Furniture Arrangement 101

April 04, 2016

Furniture Arrangement 101

Deciding how to position furniture for maximum visual appeal as well as functionality is challenging for most of us. We’ve put together some tips for you to make this job easier. Whether you are moving into a new home or trying for a new arrangement where you live, we hope there is something here to assist you.

Draw up a plan

Measure your space. The size of your space will determine what you put in it, how many pieces it will hold and the type of furniture you need.

Draw a floor plan to scale and experiment on paper before you actually start moving things around.

Choose your focal point

Maybe you want to feature a window, a fireplace or some other unique characteristic your room offers. Play your focal point up. You want it to be in a starring role, with the viewer’s eye drawn to it.

Leave enough space to move

Leaving enough space between pieces of furniture is important. Create traffic areas that flow easily without blocking doors or windows. The room will feel welcoming and lighter and you won’t be tripping over things.

Keep sofas away from walls

Most people tend to push sofas against their walls. Instead pull your sofa out a few inches from the walls. This creates the illusion of greater space.

Place dressers and bookcases against walls

These items work best against walls unless they are being used as room dividers. When used as dividers they help to define a space and are acting as walls. Avoid the urge to angle these items. Angling takes up too much space.

Place dining tables under a light

Tables, with lights above, create a striking focal point.

Use accessories

Accessories add layering, texture and warmth to a room. Use mirrors to bring more light into a room. Position them across from windows for maximum impact. Lighting can help you define areas in a room. They draw the eye to a particular grouping. Pillows can help create accents through a burst of color contrast. Properly positioned artwork can compliment your furniture arrangement.

We hope these tips give you some ideas to make your home more comfortable and visually appealing. Happy arranging!