Faux furnishings, including prop furniture and fake electronics, are regaining popularity as the housing market picks up steam. Home stager Douglas Pinter of inFormed Space can stage a two-bedroom apartment using the contents of four nylon bags, with lightweight, polypropylene furniture that can be folded flat and assembled in a couple of hours. Staging with inFormed Space’s faux furnishings costs about one-third of a traditional staging project. Other companies offer furniture made from corrugated cardboard and draped in slipcovers; and stagers can even purchase fake TVs, laptops, and videogame consoles. “You want a home buyer to walk into the spaces and really feel like they could be sitting at [the] table,” says Kelly Young of Plantation, Fla.-based Kelly Young Design Associates. Not only are faux furnishings less expensive, but they also help deter thefts at open houses. | Read More