Bring in Your Largest, Necessary Piece of Furniture
In the living room, this would be your sofa; in the bedroom, your bed; and in the dining room, your table. This piece of furniture must be in the correct place before anything else will work. Use these tips for positioning your main piece of furniture.
- Identify traffic patterns and avoid setting up an obstacle course. For example, if you must cut through your dining room to get to your kitchen, you won’t want to dodge a huge table and chairs just to get a drink of water.
- Decide on the use of the room – intimate gatherings, entertaining large crowds, sleeping and playing (like in a child’s bedroom) or sleeping only? Your main piece, especially in a large room, will help define the purpose and use of the space.
- Don’t block doorways, windows or views to other rooms, if possible. Consider these factors before you begin moving your furniture in.
Use Remaining Furnishings to Define Areas
This is very important in a large room, but it is just as important in a small space. The remaining furniture and decor should enhance and work around your main piece. If a smaller piece won’t fit or it won’t compliment these two factors in your room, it doesn’t belong in this space. Use these tips for positioning your smaller pieces.
- Again, consider traffic flow. You will constantly be bumping into these smaller pieces unless you place them well out of the walkway.
- Consider scale and proportion of your pieces and how they fit into the existing scale of your space. A too-small chair next to an overstuffed sofa often feels awkward; so does a tiny picture hanging on a large wall. When in doubt, go larger rather than smaller.