The Furniture Arrangement Manual


OK, so it’s not technically a manual. More like a set of how-to steps or thumb rules, actually. But you get the point.

You might have noticed in your own life, how rooms can magically seem bigger or smaller depending on where you put your stuff. For example, in your bachelor days, you might have let your chairs and cots and bean bags and cupboard wherever it was when you moved in. Then one day, you went looking for something, you put the chairs into one corner, shifted the cot around closer to the window, made sure you didn’t run into the cupboard every time you stepped in, and voila! Your room suddenly got bigger and more spacious.
That’s right. The way your furniture arranged can drastically improve the appearance of your living space. Let’s take a look at how you could go about doing this, in style.

1. Find your center.

That term might’ve been borrowed from yoga and/or meditation, but it holds true. Whatever size your room might be, there is probably a single element or space that you want to highlight. A painting, a beautiful window or even a television screen. Make sure you arrange your furniture around this one thing so it stands out.

2. Keep away from the edges.

Putting desks and chairs up against the very edges of your room gives it a very old and boring look. If you don’t have the real estate to have your furniture floating around the center of your space, and you have to put a couch against the wall, at least make sure you complement it by putting a chair or a desk in front of it.

3. Make the seating more social.

If you’re a busy person, dinner or breakfast is probably the only time you actually get to sit and talk with your loved ones. Make sure your seating arrangement is such that it encourages this kind of interaction. A couple of comfortable chairs around a dining table or something similar will do the trick.

4. Customize your kitchen.

Depending upon the kind of host or hostess you are and the things you like to do in the kitchen, your furniture arrangement should vary. For example, if you have a large enough kitchen, you might consider adding some chairs and a table so that you can serve your delicious meals to your guests fresh off the grill, so to speak.

5. Don’t complicate things too much.

When you move into other areas of the house where you will be spending a large amount of time, such as the bedroom or your study, keep things simple. Don’t clutter the space with too many accessories and quaint-looking lamps or paintings. While the odd adornment can bring a room together, in general, just keeping things simple will do. Think plenty of sunlight, comfort and a nice lamp or rug.

6. Know your space well.

You might have seen the ad for the latest and greatest ‘Relax-O-Tron 5000’ or whatever new gadget takes your fancy, but make sure your space can accommodate it before you rush to add it to your cart. If you’ve got the best looking chair, but have to move it out of the way every time you enter or exit your room, you won’t be in love with it for too long.

7. Clean up regularly.

This is a bit of obvious advice, but a lot of people forget to implement it. If your room is a hodgepodge of stuff lying on the floor, halfway opened boxes, cosmetic products and books, your guests aren’t likely to have the most favorable impression of you. You don’t have to be OCD and organize everything down to the millimeter, but it doesn’t hurt to clean up after yourself regularly.

In summation, take note of the above guidelines to ensure that your home looks like something out of a magazine spread. Remember, it’s not how many things you own, but how you place them in your space that determines how good it will look.