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When it comes to home staging and interior design, it isn’t always the odd shaped floor plans that create the most challenges.  Often potential buyers can see a challenge with how to make efficient use of space when presented with what is essentially “a square box”.  In a city like New York where space is at a premium, a potential buyer will want to make every inch of their square footage count; this is where creative space planning comes into play.

Recently I staged a spacious one-bedroom residence located at 345 East 73rd Street, in which a potential buyer walks into a spacious open room that is a living/dining room combination with large bedroom.  The “head scratcher” is not “what could I fit in here?”, but rather “how should I place the furniture?”  The main living space is so large; either a sofa and two chairs or sectional sofa can fit with ease.  No need to guess where a TV could go, and the space easily fits a dining table that could seat 4-6 people comfortably.  As a Certified Staging Professional, how to layout this type of configuration was easy for me to see, as I took time to “walk the space” and create a floor plan with appropriate furniture that is to size and scale.  The issue with this residence could have been confusion on the part of potential buyers because the living and dining areas weren’t clearly defined in the open floor plan.  The home seller had the vision and foresight to realize that his best chance of potential buyers seeing the home’s full potential was to have the property staged.  Now when potential buyers enter the space, they can clearly see not only where their furniture could be placed but can get a true sense of how spacious the residence is.

When it comes to maximizing space and effectively furnishing an open floor plan, here are some of my to Design Recipes tips:

  1. Create a blank floor plan
  2. Sketch out a general furniture plan
  3. Measure large pieces of furniture first and place them onto your floor plan
  4. Evaluate the remaining space, adding smaller furnishings
  5. Allow 2-3 feet of circulation throughout
  6. Edit if necessary

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