Have you ever walked into a room and just felt like something was off? This typically is because of the furniture placement in the room isn't quite right. Good furniture arrangement is essential for getting the most from your room and creating a comfortable living space. Having furniture in the right places will help the room to function better as well as to just feel right. Here are some ways you can create a happy living space with your furniture placement.
Identify your travel paths
You want to begin by finding and identifying your travel paths. These are the areas of the room that will get the most traffic. Such as back and forth to a bathroom, kitchen, or around a sofa to a hallway. These travel paths need to be left open and not be blocked with furniture to allow for good traffic flow throughout the room. No one wants to trip over furniture trying to walk through a room.
Find your focal point wall
This is usually easily identified by the area of the room that yells for attention. It's usually the first thing you see when you enter a room. If your room has no architectural features that stand out then your large furniture pieces can become your focal area or you can create your own. If you are still not sure what the focal point is to look for the biggest feature of the room. This could be just a large wall as you enter the room or a fireplace. You will only need one focal point in your room. Creating too many areas of emphasis can take away from the beauty of the room.
Create a conversation area
Now that you have found your focal point you will want to arrange your furniture around it. Your furniture needs to lead your eye to the focal point area. This can be done by creating a conversation area around your focal point. The pieces need to be close enough for comfortable conversation - no need to shout across the room and you don't' want to your guests having to strain their necks. Furniture needs to remain spaced and not overcrowd each other - allow for breathing room. For long narrow rooms try creating more than one conversation area. Such as a seating area for a conversation on one end of the room and a separate area such as a table or desk for games or work.
Use area rugs
Define your conversation area with area rugs. Area rugs create a grouping and ground your pieces together - setting the stage for other pieces. Use the size of the rug to divide the area up into different conversation areas creating different seating areas. Allow the rug to bring color and pattern into your space. Your rug can warm up space by creating a cozy feeling especially if you have hardwoods.
Add coffee tables and end tables for small simple tasks. These small additions allow for areas to be more comfortable. We all want a place to put our feet or a table to hold our drink. These areas tend to be an afterthought but they are an important part of the room. The number of tables you will need depends on the amount of seating you have. You want to have enough space for each person to use without overcrowding the room. Remember - want your table to be approximately the same height as the arm of the sofa or chair they sit beside. Don't forget to dress up the table and show off your style.
Every room needs some type of storage. I personally always prefer closed storage as it allows you to hide clutter. Try to find pieces with doors or drawers to create areas of storage. An easy way to add storage is with an entertainment center or built-ins. Try to use pieces to double in function. A cabinet or hutch can be a great storage option for blankets, books, games, and even children's toys. Coffee tables with drawers are great storage for remotes and magazines. If you are using open storage such as bookcases try using baskets to hold items for storage. There are even ottomans available for quickly hiding blankets and toys.
As you are placing your furniture in your room make sure you keep in mind safety precautions. NO- this is not a design rule or element. But it's one I am particularly cautious with. You want your room to not only be beautiful but functional as well -and this function extends even to safety. Don't completely block windows and doors with heavy furniture. If you must place items in front of doors and windows make sure they are moveable. Remember in an emergency such as a fire you will need to be able to easily leave the room.
Last but certainly not least is measure your room and the size of furniture you will need. The last thing you want is to end up with pieces that will just not fit. Furniture too large for a room will leave us feeling uneasy as the room is overcrowded. Pieces too small will leave the room feeling sparse like something is missing. It's important to know what size you need before you shop. If you aren't sure of the sizes of furniture pieces available there are generic sizes available through google. It's a good idea to find the right size and even draw it out on graph paper finding the best placement before you buy.
Prior planning for your space will help you get the best furniture placement.
As you can see there are lots of things to keep in mind with furniture placement. Ensuring you have the best arrangement will allow you to create a home you can be happy with for years. You will have a welcoming feeling that is cozy and comfortable you can be proud of. If you need help with your furniture placement or creating a space plan for your room I am here to help. Go here to see how I can help with a complete room makeover or a room consultation.