6 steps to arranging your furniture

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19 Mar 2013

You've moved into your dream new home and now it comes down to arranging the furniture. While it may come naturally to some, not everyone has the talent for knowing what goes where.

Before you start piling all the furniture into the room, use a tape measure to determine the width and length of the room. This will help you figure out whether the furniture will fit.

There are a few basic steps to arranging furniture and all you will need is a tape measure, notepad and pencil.

Measure up

Before you start piling all the furniture into the room, use a tape measure to determine the width and length of the room. Transfer these dimensions onto a rough sketch. If you want to be professional, use graph paper and be precise with your measurements.

Once you have mapped out the floor space you can measure all your furniture and cut out the shapes to place them on the layout. This idea allows you to move the furniture around without any heavy lifting.

It's important to measure the doors and hallways before you start moving the furniture to make sure that larger pieces will fit through the doors and can be carried down passages to specific rooms.

Mix it up

It's important to measure the doors and hallways before you start moving the furniture to make sure that larger pieces will fit through the doors and can be carried down passages to specific rooms.

While a floor layout diagram is perfect for seeing how everything fits into a room, you also need to look at the height of the larger pieces, as these will be the most noticeable features in a room or be the focal point.

Larger objects add visual interest to a room so be sure that they don't take all the attention. Place large objects so that the flow of the room is not interrupted. If you're not sure, have a friend walk into the room and give their impression of what catches their eye and why.

Create balance

Similarly sized pieces create a harmonious look when placed together in a room setting. For example, a low sectional sofa will look balanced with a low ottoman or coffee table and a low side table. If you put in a high coffee table, the room may appear out of balance.

Symmetry in arrangement

While a group of items of similar height create a pleasing balance, there is another aspect to balance; symmetry.

A dining room should allow plenty of space for dining and still have enough space to be able to pull out chairs or walk around the seating area.

Symmetry is the act of placing objects to create a mirror image, as you would when placing a table lamp at either end of a sofa, or two chairs at either end of a table. Using symmetry to place objects within a setting is easy on the eye and comfortable to live with. The items used in a symmetrical design don't have to be the same, but they should be the same height or similar in form and shape.

Modern design likes to throw a bit of chaos into design by adding asymmetrical elements into a space. Instead of balancing an arrangement, asymmetry is more casual and requires a lot of thought as arrangements should avoid repetition.

The most common use of asymmetry is to use three objects instead of two, or to start with a symmetrical arrangement and then add something else to the mix.

Artist's canvas

When arranging furniture and accessories in a room, stand back and view the space as you would view a piece of art. Look at it from all angles to see how it looks as you enter the room. Sometimes a bit of tweaking here and there can make all the difference.

Conversation pieces

Every room in a home is designed in consideration with its use. For example, a living room is designed to allow for conversation or for watching TV, while a dining room is arranged for dining and entertaining. When arranging furniture, take into consideration all elements for use of the space and allow for this in the layout.

A dining room should allow plenty of space for dining and still have enough space to be able to pull out chairs or walk around the seating area. In a living room you can set furniture for easy conversation or relaxing in front of the TV or, in a large room you can allow for both.

There are other elements of furniture arrangement in interior design, but if you focus on the basic steps above and make adjustments where necessary, your living spaces will be well laid out.

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

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