A Simple Guide to Arranging Furniture

A Simple Guide to Arranging Furniture

Furniture shouldn't be pushed against walls
You should allow a few inches between the backs of furniture pieces and the walls, regardless of how far you can pull furniture away from the walls. In spite of popular belief, a bit of extra space can actually make a room feel bigger. If you have a larger space, you should arrange the furniture in such a way that conversation areas are created in the middle of the room, leaving several feet between the walls and the furniture.

Establish conversation areas
It's normal for people to be able to talk to each other without having to crane their necks or shout across the room. Orient the sofas and chairs so they face each other (not necessarily straight on, but close enough that people can converse without raising their voices). If the room is too big, create multiple conversation areas.

When arranging furniture, find a balance
When it comes to decorating, balance is always key, but never more so than when arranging furniture and other items in your living room. Keeping size and placement in mind, avoid grouping large or small pieces in one area or on one side of the room, which can make the space feel lopsided and unsettling. If you have straight-lined chairs, consider a round coffee table if you have straight-lined seating.

Traffic flow should be considered
A room's traffic flow is one of the most important things to consider when arranging furniture. To pass through the room, people shouldn't trip over furniture or each other. There should be a few feet (give or take a few inches) between the coffee table and sofa, and between chairs. Provide a clear path so people can walk from one end of the room to the other easily.
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