Many of us find arranging furniture an arduous and frustrating chore. After all, it has to look right so that not only does it look pleasing to the eye, it is also practical. Thankfully, there are some easy-to-follow tips that you can take into account to ensure that you correctly arrange your furniture with your first attempt.
One of the most important aspects of a room is light. Have a combination of table lamps, floor lamps and overhead lighting. Play table lamps on side tables, mantles and shelves and place floor lamps at the end of the sofa.
- Consider your focal point
The focal point in a room is extremely important. It may be that the focal point in your room is obvious. For instance, you may have a fireplace or a window area that stands out. If, however, there isn’t a clear focal point in your room, you will need to create it yourself. Once you have decided where your focal point will be, you will need to plan your furniture around it.
- Area rugs
If you want to have an area rug, it needs to live under your furniture so make sure you have a rug that is big enough.
An important factor to consider when arranging furniture is how traffic will flow in the room. After all, you don’t want people to be falling over furniture or one another as they navigate their way through the room. Ideally, you want to create an obvious path from one end of the room to the other.
- Conversation space
You need to lay out your furniture so that people can talk to each other with ease. Consider placing your sofas in such a way so that they face one another converse can take place without the need to shout.
- A good balance
You want to avoid placing all your large bits of furniture in one area and all the small pieces of furniture in another area. This won’t work in a room so you need to mix up your furniture to ensure that there is a variety in size as well as shape.
Anything that is placed on a wall needs to be positioned correctly. It also needs to be in proportion to the furniture that you have. For example, you don’t want to place a small piece of artwork over a large sofa. If you have your heart set on incorporating a small piece of artwork to your room, consider putting it into a large frame so that it can work behind a sofa.
- Side tables
If you do want to have side tables in your room, you need to place them in a position where they can be easily accessed by all.
- Coffee tables
It’s usually best to have a big coffee table which can sit nicely in the middle of your seating area. The beauty of having a larger coffee table is that everyone can access it from wherever they are sat. If you struggle to find a large coffee table that you like then you could opt for two smaller coffee tables instead.
- Avoid furniture against the walls
You want to have some space between your furniture and the walls. Although you may not believe it, this can make a room feel bigger. How far you can pull your furniture away from the walls really depends on how big your room is.