We are always on the look out for ways to save time, energy, space and money in our staging business. When we first started staging vacant homes, we decided to purchase inflatable air mattresses for the primary bedroom staging. They were inexpensive and compact and at the time, a good business decision. That is, until we arrived at a destage (or a few) to find our mattresses were leaking air and the bedrooms looked disastrous. Talk about embarrassing!
We tried using real box springs and mattresses (and still do occasionally), but let's be honest, these babies take up a ton of space in the warehouse and are difficult to move in and out of homes. Older homes especially are particularly hard for old mattresses and box springs.
So we did a little research and eventually came across the idea to use foldable bed frames and foldable box springs for our bedroom staging and oh boy, has it been a game changer! While they are certainly pricier than an inflatable mattress, the foldable bed frames and box springs take up very little room in our warehouse and are easy to move. Plus, we know that they are going to retain their shape regardless of how long the bed remains staged.
One warning for using the foldable frame and box spring combination - they are super uncomfortable! Like, you will definitely get some bruises if you attempt to bounce or cuddle on these things. But that doesn't mean that they can't look like a fluffy and cozy oasis. To achieve that hotel bedding-like feel, we use the following formula:
Cover the box spring with a plush quilt
Tri-fold a large comforter or duvet at the bottom of the bed
Use 4 king-sized pillows as a base, regardless of whether we are staging a queen or king bed
Layer 2 euro-sized pillows, then decorative pillows
Below are the links to the foldable bed frame and box spring, as well as some affordable comforters. If you are a home stager, these are a MUST!