Furniture placement can make or break your room.

Whenever possible, don’t block the view.  Sometimes you don’t have an option, but having said that, blocking windows severely limits light while an open window draws your eye outside and makes a room seem larger, less cramped and more spacious.  If you have to place furniture in front of a window, using small scale pieces or low pieces works best.  It’s probably the best tip I could give you.  That and keeping the view into a room open the path of sight clear always makes the space visually expand.

One trick I learned was always placing the larges (usually the chesterfield or sofa) furniture against the longest wall. You’ll be surprised what a difference this makes.

Try experimenting with placing the whole arrangement on the diagonal, if that doesn’t work, one piece at a time.  The result is that it carries the eye smoothly around the room so it looks larger and more interesting.

I used to move my entire front room every spring and fall. In part it was to do my spring and fall cleaning (get to all the nooks and crannies) but also to freshen and liven things up.  To make that easier, I put casters on as many pieces of furniture as possible from sofas to dressers (all major pieces of furniture) makes this far easier to move (and you won’t need as much assistance and can move things around at will. (Not that I’m against assistance, *wink wink* if you know what I mean.)

Lets face it, furniture placements makes your living space comfy, cozy and conducive to great conversation which is the name of the game.

Some important does and don’ts:

Don’t –  don’t fence anyone in—no one wants to feel like they have to perform acrobatics by somehow managing to wriggle through your door while simultaneously avoiding a piece of furniture.  The standard is 30 inches of walk-through space between pieces of furniture.

Do welcome family and guests inside with a clear path from the front door into an inviting conversation area.

While you don’t want to clog your entry, it is smart to include an entry drop spot, (perhaps a long narrow table or whatever works best depending on your entryway) that doesn’t block the swing of the door or traffic in and out of the room.

Some important questions to consider are:

What is the main purpose of the room and how many will be using it?

Find a focal point for the room ie fireplace, large window, tv – arrange furniture around that focal point.

Plan your room around the largest piece of furniture arranging smaller pieces around that.

If you choose a symmetrical layout – it gives the room a formal feel but if you choose asymmetrical layouts – it gives a more formal feel to the room.

Back to traffic flow – hugely important. Always direct traffic around your seating arrangement not through it (I’ve been in homes where if you wanted to use the bathroom for example, you had to pass through other groups and conversations and it wasn’t particularly comfortable.)

Accessorizing is another tidbit that helps make a room.   For example, mirrors are wonderful at reflecting light and colour and can fill up a room reflecting the items in it.  So if you have a spectacular bouquet of flowers, place your mirror accordingly.  (Remember, mirrors also reflect clutter…hehe)

When it comes to artwork, I’ve noticed friends again and again put a small picture on a massive wall and it’s lost.  A small picture should be placed on a small or narrow space and the same goes for large pictures.  Oh, and don’t forget to place your art at eye level – it makes ceilings seem higher.

Curtains and placement are a marvel.  I tried the pooling thing, found out that wasn’t for me because vacuuming was a hastle! Always having to lift curtains out of the way and then (being a bit of a perfectionist) trying to have them placed where they were originally became too much for me. (Just a word to the wise.)  If you don’t have little people or pets that use that room, it works far better, trust me on that one.

Curtains placed near the ceiling will also lift the room and make it seem taller and quite regal.

You’ll probably forget all of this in five minutes and that’s ok.  It’s fun to experiment and try something new. It’s amazing how fresh and lively a little change can make.

I really enjoyed sharing this with you. Hope these tidbits I’ve learned along the way will make your next paint choice, or re-arrangement simpler, easier thereby making your home feel more comfortable cozy and “you”.






7 thoughts on “Furniture placement

  1. Oh noooo ???? you have made me think about moving the settee to across from the window, at the moment it is dividing the lounge from the dining and kitchen area, all open plan. But if I move my settee my corner bookcase would not fit into a corner oh ????????

    1. I love placing things in corners! makes the eye move around the room. ok only the good die young, and I’m not – young that is – so phew…figured John might want to kill me! I picture him shaking fists as he dances about….

  2. I’d say it fine where it is as well as edgy. You know how much space you have and what works best. What I wrote is an outline I learned, and changeable on a dime. I love the idea of that kind of separation.

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