Bonus rooms are tricky. It’s a great selling point for a room to have a flexible bonus room space because these days many people want extra space that can be used as an in-law space for an aging parent, a space for kids to hang out, or a home office. But when a buyer is looking at a listing online or touring a home they might be unable to visualize what a bonus room would look like furnished or how to use it. If they don’t know how to use it then that room is just empty space that isn’t functional and that’s not attractive to buyers.  Here are some expert tips for staging a bonus room so that buyers can see the potential that it has:

Pick A Function

BONUS ROOMTrying to make one room look good having multiple functions is just going to confuse a buyer. You can tell them that they can use the room for an office, or a gym, or a hang out space but if you have office equipment, gym equipment, and a couch all in one space it will look muddled, crowded, and confusing. So it’s important to pick one function and stage the room that way. Stage it as an office or stage it as an in-law retreat or anything else that the buyers could use it for but pick one purpose and one function and stage the room for that purpose. 

Customize The Staging For A Potential Buyer

If you know to go into a house tour that the buyer wants to be able to work at home then stage that bonus room as a home office. If you know that the potential buyer wants to have a home shop then add some storage units, a large mirror, and other items that show the potential of that space as a shop. If your buyer wants a man cave to stage it as a man cave. Or an art studio. Customizing the staging to the purpose that you know the potential buyer wants to use it for will make it much easier for the buyer to visualize themselves using that room for that purpose.

Fill The Space

Don’t leave half the room empty if it’s a big bonus space because that makes the room seem like it isn’t really that functional. If you’re staging a bonus room over the garage and it’s a huge open room break it up into sections using furniture and area rugs so that the entire room looks cohesive and looks like it has a single purpose. Framing the space and making it look and feel like usable and livable space is going to interest more buyers than just leaving it empty and telling potential buyers it’s a bonus space.



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Listing information last updated on September 23rd, 2023 at 1:46pm CDT.