Staging a Small Space

By January 23, 2015Home Staging

One of the biggest myths I encounter is that staging is only for big, million-dollar homes. This couldn’t be further from the truth – any space can benefit from thoughtful editing and reorganization. And small homes and spaces in particular are ripe for staging because they’re often cluttered with objects and oversized furniture.

Our team recently had the opportunity to stage a one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo in Chatham’s Sutton Woods complex. The condo was small (around 800 square feet) and the owner had quite a bit of furniture, art and personal belongings. But we were up for the challenge  — to remake the space using only what the owner already had— and the owner was thrilled with the results. She even told us that she wished we had visited years earlier.

Here’s a little about what NJ Home Decorating & Staging did to breathe new life into the condo and prepare it for sale — all while making it feel more comfortable for the owner to enjoy. Because a picture is worth a thousand words, we broke it up into before-and-after photos. Photo one is before; photo two is after.

Photo one: Target areas for improvement

Before Staging - 297 Riveredge

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  • Break Up Perimeter of Room: Furniture lined up against the wall elongated room and removed sense of dedicated living spaces.
  • Reposition pieces: The tall, wide hutch was in a weird spot and didn’t have a true sense of purpose. The dining table was positioned awkwardly near the wall.
  • Find new uses for furniture and objects: For example, the coffee table was being used as a TV stand. There were a few objects around the television that cluttered the space.

Photo two: Minor adjustments, major differences

After Staging - 297 Riveredge

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  • Create symmetry: When there’s doubt, create symmetry. For example, we used matching lamps at either end of the couch and balanced the chairs on both sides of the television.
  • Draw attention to what matters: We carefully edited the knick-knacks in the china cabinet to complement the owner’s unique furniture and colorful artwork. We removed clutter and distractions to call attention to the large, beautiful windows and fantastic views.
  • Designate spaces: We positioned the hutch a bit differently to create a visual partition between the dining and living “rooms.” And we pulled out and angled the drop-leaf table to create a dining space.

These relatively small changes made a huge difference in staging a small space, and we can apply the same techniques to help you sell a home – or live in the one you currently have more comfortably. Learn how we can help you stage or decorate your New Jersey condo or incorporate small space solutions by contacting us at

Learn more tips for decorating a small apartment or any space by reading our blog .

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