Sunday, February 28, 2010

Using What You Have to Stage A Home

I have found that I have lots of things that I already have around my house to help with staging props.  For example, using old newspapers or travel books I picked up from our travels abroad are perfect scene setting items that I can use in any staging project.  Also using household items like tea bags adds some interest and makes a scene come to life.  So think thrifty - reuse items you already have in a different way.  Sometimes it is hard to imagine using ordinary items in a certain way but if you just use a little imagination I'm sure you can find things to use without purchasing new ones.  Here are two scenes that I created when staging from items that I had in my home!  I love being thrifty and green at the same time.  Thrifty Staging Everyone!

Monday, February 1, 2010

No Bed??? Make One!

No bed? Then make one!  I had to share this thifty and unique tip for making a bed.  Karen Otto owner of Home Star Staging in Texas provided this thrifty way of creating a bed for a home staging project she did on EnergizedSeller.  So if you are staging a home and you need a bed but the seller doesn't have the money for rental furniture then you can use this easy solution.  Here is the recipe for making a twin size bed (add addtional boxes to make a queen size bed):

6 file size cardboard boxes 
2 twin size inflatable mattresses
1 twin size comforter set
  • Put the boxes together and line up 2 - 2 - 2 from top to bottom of bed (this will be your "frame")
  • Blow up one of the inflatables and place on the "frame"
  • Put bedskirt on first mattress now your "boxspring"
  • Blow up second mattress place on skirted "boxspring"
  • Make bed as usual
Now you have your bed.  Make sure you put a sign on the bed "For Display Only"

Thrifty Staging Everyone!