Sheron Cardin's Input...: Home Staging Tip #3 - Bed in a Trunk! New Picture.

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Home Staging Tip #3 - Bed in a Trunk! New Picture.

How many times have you come across a junk room or an empty room that needs to be staged as a bedroom? In minutes you can have a beautifully dressed bed in any size including king...all from the trunk of your car!

What you will need:

  • 2 air mattresses - Uhuh, this is the instant bed in a trunk - $80
  • 1 bed-in-the-bag (Bed-dressing ensemble includes dustruffle, comforter, 2 shams, 2 sheets, 2 pillow coses) $50
  • 4 bed pillows - $2o
  • Decorative throw - $20
  • Misc. decorative pillows - $30
  • For the bed frame use 4 boxes - Use office filing boxes that collapse -$5

Assemble you boxes and place them where the bed will go, blow up your air mattresses, and make your bed! Voila, that is it. You are good to go. It is a great way to cut costs in staging a vacant home as well.

Estimated total cost: $200.00 

This clever solution to a big staging problem is in my how2homestage.com January Home Staging Tips Newsletter. I apologize to the Rainers who already subscribe to it but because it is so useful in staging, I wanted to share it with everyone here in the rain forest.

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Comment balloon 91 commentsSheron Cardin • January 10 2007 09:07AM

Comments

Sheron,

Where did you find a Bed-in-a-bag for $50? Most of the ones I have seen in my area are in the two hundred dollar range. When you say two air mattresses are you talking about two twin sized air beds or actual air mattresses? Perhaps you could say some more about how you elevated these as well. Sorry for all the questions- I do not mean to sound like I am challenging you I just have a desire for more information on this one.  I think this is a great idea but I have not purchased these items to do this because of my perception of how much it would cost- I was thinking $600 instead of $200. If this can be done for that price in my area then it would be most helpful to me on a home I am doing this week.

Posted by James Frazier (James Frazier Personal Development Coach) almost 12 years ago
Hi James - You can get Bed-in-a-bags for $49.95 any size at www.domistications.com, Bed Bath and Beyond, Linen's and Things, Mervyns. Air mattresses with a hand pump are $35 at places like WalMart. Watch the ad's in your local paper. Happy hunting
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
Ps: The air mattresses are 2 of the same size stacked on top of each other to represent a mattress and box spring.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

Sheron---I have made many a bed using air mattresses stacked on boxes.  I also use a queen-sized inflatable mattress with a frame that comes in a rolling duffle bag.  When using the stacking-the-mattress-on-the-boxes method, I am afraid people will be tempted to sit on them.  So, just to be on the safe side, I print up some cards that say:  "Please do not sit on the bed---for decoration only", fold them like a tent, and display them on or near the bed.

Posted by Judy Kincaid almost 12 years ago
Judy, thank you for bringing that up. 
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
I've used air mattresses a lot in staging vacant houses.  Instead of stacking two mattresses on top of boxes, I use a queen size air mattress that's the as thick as two of them (I got mine at Walmart) for the "frame and box spring" and then use a regular sized one for the top mattress.  Solves the problem of worrying about someone sitting on it and toppeling over...now all you have to worry about is it doesn't have a leak and deflate!
Posted by Judy Heinrich (Judy Heinrich Home Staging) almost 12 years ago
Sheron, Brilliant!!!

Thanks for sharing this idea and for inspiring others to share as well. I'll be putting this one into action this week!

Veronica
Posted by Veronica Harbert, Select Home Staging (Select Home Staging) almost 12 years ago

i use air mattresses as well. but i do find people sit, jump or do whatever to it with them (god only knows!). i use bed frames to support the mattresses, and actually even the bed frames are strong, one of mine came back broken. i suspect some kids were jumping on the bed and it caused one of the legs to break. most of the time it works well, but it does deflate... but it still beats lugging mattresses up and down the stairs!

cheers,

cindy

i love staging and all things staging!

i stage to sell, live & work in san francisco bay area

www.staged4more.com

http://stagingtipsandmore.com 

 

Posted by Cindy Lin (Staged4more Home Staging & Designs // EcoJoe) almost 12 years ago
I love the idea of the boxes on the bottom to elevate the mattresses.  You would definitely need a sign on the bed saying they are a prop though.  A surprising number of kids can't resist hopping up onto the beds, especially air mattresses because they look fluffy and comfy.  MY kids wouldn't do that of course...
Posted by Gina Dougherty, Home Staging Redondo Beach, CA- FusionDesignConsulting.com (Fusion Design Consulting) almost 12 years ago
I know people who would never think to sit or jump on the bed unless there was a sign "Do not sit on bed!".
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

I thought this was my secret. Hmmm I guess I am not the only one filled with alot of hot air.

Me

Posted by Craig Schiller almost 12 years ago
You know what they say...great minds think alike!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

I actually use 2 or sometimes 3 ( for height)  queen air mattresses= $18/ea. (camping section)

If I am not using a headboard I just use a metal bed frame= $30

Dawn

Home Squad 

Posted by Dawn Selman-Schwieger, ASP, IAHSP, AARC, ids (Home Squad, LLC- Minnesota's Premier Home Staging Co.) almost 12 years ago

Oh, and bed pillows are $2.99 each at Walmart.

Dawn again

Home Squad

Posted by Dawn Selman-Schwieger, ASP, IAHSP, AARC, ids (Home Squad, LLC- Minnesota's Premier Home Staging Co.) almost 12 years ago
Hey Dawn - you are a super shopper! Thanks for the tips and WalMart is such a great resource. You can order online as well if you are stuck in bad weather etc.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
Great tips on the beds!
Posted by Home Staging almost 12 years ago
Would have like to have seen the finished product in a photo.  I did see one in a house once and it was amazing, though you want to have sturdy boxes as sometimes prosepective buyers will sit on it.
Posted by ARDELL DellaLoggia (Better Properties Seattle ) almost 12 years ago
Ok, here is the latest on the air mattress - this is just in from my sister "They sell the air mattresses at Sams Club.  Look for one on stilts.  Literally a blow up bed that you raise like a cot.  The other mattresses take two minutes.  You just pull out a plug on the side and there she blows.  Also, they are extra high so you don't need boxes now."
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

Okay everyone...here is your "Bed in a Trunk" air mattress sent from one of my Agent/Stager clients. (She is also my sister...am I lucky or what!!!) I have to give her a plug...you can find her at www.tinahack.com


 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
Now that is a nice room with a great bed.  Is that two air mattresses stacked or the one on a frame?
Posted by Home Staging almost 12 years ago
Sheron, All great ideas and your sister took a fab pic.
Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) almost 12 years ago

Love the room and your idea using the boxes.  In this room I used a bed frame BUT I think the boxes would be better since the air mattresses liked to slip off or sink in the middle.  Plus I think the boxes would raise the bed more.  :)

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) almost 12 years ago

Gina - thank you...and I told my sister about the quality of her picture.

Janice - I like that headboard. You could use 1x4's across the frame to help. Also, I think the above additional comment I made was Sam's Club has a new air mattress that has stilts like a cot which eliminates the need for boxes.  

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

Sheron,

Cool Idea!

How did you make the headboard?

Ginger

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) almost 12 years ago

Fantastic idea Sheron!

When I tell my clients about the air mattresses as option, they look at me like I'm a god - stylish and frugal!

That picture is absolutely stunning.

Posted by Mary Seferian (DIVA DECOR DESIGN) almost 12 years ago

Ginger - the client had the headboard. sorry...but I do make headboards...they are easy. Let me know if you want to make them yourself and I will post the directions

Mary - My sister thanks you. Glad you are getting your praises! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

Thanks for the Sam's club tip, I'll be checking them out now.  Too bad I'm a costco member :( 

Do you know the price at Sam's and what sizes do they come in??

Posted by Jessica Hughes (Ambiance Staging) almost 12 years ago

Sherin,

Please Poat Headboard Directions.

Thanks,

Ginger

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) almost 12 years ago

Jessica - I think you can get a guest pass for one day at Sams Club and I don't know the price.

Ginger - Ok, I will put a post together and let you know when it is ready. I will post it in Staging Secrets or whatever it is called. They are really very easy and there are some other headboard ideas I have used over the years too. My photo's went down with my laptop and could not retreive them but maybe I can draw and scan the specs. Look for it Saturday the 3rd.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

  Thanks Sheron, no rush!

Would love an easy way to make window valances too, box style.  I'll bet you know!

 

Ginger

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) almost 12 years ago
Okay...box style as in box pleats or cornice box? I am in the process of developing my next ebook about model home secrets and your questions are pushing me toward that goal so this is good. I will contact you soon.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

Hey Sheron Air mattresses are the waaaay to go! I have had mine sitting on anything from empty paint cans to stacked up tile. I love the collapsable box thing because you could transport stuff in it. Where did you find those??

Phyllis Pafumi

Posted by Phyllis Pafumi, ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ (ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey) almost 12 years ago
Phyllis - Office Max, Office Dept, Costco, anywhere that sells office supplies. When you need to add more air mattress to your inventory...we learned that Sam's Club has them that pop up like a cot = instant bed!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

You can also stack blowup mattresses on the tubs you lug your accessories in in.  I found the inflatable ithink self inflating mattress with a raisable frame included by Ozark Trail camping equipment co orderable at walmart for $52.8? in queen size.  

A great quick cheap box valance ?  2 ways:   1)two regular curtain rods spaced apart the height of desired valance with a towel that you sew rod pockets on top and bottom and stretch or thread the towel pockets onto the rods like a horizontal door panel.  2) Regular curtain rod.  Flop fabric placemats over, using enough of them to go the distance across the width of the window. Overlap them and make a pattern of layers

Posted by Patricia Ebrahimi, Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD (SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant) almost 12 years ago

Picture of #1 and #2 cheap easy valance ideas above:

                           

                                                             

 

Posted by Patricia Ebrahimi, Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD (SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant) almost 12 years ago

Hey Patricia - the towels is a new one to me...they look really nice. How does the texture work in the kitchen. The placemats are one of our greatest secrets, aren't they? Chair cushions, sofa pillows, bed pillows...oh yeah.

Thank you!!! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

A window treatment idea I have used I got from Better Homes & Gardens - depending on the width of your window, thread napkin rings on the curtain rod (for instance - I had a window 28" and used 7 napkin rings).  Then I used 3 solid square cloth napkins and 2 co-ordinating print napkins.  (Sorry I am not computer savvy to upload photos yet - but you might be able to do a search on Better Homes and Gardens for non-sewing window treatments/valances)  On either end of the rod I would put one of the rings outside each of the brackets to anchor the treatment.  Then I would start with the solid colored napkins folding them in half on the diagonal to make a triangle, starting with the outside ring, skipping the next ring and threading a folded corner through the first and third ring (hang in there with me).  Next solid napkin then goes through the third and fifth ring, with the folded corners overlapping through the third ring.  Next finish off the third solid napkin through the fifth and seventh (other outside the bracket) ring - again overlapping through the fifth ring.

(This really isn't as complicated as I am making it sound, and looks so cute when it's done!)

Next, using the print napkins, folding the same as the solids to make triangles, thread these through the second and fourth rings, and the fourth and sixth ring, so that the print napkins are showing the most, while the solids are to the back of the group. 

Well, if you made it this far in reading my comment, you have done well! Thanks for your patience!  LOL

I have gotten so many great ideas and good inspiration - I want to be of some value to begin to pay back for everyone else's generousity.

Susan 

 

Posted by susan cunningham (JPA) almost 12 years ago

Susan - I followed your instructions to the letter...great job! And thank you for your tip. How do the napkins stay in the rings? What keeps them from falling out? 

To upload your pictures: Save whatever picture you find by right clicking on the pic, click "save as" and then save it to your desktop as a jpg file. Then all you do is when you are typing your comment or post in the AR window, you will see a little tree icon on the bar right about your typed words...sencond to the left of the abc checkmark. Click on the tree, click on the bars to the right of the first line in the popup window and it will promt you to browse for picture. Click on browse and click on desktop, then click on your picture you just saved, and then click upload. Then click insert. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago

Sheron, if you get napkins that are on the stiff side, and sometimes I've had to use a touch of hot glue to anchor them to the rings - it depends on the rings.

 Thanks for the picture posting details!  I copied your instructions and printed them out so I can attempt to do it.  ;)

Posted by susan cunningham (JPA) almost 12 years ago

Regarding using air mattresses in stagings...  has anyone received negative feedback from client's on using them? All of the posts here seem pretty positive. The reason I'm asking is that on a recent vacant staging, working with a homeowner that flips houses, she mentioned that she had a terrible experience with the last stager she used and was hesitant to try again. When I asked about the past experience (wanting to avoid anything that the former stager might have done that came across negatively) the second thing she mentioned was that she had used a "blow up bed/inflatable mattress" and she thought it was really  tacky. Has anyone else run up against negative opinions or feedback on using them?

By the way, in case you were wondering what the first thing was...  she said that the quality of the previous stager's inventory looked like she just pulled things out of her own home.

Luckily she LOVED my inventory (whats not to love :-) and I had already rented a frame, box spring, and mattress for this job--not knowing her feelings toward the air mattresses and will rent a bed for all future stagings with her as well.  

 

Posted by Sandi Gregory, details (Redesign and Staging) in the greater Puyallup area (details (Redesign and Staging)) over 11 years ago
Sandi - your customer comes first. If she had a bad experience regardless of the truth or validity, then you are right in pleasing her and easing her fears. If you look in the picture above with the red headboard, you will see that they are not tacky. They can be dangerous if sat upon unless it is the new mattress with the popup frame. Does that help?
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Thanks, Sheron - I agree, the photo looks great to me and you can't tell. I was just wondering if anyone else had come across home owners or in this case flippers that had the same sentiment. If the majority don't mind or say anything then using the pop up frame version would sure save some dollars in the long run.

Posted by Sandi Gregory - details Redesign and Staging over 11 years ago

Great ideas and wonderful comments.  I am so glad that I joined this site :)

Lori-Artful journey Designs and Staging

Posted by Lori Kim Polk, Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento ( Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services) over 11 years ago

Welcome to the greatest rain forest in the world Lori. Nice to have you here. There are so many new names popping up lately...I am going to have to get to know everyone...just keep commenting, reading, and posting so we can see you!

Stage it forward! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Sheron, that's a great idea.  I actually did something very similar with boxes that were already packed with seller's things, several pillows laid flat on top of them, 2 or 3 layers of quilts and spreads to help "mold" the bed shape, and then the bed-in-a-bag to finish off the look.  I was a little worried that someone might sit down (or worse, lie down!) on the bed and find it to not be sturdy, but we got by without incident, and it looked great!  And since we were hiding some of the boxes and creating a focal point, we killed two birds with one stone!

Penny

Posted by Penny Province over 11 years ago

Thank you Sheron!!  It is so nice to feel welcome.  When I get more "into" these blogs... I will be posting more.  I have some headboard ideas to share.  First, go to any art store and ask them for canvases that have been ripped or sliced during the unpacking... many do. I pay about $10.00 per 30+X30+ canvas.  I then find a corresponding fabric or leather to wrap over the canvas.  Add buttons, batting or whatever you see fit.  You can use a staple gun to afix the fabric to the back and hang it low like a painting/headboard behind the bed.  The total cost is usually under $20 and will match your bedding.  You will look like a super pro ;)  You can always build your own or use these ideas for simple wall art............ but I just don't have the time to do it right now.  The Staging rush is on!

Hope this helps.  I 'll be back with more ideas that are tried and true...........

Posted by Lori Kim Polk - Artful Journey Designs and Staging over 11 years ago

Hi Sheron,

 

Thanks for the Tips...Well Done!

 

Have an Awesome Year in 2007!

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Hey Lori - thank you again! you have a great idea with the torn canvases. I have picked up large paintings from second hand stores and painted over them but to use them as a stretcher board for fabric is very cool...dyptics and tryptics make easy headboards. I acutally use a 4'x5' as the painting over my bed instead of a headboard...then euro pillows. Were having fun now!!!

Fred -  thanks for stopping by and saying hi...you have an awesome year too!!!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Sheron,

Do realize that 1057 people have viewed this blog!!! Wow, talk about the power of Active Rain. It is obvious that this has been an especially important subject for stagers. So, in your honor, I want to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge you for all the wonderful material you have so generously shared with this group. I, and others,  have benefited greatly from your wealth of information and experience. So thanks.

Posted by James Frazier (James Frazier Personal Development Coach) over 11 years ago
James - did not know that...thank you and I love being here. We have only scratched the surface. Decorating is the best career!!!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Hi everyone1

 

I just joined Active Rain.  My sister  "Sheron Cardin"  has been inviting me to this blog site for a few months.  I am a agent stager and she has used some of my staging pictures on this site.  For instance, the air bed picture is a home I staged.  I enjoyed reading your comments.

 

Looking forward to blogging with you all.

 

 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Hi, Sheron,

great idea - I need it.   Please provide instructions for making a headboard ASAP.

Thanx

 

 

Posted by Sveta Melchuk, www.home-staging-montreal.com (Home Staging Montreal (HSM)) over 11 years ago

Hi, again

sorry, I saw that you posted the instructions - thanx! 

Posted by Sveta Melchuk, www.home-staging-montreal.com (Home Staging Montreal (HSM)) over 11 years ago

I didn't see anyone mention the Premier Raised AeroBeds... they are a little pricey - but, they are the same height of a regular box spring and mattress sitting on a bed frame.  They inflate in 2 minutes and they hold their air!!!  I've had one inflated in my own home for 7 months and I've never needed to add air. When you are done - you put it in a duffel bag (supplied).  GREAT FOR STORAGE! 

You can't put a traditional bedskirt on them... to get around this, I cut the centers out of my bedskirts and tuck the skirt itself into the crease of the bed. 

Posted by Jennifer Mussato, Commercial Specialist (First and Main Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Jennifer - great idea!!! Money is an issue but the convenience sounds really good. How much is it? It sounds like the thing to use at home...kids would love it. I had to buy a trampoline. Thanks for stopping by!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Sheron,

The Queen Sized Premier Raised AreoBeds are $299 at Linens N Things and Bed Bath & Beyond.  Definitely save your 20% off coupons for this item!  I have 15 of these in my inventory and I really believe that they are the way to go! 

FYI - Costco carries the "Premium Aerobed" that is great for placing on actual bed frames...  it is the equivalent of a box spring & mattress.

Posted by Jennifer Mussato, Commercial Specialist (First and Main Real Estate) over 11 years ago
15!!! wowie zowie. I am very impressed. Show us your stuff! I want to see pictures. You are very serious about you business. I love that. Share your power.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

WHEN DID THEY STOP MAKING FULL SIZE HEADBOARDS???? 

Okay, I know I've been lucky and I have been doing a lot of houses with large master suites... but, this weekend I was doing a vacant staging on a 1902 remodel.  Huge bedrooms just weren't the trend back then.  So, I knew from the onset that I could only put a full size bed in the room.  WHO KNEW IT WOULD BE SO DIFFICULT TO FIND A FULL SIZE HEADBOARD???  Apparently, they don't make them anymore (okay, at least I couldn't find one in Denver).  I had to use my creativity (not really that great at 9PM at night) and resorted to using a screen. 

Not a bad alternative, however  I REALLY WISHED I HAD EXTRA TIME ON THIS JOB AND I HAD BEEN TAKING NOTES ON THIS BLOG!  I could have whipped one out in no time...  great job you guys!

Posted by Jennifer Mussato, Commercial Specialist (First and Main Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Jennifer - back at ya! Nice quick fix. Screens are easy to make as well. Uh oh, I feel a another post coming on...
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Thanks Sheron, I am starting to bookmark your posts and print them for my clients!  You have quite the creative mind on you!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

Wow... the McGyver of Home Staging...

I'd like to see the before and after of that kit!

Posted by David A. Podgursky PA, THE PODGURSKY GROUP - Make the Right Move! (THE PODGURSKY GROUP @ Re/Max Direct) over 11 years ago
Air mattresses have uses beyond staging - we've loaned them to clients for their first (or last) night in their home, and we've used them for emergency beds when hurricanes are approaching. Means a lot to someone who otherwise would be on the floor.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 11 years ago

Hi David and George - I have been asleep at the wheel here and did not see your comments. Oops! Well thank you very George, I have a couple new ideas ready to post about so heads up. David...what kit?

Sharon - what a great idea about helping by offering air mattresses. Thank you and hopefully many reading will follow your lead. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

Great post Sheron,

Do the mattresses lose their air very often? I am picturing a deflated bed. Not a pretty site.

Lynette

Posted by Lynette Lawson, Inland Empire, CA Home Staging (Starlight Design) over 11 years ago
Lynette - Some of the stagers have had that problem but in general, the quality air mattresses wont loose air. It is good to check on them however every couple of weeks. Agents should notify the stager or have the ability to add air when they are getting ready to show the property.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Ginger - here is a link to the headboard instructions you requested just in case you missed it.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
I am new to the blog, and am studying the options for a full sized bed for staging.  I've seen pictures on the net of an air bed that sets up on a frame, like metal legs that fold out of the bed itself, kind of looks like a card table.  I think it also had wheels on it to move it when it was deflated.  It cost about $60.00.  Of course, I can't find the site any more!  I've tried air mattresses before and had trouble with leaks, tipping, etc.  Does anyone know the brand name of this mattress?  Thanks!
Posted by Sue Cram (Sue Cram) over 10 years ago
Ozark Trail at Walmart for $80
Posted by Mary Seferian (DIVA DECOR DESIGN) over 10 years ago
Thanks for mentioning the Ozark Trail, but the one I'm looking for has legs under it...  Although this one would work if put on boxes, or perhaps a bed frame.  Thanks for the response! 
Posted by Sue Cram (Sue Cram) over 10 years ago

You can order the bed with stilts from Frontgate.com or now Sam's Club carries them a little cheaper.

Lisa Conover Rearranged For Change Omaha NE

Posted by Lisa Conover (Rearranged For Change) over 10 years ago
Ozark Trail makes it with bed frame attached. And the case has wheels for easy transport.
Posted by Mary Seferian (DIVA DECOR DESIGN) over 10 years ago
Thanks for the information, everyone.  I googled the "Ozark Trail" air mattresses from WalMart and found lots of reviews that said they leak often.  So I think maybe I'll try regular air mattresses on boxes as you've described.  Thanks again for the leads!
Posted by Sue Cram (Sue Cram) over 10 years ago
Sheron that's an awesome tip... I'm going to take a page out of your book and put this idea to use. Thanks for the tip!
Posted by Vicente A. Martinez, Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes (Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson) over 10 years ago
Sheron, Great Post!  You never fail to deliver in the useful info dept.   I love Penny's idea of using the homeowner's packed stuff as the bed!  Brilliant! 
Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 10 years ago

Boy, what a great topic.  Just what I wanted right now.

I am looking for one that has a frame (so I can use the standard bedskirts).  I found one on Sams Club site, but it's not in stock right now, and they won't post the price on an out of stock item.  They have it listed as "EZ Bed Sport - Queen) #132170.  It looks like it would be perfect.  Does anyone know where else I could get this?

Also, has anyone used airbeds4less.com?  I just discovered them while web surfing.

Posted by Alice Benjamin (Bernadette Interiors Design Studio) over 10 years ago
Love it Sheron! Thanks for the play by play too!
Posted by Cari Pilon, RE:STYLE Home Staging (RE:STYLE Home Staging) over 10 years ago
First I have to say, over 3600 views!!!   I am bowing to you my friend.  Good post, yes all variations of this one work.  We make these all the time and love where you shop for the bags.  I do too.  Great minds think alike I guess.  Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com) over 10 years ago

I have used these beds in modest sized homes on modest-sized budgets for 3 years. I've  found them with the telescoping frame at GI Joes (or other camping supply stores), Walmart, Fred Meyer and Shopko - don't know how many of these stores are located across the country. They're anywhere from $65-$85, depending on if they're on sale.

They are in a canvas bag with a handle and wheels on it and look a little like a small sized canvas golf cart. Some of the air mattresses  last a long time. Others start deflating after 3-6 stagings (maybe its those little "elves" bouncing through homes and onto my beds while their parents talk with the realtors.) When a matress starts leaking, I DON'T have the patience to repair the leak. I've found replacement Queen mattresses at Walmart for @$20 and they are typically a thicker material and last a lot longer.

Posted by Janis Gaines, Home Stager Eugene OR - The Notably Well-Dressed H (Staging Sells Eugene Homes) over 10 years ago

Whoa! Thank you ALL for reviving this post. It would behoove a reliable manufacturer of an air mattress to design one especially for the home stager. Will be interested to see who jumps on the bandwagon and markets to stagers :)

Love all the ideas! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 10 years ago
This is all great info.  Thank you everyone! 
Posted by Amy Prouty (Home Staging) over 10 years ago

I love this Blog!  I am new to the industry and thought of this idea but was scared to use it!

 

Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago

I wonder if you could just make four wood blocks with felt on the both top and bottom and place them on that?

Posted by Michelle- www.attentiontodetail.ca over 10 years ago

Hi Michelle - the wood blocks sound heavy and bulky and the object of the bed in a trunk is to keep it light and easy to transport. Office file boxes collapse and can store clutter if that is what you had in mind. Keep thinking...we are a creative bunch!

Dear I love this blot, are you a member of active rain? If you need help, please feel free to contact any one of us and we will be happy to help you!

Amy - you rock!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 10 years ago

Gread ideas in the post and all the follow-up.  Thank you, thank you!

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

You're welcome, you're welcome!

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 10 years ago

 just bought a bed in a bag at Ross for only $29.99 for a queen size bed, that included

the sheet set, 2 shams, 2 standard pillowcases, bed skirt, and of course the comforter. Great Bargain!

Posted by Cassie about 10 years ago

Cassie - great find! Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 10 years ago

I had bad luck with air mattresses deflating on me so created a bed with 4 plastic tubs - 2 in front and 2 in back then placed a 4x8ft sheet of foam board from Lowes on top then added bedspread.  Next time I will probably add an air mattress on top of foam board for form then the bedding.  I also created a framed sign that said "Do not sit on this bed.  It is not real, and will break"

Posted by Myrna Brown about 9 years ago

I really liked mine I got it from http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Air-Beds/2020/subcat.html Air Beds are awesome.

Posted by Miroslav about 8 years ago
who would sit on a bed at a home showing? That gives me the creeps to think that strangers would sit on my bed.
Posted by RH almost 5 years ago

Hi anonymous #90,

I would imagine children running and jumping on any bed they see is a possibility/probability. It could happen. We hope it doesn't. Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 5 years ago

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