When I tell people I don’t have a TV, one of the first questions they usually ask is, “what do you point your furniture at?” This is actually a pretty great question. We’ve become so used to the TV as the focal point of our living rooms that we don’t really know how to set up our furniture without one. It’s a clear demonstration that the way we set up furniture determines how we inhabit and use our space. Here are a few tips for arranging your furniture:
The first thing you need to consider when laying out your furniture and arranging your living space is what you want the room to be. How you envision using the space should help you determine the best way to arrange the furniture. Do you want the room to be a space that fosters conversation and togetherness, or do you want the space to be a utilitarian one where you can get some uninterrupted work done?
Knowing how you intend to use the space, and what the focal point of the room will be, will help you lay out your furniture. Comfortable chairs, sofas, and end tables facing each other can help foster rich conversations and intimacy. In the same way, a desk facing a window or clean wall can help focus attention and eliminate distractions from your work area.
Measure and Doodle
But before you start pushing and moving couches, bookshelves, and heavy credenzas around, you should start by measuring the room, your furniture, and doing a little sketching. Knowing the size of the space and your furniture will help you understand what combinations and placement options you have.
Grab a piece of paper or your tablet and start sketching out some possibilities. You might not find the perfect arrangement that way, but you’ll definitely eliminate some placements and narrow down your options without having to lug that heavy bookcase around the room.
Clear the Clutter
You want your living arrangements and furniture placement to create a warm, inviting environment. Open paths throughout your rooms to keep your space uncluttered and expansive. Don’t feel like you need to fill every nook and cranny, instead allow open spaces to exist in your home. This openness creates an inviting and sweeping aesthetic.
Clearing clutter isn’t just about floor space, it’s also about what’s in your home. One of the best ways to minimize clutter while still displaying your personal collections and mementos is open face storage.
Use shelving and desktops to organize your books, photos, and knick knacks. This keeps focus on your main pieces while allowing your flair to act as accents and subtle counterpoints. Picture Rails from Urban Loft are a great way to display treasured photos, found objects, or greenery without intruding on the overall style of your space.
Arranging your furniture shouldn’t be intimidating, it should be inspiring. The only rule for decorating is to create a space that you want to spend time in. Have fun, play around, and let your arrangements display your own personal aesthetic.
Andrew Hoffman is a freelance writer and entrepreneur from Los Angeles, CA. He has written for a wealth of high-profile clients like Urban Loft, Spinning, including Demand Media and many more. In his spare time, he enjoys physical fitness, gardening, and interior design. You can get in touch with him over here.