The Staging Life: How to stage a ‘real’ Home Office when Selling House


By Nan Johnston, Southern Staging & Redesign

Over the past weeks and longer, many sellers have been “sheltering in place” and still continue to work from home.  However, once this pandemic is under control and we can get back to a new normal way of life, some may continue to work from home because they already did or their bosses are ok with them continuing to work remotely part or full time.

So how does one work from home in either a designated office or make-shift office when house is on the market to list and keep it staged?

Staging a real working home office is really no different than staging a real working kitchen, or real working bathroom.   Any items that aren’t needed on a day to day basis need to be pre-packed and placed in storage that you can either get to easily if needed or off property if you don’t need it but need to keep it “just in case.”

Although real working offices need to function like an office, it also needs to be “attractive!”  Place decorative items on any book shelves and heavy daily used manuals, books, files on the lower shelves to keep below eye level.  Organize paperwork or files in cute baskets or bins so that you can get to them, but it looks more decorative while house is on the market.

Hang some art on the wall.  It doesn’t have to be “office art.” It can be just like the art used anywhere else in a staged home that interest you so you can use in your next home office.

Contain cord clutter by using a power strip underneath or on the back of a desk. Cable ties or command hooks can manage that cord clutter and can be fed along the back of furniture.

And while we are on the subject, if your desk is facing the entrance of the room and all anyone can see is the back of your monitor, printer or other office electronics, THAT NEEDS TO BE CHANGED!  Relocating this equipment to either a side wall or placing the printer on a lower shelf or whatever it takes to keep it out of view is required to create a pleasant looking home office.

Hopefully, your home will only be on the market for a short while and the inconvenience of having a functional and attractive real working office will be brief.

For more information on preparing your space for the Real Estate market, contact Nan at [email protected].


Nan Johnston is a professional home staging consultant from Newnan with over 30 years experience in the real estate industry. Check out her website for some interesting before and after photos at

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