Furniture placement guidelines

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

In today's topic, we will discuss furniture placement. This topic is the most asked question. So let us dive in and clear it up.

There are no specific rules that will work for everyone. Each room has its aspects. But there is a general guideline that covers many aspects. The aspect that creates eye-pleasing, easy traffic flow, air circulation, and welcoming environment.

First in any room-identify the focal point. The focal point is one of the most fundamental elements in interior design.

It is a first-place in any wall in the room, which draws the most attention once you walk in. And the rest of the design set will be built around that focal point. It could be the wall with window, artwork, wallpaper, TV, or fireplace.

Once you identified your focal point start building the furniture placement around it. This principle is very handy in the living room, dining room, and bedrooms.

As you see on below image the focal point is the wall with the art.

The next step will be creating the conversational area.

The conversational area is the place where people can interact with each other at a reasonable distance. If the room too big and long you can create multiple conversational areas. One for a bigger group of people and the other one smaller.

There are 3 types of layout commonly use.

1) 11 or two "I" shapes. Two sofas facing each other

2) "U" shape layout. Where sofa and 2 chairs on each side.

3) "l" shape. Sectional sofa or sofa and one chair.

Below some examples of living room layouts.

Common mistakes:

  • All furniture placed against the wall

  • Wrong rug size

  • Wrong coffee table size or shape

  • Not easy traffic flow

  • No lighting, no accessories

If the room has a reasonable size, the best would be to keep a little space between the wall and furniture. That will eliminate the cluttering. Proportion and balance are essential.

When selecting the area rug, keep in mind that all your furniture has to sit on the area rug.

The coffee table size and shape select considering the available space.

Get lighting right and add accessories. Table lamps, chandeliers, wall art, plants, and pillows are must-have items.

These brief guidelines you can use for furniture placements. I hope this will be useful. Remember, you can always contact us if you have a challenging and complex room for help. We will gladly help to fix the problem. Stay safe!

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