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Staging dining tables with table settings...does it attract buyers?

Staging in Vaughan and the Toronto GTA area we don't typically stage dining tables with complete table settings as most people never use their dining room except at holiday time.

We will stage with a simple table decor like these table settings to create a warm and inviting ambiance in a room...

staging a dining table michelle finnamore

staging a dining table michelle finnamore

staging a dining table michelle finnamore

What do you find is the norm in your area?

Do you set the table with place mats, dishes, glasses, silverware, napkins etc.?

Or do you find a simple, warm and inviting vignette sets the stage to attract your ideal buyers online?

When you are looking to prepare your listing to attract buyers online call the Go To Girl around town.

Michelle Finnamore Interiors Ltd.


2016 Voted Best Staging Company in Vaughan and Toronto GTA




















Comment balloon 11 commentsMichelle Finnamore • August 08 2017 01:35PM


I am sure you will get a ton of staging clients from your post!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 3 years ago

Michelle, if you included a photo, I am unable to see it.  

My favorite staging of a dining table is a runner and perhaps a vase of flowers.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Hi Michelle,

Like you, I also prefer an interesting vignette on a dining table, rather than place settings (and certainly no flatware).  I think that buyers can relate to welcoming tabletop decor, and it feels less "forced" in homes that are on the market.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 3 years ago

Funny.  I never used to set the dining table, but now I almost always do in a vacant property.  Nothing too fussy; simple white dishes, placemats, napkins and something unexpected in the bowls, like a wood ball, felt ball, blades of grass.  I know, random!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 3 years ago

Hi Sally, would love to see some of your table top vignettes. Interesting choices help the property to stand out with buyers when they sometimes see 5 houses in a day.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 3 years ago

Michelle, In the past, I have staged tables with placemats and place settings.  In today's "less is more" society, I would leave the table with something simple like the tray you showed or a nice candle or silk flower arrangement in the middel.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) about 3 years ago

I remember in the early years...staging with all it all....from silverware to tea cups. No more fancy...just usually a runner and centerpiece. Sometimes I do a stack of dessert dishes and a nice coffee setting. Depends on what is at hand...I do occupied so I use what I can find.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 3 years ago

Hello Michelle! I have staged many dining tables with simple table decor, but prefer to use table settings.  Whereas simple table decor says to a buyer "this room is just for show", a dining table that looks like it is ready for guests evokes positive emotions for buyers who aspire to entertaining or just enjoying dinner at home with family. 

Posted by Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY (Seneca Home Staging) almost 3 years ago

HI Janelle, it can be really area specific when it comes to dining tables. We find in our area, most home owners have simple decor items on their tables so we follow suit.  Please post some of your staged tables so we can see your inspiration for buyers.  

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 3 years ago

We've advertised homes with both types of display.  There doesn't seem to be a differeence in time on the market.  I do like your logic.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 2 years ago

Glad to see you have tried both ideas out in your market Judi.  It really is dependant on who you are trying to attract as an ideal client for a property. Age of the potential has a lot to do with it as well.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 2 years ago

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