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The subtle art of furniture arrangement

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Today, our television screens are filled with home design and decoration programs in which professionals come in and help redesign people’s homes. But you don’t need to be a self-proclaimed expert to arrange your furniture attractively, effectively and in a way that makes the best use of whatever space you have. All it takes is a little careful planning and innovative thinking.

When starting out, it’s a good idea to put everything down on paper before even laying a fingertip on an item of furniture or reaching for your wallet to buy that new oak table. Draw a plan of each room you’re planning on re-organising, to scale. Next take detailed measurements of each piece of furniture you plan to put in the room, and translate each measurement into the same scale as your plan. You will then be able to sketch in potential locations for each piece of furniture.

This will enable you to see exactly how much space particular furniture configurations will leave you, and to check that everything will fit where you want it, before you start any heavy lifting or careful shuffling. It will also help you to visualise exactly how everything will look, and to easily experiment with different designs.

Here are a few general tips for arranging your furniture:

  • Ensure there is enough space to move around easily
  • Don’t place large furniture items where they will block out the light
  • Mix things up- furniture arranged in straight lines can be very dull
  • Consider what you use each piece for and how frequently when deciding where to place them
  • Remember that, as in art, the spaces in-between furniture are as important as the furniture itself in defining the design of the room