8 Things to Never, Ever Put on a Table If You Hope to Impress Guests

December 8, 2018

Do you have visitors coming over or, egad, home buyers you hope might purchase your place? Then you’d better watch what you put where—particularly on tables, countertops, and other highly visible surfaces. Let’s face it: A candle or vase of flowers might be considered fine DIY home staging. But choose the wrong kind of place setting or decor, and buyers will take note!

Don’t believe us? One need look no further than Instagram, which is bursting with horrifying sights that, for some reason, the sellers thought might be OK to display. Luckily, real estate agents couldn’t help but snap some pics to document these snafus.

Consider this a list of what to not place on a table if you hope to impress, well, anyone!

1. Your dirty laundry


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This dining room needs a decluttering and staging job #shopkinsroom #laundryroom #whoneedsadiningroomanyway #homestagingfail #igiveup

A post shared by The Barry Team – Revel Realty (@thebarryteam) on Jan 22, 2016 at 7:06pm PST


“Laundry, it’s what’s for dinner!” said no one ever. That little toy bus doesn’t seem too appetizing either. The rest looks like a dollar store’s clearance bin exploded. Yikes. Any would-be buyer is bound to make a U-turn after seeing this. Holiday guests, too.

2. Nonfood items on a plate


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What a delicious meal #stagingfail

A post shared by Lindsay Barnes (@lindsaybarnes) on Jan 6, 2016 at 1:57pm PST


Even squirrels might struggle with this meal. You could see where a bowl of lemons or even an array of pine cones could add a nice touch to this kitchen. But together on a plate? Not so much.

3. Wine is fine, but can that can of cashews


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It just wouldn’t be home staging without wine glasses. #theshitisee #homestagingfail #homestaging #househunting #houseforsale #houseforsale

A post shared by The Real Estate Scientist (@realtyscientist) on Jan 24, 2017 at 7:59pm PST


You don’t have to go “nuts” to make your dining area appealing. That simple white runner alone may have done the trick.

4. Toilet paper as a centerpiece


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When you don’t hire a professional stager… #staginghelp #stagingfail #homestaging

A post shared by The Reeve Group (@thereevegroup) on Jul 6, 2017 at 8:29am PDT


We don’t want to know what this suggests about the homeowner’s cooking abilities. Still, it’s safe to say prospective home buyers probably saw more than they wanted to after spying this.

5. Wrinkly tablecloths and slipcovers


Slipcovers and tablecloths? Aren’t these home sellers fancy?! Alas, unless you’re holding a wedding at your house, it’s entirely too formal. And surely smoothing out the wrinkles on those ghostlike slipcovers would have helped a bit.

6. Fake ice


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Maybe if they hadn’t spent the money on the fake ice they could have fixed the ceiling. #stagingfail #realtorfail #agentfail #homestaging #houseforsale #househunting #realestate #Realtors

A post shared by The Real Estate Scientist (@realtyscientist) on May 14, 2017 at 4:45am PDT


Having fake ice in a glass bowl is weird enough—wouldn’t that money have been better spent fixing that gaping hole in the ceiling? In fact, skip the fake ice entirely; you don’t need a professional stager to tell you that fake foodstuff is just not a good look.

7. Unusual food tableaus


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#stagingfail this is the second home I’ve shown this month with #plasticfood or motel staging

A post shared by Lori Foulke (@midmodlori) on Apr 12, 2017 at 5:51pm PDT


The breakfast tray alone would’ve been plenty. No one needs to know that the seller needs more fiber in his diet. And while we’re at it, that still life of plastic fruit should go back to art school, and that beauty product display back to, um, Bloomingdale’s. As this listing agent explains, it all amounts to “motel staging” at its worst.

8. Nativity scenes


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Join the Holy Family and the angels at the bar for a nice social drink.

A post shared by Brad Speck (@meetbradspeck) on Feb 22, 2016 at 12:22pm PST


It might be fine for Christmas, but even then, this is a bit much (particularly combined with that bear motif and “Rock the Day” inspirational message on the wall).

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