How many pillows does it take to stage a home?

I was packing for a Jacksonville home staging job yesterday and I simply had to laugh as I packed up bag after bag of pillows. I’m one of the home stagers that actually owns all of my furniture, and frankly I wouldn’t have it any other way. Still, I know great stagers, like Karen Otto and Annie Pinsker Brown who rent inventory rather than buy it. Soft goods, like linens and pillows are things that even they would need to provide for a staging project, however. It seems that it’s the one thing there are never enough of (or there aren’t the right ones available) no matter how many you feel like you own.

What’s the pillow count for your last home staging project?

how many pillows to stage a housePacking up for this project I thought it would be amusing to see how many pillows I actually use in an average home staging job. This particular home has a kitchen, living room, dining room, home office, and three bedrooms, all of which will be staged.

Kitchen – no pillows there! (whew)

Living room – sofa (4 pillows), 2 chairs (2 pillows)

Dining room – nope, no pillows there!

Home office – 2 upholstered chairs (1 pillow each = 2 total)

Master Bedroom – Queen bed (4 bed pillows + 3 throw pillows)

Each additional bedroom has either queen or full bed (4 bed pillows + 3 throw pillows)

That’s a grand total of 11 throw pillows and 12 bed pillows = 23 total pillows. 

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I know it’s not just me who seems to be crazy about pillows. Take a look at some of the rooms from our home staging instructors.

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As you can tell from these beautiful staged spaces, pillows add a lot of drama, impact, color, texture, and luxury to a room. Is it any wonder I can’t leave Home Goods without at least one cart full of them?

About melissamarro


Melissa Marro is an international award winning home stager and professional speaker for the home staging and real estate industry. Founder and CEO for both SAR, Staging and Redesign Training and MRRE, Market Ready Real Estate's online home staging consultation program, Marro continues to help inspire and empower new and existing stagers as well as move the industry standards forward.

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