Hey, team. Naomi Findlay here, Principal of IIHS. I hope you’re having a cracking month.
I had an amazing query the other day from a member — and I wanted to share it with the entire community — around bed-making. I know it sounds really unusual to do a blog around bed-making, but I really wanted to talk to you about it.
Someone asked me about whether our beds that we make in our bricks and mortar business of Silk Home, when we’re staging a property, whether they can be slept in or not.
I just wanted to share with you what we do, just to give you an idea of the different ways that things can be done.
If the property is not lived in
If the property is not lived in , if it’s vacant staging , we would not do a full set of linen on the bed. Depending on the level of the property, more than likely there would be toppers, fitted sheets, quilts, coverlets and, more than likely, throws as well as all the cushions and pillows.
If the property is lived in
However, if we’re doing a property where the clients are living and staying in the property, we need to think about it very differently. In these circumstances, we liaise with the clients and we talk to them about who is going to be sleeping in the bed, who is going to be caring for the bed and getting it made each day, for each open home, and for the photographs.
We work out a way that it can work with them.
One of the ways that we actually do it is we leave a lot of their existing linen in-situ underneath what we dress the bed with. We dress the bed with coverlets, extra quilts, toppers and throws so that the clients are literally able to ……….after we’ve laid them out……. fold it all up onto itself what belongs to us ……… take it off the bed and leave it to the side in the room.
Then they live in their beds, sleep in their beds, just like they usual would.
When it comes to show time, they take the little folded bundle that they had taken off, they place it back up into the center of the bed after they’ve made their bed underneath and then they fold it all back out.
Have a think about your client’s needs.
Have a think about who your clients are and whether there are some really cool ways to work with them. Sometimes there’s a little bit of opposition in occupied stage jobs, where people are living in the home, for the clients to actually have the beds staged. They feel that they don’t want to live in someone else’s linen, they don’t want to dirty your linen.
Think of some cool ways you can get around that and you’ll be surprised how quickly and how happy the clients are to take that on.
I hope you all have a great end of the month. I will see you again soon.