The kitchen and dining areas are one of the most challenging yet essential rooms to stage in a house. In an open floor plan layout, it can be difficult for a homebuyer to visually locate where the dining area would be, especially if the space is empty. In landed homes with many rooms, there are many areas that can be used as the dining room, while in small condo and HDB units, the unit might look too compact even to fit a dining area.
These problems can be solved through staging. We have staged many properties of all kinds, and our wide array of furniture pieces has allowed us to stage both small and large dining areas and kitchen spaces. In this blog, we’ll let you take a peek on how we stage dining and kitchen areas and spill some tips and tricks on how to successfully stage a dining area that will draw the attention of potential homebuyers.
The Dining Area
Talk with the real estate agent
At the start of the project, we meet up or talk with the real estate agent who is representing the property. Necessary information will be exchanged such as what type of property, where is it located, and how many rooms should be staged. Once the team has gathered all this information, the real process of staging begins.
Assess the size of the space
First, we assess the size of the dining area based on the information that the agent has provided. There are cases where real estate agents share with us accurate measurements or floor plans of the space. Having this will make our work easier. Once we have determined the size of the room to be staged, we will then formulate a composition of the staging.
Decide how many seating will fit in the space
After knowing the size of the space, we will be able to assess how many seats will fit in the space. If the dining area is big, we can place an 8-seater up to 12-seater dining table. This kind of space is typical in most landed homes. In condo units and HDBs on the other hand, 2-5 seater dining tables will do.
Select furniture pieces from our warehouse
Next, we select the type of dining table and chair that would suit best in the space. For bigger dining areas, we always go for long dining tables or dining tables that are put together to create a big rectangular dining table. In small spaces, round dining tables are the best option. They are light, simple, and space-saving which makes them ideal for HDBs and condo units. For the dining chairs, we will choose contemporary-designed chairs that are elegant yet have a homely appeal.
Transport the furniture pieces
Once the furniture has been selected. We will create a list/inventory of them before transporting them to the property that will be staged. Our logistics team has years of experience handling all kinds of furniture from bulky to lightweight ones. Transporting bulky furniture pieces is not new to us. We transport them carefully and handle them with care to ensure that they arrive in good condition.
Arrange the furniture
Our staging team will then arrange the furniture pieces in place. The dining table will be placed in the area where a dining area should be. Chairs will follow next. The layout and arrangement can change depending on what is more convenient for the space. Some layouts may work while others don’t. It is important for the dining area to look spacious so that homebuyers will be able to see how many people the dining area can accommodate.
Set the table
The next thing we do is set up the table. Setting up the table makes the dining area more presentable and attractive to the eyes. It evokes elegance and indicates the kind of ambiance that you want to create in the space. Also, putting up extra effort like setting up the table will make homebuyers appreciate the property more. Presentation makes a huge difference especially if you’re trying to close a premium deal.
Accessories are the cherry on top of every home staging composition. Without it, the interior of a space can look dull, boring, and ordinary. When selecting accessories, we stick to the most essential items to avoid overcrowding. Things like lamps, plants, paintings, vases, and coffee table accessories are what we bring to the set to create a homely and natural vibe in the rooms. Accessorizing makes the space look and feel welcoming.
The Kitchen Area
Make sure the kitchen is clean
The kitchen is the easiest to stage when it comes to furniture and decorations. Most of the time, we don’t add much to the kitchen except for some minimal kitchen accessories like bowls, hand towels, and kitchen knife holders. We make sure that the kitchen is spotlessly clean before we add up the accessories.
Get rid of clutter
Clutter in the kitchen is a turnoff to homebuyers. When staging the kitchen we make sure that counters and storage units are free of any form of clutter. Storage areas should also be half empty because most home buyers open them when they view the property. You don’t really want to hide all the clutter in the storage and surprise the guest when they open it. If there are items in the storage, we make sure to put them somewhere else – like in the base cabinets where they can easily go unnoticed.
Place some homely elements
Placing homely elements like fruits in bowls, a small potted succulent, and some hand towels can make the kitchen feel homely and welcoming. Home buyers must be able to feel that the kitchen is comfortable and efficient enough to accommodate the family and their cooking activities.
Make it look natural as possible
We don’t want the kitchen to look too clinical especially in contemporary or modern homes. Elements like pendant lights, and task lights can enhance the overall ambiance. Adding everyday things that are common in the kitchen such as bowls, jars, towels, and some bar stools can instantly enhance the look of the kitchen and allow home buyers to assess the size of the kitchen.
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