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4 Smart Staging Tips for Children’s Bedrooms

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 09 May 2018 14:19

Have you created a bedroom that’s soccer heaven for your 5-year old son? Or a room fit for royalty for your little princess? That’s great for the kids - but not so great when you’re aiming to sell your home. While some buyers might appreciate the kiddy details, others will be seriously turned off by walking into a bedroom that reminds them of a preschool. Luckily, there are some simple changes you can make to stage your child’s bedroom in a way that will appeal to potential buyers.

1. Invest in plenty of toy storage

There’s nothing worse than going to check out the second bedroom of a house you’re viewing and wading into a sea of Lego, or stepping straight onto a plastic dinosaur. Putting as many toys in storage as possible is the way to go, and it’s easy if you invest in a few large containers. Wooden chests are a nice neutral option, while large chests of drawers provide easy access and plenty of opportunities to divide toys up. Underbed storage is another great choice, especially for toys which aren’t played with often. The fewer toys on show, the better - although don’t worry about leaving out a tasteful doll’s house or a classic rocking horse if you have to,

2. Decorate in neutral colors and patterns

While that jungle-themed wallpaper is a ton of fun for your toddler, it’s not ideal for the young couple who might be viewing your home. Redecorating your child’s room using neutral colors and patterns is the best way to go when you’re selling - and blue and pink are both shown to help homes sell for more money. If your child kicks up a fuss about having their room redecorated, try to divert their focus towards their new bedroom. You could show them pictures of the house you’re planning to move to, help them create a mood board for their new space, and allow them to purchase one or two items ready for their new room. Explaining why you’re doing what you’re doing is a good way to minimize resistance and get kids on board.

3. Remove personal items like trophies

As exciting as it was for your little one to win first place at school hockey game, potential buyers probably won’t be interested - and worse, they might be put off buying your home. Putting personal items like trophies, medals, and certificates in storage helps create a blank canvas that viewers can imagine adding their own personal touch to. In 2017, 77% of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home. Items like family photographs, drawings, and paintings should also be kept off the walls. Try replacing them with neutral pieces of art or large mirrors, which will add light.

4. Avoid kid-themed fixtures and fittings

Those cute heart-shaped handles on the dresser? They’ve got to go. That adorable airplane mobile hanging from the light fitting? Put it in a box. The small touches that might not be that noticeable to you just scream ‘kid’s room’ to potential buyers - and not in a good way. You should also look closely at soft furnishings, and remove any kid-themed curtains, duvet covers, rugs, or towels. Packing this stuff up now also gives you a head start on your move, so it’s win-win.


Many buyers are put off by bedrooms which are obviously decorated for kids. Follow the staging tips above to ensure that your children's’ bedrooms don’t stop you from making a quick sale.

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