When you are selling, or trying to sell a house that has one or more very small rooms, you certainly don’t want a potential buyer to walk into a small room and feel cramped, or stuffed, or uneasy. It will immediately bring to their minds about whether they could fit any of their furniture or anything else into the room and use it wisely or if it is a waste of time and money to even consider buying a home with any small rooms.

This has always been a problem for Realtors at an open house, or a homeowner trying to sell his/her home. There are some methods for making a very small room look larger and they are:

  1. Get rid of most of the furniture in the room, make it feel more open and useable. Be sure that the furniture you leave in the room ‘fits the room.’ In other words, don’t stuff a king size bed into a bedroom that is just 10 ft. by 10 foot. Whatever you do, never have any furniture, in any room, blocking any part of a doorway.
  2.  Clear out closets and make them look like they have about 1/3rd of the space open. Get rid of boxes and other personal clutter. Stack in the garage or take to a storage unit until after you sell the house and have moved. This goes for clothes and shoes and everything else.
  3. Lighten up the wall colors of the small rooms. Darker colors tend to make people feel cramped in or closed in. Light colors make a room look and feel more open. Try to create a ‘flow’ of colors from the rest of the home. Light beige, and cream colors are best according to experts.
  4. Carefully choose mirrors to hang and they will reflect light and give the illusion of depth in the room.
  5. Use natural light to make the small room look larger. Have lamps going in the evening for a house showing. Put lamps as near to the corners of the room as possible to reflect more light.
  6.  Use more plain fabrics for upholstery and throw pillows. Don’t have bold stripes or bold prints on your upholstery. On throw pillows, use plain or small patterned coverings for throw pillows.
  7. Use furniture that are armless. Use glass top tables whenever possible in small rooms. For that desk, use a stool type chair that you can put under the desk when showing the house. Get rid of floor lamps and use table or desk type lamps.

Many times it isnt necessary to go out and buy special items, it just requires yu to do a room by room checklist and then move furniture around from one room to another to make a small room look larger. Remember, the point of making any small room look larger is to convince a potential buyer that they will be able to comfortably live in the house with the belongings they have already.

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