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Important Furniture Layout Rules You Should Always Follow

June 8, 2021

Did you know that the layout of furniture in your home can affect your mental health?

It's a fact.

Having more open spaces and following certain, basic, guidelines for furniture layout can inspire more creativity, and even strengthen your cognitive abilities.

So what are these feng shui guidelines and how can you follow them?

We've got your complete guide:

1. Simplify

When it comes to enabling clarity of mind and a greater feeling of peace in a room, sometimes less is more.

While this may not always be the case, (sometimes the slightly cluttered cottage feel is cozy), more often than not, having a few wisely selected pieces in a room is better than over doing it.

Having some open or empty space in a room is like a blank canvas for the brain.

It allows for ideas to enter in and thoughts to be filed away properly and even works magic in making a small room feel more spacious.

Even many large companies like Google, employ this idea of open workspaces to allow for better brain flow.

2. Think About Traffic

You've been in rooms or restaurants like this, they simply don't allow for proper traffic flow. These are some of the most aggravating rooms to be in as you literally have to maneuver through them.

When arranging the furniture in a room, create a clean pathway from one end of the room to another.

No one should be dodging around furniture to get to the bookshelf or television.

Make the room manageable, not a maze.

3. Select a Focal Point

When deciding the furniture placement in a room, one rule of thumb: arrange it around one focal point.

Sometimes the focal point might not be much of your doing as they can occur on their own if there's a large window or fireplace in a room.

However, you can choose other types of focal points when you decide on an entertainment center, tv, even a piece of artwork.

Once you've selected what this one focal point for the room will be, arrange the furniture around it.

Couches and chairs should all have a clear view of this focal point.

If for example, your focal point is a large screen tv, no one should have to crane their neck to have a clear view of it when sitting in your room.

4. Enable In-Room Conversation

This idea naturally follows that of choosing a focal point for your room.

When you're arranging the furniture in a room, you should place the seating in a way that allows for those occupying those seats to easily converse.

This means one chair should face the side or back of another.

Just as no one in the room should have to crane to see the tv, no one in the room should have to crane their necks to speak with anyone else in the room.

5. Rethink the Rug

Before you skip over this section and wrongly assume we mean, "don't add rugs to a room," give this tip a thought.

Often a classic rug, well-matched to a room adds a nice splash of color or interest.


One essential rule for adding rugs to a room is that they must be large enough to allow for every piece of furniture to sit on the rug.

By this we mean, don't allow that annoying situation where each time you scoot your chair up it gets caught on the rug. Argh!

If you must have some furniture left off the rug, choose the back legs of large pieces like couches.

When necessary, it's acceptable to have the back legs of large couches or other bigger pieces to hang off the back. These aren't often in motion and can still look well in such a situation.

6. Create Balance

Mirror-like symmetry is not an absolute rule for arranging your furniture, but balance is always key in any space.

If you have one large couch on one side of the t.v., add two smaller chairs on the other side.

This concept of balance doesn't only apply to the size of your furniture.

Having a nice balance between colors and patterns also creates a more comforting setting and a more relieving visual.

Just think about it, an entirely white room wouldn't exactly put you at ease. But add in a few green plants and a houndstooth rug, and a lot of white is suddenly not so overwhelming.

7. Watch Those Walls

Unless you're breaking out the Twister and need to make space, there's no need to have furniture pushed up against the walls...

Not even in the smallest rooms.

If you feel it's necessary to have a piece of furniture backed against the wall, try pulling it at least a few inches away.

This small gap will actually make the room feel larger. Not to mention, you will avoid damage to your paint job.

8. What's On the Walls?

Speaking of walls, anything you hang on a wall should be positioned with the furniture in mind.

What might this look like?

This means you don't want to hang a 4x6 frame above a 6 foot couch.

Again, the concept of balance comes into play. If you have a 6 foot couch, you will want to choose a piece of art or decor that is around two thirds the length of the couch. (Or any piece of furniture for that matter).

You can also achieve this balance by grouping several small frames, mirrors, or art pieces, together to create a more appropriate-sized wall ensemble.

Choosing the Best Furniture Layout

When it comes to creating the ideal furniture layout for a room or interior, it's always best to plan ahead.

It can be challenging to arrange the perfect room if you're working with pieces purchased willy-nilly or without any planning.

Working with a professional can not only ensure you have the classiest layout for your space, but can give you access to exclusive fabrics or designs you might not otherwise find. Check out a complete description of our services.

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