Apart from rearranging your furniture to change up the flow and atmosphere of your home, did you know that rearranging your furniture is actually good to protect the integrity of your carpet? If you haven’t had a chance to move your sofa around in a while, Fall is the perfect time to do this.
This article from Good Housekeeping has tips to help you set up your furniture perfectly.
Are You Arranging Your Furniture Wrong?
If the furniture isn’t arranged right, even the most beautiful of rooms can fall short. So how do you create a successful layout? For starters, avoid these furniture arranging mistakes. But if you’re guilty (we’ve all been there!), fear not—it’s easy to rectify with these tricks.
Mistake: Wallflower Furniture
Your room may feel bigger with all the furniture pushed up against the wall, but if you find yourself having to shout across the room to have a conversation, it may be time to rearrange. In this living room, the sofa “floats” in the middle of the room, but it’s closer to the fireplace and the chairs, which creates a cozier conversation area. Intentional furniture placements like this can define how the room is used for years to come.
Mistake: Foregoing Zoning
In large, open rooms, bring order by establishing zones for different activities: a seating arrangement for conversations and TV-watching, and a work area with a desk or table for homework, paperwork, and art projects, for example. Set up your space according to your needs, rather than the labels a builder may have assigned. Once you learn how to arrange furniture in ways that are outside of the box, the sky is the limit.
Mistake: Beds That Partially Block Windows
A bed that peeks over a window frame looks odd from the street and can lead to uneven fading. However, what if it’s the only place for your bed? Make it look better with these furniture arrangement tricks: Hang floor-length curtain panels that fall behind the headboard and block the back of the headboard from the window, or install top-down, bottom-up shades, which will allow light to come in but be a backdrop for the protruding headboard edges. If your style is modern, go with a platform bed with a headboard that’s low enough to fit beneath the window trim. You can also install an entire wall of curtains as a fabric backdrop.
Mistake: Not Considering Space Constraints
Let’s face it: Our itty-bitty living rooms won’t magically grow an extra 50 square feet. The sooner you figure out how to work with what you have, the sooner you’ll arrive at a small living room furniture arrangement that works. Take a few tricks from these living rooms to get on the accelerated track to furniture-arrangement bliss.
Mistake: Sticking To Conventions
Yes, conventions are good to stick by much of the time, but occasionally a furniture arrangement shake-up is in order. An oblong dining table sat square in the middle of this room, leaving space for little else. But flipping it sideways and scooting it to the end of the room left space for storage and streamlined traffic flow. Now nestled up against the cushioned bench, this family can enjoy mornings from their new kitchen.
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