Magnetized Walls

September 17th, 2011 · 9 Comments

The furniture must be loaded with iron and the walls filled with high powered magnets.  How else to you explain the furniture crammed against the walls?

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The family room walls are especially magnetic.

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Even the kitchen walls are strong.  Makes it easier to mop the floors.

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Tags: Family Room · Grandma's House · Kitchen · Phoenix Homes · Staging

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Picky // Sep 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I am old enough to remember when we were advised to do this. It supposedly made our rooms look larger and cleaner.

  • 2 Aaron // Sep 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    “Magnetic wall syndrome” is the perfect expression for this situation!

    I get the feeling that in this home, they were trying to show off the parquetry floors, but failed. Unfortunately, the wall color, old fashioned furniture, wallpaper and lighting is such that it makes the floor look a bit washed out and tired.

    There is apparently a myth that furniture lining the walls “makes a room appear bigger”, or that “each room must function as a single space”. Instead, furniture should be arranged to faciliate easy conversations. Small rooms might only allow a single conversation group (eg. enough space for a sofa and a couple of chairs) and will often end up with furniture against walls; while bigger rooms benefit from multiple conversation areas (eg. instead of a single 8-place modular sofa, have a couple of two-seat sofas; plus a pair of occasional chairs with a chess table; and a meals/cards table with another 4 chairs). Failure to facilitate conversation is one of the reasons by that first photo looks uninviting: the two chairs are isolated from each other and the sofa. it then gets misinterpreted as a “cold” or “uninviting house”.

    Instead, they should use photo #1 to show “generous size rooms” by bringing furniture into the middle; and just empty out #2 to show off the floor.

  • 3 Jozef // Sep 18, 2011 at 8:57 am

    That kitchen is huge! Almost too huge. What would you do with all that space? I would get agoraphobic in there haha.. I think it would be better if there was a wall with a pass-through to close off the kitchen.

  • 4 Melykin // Sep 18, 2011 at 9:39 am

    The second pictures looks like the room tipped sideways and all the furniture slide against the wall.

  • 5 Joe // Sep 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I’m left with the impression that these folks just don’t have enough design guts to try to be original with their furniture arrangement. The family room is really bad – it really does look like something pulled all the furniture in the room into one corner!

  • 6 Joeygoat // Sep 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    No a/c? Why all the fans?

  • 7 Kathy // Sep 23, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Is it possible they have a new wheelchair user in the home? They are moving to a place that will be easier for the person to get around in but as a stopgap measure they’ve simply pushed all the furniture back?

  • 8 Kyla // Feb 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Picture #2 makes no sense to me at all. They have a nice desk and a bookshelf, but seriously, why have a rocking chair right there? That blue chair confuses me, too. Why have it right in front of your desk? What were they even thinking?

  • 9 Trisha // Apr 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    No real creativity in furniture placement is what this is. Sad really, especially photo 2. Why oh why is there a recliner in front of the desk??? Does anyone use the desk??? If they were trying to show off the floor, there are much better ways to do it for sure.

    The table against the wall on photo one should be in the center of the room to add some balance. Also, some of the pictures should be taken down. I think sometimes people forget when they are trying to sell a house the prospective buyers want to see the house, not your stuff…

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