Happy Friday!! Wait, it’s only Wednesday… I don’t know where my brain is. Life is so hectic with this move and it’s making me a space cadet. Anyways, let get down to business. In honor of our move, I’m going to tell you some tips on how to create the perfect furniture layout. I know what a pain in the a#* it can be when you move into a new place and have no idea where to put your stuff. It takes weeks of rearranging and scratching up your beautiful floors before it finally feels right. Luckily, I am here to help!! Before moving onto the fun stuff, it’s super important to have a good idea of the dimensions of your space. The first thing I do, before placing furniture anywhere, is to create a layout of the room by drawing the dimensions to scale. As long as you’re patient, this can easily be done on a sheet of graph paper. Simply make one space the equivalent of 1 foot, or 4 spaces the equivalent of one foot. You can do 2 or 3 or 100. I don’t care. It’s up to you. From there take the measurements of your furniture and draw it to scale onto the paper. you can spend as much time as you like creating arrangements but draw lightly until you get it right. Read on for the fun stuff.
1. Gather your furniture around a focal point in the room. This can be a fireplace or large window. If there is not an obvious focal point, it is likely the first big wall when you walk in. Place an amazing piece of art there, or, if it’s a bedroom, put your bed on that wall. This way you will emphasize the best feature in the room and always have something nice to look at.
Image via House Beautiful Magazine
2. Don’t place heavy furniture near the entry. This will just bring the eye to the piece of furniture, preventing it from scanning the room. Instead, place heavier pieces toward the back of the room.
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3. Don’t skimp on furniture in a large room. There’s nothing worse than a massive home without enough furniture. It makes the space feel cold and bare.
Image via House & Home, Feb 2014. Photo Credit: Michael Graydon
4. Use an area rug to anchor your space. One of the biggest mistakes is to use a rug that’s too small. So go big or don’t do it at all.
Image via Home bunch. Designed by Sita Montgomery Interiors. Photo Credit: Sara Boulter Photography
5. Be sure to have a table within reach of every seat. You don’t want to leave your guests hanging onto their martini glasses all night. Yes, I said martini glasses. We’re wild over here.
Image Via Home Beautiful. Photo Credit: Chris Warnes
6. Leave at least 36 inches of clearance around all entryways. This allows ample clearance for those entering and leaving, and prevents the room from feeling cramped when you enter.
7. Incorporate something playful such as a hanging chair, beanbag, or daybed. An element of fun is always inviting and a great conversation starter.
8. For an eclectic look, vary the size, color, texture, and shape of the furniture. This will add a ton of interest.
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9. For a serene feel, keep furniture consistent in size, color, and shape.
10. Float your furniture. If the space is too small, try and keep the furniture at least a foot from the wall. This will promote an airy feel and help the flow of traffic.
As always, Thanks for reading it. I hope you enjoyed the post and let me know if you have any questions, comments, or helpful tips I may have missed! I hope the rest of your week is amazing!