Yesterday I wrote a little about furniture placement and the four basic room shapes so I wanted to follow up with some decorating tips regarding furniture placement that you may have wondered about at one time or another. Remember that the ultimate goal when arranging furniture is to make it comfortable for those sitting in the room. So, if people are sitting in the room, you want the furniture to be placed where it’s easy to talk among those sitting in the space. Additionally, you want the furniture to be arranged appropriately according to the focal point(s) within the room. If the focal point is the television, then the seating arrangement and furniture placement should reflect that. Therefore, before moving any furniture you need to think about the function of the room as well as the focal points within the room. After you have that figured out here are some other notes to consider….
– If you have a large room, divide and conquer. Create separate seating areas in the room rather than trying to make one arrangement work for the entire room. Rugs can also help to anchor seating areas and try to include lighting in each grouping as well.
– L or U shaped arrangements are most conducive to conversations with the seating begin within 4-5 feet of each other. Conversation areas should be able to seat 6 people comfortably.
– Allow a walk space (for traffic flow) of at least 24″ but more times than not 36″ will feel better!
– Allow 18″ between a sofa and coffee table. And try different items for coffee tables and end tables such as ottomans, trunks, nesting tables, decorative storage boxes, etc.
As I’ve mentioned before, you may need to play with furniture placement before getting it “right”. Start with the larger pieces of furniture then work your way into the smaller tables and accent pieces after you have decided on the larger furniture placement as the smaller pieces will work to accent the larger ones! If you get frustrated, step away for a while and then come back to it… you just might have a new perspective after leaving the room for a while and then coming back to it. Otherwise, if you are totally fed up, just call me! 🙂