Bedlinen when selling your house: What you need and where to buy it.
During a home staging consultation I often recommend that my clients buy new bedlinen. It’s the easiest way to freshen and brighten a bedroom and gives a great return on investment.
The 2 questions clients then ask are: “What kind of bedlinen and where do I buy it from?”
Firstly, what kind of bedlinen?
1. Buy what you like (with a couple of exceptions*) If you’re going to invest in new bedlinen and take it to your new house then you need to be able to live with it.
2. Although the fixed elements of your bedroom (walls, flooring, window treatments, built in wardrobes) need to be kept neutral this rule doesn’t apply for the bedlinen. If you want to go colourful you can. Buyers know you will be taking this with you.
3. If you’re unsure about colour pick an accent colour already in the house or use the artwork in the room to provide some inspiration.
4. If you’re still in doubt, you can’t go wrong with white – you can always jazz it up with a couple of coloured cushions
5. Quilt sets are the easiest way to go as they provide a doona (quilt) cover and pillows cases. They don’t include a bottom sheet but you might not need one anyway (buyers won’t see this bit!)
6. Cover your mattress if it’s visible with a bed wrap – a more modern version of a valance
7. I see a lot of ‘pancake pillows’ so if this is you then invest in thicker ones (interestingly the cheapest pillows are often the thickest). You need 2 pillows for every head. Euros are a nice to have not a necessity
8. Accessorise with 1,2 or 3 cushions. You don’t need to go crazy – again just pick up a colour in the quilt cover or in the room.
9. Be aware of over styling – a throw jauntily thrown on the bed (not placed at the end), a tray set with tea cups, a rose (eek!)
*Licensed bedlinen eg: Thomas the Tank engine or anything too polarising (nudes, army, sporting teams etc)
Secondly, where do I buy it from?
I’ve put a pinterest board together with bedlinen brands and where to buy them from in Australia. Most brands can be bought online and delivery is usually quick. To see the board CLICK HERE. If you see a picture you like then click on it and it will take you through to a website to buy. Here are some highlights:
You don’t have to spend a lot of money if you don’t want to. All shops have sale sections and outlet centres are a good hunting ground too. I like Adairs at Jindalee DFO.
I’m Imogen Brown, a home stager based in the Western suburbs of Brisbane. If you would like some objective help and advice before you sell then give me a call on 0432 994 056 or contact me through my website