Arranging Furniture

Arranging Furniture



Ever notice how some rooms seem warm and inviting and others feel cold and distant? While many factors such as color and lighting contribute to a room's atmosphere, the way the furniture is arranged can also influence the mood.
Whether you're trying to make a room more comfortable, getting ready to refurnish a room, or simply seeking to make an area more functional, it helps to know how to arrange your furniture so it works best for you. While there are no hard and fast rules on furniture arrangement, here are some guidelines to help you create enjoyable spaces that make guests and family members feel relaxed.


Planning Your Space
Before you unpack any boxes at your new home, try these planning ideas and tips for moving furniture:

Graphing a Floor Plan
Want helpful furniture moving tips? One of the best tips is to use templates on graph paper to "arrange" the furniture without actually having to move it around the room. (Your back will thank you for it!) Here's how:

Using Placement Guidelines
To ensure that movement in the room is unrestricted and all pieces of furniture are organized, keep the following guidelines in mind:

Achieving Balance and Visual Interest
Balanced rooms are more pleasing to the eye and make more effective use of the available space. To keep your rooms from looking one-sided or dull, remember these tips for moving and arranging furniture:

Creating a Multipurpose Space
Many of us need to use an area in our homes for more than one purpose. For example, the living room often acts as an everyday gathering spot for family, a place to entertain guests, a space to watch television, an area for the kids to play, and even a room for guests to sleep in a crunch. Here are some ideas to help you define separate areas within a room:

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