There are few things more exciting than the day you decide you need a change in a big way - by rearranging your furniture. This activity makes a room, and its furnishings, feel almost brand-new and gives a great sense of satisfaction. To aid you in your rearranging enjoyment, we have 9 do's and don'ts of arranging furniture.
1. DON’T Shove It All To The Wall
Pushing all the furniture against the wall can make a space seem bigger, but this method lacks intimacy and coordination. Arrange “zones” for your couches and chairs with a focal point. In this image, the couch and chairs are in the middle of the room, but the arrangement visually makes sense because the fireplace is a strong focal point.
2. DO Consider Your Space
No matter what you do, you’ll never will your room to magically grow extra square feet. Keep that in mind when buying and arranging furniture. Don’t use big, chunky pieces in a small room that can’t handle the space. Make sure you do use the space you have to its fullest potential. Don’t let space be wasted, but don’t make the room look cramped, either.
3. DON’T Block The Windows
Natural light makes your home feel lighter and fresher and can make small spaces feel larger. Blocking windows with tables, couches or headboards can steal valued light from your room. Besides, furniture poking above the window looks just strange from outside!
4. DO Keep Furniture Balanced
Putting two couches on one side of a room and a simple chair or table on another is going to throw viewers off visually. Keep in mind, achieving balance doesn’t mean furniture needs to be symmetrical. If you have a couch on one side of the room or area, have another couch or two chairs on the other.
5. DON’T Ignore Traffic
How furniture looks isn’t the only thing to consider – you need to think about traffic flow and how people navigate the room. If you have a grouping of couches and chairs, or a dining room set, make sure people can easily move in and out of the area without too much navigation.
6. DO Prepare For Anything
Think about all the purposes the room you’re arranging has. Thinking single-purpose can cause problems later. Yes, you might want your living room to look a certain way when you have guests over, but will that arrangement suit your young children dashing from one end to the other?
7. DO Consider Décor
Consider how you plan to decorate the room. Added elements such as light fixtures, area rugs and artwork can impact how you place your furniture. Hanging light fixtures look strange if they are off-center. Try putting a piece of furniture directly under one, such as a coffee table or dining room table.
8. DO Have A Focal Point
Every room should have a focal point, whether it’s a seating zone, a dining table or an impressive feature. This is the first place someone’s eye will go to when they enter the room. Consider this focal point when arranging your furniture so that it will have the maximum impact on viewers.
9. DON’T Junk It Up
It’s common to see rooms with too many small pieces of furniture that clutters a space and hinders the purpose of the room. Remove items that don’t contribute to the look you’re going for, and try to unify small items by placing them close together.