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Home Staging Tip: Placing your chairs at an x instead of a +

This is one of my favorite home staging "tricks". It really opens up a space and for some reason it's just one of those things that no one ever thinks of. If you don't believe that it works, jsut move the chairs around a bit and try it for yourself. 

 
When you are trying to maximize space in a home, home stagers often make suggestions that seem odd. This is one that I get funny looks about on a regular basis when I say it. It actually happened yesterday when I was at a home staging consultation. The average homeowner places their furniture on a plus (+) layout. Generally this means that that there is a chair at the front, back, left, and right of a round table.
 
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How switching to an x can make your room look larger

 
Every piece of furniture in a home can create a barrier. Even though chair backs are generally low and we can see over them, our mind will create an imaginary wall leading up, stopping our eye at the back of it. Having a chair back directly in front of you can actually make a room look smaller, having less visual depth. 
 
 
 
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While this seating arrangement is actually on an x pattern (look at the floor boards to recognize this), this particular angle of the room was shot from a + position (more or less). As you look at it, notice where your eye is drawn. Where does it linger? For most people, the eye will head straight to the back of the chair. The fireplace and lovely room in the back drop are not likely to hold your attention nearly as well. Even in this photo you can tell we were kind of trying to peek around the chairs to capture these other elements. 
 
Consider setting the table from another angle. Swapping to an x seating arrangement at a round table usually provides more space for those sitting (back is to the corner not to a wall) and this effect is amplified in bay window eating areas. 
 
 
 
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Moving your chairs to an x diagram opens up the space and allows for your eye to move to the back of the room. This photo is actually the same space, from a different angle. Notice where your eye stops, and where it lingers. Was it the furniture, or was it the space? Which are you selling? 
 
 
 
 
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Small changes can make a big difference. I hope you've enojoyed this home staging tip. You can view more on our Indianapolis home staging blog, and our Facebook fanpage.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsMelissa Marro • June 15 2013 09:17AM
Home Staging Tip: Placing your chairs at an x instead of a +
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