Furniture placement tips by Robert Levinson
Knowing where to start with furniture placement in any room can be overwhelming, particularly if you have just moved in and you aren’t that familiar with the room itself.
Before you begin putting furniture down, make sure you know what you want out of the room, and what you want your room to say about you.
You also need to know what your room’s focal point is, or what you want it to be.
This will be a window, a fireplace, and many times a television.
When you have made these decisions, follow these easy tips to make your furniture arrangement a breeze.
The first thing you need to do is put your biggest pieces in the room first (especially in central rooms, like the living room or the bedroom).
Whatever is going to be the primary activity for the room should be placed first.
This would be a sofa, a bed, a desk for the office, or what have you.
Distribute the large pieces by size order, largest going in first.
Then follow with the next largest pieces – entertainment center, book shelves, etc.
The large pieces need to be evenly distributed to keep the room balanced.
Leave space around your large pieces keeping the overall shape of the room in mind, and where you expect your high traffic areas to be.
As you bring in smaller pieces such as end tables or coffee tables, make sure the activity used in the room will accommodate those pieces and make your room comfortable and convenient.
As you are arranging furniture, sit down on some pieces and see if it works.
Is there a place to put a drink down? Can you get out easily? Is there enough seating?
When you are placing smaller pieces, try to balance them opposite each other.
Place a sofa across from a pair of upholstered chairs for example.
Smaller scaled chairs can be dispersed throughout the room in smaller spaces.
Balance your wood and upholstered pieces by mixing soft and hard surfaces with rugs or tables covered in fabric.
Take note of the light in the room when arranging your pieces.
If you have a dark cabinet for example, it might “disappear” in a room with poor lighting. Likewise, brighter pieces will look garish sitting underneath a bright sunny window.
You can break up a horizontal image by placing taller items in the room like a bookcase or high back chair.
Tall floor lamps can be very elegant as well and provide a pretty cathedral effect.
The flow of traffic in your room can be directed by you and how you place your furniture.
You want to have at least two and a half feet for walkways and leave space where you will want groups or conversations.
Keep adjacent rooms in mind when you do this, and also try to guide traffic around the perimeter of the room for less disruption.
Above all, your home expresses who you are as a person, and outside of floor plans, you should implement as much of your personality in every room you arrange.
A simple vase of flowers or a family portrait could be just enough.