Furniture Placement

Blog PostsUncategorized | May 9, 2018

Practical Tips on How to Arrange Living Room Furniture

Furniture placement can be a challenge. Most people tend to shop for & select furniture they love without making a plan first. Then, when all the furniture starts to arrive, the task of finding a spot for every piece becomes overwhelming. They begin to worry about how the couch will fit?  Is the bookshelf taller than they remember? Does the coffee table overpower the room? What about all these beautiful accessories?

To ensure you don’t find yourself asking similar questions: Here are our top 3 tips for arranging your furniture.

1. Start with a plan

Form must always follow function.

Think of the pieces you need before you choose the pieces you love! It’s easy to pick up an item and be drawn to its visual appeal without really considering what you would ever need it for.

Consider how the room will be used before deciding on the number of pieces you need to buy. Here are four main functions to think about before planning:

Think about what kind of mood you would like to create in your space.  Is it formal, elegant, glamorous?   A symmetrical furniture layout (one side is a mirror image of the other) will help you attain your goals.

Would you prefer a casual, cozy, playful mood? Then consider an asymmetrical layout.

The kind of mood you are trying to achieve will help guide you to the right style and colour scheme.

2. Identify traffic flow (circulation)

Good traffic flow allows the room to be used and accessed. Consider the way people move through the space as they live in it and pass through it. Typically,  traffic flow will begin at the entry door of the room and continue through to a secondary door or entry into another room. Take a look at the examples below for different Traffic pattern ideas.

3. Scale and proportion: a few rules

The right scale in any home is what makes you feel cozy and relaxed. Match the proportion of the furniture, tables and art to the size of the room, in order to create the right balance and feel in your space.


A large scale room can handle larger furniture, the higher the ceiling, the taller the furniture pieces can be and vice versa. Make sure to choose furniture of the same scale as well. An overstuffed sofa with a tiny side table may look silly next to each other.

White space

Remember to leave white space in your room. Less is more! The eye needs room to rest in a space. Leave some empty areas on the wall and in between furniture.


The pattern rule is very similar to the size rule! The smaller the room the smaller the pattern should be and the fewer number of patterns we can mix.

If something doesn’t feel right, it probably doesn’t have the correct scale or proportion for the space. Remove it, relocate it or replace it until you achieve the room that you desire.

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