How To Arrange Furniture – 4 Great Tips

by THAT Painter Lady

How To Arrange FurnitureYour room is a disaster… it just doesn’t seem to function the way the room is arranged. Does this sound familiar?

By following a few easy tips you can learn How To Arrange Furniture so your room functions well and looks fresh and new.

If you get bored with the look of your rooms, don’t head to the store to buy something new… try re-arranging the furniture and accessories for a brand new look.

From Apartment Therapy –

Design Tip – Start With A Floor Plan

It’s so easy – I promise you’re going to love these tips:

Tip 1 – Start with the big picture. How is this room used?

List out every activity that the room is used for. Watching TV – Playing Games – Special Occasions – Conversations – Reading – or a combination of some or all of these?

Look at the largest piece of furniture first. Is it the monster couch or perhaps you have a gigantic entertainment center? Where is the most practical and functional space for this piece in this room.

Have you considered moving the furniture in our out of this room? Maybe, you should have the flat screen on the wall instead of in an entertainment center so that the T.V. will be in a more convenient space?

Try not to put every chair and sofa so that it faces the television. This might be a balancing act… but I found that we didn’t really use “every” seat in the house to watch the T.V. I created a separate area in my living room for games or just chatting.

If you have a large (tall) piece of furniture such as a bookcase or an entertainment center your must balance it with something on the opposite side of the room. It’s a visual thing your mind does for you. Your brain wants “balance”.

Tip 2 – Make sure everyone has a place to set their drink and snacks.

Think about the last time you sat down in a nice cozy chair to chat with your neighbor and the only place for the ice tea is in your hand? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a small space with a coaster to set down that sweaty – ice cold glass?

Sit down on every seat in the room and see where you would “sit down” a beverage. If you can’t reach a spot – you know that something is missing. If you are all cuddled around a coffee table and no one has room to walk around with everyone sitting down… the furniture is to closely grouped. Spread out and add a few side tables.

Be sure to leave at least five inches of space so you don’t hit the coffee table each time you sit or stand.

Tip 3 – Leave Space For The “Swing”

Do you have a door that opens into the room? Make sure it can swing freely.

Also… if you have a chair that swivels or rocks – sit in it and swivel and rock the chair. This will help you find the hidden problems with placement of furniture.

Trust me on this one… I’ve had a few guests get embarrassed because they thought they broke furniture when they sat down.

It was a chair that rocked to far and hit a table, which hit a floor lamp, which hit the bookcase. What a disaster and it was my fault for not checking how far the chair would rock back.

Positioning furniture to close to the door swing or without checking for necessary “rocking” space is a disaster waiting to happen.

Tip 4- Use “All” the space your room has to offer.

Try moving your couch so it “floats” in the room instead of “hugging” a wall. There is no hard and fast rule that says that couches and chairs need to be against a wall.

In a large room, you won’t be able to easily hold a conversation without shouting. Group your furniture around activities.

For example, if you have a fireplace, you can place two side chairs around it for cozy seating and arrange the couch and love seat around the television as another sitting area.

Leaving space between walls and furniture makes small rooms appear larger.

Bonus Tip! Use paint to create balance!

If you see your room as a hodpodge of unrelated furniture and accessories… make sure to balance your room with paint color.

If your furniture is “heavy” on one wall… paint the other wall a deep color that matches something on the opposite wall. For instance… if you have a red couch on one side of the room – paint the opposite wall the same red color and the room will start to look balanced. Cool eh?

Do you have some new ideas about How To Arrange Your Furniture? Leave a comment below and share some of your bright ideas.

Use the tips above to find new ways to position your furniture and you might just think you purchased new furniture without having to spend a dime!

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health & fitness club December 15, 2009 at 2:32 am

Hello I can share One of my experience “Be careful while buying wooden furniture. Furniture made of particleboard and medium density fiberboard is also called “solid wood”. But furniture made out of these is not worth buying, as it is harder to repair and heavier than real wood. Buy furniture with signs that explicitly say solid oak wood or cherry wood or ash wood. These are safer to buy. “

dance folk December 15, 2009 at 10:54 am

Last time I was involved in arraging furniture, it sorta went like this, ex wife throws lamp, ex wife throws dish, ex wife throws knife, you get the idea!

Minaret December 18, 2009 at 5:01 am

This was a useful tip. I like the idea of balancing the room with colour and big furniture. The problem I have is that my husband loves a blue velour sofa, I hate the colour, its modern style, its comfort level etc. So I bought another new sofa to suit our rustic decor …but the 2 pieces ‘shout’ at each other now matter how I try to re-arrange! Help.

Eco Friendly Furniture May 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm

This is a great article! Arranging furniture is one of those things we tend to do by trial and error, so it’s nice to have some guidelines. One of the tips we often give out to folks who are short on space but still want to have comfy seating, is to buy portable furniture. Bean bag chairs are great for this, and especially the ones with removable covers that are machine washable. You can move them around from room to room when you need them!

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