Today’s post is chucked full with a tons of different tips for you! I know that sometimes the most daunting thing about decorating a room can be how to place the furniture. How close should things be together, how to make it look balanced, etc. After this post you should be able to tackle any of those rooms that have been daunting you. Because let’s get real. Sometimes we just need a little confidence before we can tackle a project.
1.First and foremost, I would suggest space planning on a piece of paper or use an online space planner. Here are just a few that I have found that you could use. Here, here, or here. Believe me, it’s worth trying to draw things out first. It will save your back, but it also will give you a new perspective on the room.
2. What is the purpose of your room? When laying out a room it’s important to know the answer to that question. Is it strictly a room to eat in, watch the tv, visit with guests, sleep, etc. Once you know that you know have a direction of what furniture is most important in that room to help provide that function. That’s chat family rooms. A lot of times a family room is a multipurpose room. We want to be able to kick back and watch TV, maybe eat dinner on the couch, but also enjoy company over. Guess what?! You can create a room that can do all those things. But, don’t hate me- because I am going to make you decide which one of those things is the MOST important for that room. Once you know, jump to tip 3.
3. Alright, you know the purpose of your room, now you need to create a focal point for your room. Usually this can easily be decided by what the main function of the room is. If it’s to sleep it will be your bed, if it’s to watch TV it will be your TV, umm. Have I lost you? I hope not, because it really is that easy. The reason we want a focal point is because we need somewhere for our eye to land on or be. We need a place for it to rest. This could be a TV, fireplace, Bookshelf, Built-ins, a big Mirror, etc. Once you have your focal point you will set everything up around that object, or piece of furniture. If there isn’t an obvious focal point in your room you can just create one using a big piece of furniture, art, etc. If you are a visual learner hopefully this picture will help you out.
4. Balance. It’s so important in space planning! You don’t want one side of a room to fill heavy than another. A lot of times visual balance is the same as actual balance. If there is a lot of heavy furniture on one side of the room and on the other side you have a really light (in lbs) chair it is not going to feel balanced. Distribute the weight evenly through a room.
5. Scale. If you have a giant room you are going to need pretty decent sized furniture. If you have a small room, don’t take the whole space up with a huge sofa. Make sure the scales are similar. Depending on the size of your room-one sitting area may not be enough. Don’t be afraid to create two or three if you need too.
6. Move away from the walls! This one is so big, and I think a lot of people are afraid of doing it. You can have furniture on angles. You can have all your furniture in a grouping that is off of the wall, all planted and held together with a big rug. Play around with moving furniture where you typically wouldn’t. Especially when it’s just on paper or digital. It takes one second and it could open up tons of new ideas for your space.
Here are just a few numbers and measurements to keep in mind when you are space planning! Especially if you are being technical and drawing it out by hand.
- Major Traffic Patterns – 36″
- Minor Walkways – 24″
- Clearance for the opening of a door – 36″
- Space between sofa or chair and coffee table – 14-18″
- Space from TV to seating – 3 times the size of TV screen