One of the easiest ways to update or improve the look in a room is to simply rearrange the furniture. An unbalanced furniture arrangement isn’t just visually unappealing; it can also interfere with traffic flow or the functions of other furnishings in the room. When deciding on the best furniture arrangement in a living room, you must consider the best use first and the best appearance second.
Planning the Layout
With each of the following furniture arrangement ideas, you should first make a scaled floor plan of your own living room. This important first step in planning can save you a lot of physical work and frustration later on. With a scaled floor plan, you will find out on paper first whether or not your arrangement idea will work with the size of your furnishings, the physical dimensions and architectural features of your room.
If you plan on drawing your floor plan, use ¼ inch graph paper, where each little square will represent one square foot of space. Otherwise, look for free designing software online where you can create your own virtual floor plans. With either method, you will first need to take accurate measurements of the room. Refer to this list when taking measurements:
- Overall width and height of each wall
- Overall width of each entryway and window
- Accurate locations of each entryway, window and architectural feature (by measuring the distance from the corner to the first door or window opening, fireplace, stairway, etc.)
- Width, depth and height of furniture pieces
- General locations of outlets
Once you have your measurements taken, you can start designing your furniture layouts. Don’t forget to take a few pictures of the room before you move anything, so you can compare your before and after results.
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