Rearranging furniture overwhelms many people. However, with careful planning, the process can be fun and fulfilling. Most people dive in by purchasing pieces they love without considering their living spaces. This approach often fails because we cannot easily change our home’s layout. A better method is to examine your space and decide what types of pieces you need. Consider the size, shape, layout, and number of pieces you want to incorporate.
1. Discover the Right Pieces
When looking at your existing home furnishings, decide if you want to keep them. Some items we absolutely adore while others hold sentimental value. Also, determine if you have the budget to make new purchases. After you know what pieces you are keeping and what you need to buy, start looking. If you are looking at sectionals, determine the arrangement that fits in your space. Do you need a left or right facing piece? Take a picture of all the pieces you are considering and sit with them in your space. Make sure you like the look and feel of them together.
2. Create Harmony in the Space
All the home furnishings you choose should work together. This is the key to Interior design. Rugs should extend beyond the boundaries of your seating surfaces. Coffee tables should stay within these bounds but need to be easily reached by everyone from their seats. Consider putting pillows in all the corners, or left, right, and center if you own a sectional. Consoles can be used to anchor a floating sectional sofa or traditional piece. They go against the back of the furniture and allow for extra decorations. Your large pieces will visually stand out and set the tone for your home.
3. Measure the Space
Measuring the space in which your sectional sofa or other furniture will go in is a vital step in the design process. Kelly Wallman, the founder of Salt Lake City Home Furnishing and Interior Design Studio, San Francisco Design, says, “With the sectional itself measure width, depth, and height. This will allow you to accurately visualize the physical space your sectional will occupy. Too large, and the space will feel crowded, too small, and it can feel barren.” This applies to all the furniture you purchase. You might consider taping out the shape and dimensions of the large pieces to ensure adequate room to walk.
4. Choose Comfort
Ensure that your family and guests feel comfortable in your space. This process starts with confirming you have adequate room to maneuver in the area and includes picking comfortable pieces of furniture. Start with thinking about the purpose of the room and how the people who use it will be most relaxed. If you select a sectional sofa, will anyone use the corner seat? It doesn’t have arms or room for your legs, which might make adults uncomfortable. Another option would be to use a sofa and love seat with an end table in the corner position.
5. Contemplate Versatility
Once you design your space, you are sure to love it. However, after a few months or years, your needs will change. Think about this as you purchase furniture. Whenever possible, choose the option with more versatility. Then you can change your arrangement with your moods and needs without a significant financial expense. One flexible option is a modular sectional. These multi-purpose pieces can be fit together in several ways, including sofas, ottomans, or sleepers.
6. Define Spaces
Most homes now include an open concept where the kitchen, living, and dining room open to each other without walls. The layout allows for the family to be together as they participate in different activities but can be an interior design nightmare. To overcome this problem, use your larger pieces to give definition to the separate spaces both visually and physically. A sofa can form a boundary to your living room. Now you can decorate your living room separately from your kitchen or dining room. These areas still flow together but become their own individual rooms.
7. Try Non-traditional Layouts
The days where a sofa had to be anchored to a wall are long gone. Now you can choose where you want your furniture without fear of breaking design rules. You can mix things up visually by placing chairs and sofas away from the wall. They can float in the middle and still anchor the room. Traditionally, sectionals are reserved for large rooms. However, now manufacturers realize that sectionals work well in small spaces and are creating more compact versions. They generate more seating while taking up less area. When looking at non-traditional layouts, remember the flow of traffic. You want people to get around your furniture to find a seat without much issue.
Make your Room Your Own
There are many ways to position your furniture. By following these seven tips, you can maximize your space and find an arrangement you love. Choose pieces you love that fit in the area and work well together. Purchase furniture that is comfortable, versatile, and can be used to break up spaces. Also, don’t be afraid to try new placement options.
Richard Overmyer a copywriter and outreach specialist for San Francisco Design, an interior design firm and luxury furniture retailer in Salt Lake City. He enjoys talking about the latest trends in interior design and is a big fan of shiplap. When not writing, you can find Richard in the mountains, looking for his next piece of inspiration.