Furniture Placement Design

living room Some people move their furniture around every other week. Others never do it. I actually do move my furniture around, but I don’t do it often, maybe every few years.

Have you noticed when you move things around, it feels like a brand new room? Just moving things around, without buying new furniture, can make a world of difference to your room.

I love watching those room designer shows where they have 2 ladies come in and just move things around and make the room look 100% better than it did before.

I’m in awe of the people who have the vision to be able to do that and make it look so wonderful. Alas, I wasn’t born with those skills. But being an artist, I have learned some things that can carry over in room design.

There are some words to keep in mind when designing where you want your furniture to go.


The most important word to keep in mind when you arranging your furniture is BALANCE. The room should look balanced. You don’t want it to be lopsided by having too much furniture along one wall, and hardly anything in the other parts of the room. It will look like a sinking ship. You want it to be pleasing to the eye.


The second word to keep in mind is FUNCTIONALITY. Is the furniture in the best place for what it will be used for? Is it easy to maneuver around it?


In the case of furniture, SIZE matters. If you have over sized pieces in a small room, it’s going to feel crowded and uncomfortable.


Another word to keep in mind is AMOUNT. Have you ever been in a room that just had too many pieces in it? How did you feel? I feel claustrophobic in rooms like that.

Look at your room objectively. What pieces do you absolutely need? For a living room, it would probably be a couch, an entertainment center or television, one or two chairs, maybe a few small end tables and possibly a coffee table. If your room is small, you really don’t need a coffee table. Specially if you have end tables. If you have more furniture than this, unless it’s a huge room, it’s probably too much and unnecessary.

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Remove a few pieces that are not really needed and notice how much more open and bigger your room looks.

When designing your room, your largest piece of furniture is the anchor. It’s the piece that other pieces will be arranged around. This piece is usually the sofa or possibly the entertainment center. If you have 2 large pieces such as a large entertainment center, or shelving unit, and a sofa, they should be opposite of each other to balance each other out.

If you don’t want the room to look too boxy, and the room is big enough, pull a few pieces away from the wall. If your sofa is against the wall, have a chair angled across from the sofa, but not against the wall. This will add some interest to the room and help the balance of it too.

After you have your furniture in it’s new positions, walk around it and see if you are knocking into anything. Think about how your kids run through the room. Are there accidents waiting to happen? Think about the flow of the room. Imagine your family walking through this room and into the room itself. Is anything blocked? Are they going to feel like they went through a maze just to get where they are going? Adjust as needed.

If you are lucky enough to have a large living room, you can actually have separate sections. Maybe one for watching television, and a corner reading area.

After you have everything the way you want it, live with it a few days and see how it feels. You may need to make a few adjustments before you get it exactly the way you want it.

Happy decorating!


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