If you’re selling a home in Scottsdale and have a “bonus room” – an extra room that’s flexible enough to be used as a bedroom or something else entirely – you’re probably wondering what to do with it… especially if it’s kind-of a catch-all right now. First things first: You should never try to sell a home with a catch-all room; instead, you should stage the room so that it has a clearly defined purpose. That’s what buyers want to see. But where do you start? This guide covers five great ways to turn a bonus room into a selling point for your home.

5 Ways to Stage a Bonus Room to Make Your Home Irresistible to Buyers

Check out these five clever ways to stage your bonus room:

  1. Make it a home office
  2. Turn it into a spare bedroom
  3. Spring for a home workout room
  4. Make it a kids’ playroom
  5. Transform it into an art studio

Before you decide on one, you should talk to your real estate agent about what’s selling in your neighborhood. They’ll be able to tell you what buyers are really looking for right now. In the meantime, here’s a closer look at each.

Bonus Room Staging Idea #1: Make it a Home Office

With more people working from home now than ever before, the home office has become one of the most popular bonus room transformations. And for good reason – a well-staged home office can make your home more appealing to buyers who are looking for a dedicated space to work from home.

What You’ll Need

  • A desk. You don’t need anything fancy; a simple desk from IKEA or a similar store will do the trick.
  • A comfortable chair. Again, you don’t need anything fancy; a simple office chair will suffice.
  • Decor that reflects professionalism and efficiency. Consider nondescript art (like you’d see in an office building), great lighting and a few live plants.

Related: The best plants to use in home staging

Bonus Room Staging Idea #2: Turn it Into a Spare Bedroom

An extra bedroom never hurt anyone, so turning your bonus room into a space for sleep can be a great idea. You can show just how much space your home has for people and day-to-day living this way, or you can highlight it as a great place for guests who come to visit.

What You’ll Need

  • A bed. A twin size bed is usually sufficient, but a full or queen will work, too.
  • A dresser. This can be a standalone dresser or a piece that doubles as a nightstand.
  • Make sure you have a bedspread, sheets and pillows that match the style of the room. The cozier the better!

Bonus Room Staging Idea #3: Spring for a Home Workout Room

Many people are looking for homes with dedicated workout areas. If you’re trying to appeal to this type of buyer, consider turning your bonus room into a workout space. You don’t need a ton of equipment, but if you already have some (especially if it’s stored in your garage) or if you can borrow some, all the better.

What You’ll Need

  • A yoga mat and some blocks. You can find these at any sporting goods store or online.
  • A set of dumbbells or other fitness equipment, such as bands, a stair stepper or – if you already have one – a bench and free weights are great additions.
  • A TV and workout DVDs, or a stereo system setup.

Related: 3 things you should do now if you want to sell your home in a few months

Bonus Room Staging Idea #4: Make it a Kids’ Playroom

If you’re selling a home, there’s a chance that your prospective buyers will want to see a dedicated space where kids can play. A playroom is the perfect solution, and it’s something that you can easily stage on a budget.

What You’ll Need

  • A toy box. This can be anything from a simple plastic box to a fancy wooden chest. Just make sure it’s big enough to hold all of the toys you’ll be putting in it.
  • A few shelves. These can be used to store toys, books or anything else your kids might need in their playroom.
  • Soft flooring. This is optional, but you might want to consider adding a rug or some other type of soft flooring, such as foam play mats.

Bonus Room Staging Idea #5: Transform it Into an Art Studio

If you want to appeal to creatives, consider turning your bonus room into an art studio. This is a great way to show off the potential of the space and to give buyers an idea of how they could use it.

What You’ll Need

  • An easel. You can find these at any art supply store or online.
  • Art supplies. Paint, brushes, canvases and other art supplies are a nice finishing touch.
  • A table and chairs. A dedicated workspace is a necessity in an art studio.

Related: 10 simple tips to improve your home’s curb appeal

Are You Buying or Selling a Home in Scottsdale?

If you’re selling a luxury home in Scottsdale, we can help. You can use our home value calculator to get a ballpark idea on what your home may be worth – and you can call us at 602-694-3200 to talk to a REALTOR® about how we can market your home to all the right buyers.

If you’re also looking for a new home, we’ll be happy to show you the homes that interest you most. While you’re here, explore all our Scottsdale real estate listings or look in specific communities:

Don Matheson
REALTOR® | Founder
The Matheson Team
RE/MAX Fine Properties
21020 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255
602-694-3200
don@scottsdalerealestate.com


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