7 No-Fuss Tips for Arranging Furniture in Every Room
Remember these simple hacks when arranging your best-loved furniture.
We all covet a movie-like house that we often see in televisions, magazines, and social media platforms. From elegant classics to fancy modern looks, there are hundreds and thousands of interior designs that we want to adopt for our own. However, not every theme will fit our space requirements and lifestyle.
When designing a home, it's crucial to balance the purpose and aesthetic appeal of the space. We understand that facing an empty room or refurbishing an existing space is a challenge, but having a plan can make the process more straightforward and rewarding.
Whether designing your new flat or revamping your existing space with new furniture in Singapore, here are some helpful tips for arranging your home furniture.
Create a Focal Point
Look for focal points in every room before diving into your furniture arrangement. The focal point will help you determine what to highlight, focusing your furniture essentials and accent pieces in the right spot. Look for a prominent architectural element like a wall or a window. If the focal point does not come naturally in the structure, you may create your own by deciding on the furniture you want to highlight (or the biggest furniture piece in every room), like a 4-seater sofa, a TV console, a bed, bookshelf, or a dining table. Once you choose the focal point, make sure to stick with it to prevent an incohesive and cluttered area.
Use lighting to enhance your focal point. If pushed against the wall, anchor your main furniture with a prominent piece of art to make it more attractive. Focus on your room’s best quality and the furniture you love to make a remarkable arrangement successfully.
Measure Your Space
Knowing the exact measurement of the room you're working on is important, especially when choosing furniture from scratch. When measuring your room, we recommend to also take note of its configuration. Is it a rectangular room? A square area or an open-concept floor? Your room's shape will help determine the type of furniture that will work in your space. Square rooms favour square and round furniture, while rectangular floors are utilised better with rectangular and oval items. Of course, this depends on balancing the sizes and shapes present in one area. Here are some quick tips for measuring your room before buying furniture.
- Measure the height, width, diagonal width, and entry clearance of your passageways (doors, stairs).
- Measure the length and width of your room and the ceiling height for tall furniture like bookshelves and wardrobe cabinets.
- Do you have some big light fixtures? Take note of them too.
- Take note of the measurements and keep a list when shopping for furniture.
These measurements will help determine how wide, long, low or high your furniture can go. After getting the measurements, start planning your furniture layout to give you a more detailed look at your dream space.
When buying furniture, make sure you allow at least 4 inches less than the door frame measurements for easy moving. Online furniture outlets provide furniture measurements so you can get an objective basis for your floor plan. If you want to ask for specific measurements like diagonal width or leg to seat height, you are always welcome to check with customer service without the pressure to purchase the item.
Leave a Space Between Your Furniture and the Wall
Did you know that pushing your furniture against the wall doesn't make your space look bigger? A little bit of breathing allowance between a large sofa and your wall can make your compact living room look more spacious. For a more extensive or open-concept space, be free to experiment with bigger furniture like an L-shaped sectional sofa to create a distinction between your areas.
A tip for a living room with a limited footprint: Choose a sofa with exposed legs to show off your floor for an illusion of additional space. A glass coffee table can also help make your area look sizable.
Make Sure to Have a Balanced Furniture Choice
When arranging your furniture, make sure you find the balance between big and smaller pieces. Never pile all big furniture pieces on one side, and the smaller ones on the other side, or else your room will look like a sinking boat. Aside from varying the sizes, it's also vital to mix and match shapes and textures to achieve a coherent space. When buying accent furniture like side tables and bedside tables, always consider the size and design of your main furniture.
Think About the Traffic
While ensuring the fit of all the pieces and purposes in one room, it's crucial to maintain the comfort of your space. Leave enough space between furniture pieces and accent items, especially in places where you entertain guests often, like your living room and dining area. Leave enough space between your dining chairs to prevent bumping of elbows when eating, and allow space between your wall and chairs when used so everyone can walk and move comfortably. As for the bedroom, check the distance between your bed and wardrobe cabinet and allot ample door allowance so you can go through your clothes and bedroom essentials with ease.
Make Your Storage Accessible
Whether you have a sizable area or limited space, choosing the proper storage is vital. We recommend selecting multi-purpose furniture with extra storage for small spaces, like a coffee table with shelvings or a TV console with a pull-out cabinet. Hence, you have immediate access to some essentials like remote controls. Keep storage surfaces like accent tables and bedside tables at arm's length so you can quickly put items on top. For the kitchen cabinet, make sure the height and placement of your storage are reachable. As mentioned above, always consider the space between other furniture and your storage when opened.
Your Furniture Arrangement Matters
Getting inspiration like bed and sofa designs from Instagram and Pinterest is good as they help you choose a theme and furniture themes you want to achieve, but arranging the furniture is more than the room's aesthetic appeal. Following the simple tips above will help you achieve not just an Insta-worthy but also a comfortable and purposeful home.
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