Six Tips For Furniture Arrangement
The perfect layout for a space is like well-composed music. It has flow, it takes you places and it makes you feel good. Now, imagine the opposite. So, how can you avoid a bad layout and create a space that allows for people to pass through without stubbing their toe or squeezing behind a chair? Here are some easy tips to avoid any awkward furniture misplacements:
Measure. Measure. Measure!
Did we mention how important it is to measure? Don’t throw your back out placing and replacing pieces. Have the correct dimensions of your space on hand when shopping. It’s also a good idea to note location and size of windows, doors and if necessary, air vents and electrical outlets.
Bring a measuring tape and rough sketch of the room layout/shape when buying new pieces. That way you can determine how it will fit into the layout and ensure you have enough space to maneuver around.
Don’t forget to measure the doorway and the path you’ll take to bring new pieces into your space. There’s nothing worse than not being able to get your new dining table past the front door.
Variety is the Spice of Life
Prevent the visual monotony of a dull, flat space by creating visual interest using furniture of various sizes and characteristics. This allows the eye to move up and down as it scans the space.
Balance pieces by pairing furniture of similar heights across the room from each other. Or use art to scale to replicate the effect. It is best to avoid putting tall pieces next to one another
In the placement pecking order, larger pieces like sofas, bed or dining tables, get precedence. Once you decide on their place, usually opposite or facing the room’s focal point, you can start bringing in the smaller furnishings and place them accordingly.
Keep Entryways Clear
This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s an important one to emphasize! There should be a direct path between doorways in a space that is unobstructed by furniture.
Create ample clearance by ensuring nothing is in the way of the entry. Give furniture some breathing room instead of lining them up flush with the doorway. Do the same for ottomans, benches or coffee tables and you should avoid any stubbed toes or bruised shins.
The Three-Foot Rule
To avoid having to squeeze between furniture allow for three feet of walking space. You’ll be comfortable walking around and, better yet, you won’t bump into anything! Plus, pieces with drawers or doors need about this much space to open properly.
Room to Float
Instead of forcing all the furniture in a room against the walls give them a little space! Pull out any seating so that there is approximately 12 inches of space between the wall and the back from the wall - if you have the room to do so, that is. The benefit it two-fold, the space appears more cozy and inviting without dead space in the middle of the room!