It’s the room where you share good news with friends and family or hunker down together for movie night. So when it comes entertaining or just living in this crucial living space, furniture placement truly matters. Having too many pieces of furniture or clunky, oversized pieces can take up valuable space. However, a living room that lacks enough seating or accessories like side tables, doesn’t set a warm and friendly tone. How do you strike the right balance? Try these furniture placement tips. Put a new slant on a common living space!
Bring the measuring tape! The home improvement gurus on HGTV recommend that homeowners begin by measuring the room. Knowing exactly how much room you have will be helpful when shopping for furniture or moving items in and out of the room.
Think about the flow of traffic. If the living room has two doorways, chances are you’ve got some foot traffic passing through the room. Consider positioning the furniture with the traffic path behind the couch or sofa. This way, people passing through won’t inadvertently interrupt a conversation.
Space the furniture evenly around the room. You’ve got a gorgeous picture window along one long wall. Here’s the temptation–place all the furniture on the opposite wall to appreciate the view. Sounds like a good idea but you’ll end up with an awkward seating arrangement and an unbalanced look. Play with the space. You can have a great view and a balanced arrangement.
Place the biggest piece first. Magazine worthy interior design should begin by placing the largest piece of furniture first. Sometimes designers use a unique loveseat, like the Capitola Convertible Sofa as a focal point, and then build the design details and placement around this item. Knowing where the biggest piece of furniture looks and functions best will give you the beautiful look you’re after.
Rather than scratch your floors and throw your back out, try an online furniture placement tool like Better Homes and Garden’s Design-a-Room or the IKEA Home Planner.