When it comes to arranging furniture in a room, most people will come up with one or two ideas about how they want the furniture placed. Sometimes with a little extra thought, and some imagination a person can come up with a few extra furniture arranging options for the space. This post was an exercise for me, and I came up with Twelve Different Ways of placing furniture in the same room. I used the information I presented in my Sept 7th post titled Arranging Living Room furniture, so sofas talk to chairs, like the pros do to make the different groupings in the spaces. I hope after looking at what I have come up with, it will inspire you when it comes to placing furniture in your own home. The Room that I have chosen has windows on both the far end walls (front and back). Two entries bring you into the space, they are both on the left. The room has a long wall on the right side that you see when you enter it that has no architectural details, or there is a fireplace on either the left or right side of the room.
Placing Furniture ..When it comes to placing furniture in a room, it is easiest to do if your room has a focal point like a fireplace. The fireplace would be your starting point and all your furniture would be grouped around it. If your room had no focal point to build upon, First stand in the entry way to your room. From that spot, look across the room for the longest wall, that will probably be the best wall to locate your sofa and start making your furniture arrangement around it. If you have an open concept house, with few long walls, look for the longest windowed wall in the room and back your sofa against it, and arrange your furniture out from there. I think it looks warm and inviting, when you first enter a room, if you see something soft and comfortable looking like a sofa or grouping of cozy chairs in front of a fireplace. It invites you to come in and relax.
I know in these modern times, everyone is into entertainment centers, flat screen TVs, etc. When looking at all the room illustrations I have come up with, just imagine your entertainment center in the space where I have placed a fireplace in the rooms. If your room has no architectural / built-in focal point, your entertainment center, large flat screen TV, etc is your focal point, and you will be building your room around that.
Interior Decorating is all about Equal Balance. In the living rooms shown in the illustrations, the sofa and chair combinations are counterbalancing the focal point, which is the fireplace. If you are introducing an entertainment center, large flat screen TV, etc into the space, you are counterbalancing that/those product(s) with furniture as you did with the fireplace.
In Illustration 1 we have a sofa placed on the far wall directly opposite the fireplace, which is the room’s focal point. The arrows in this drawing and all the other drawings for this post show you how the room’s traffic pattern goes. Upholstered chairs are grouped around the sofa and fireplace. Additional seating (in the form of dining room side chairs, which have seats and backs, but no arms) are placed in front of the windows at both the front and back of the room. They can easily be moved around as needed. Notice that the sofa and chairs on the right counterbalance the fireplace and chairs on the left. The side chairs and chest combinations at the far ends of the room counterbalance each other.
Illustration 2 shows two 3 cushion sofas in a room. Two armless side chairs flanking a chest in front of the room are counterbalanced by the 3 cushion sofa in the back.
In Illustration 3 notice the upholstered bench. It being just a seat with no arms or back, provides seating to both of the two sofa groupings.
Illustration 4 shows two sofas back-to-back with a sofa table between them. This kind of arrangement makes two more intimate spaces in a large room. Illustration 5 is a take off on illustration 4. Four upholstered chairs facing each other, counterbalance the sofa and chair grouping opposite it.
Illustration 6 shows two sofas at the far ends of a room. Four chairs are grouped in the middle of the room in front of the fireplace. If the four chairs were on swivels, they could easily be turned toward the sofas, as needed for intimate conversation.
Illustration 7 shows a table desk that cuts the long bowling alley look of the room. The chairs by the desk, if they could swivel could face either the sofa or table desk as needed.
Illustration 8 has a dining table that seats eight in the room with the sofa. Two chairs that go with the table (dining chairs=DC) are used along with the sofa as supplemental group seating. Illustration 9 has a seating and dining area. The sofa table can be also be used as a buffet or bar area. One of the eight dining chair (DC) was placed with the sofa and upholstered chairs for supplementary seating, and another is placed in the corner of the room.
Illustration 10 has a sectional sofa in the space, along with a dining table for eight. One or two of the dining chairs (DC) could be used along side the fireplace for supplementary seating.
Illustration 11 has side chairs like illustration 1 flanking a half table and chest at the far ends of the room.
Illustration 12 shows a large grouping of furniture around a fireplace. Upholstered benches, because they are small (without arms or backs) fit perfectly alongside the fireplace in the small space for extra seating.
Shopping for Furniture Before buying any furniture for your home, ask the store what are the measurements of the piece(s) you are interested in for depth, width and height. Knowing those measurements, take pieces of newspapers and tape them together to make templates/patterns to show how big each piece of furniture is. Place them on the floor along with what you already have to see how something that size fits in your space. A piece of furniture that looks regular sized in a cavernous furniture store, might look/be really big in your house. Also get measurements so you can see if the piece(s) of furniture you are interested in can go around a corner, of fit in an elevator if you live in a high-rise.
Finally, after coming up with the 12 different furniture arrangements, it made me thing, there is no one right way to position furniture in a room. It’s really all about what works for you and your lifestyle. Happy Furniture Arranging ;-]
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Arranging Living Room Furniture so Sofas talk to Chairs like the Pros do 9-7-2012,
Arranging furniture around a fireplace in the corner of a room 9-29-2012,
Arranging Furniture in a 12 foot wide by 24 foot long Living Room 2-5-2014,
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