When a buyer walks into a small room, they’re going to think it’s either tight and uncomfortable, or quaint and cozy.

Which impression they have depends largely on how well that room is staged.

Staging a small room can be a challenge. You want the space to be functional. (So, don’t remove the bed to make a small bedroom more spacious!) Yet, you don’t want the room to be cramped.

One staging technique that works well is to minimize. Only have furniture and items in the room that need to be there. For a small bedroom, that might be the bed and dresser. Avoid having too many items in the space, beyond what’s necessary to bring the room to life. You can, for example, have a guitar stand in the corner.

Another staging trick is to view the room from the doorway. That’s where buyers will form most of their impression of the space. Does the room look tight and crowded from that vantage point? If so, make some changes. Experiment with the furniture arrangement until you achieve the desired effect.

Lighting can also make a small space seem roomier. Avoid heavy window coverings. If possible, have drapes or blinds open during viewings. That helps to visually connect the small area to the biggest room in the world: the outdoors.