St Augustine, St Johns County Real Estate & Home Staging


Will a bed even fit in this room? Home Staging Dilemmas.

Our biggest Jacksonville Home Staging customer is the Investor. It's not uncommon for us to be in homes that have troubled floor plans. Despite beautiful renovations, awkward floor plans, or rooms that seem too small for a bed (or other furniture) can be common reasons for a buyer to decide not to buy.

Are you sure it is the bedroom that's the problem?

First off, you have to decide, as the home staging expert, whether the bedroom is the actual problem. I staged a home, not too long ago, that the seller was convinced was being held up by a small secondary bedoom. After a quick consultation, it was clear to me that the real problem was that the seller didn't know where to watch TV. Because the feedback kept coming in that the home was too small, when the living spaces were actually quite large, it was surmised that the small space had to be the bedroom.   

should I stage the secondary bedrooms

What you probably can't tell from this photo is that the TV watching area of the living room is actually an L-shape. The kitchen bar jutting out into the living space was really awkward when the home was empty. Most buyers would have imagined their TV going on the long wall, where the couch is now. It may whave been where the cable was installed, confirming their initial opinion. If the TV went there, then sofa placement by the bar stools becomes incredibly weird. To my stager's eye, this was much more of a problem than the room below. 

staging a childs room  home staging and selling in Jacksonville fl 

Sure. This room may have looked small when it was empty, but we were confident in our decision that it was the other room that was actually the problem. Either way, we addressed both issues. The results were nothing less than spectacular. 

How do you stage a bedroom that looks too small? 

In some cases the bedrooms really are awkward and seem too small for an appropriate sized bed. What do you do then? 

how do i stage my bedroom

This small home in the Murray Hill area of Jacksonville had been fully renovated, but the 1900s vintage layout was problematic. Staging these spaces showed potential buyers the way they could live in the space. 

staging small spaces

In a different home, in Historic Riverside, the rooms were just as awkward with almost no walls that a bed could come out from. Because of the location of the doors in and out of this room, buyers could really be puzzed as to what to do. Adding all of the necessary pieces lets the room become a usuable space where potential buyers can see their guests or children hanging out. 

staging awkward bedroom spaces

Both of the homes with awkward bedrooms sold quickly, with multiple offers. 

The key to selling a home fast is eliminating objections

Eliminating objectsions is the key to selling a home quickly. The more obstacles there are in selling a home, whether it is an awkward floor plan, proximity to a busy road or other negative feature, home staging can help overcome buyer objections, creating faster sales and higher offers.  


 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 or call Melissa Marro (marro.melissa at, Keller Williams First Coast Realty, for more information (904-466-2093).


Comment balloon 22 commentsMelissa Marro • July 03 2016 11:14AM


Melissa you are doing a fantastic job of explaining and sharing photos that solve staging dilemmas. Odd shaped rooms can be the most difficult to make sense of. And for sure a sofa next to those bar stools would look - odd!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) about 4 years ago

Fantastic - I love what you did with all of the rooms. 

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) about 4 years ago

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Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... ( about 4 years ago

Melissa these are some great pictures of a well done staging, open floor plans and oddly shape rooms can be very difficult to paint a picture of a future home. 

Posted by Nicholas Crane, Managing & Appraising Forest Land (Woodland Companies) about 4 years ago

Hi Melissa - Your post and the accompanying photos are a powerful argument for the benefits of staging and a showcase for your skill. Very nice work.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 4 years ago

Nicely done and as always clearly explained!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 4 years ago

Melissa, excellent well written and illustrated blog!  I actually had a listing fall out because the buyer thought the room was too small for a bed (even after measuring it).  The stager did a phenominal job and put a queen size bed in there.  House sold for more money and I am sold on staging!

Posted by Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA, Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties ( about 4 years ago

One old house with a king sized bed cost the seller about 50-100K. Inspite of its huge size of 2400 sf on a 7200 sf and excellent location, it was sold not more than one just over 1,100 sf.

Should have removed the bed or spent a little money fixed up the office. The sellers potential gain is buyer's gain in this case.

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) about 4 years ago

Some buyers don't have much of an imagination for spaces.  I do find I can help them visualize things even when they are not there with software from time to time.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 4 years ago

Great photos and I loved the post, thanks for sharing.

Posted by David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor, Your local Expert (Keller Williams Realty Phoenix) about 4 years ago

Melissa Marro - it is how one can visualize the space - even if it is tiny (from buyer's perspective) and it is for sellers to 'stage' and show...

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 4 years ago

Melissa, your pictures really are worth a thousand words, and I had this exact conversation with some buyers last week! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Wonderful job with your explanations and pictures! This is proof that staging can make a huge difference.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing your explanations on staging, sometimes sellers as well as buyers have a very difficult time visualizing room possibilities

Posted by Jennifer Mackay, Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582 (Counts Real Estate Group, Inc.) about 4 years ago

this is exactly what sellers need to see in order to buy into staging! Great post

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 4 years ago

Melissa Marro "Eliminating objections is the key to selling a home quickly." Absolutely agree - always have the property "Ready for Showtime" before professional photography and before opening the doors to prospective Buyers.

Right on target - and - re-blog!!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty (Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area) about 4 years ago

Informative posting here and with a good point made. This is what you can expect with Melissa Marro on board

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 4 years ago


The examples and photos you've provided really help to show how valuable staging can be, especially for awkward spaces where buyers might have a tough time figuring out how to use a room - bedroom or otherwise. Eliminating the awkwardness objection could make a huge difference to selling the home for the right price or not.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 4 years ago

Well done! You show just how effective Staging can be!

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) about 4 years ago

Will the monthly payment fit into the debt ratios of the household income is the bigger issue than the bed squeezed through the door frame in small rural markets. The only staging is remove clutter, debris, replace all the light bulbs, clean and make the place available for showings round the clock on the right priced property listing! 

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 4 years ago

Awkward walls definitely look better staged as lots of buyers can't visualize how to use a room with short or long walls.  Great post!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 4 years ago

they all look great!

Posted by Matt Berman, Matt Sells SD (Berman Estates Inc) about 4 years ago

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