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Why do home stagers & redesigners put furniture on angles?

I laugh almost every time I see it.  Home stagers and redesigners are notorious for putting furniture on angles.  Angles take up a lot of square footage and often create odd pathways through rooms. So why do they do it?

The best reason to put furniture at an angle is because you already have an existing angle in the room.  You may need to highlight that feature (usually a fireplace) or the flow may simply work better because the architecture dictated it. Other times, there may be a window that is not properly offset (builders get a little crazy) and there’s not enough room for a properly sized bed or sofa.  Since there’s almost nothing worse than a piece of furniture only being half under a window, angling the furniture may overcome this obstacle. Finally, angled furniture may help create better flow in a room.  Particularly in square or skinny rectangular rooms, a large piece of furniture may take up too much real estate.  An angle may allow for better movement in the room, or soften the hard lines of the back of a sofa or chair.

Unfortunately, what we often see in before & after portfolios are home after home, room after room, with nearly ever stick of furniture on angle.  Please stop!  The average person prefers straight placement of furniture. PERIOD. Angles used without purpose don’t provide “Wow factor”. They provide, “really, that’s all you’ve got up your sleeve?” factor. Seriously, furniture on angles should be used as a last resort.

The purpose of home staging or interior redesign is to create an environment that people want to live in.  In  homes that are for sale, we focus on architecture, floors, features and benefits.  In homes that are lived in, we focus on lifestyle, form and function.”

When looking through portfolios, or photo galleries, the first thing that strikes you about the space shouldn’t be that the sofa or rug is on an angle.  It should be your eye was drawn to the space or focal point.  I’ve included some photos of some staged rooms where angles were done right.  The fact that the furniture placement was on an angle, probably wasn’t even immediately obvious to you (except for the fact that this post talks about angled furniture).

The hallmark of an exceptional room is when the whole room captures your attention, not just a single part of it.  All of the items, placement and flow work together in perfect harmony.  A well placed arrangement works as a harmony, not a solo.

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Photo credits: bottom image by Prep This House.  Angled fireplace room staged by Stage to Sell. Traditional living room by Triangle Staging & Design.

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 Author Bio: Melissa Marro, Home Staging Industry leader, Realtor, and entrepreneur offers a unique perspective on New Home Construction, Resale Residential Real Estate, and Home Staging

For more information on buying or selling in the Fleming Island, Orange Park, or Jacksonville, area, visit StageListSellNEFL.com or call Melissa Marro (marro.melissa at gmail.com), Keller Williams First Coast Realty, for more information (904-466-2093).

 

Comment balloon 7 commentsMelissa Marro • March 08 2012 04:21PM

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Melissa -- thanks for pointing out some of the reasons for using the angled furniture, while calling on those who do it not to overdo it!

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) almost 7 years ago

Melissa - I couldn't agree more!  I rarely angle furniture, unless, as you've pointed out, the angle of the wall or fireplace or other architectural feature in the room dictates that the furniture be angled.  Otherwise, I fear angling furniture for no apparent reason makes the room look contrived. 

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) almost 7 years ago

Steven - You are welcome. I know it's one of those things that people always say about staging and redesign. 

Sally - I couldn't agree more. Our work shouldn't scream - staging. It should sing, I want to live there!

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) almost 7 years ago

The rules for angling aren't hard to understand, and I rarely do it unless the architecture of the room demands it;  but I have to admit that it looks kind of silly when I see that some stagers do it in almost every project. 

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 7 years ago

Thanks for calling attention to this, Melissa!  An angled placement may well help sell important features such as a fireplace.  What bothers me are angled rugs while the furniture is placed on the square - this may be an effort to visually "expand" the space, but ends up looking contrived and awkward.

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) almost 7 years ago

Hi Maureen - I completely agree... and it's actually what inspired this blog. My husband was looking at a site one evening after seeing someone's work through social media channels and was asking me why other stagers do that.

Julia - yes, I agree with you about the rug. I've never seen it done where I think it looks right... 

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) almost 7 years ago

I've actually never really noticed this until it was mentioned in this article, but I suppose the fact that all the furniture is angled in a certain way, it will inadvertently draw the eye towards the rest of the room so that potential buyers can look at all of the features in a more complete way? I think the whole purpose of staging is to highlight the home and make things look neat and tidy too, so perhaps angling the furniture could give the illusion of more space in the living areas too?

Posted by Marcio Wilges (Platinum Removals) about 1 year ago

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