The furniture in your home is the greatest testament to its beauty. However, you can’t simply buy pretty furniture and hope everything comes together. It is just as important that what furniture you have inside your home is well placed to optimize the overall ambience. So, here are a few guidelines to follow if you want to ensure your home looks its best at all times.
1. Picking a focal point should be your first decision
The focal point is vital when arranging the furniture in your living room. This is the room that your guests will, in all likelihood, first encounter upon entering your home, and is where you will provide most of your entertainment.
Picking a focal point will help you decide how each individual piece of furniture will be arranged. A focal point is the space where all furniture is directed towards. Often this is a television, and so all furniture is arranged in such a way that anyone sitting on it is able to see what is happening on screen without having to move or strain.
However, not all homes have or prioritize a television, so a focal point could be a painting, a fireplace, or a center table. While this best applies to the living room, it is also useful in arranging your bedroom, dining room, or office.
2. Your furniture should balance comfort and beauty
This is an important tip for arranging furniture, and also applies if you’re still trying to decide what type of furniture set to buy. While you should want the furniture in your home to be beautiful, you should also want something that is comfortable as you will be using it for a while, unless you have a lot of disposable income.
So, when buying and arranging furniture, you might want to consider that you will sometimes fall asleep on your couch, your kids (if you have them) might play around on them, or how comfortable leather couches will be in hot weather. These and other related factors should be taken into consideration in creating a space that you are always comfortable in.
3. Avoid overstuffing spaces
Often times with furniture, less is more. Too often people will put too much furniture in one place. Maybe you bought more furniture than you expected or there’s a lot left over from your previous apartment, but just because you have a lot does not mean you need to use it all. This applies to tables, chairs, pillows, artworks photographs, and so on.
Having too many of these might not necessarily disturb your space, but will still give your room the feeling of constantly being too full or messy. Rather, it is best to select the items that best match your vision for your home, cut them down to the essential quantity, and keep everything else in storage for whenever you might need them. If you have it within your budget, a good idea is to simply refurnish with an entirely new matching set of furniture.
4. Chairs and couches should be close enough to allow conversation
We’ve spoken a lot about spacing because it is arguably the most important element in achieving optimal furnishing. However, there is such a thing as too much space. Rooms in the house that are designated for social gatherings should be furnished to match this.
Couches and chairs in the same room should be close enough that people can hear one another without having to strain their ears. If you have an exceptionally large dining or living room, this might seem difficult, but it can be done. A situation where two chairs are too far apart for conversation is an indication you have overcompensated for space.
5. Tables should determine chair placement
A coffee table or center table is a useful way of determining where each chair should be set and how far apart. Large coffee tables are always best in this situation, unless your living room is small. Otherwise, it is a good idea to have a larger coffee table, this will help you space out your furniture and will accommodate a larger number of items, be they decorations, framed pictures, miscellaneous items, or coffee cups. This table should be close to the couches and chairs, but should not be so close that guests are bumping against them while sitting or moving about.
Smaller side tables are also very useful in spacing your furniture out and providing a place for you and your guests to set down items. A beautiful coffee table and matching side tables are available at any modern outdoor furniture store. Each guest should be within reach of either a side table or coffee table at all times. The side tables can be arranged to touch the chairs on the side.
6. Avoid pushing furniture against the walls
This is important in every room of your house, except your bedroom. For most people, having a bed pushed against a wall is a good option since there generally isn’t a need for someone to be between the bed and the wall. In other rooms, however, this should be avoided as it will help your rooms breathe. Additionally, it will help you avoid your furniture being scratched up by your walls.
7. Furniture should be placed with consideration of traffic
A good way to judge if you have arranged the furniture in your home well is by considering people’s ability to maneuver around them. What you should be aiming for are spaces within your home that people are able to freely move about in without having to edge, squeeze or bump against furniture. To achieve this, you will need to ensure that nowhere is completely blocked off, and that each piece of furniture is a comfortable distance from the rest.