to emphasize.”

Other pointers include using furniture to define little-used rooms, like making a basement into a yoga room, or transforming a loft into a music room or sewing room, even if it’s just for staging purposes. You can even add a small table and chair to a stairwell nook or just add some huge pillows and a shaggy rug to make it look like a reading cove.

And don’t forget to put some light on the subject. “Don’t block the path of natural light with furniture, let it in,” says Gibson. “Place chairs and sofas near walls without windows so that all the windows are bare. You can also place furniture pieces across from windows; just be sure to arrange the pieces as stylishly as possible. The light will liven up your room, and your furniture arrangement won’t look cumbersome.”

Source: TheSpruce, TBWS