Your 'Oh I Didn't Know That' Guide To Arrange Furniture Like A Pro!

Buying and setting up a new home can be super exciting! However, we often tend to surrender to the flow and end up hoarding a lot of furniture. This can be a disaster if you have a home in a congested metro like Mumbai - lack of space is a major issue!

However, by using a few simple ways of furniture arrangement, we can make sure our space doesn’t look too cluttered!

Here are some ways to help you figure out where and where not to place your things and to create a space that appears roomier than it is!

Arrange Furniture Like A Pro!

Let’s look at some ways to arrange furniture in ways that make your home look spacious and organised!

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Living Space

  • Begin by taking measurements of your room. Also, visualise the flow of movement in your room.

Which way can your guests walk into your seating area from the door easily without having to cross over or trip over something? Will it be easy for them to move from the seating area to the dining room?
  • Choose your furniture accordingly, taking into account these points:

    • Leave roughly 30 inches of space to walk around.

    • Place your sofas and chairs around 8 feet apart to facilitate easy conversations. Leave 14-18 inches of space between your sofa and coffee table so people can set down their drinks easily.

  • Consider for what purpose will you be using the room and how many people will be using it. Usually, urban living rooms are where the family sits around to watch TV and doubles up as a space for entertaining guests.

The room’s focal point may be the TV and the coffee table or a large French window. Orient your furniture around the focal point.
  • Skip large entertainment centres and opt for slender consoles which leave space for free movement. The sofa should face the room’s focal point, such as the TV.  Additional seating can be arranged around this.

  • For a small living area, consider creating two small seating areas instead of a large one, or a path where you can go around the seating area and not through it.

  • Go for furniture that is trim, fit and will suit your small spaces best.  For eg, choose a sofa with a tightly upholstered back instead of one with multiple cushions.

Your furniture should not block your view of one area from the other. Try tables and chairs with slender profiles which will be comfortable without making it seem congested.
  • Symmetrical arrangements are for formal set-ups. To make your room more casual, go asymmetrical! Pair a sofa with a love-seat or a bean bag or two chairs of different heights. Facilitate conversation by angling your chairs toward each other instead of facing them straight ahead.

Use different variety in size of furniture pieces throughout the room, so your eyes move up and down as you scan the space. Place a large or tall item across another item of similar height, and not next to each other.
  • Use hammock chairs to add seating without taking up floor space. Oversized chairs can add that extra element of cosy in a room full of small objects.

  • Ottomans can be used in place of coffee tables. Buy ones with storage so they help you save space. They can also double up as extra seating. Use two tables or ottomans instead of one… they are easily moved when needed.

  • Use carpets or rugs to define a space, such as a central seating setup. Place all seating and tables on a large rug or a coffee table on a smaller one.

Rugs create an illusion of dedicated space for different purposes within the same room confines.
  • Hang wall paintings or art slightly lower than eye height to give an impression of a high ceiling.

  • Use light curtains to maximize light into a room. Hang curtains a bit higher to create ceiling height and airiness in a room.

  • To save floor space, choose lighting that can be attached to the walls or hung from above.

Attach bookshelves to the wall, mount the television or build a bench under a window.
  • Be innovative in using furniture for purposes other than what its meant for. Use a dining room sideboard to display collectables. Or use a vanity table as a  compact laptop desk.

  • Buy furniture with hidden storage space. Look for tables with drawers and storage compartments under beds. You can stash things in these and avoid them lying around the house.

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Dining Space

  • If your dining space is close to the living space,  consider using curtains or fold up panels to divide the space and make the whole room seem larger.

  • Go for slender dining tables. Make sure your dining chairs have at least 6 inches of space between them. Your dining table should be at least 36 inches away from your walls on all sides to enable comfortable moving to get seated.

  • If you’re also using the dining area for kids’ study or crafts, consider banquette seating-a permanent bench-like seat attached to a wall. It saves space needed for additional chairs and you can use it to provide storage as well.

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Most urban apartments have tiny bedrooms, especially the kids’ rooms or guest bedrooms. Here are some tips you can use to arrange your bedroom furniture so that the room looks spacious and not cramped!

  • Use minimum furniture in small bedrooms. A bed with flat headboards, a side table and a small dresser are the only essentials in a bedroom!

  • If you can’t find a coordinated bed set that perfectly fits into the available space, get customized furniture built, to suit your room space.

  • Instead of a double or queen-size bed, opt for a single bed with a pull-out bed for accommodating additional guests. This leaves ample room for walking around.

Leave 2 feet on each side of your bed for ease of movement.
  • Get floating bedside tables and bookshelves to free up the already crowded floor space.

  • Make a small bedroom look less crowded by pushing the bed into a corner. Design features like wall panels will add style to the room.

  • To make a bedroom appear larger, introduce reflective surfaces like mirrors and glass wall art behind headboards or shiny laminates on wardrobes.

  • Low beds make the room look bigger by increasing the distance to the ceiling. Foldable cushion mattresses give it a rustic feel. Add pillows to make it more comfortable for lounging.

  • Roll-up blinds, as opposed to pleated curtains, create a comfy, shady feel in the bedroom. Light colored headboards, side tables, and linen give small bedrooms a sophisticated feel. Add pastel cushions and a throw to provide relief from the monotone.

Enhancing your home does not require huge investments - you can experiment with innovative re-arrangement! Use these tips to enhance your living, dining or bedroom spaces like a pro!

To design a home that’s not just spacious, but also attractive to look at, you can always contact one of Hipcouch’s experts!

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