Does it feel like your furniture gets in the way too often? Do guests have trouble finding spots to sit? Is your sofa stuck in a corner without much light? These are all signs that you probably need to make your life more comfortable by rearranging your furniture.
How can rearranging your furniture in different rooms increase your relaxation and lower your stress? First, it will feel better when you walk through the door. The term “feng shui” is often used in interior decorating to conceptualize the notion of a space where everything is in harmony. From a furniture perspective, it means that the furnishings in your house should flow seamlessly with your preferred lifestyle.
Learning the art of well-placed furniture arrangement starts by applying proven tips to your home or apartment. Whether you have newly-purchased furniture or you simply want to rearrange the items you already own, you can put these hints into action relatively quickly. Here are some ideas for rearranging furniture:
1. Set up conversation areas.
Many otherwise beautiful homes lack conversation areas. Specifically, these are locations where the seating makes it easier for people to sit and talk with one another. For instance, you may want to gather chairs or a couch and a recliner near a central fixture, such as a fireplace or television. The fixture provides an anchor for your furniture, and the furniture creates a cozy spot for discussion and family time.
2. Segment the room into activity zones.
Whether you have a large or small room, you can easily partition it off into activity zones using your furniture. In a master bedroom, you may have one corner outfitted with a relaxing chair, lamp, and footstool. That way, it becomes a little area to read a book before bedtime. Similarly, you could turn the corner into an office space with a modest-sized desk, chair, and table light. Be creative with your segmentations, but make sure they flow into each other. The last thing you want to do is turn your house into a veritable labyrinth.
3. Think about your natural flow of movement.
Is there a particular coffee table, bookcase, or other piece of furniture that you regularly bump into? Obviously, it’s in the wrong place. Start walking around your house and consider the flow. Do you need to step over certain objects to get where you’re going? Use sticky notes to identify everything that seems out of place. Then, you can go back and adjust them later.
4. Consolidate furniture if necessary.
Finally, if you discover that your space is too cramped for all your furnishings, you may want to consider consolidating your furniture. A great example is removing the guest bed and buying a sleek new sofa bed in its place. That way, you get a seating area and you still have a bed, but the bed isn’t set up all the time. The same is true for a dining room table with removable leaves. When you don’t have tons of guests, you needn’t use the biggest table footprint.
Rearrange and Rediscover
Rearranging furniture isn’t just a practical undertaking, but a fun one, too. You’ll be amazed at how different your house seems after you do a little repositioning of your current and new furniture.