Furniture Planning

If you’ve just moved into a new place or feel your current living room plan just isn’t working anymore, it’s time to re-examine your furniture arrangement.  A good furniture plan will make all the difference when creating a balanced, functional and harmonised home.

Furniture Plan Step 1

If you can, begin by clearing out the room, or at least decluttering anything that isn’t working, not your style or you don’t need any more.  This will let you see what you have to work with.

If you already know you need a new sofa and have budgeted for this, as a big ticket item it is worth doing a little homework first.  Don’t make the mistake of buying the wrong size furniture just because it’s on sale and you love it.  Furniture never looks that big until you get it home, only to discover you’re trying to fit everything else around it because it’s eaten into your space.

Furniture Planning Step 2

A floor plan also means less heavy lifting as you will know exactly where everything is going.  I like to use masking tape on the floor to mark out the exact size of furniture going into your living room.  This helps you see instantly how these pieces will fit in your space.

You can walk around to make sure there is a good flow of traffic i.e. you’re not bumping into anything or squeezing past to sit on the sofa.

I know we are creating a perfect floor plan but your drawing doesn’t have to be fancy.  Draw a rough idea of the size of the room. 

TIP- Remember you have to get the new furniture into the room, so you need to make sure it’s getting through the door.

Add in the measurements of  windows, doors or any built in furniture and don’t forget radiator placement.  Take a photo of this on your phone  so that you always have it with you.

Furniture Planning Step 3

Determine a focal point when creating a furniture plan.  Usually this is the fireplace or a large focal window with a view.  Sometimes in smaller rooms you have to create one.  This can be a sideboard with a t.v. which you can build around with artwork, plants etc. to create a balanced furniture arrangement.  This could also be a large mirror on the centre of the wall and design your room around it.  Occasionally your living room can have more than one focal point, which can make planning furniture arrangements a little tricky.

furniture plan layout

T.V. Focal Point

Conversational Focal Point

To help you decide, think about how you want to use the room and what the main focal point will be.  Do you want to create a cosy, conversational layout?  In which case having your sofa and arm chairs facing each other will help achieve this.  Or will your living room be centred around the t.v. ?   It is possible to have both by placing the t.v. above the fireplace.

Planning -When planning your furniture arrangement don’t forget the flow of traffic and allowing the furniture some breathing room…

Traffic flow – Take into consideration the positioning of doorways, t.v. and power points as well as the placement of fixtures such as fireplaces and large built-in furniture i.e. bookcases.

Breathing Room –  A well planned furniture layout will make good use of the floor space without having all the furniture pushed tight up against the walls.  Leaving a gap of 8-12 inches from the walls actually makes the room feel larger.

I hope this has helped  inspire you to create your own furniture plan but if you feel you’e still out of your depth or just don’t have the time, we will be happy to put this together for you.  Call 077384 72599

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