Here’s an informative article on arranging furniture by Jessica Bennett for Better Homes & Gardens.
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How To Arrange Furniture
No matter if your rooms are big or small, having the right furniture arrangement will make them more enjoyable. Check out our layout examples, plus tricks for living rooms, family rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms. Knowing how to arrange furniture can help you navigate how a room will be used.
Furniture Arrangement With A Focal Point
If you’re not sure how to arrange furniture in a living room, orient seating so it takes advantage of whatever view your room has to offer, whether that’s a TV or a bank of windows. To create your own focal point, hang a large piece of art on a wall or create a vignette of favorite objects on a console or bookshelf. If you can’t decide between arranging the furniture around the fireplace or the TV, choose both and mount the TV above the fireplace.
Arrangements With Storage
Family rooms are often storage hubs, so a good furniture arrangement makes room for cabinets, drop zones, and drawers. Consider freestanding pieces in a smaller room and wall-to-wall built-ins in a larger room. Make sure to include some storage near the TV for media items.
Symmetrical Living Room Furniture Arrangement
When arranging living room furniture, be sure to leave room for traffic and an entry drop spot. For a symmetrical layout, position key seating pieces near the fireplace and arrange them facing each other. Use end tables as landing spaces on both ends of the sofa. Pair chairs to balance the visual weight of the sofa and to maximize seating. The living room furniture arrangement provides plenty of space for visiting guests but still feels cozy when it’s only you and your family.