Free bedroom lighting checklist
Before and after photos of rooms that have been “furnished” and accessorised:
Click on the numbers in order, for the steps to prepare, furnish, and accessorise a bedroom, before viewings.
How to make a fake bed to showcase a bedroom (YouTube video)
How to make a headboard (YouTube video)
Why prepare a property?
If you want it to fly off the shelf (selling or renting), with the minimum of effort and cost, and for the maximum price, prepare it so that it is shown off in the best possible light. This is called “showcasing” or “staging”.
What is showcasing?
This means highlighting the room’s function, making it look light, spacious, and attractive, without heavy furniture. The idea is to go for a look that seems functional, but does not necessarily have to be practical. When selling or renting a property, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on expensive, heavy, bulky furniture and you want it to look occupied, accessorised and have an aspirational look.
1 Before viewings make it as light as possible:
- Paint it white throughout
- Expose a timber floor, have as many reflective surfaces as possible
- Switch on all lights and lamps, maximise natural light, have removable recessed spot lights wherever possible
- Remove net curtains, use window frosting stickers instead
- Install at least one mirror in the room to bounce light around
2 Furniture should be as minimal, small, and as light as possible:
- If you don’t have a bed the appropriate size, remove it and make the “bed” out of cardboard packing boxes, put together to the dimensions of a double bed (137cm x 190cm)
- The “headboard” can be made with a piece of thin plywood, covered in foam (from an Argos pilates mat), and covered with material that is staple gunned to the board. The material can be changed as fashions and colours change.
- Go for a “hotel” look of white bed linen, and colour the accessories, of cushions and throws. White valences hide the cardboard boxes below. Have two layers of pillows in Oxford pillow cases, so that the look is fluffy and as luxurious as possible.
- You don’t need to add all the furniture of a bedroom, the cupboards, chests of drawers, and dressing tables aren’t necessary, only the core function of the room needs to be displayed.
- Lighting from as many different sources as possible, and symmetry, is the easiest way to make more of an impact in a space.
- The “wall pictures” are put together with free wall paper samples from whichever wallpaper shop you use.
- Fresh flowers, and cloths over the “bedside tables” complete the look of a furnished room.
- Keep to no more than three accent colours.
A London, or outer London room or property, should be rented out within a week, otherwise you are doing something wrong.