In a recent post, I discussed the 6 questions to ask before setting a table for home staging.
I also shared my own preferences and examples of when I set a table and when I don’t.
If you’re going to set a table for home staging, you need to do it properly. A badly set table looks worse than one that’s not set at all— and it can really detract from the room.
Steps For How to Set a Table for Home Staging
- The quality of what you’re using should be appropriate to the price point and target market of the house.
- Don’t let the place settings be a distraction from the room itself. Remember the whole point of home staging is to merchandise the home, not the contents.
- Don’t use crazy gimmicks, that don’t reflect how someone might actually live in the home. I saw charger plates filled with lentils in a 20/20 episode on home staging. It looked totally contrived and is one of the techniques I dismissed in my series on silly staging tricks.
- Look at photos for ideas on how to set a table properly. I’ve gathered a collection of nicely set tables to inspire you on Pinterest.
- Use place mats or a table cloth. In most cases, plates look weird sitting directly on a wood table.
- Ensure that all plates match and that glassware is appropriate to the rest of the setting.
- A table set without cutlery doesn’t look right. Be prepared for some of it to disappear while the house is on the real estate market.
- Consider not laying out the place settings and instead having a stack of plates, glasses etc. in the center of the table as if a meal was about to be set up. This would only work in a more casual dining room or in the kitchen.
- If the home is vacant, someone will have to keep the setting looking fresh. Layers of dust will turn off buyers or invite a low ball offer.
I talked about the importance of setting a table properly (if you’re going to set it at all) in this home staging show I did for HGTV. And if you missed my post about why I rarely set a table when staging a home, you can check it out here.
Do you have any ideas to add to this list? Please share your own tips for setting a table for home staging in the comments below. I know you can help your fellow home stagers with this topic.
Image from the style files on Flickr