Your model unit is an example of where future residents will live. This is where they picture if this is somewhere they’d like to call home or not and the furniture and decorations you pick can make a big difference. This is why you want to make sure your staging is done properly so it sets the tone for your multifamily property. Today, we’re here to share some of our top tips to stage your model unit like a pro.
Take Stock And Plan
First and foremost, you’ll want to evaluate your unit and any existing furniture you have. Identify if there are furniture pieces that can be reused in the new staging plan. During this process it’s important to make sure that any pieces you choose to reuse are up-to-date and reflect the modern aesthetic you are trying to create.
Once you identify which pieces will be reused, you can then plan out where they will go. A floorplan can be really useful for planning this out. When you know the square footage of each room, it can be easier to figure out how much space each piece will take up and the space you’ll have remaining for any new furniture items or decor.
Highlight The Space
Placing furniture in the proper spots can really help highlight the space in your model unit. This helps your future residents picture how their own furniture will fit into the space, gives them ideas of what they can do and helps them picture themselves living there! However, the placement of furniture isn’t the only way to highlight the space. You can also do this by:
Creating a focal point: Does your unit have a fireplace or another feature you’d really like to highlight? You can do this by drawing the eye to that feature with accessories and furniture placement. For example, you might want to group some vases near a fireplace while also positioning chairs to highlight that feature as well.
Creating more space: You can give the illusion that your model unit is larger than it may be by using mirrors. Ideally you’ll use the mirrors to reflect light and not another wall. This will create the illusion of a larger space. It also literally shows your future resident in the apartment when they catch a glimpse of themselves in the mirror.
Another way to add some space to your model unit is by hanging the curtain rods just below the ceiling. This give the illusion of high ceilings which is often a desirable trait for rentors.
Use Color To Your Advantage
Don’t be scared to use color! Weaving the same color throughout your model unit is a great way to add character and create a cohesive flow from room to room. While you may want to have a statement piece with a bold color, you’ll want to have that color incorporated into other rooms using pillows, artwork, and other accessories.
Hire a Professional
While staging may see pretty straightforward, these tips are just the tip of the iceberg. Consider hiring an experienced professional to help make the most of your space. They will know the best placement for furniture, where to find the perfect accessories to highlight your space, and other tips and tricks to help make the most of your model units.
If you need help staging your model unit, contact us today!