Furniture Placement Secrets By BatSheva Vaknin
The easiest and most inexpensive way to invigorate design of your living room is to rearrange furniture items you already own. Furniture placement can be a daunting task, no matter how big or small room. If you are someone who always figured furniture placement would be better left to professional interior designers, fret no more. These tips will help you embrace task of balancing your sofa with your coffee table or armchair, and allow you to create peace and harmony amongst all your furniture.
Location, location, location A room must be balanced. Specifically, furniture in every room should be placed in a way that is pleasing to eye and easy to maneuver around. If all heavy furniture pieces like sofas, armchairs, entertainment centers and bookshelves are loaded on one side of room, a room can feel like a sinking ship.
On other hand, if you spread your furniture around room haphazardly, a room can feel cluttered even when it is relatively empty. Think about size of your living room in relation to amount of furniture you have.
You can anchor room by situating a large entertainment center against one wall, and then arrange all seating comfortably around that anchor. Or, anchor your sofa against a wall, add a small side table or a coffee table in front for convenience, and voilá! Your room is balanced.
Sofa Secrets Using your sofa as an anchor, or as focal point for your living room can be an effective furniture placement tool. However, modular sofas, or sofas with many components, can be too heavy an anchor, tipping balance of room with its bulkiness. A creative solution to this problem can be found in breaking up pieces of sofa.
Place largest sofa piece against longest wall of room, then smaller sections on opposite side. If you have smaller sections of modular sofa face long sofa at an angle, you will avoid that boring, boxy look that comes with having all furniture pieces pressed with their backs straight against a wall.
A fresh alternative to placing your sofa against longest wall is to bring sofa out, away from wall. If you prefer this look and feel for your sofa placement, allow at least two and a half to three feet between sofa and wall for comfortable walking space. Less space is needed between chairs and a sofa, but always keep in mind walking patterns.