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10 Rules for Arranging Furniture

by Product Specialist

10 Rules for Arranging Furniture

Arranging furniture requires some strategies and savvy to make the room as functional and inviting as possible. Try these six suggestions when arranging your furniture:

  • Figure out your room's focal point. Choose an element in your room- a mantle, a fireplace, a window- to be your room's focal point and arrange furnishings around the feature.
  • Start with the right-sized rug. Lay the rug underneath your furniture, so that all of your primary pieces are on top of the floor covering. It is common to leave an edging of bare floor around the perimeter but make sure if someone chooses to sit on the floor, it is covered with a rug or carpet.
  • Keep furnishings away from the walls. It is better, and more convenient, to leave furniture pushed away from the walls, so that the wall space is unencumbered. This will give the room a larger feel.
  • Find a big coffee table. Consider finding a great coffee table, as big as the space allows, to be the primary place for setting down drinks, eating, or engaging in games or activities. Swap out multiple smaller tables for a larger, more versatile coffee table.
  • Create cozy spots to converse. If you are fortunate enough to have a large space, create small areas with seating and accents for conversation. This will make the room seem warm and welcoming.
  • Position chairs conveniently. Make sure that your primary seating is accessible and near the coffee table. A good rule of thumb to use is that the table should be within an arm's length for maximum convenience.

Arranging your furniture isn't difficult, but it takes some thought and care to make life more convenient and comfortable for your household. Use these tips when arranging your furnishings, whether working in the family room, den, or master, and position elements to optimize your living space.