How to Arrange Furniture

Many are wondering how to properly arrange furniture in the room. This is really an important issue, which requires a competent approach to its solution.

Of course, now there are a lot of virtual and computer programs that will help to schematically represent the furniture arrangement. However, not everyone can use such programs. That’s why let’s figure out how to simplify the task of a proper placement of furniture in the room.

Where to start

Initially, think about the scheme of movement around the room. Remember that a beautiful but inappropriate placed sofa or coffee table will create a lot of inconvenience and you’ll stumble on them every time. However, don’t go to extremes! Don’t try to arrange all the furnishings along the walls — it’s boring. Experiment to achieve the correct furniture arrangement in your room!

Consider the ergonomics

When choosing a place for furniture, you must take into account the rules of ergonomics. Any room is either a place of rest or a functional area, so it should be comfortable to walk/sleep/eat/play, etc. Optimally, the width of the passages should be not less than 27 inches.

Draw a plan for furniture placement

Think about the proper placement of furniture to simplify the task. It allows avoiding the further rearrangement of the massive furniture pieces from place to place.

For more convenience and a better understanding of how to arrange furniture in a room, draw a plan by hand with a certain scale. Mark the locations of doors and windows, as well as switches and sockets.

The only nuance is that you need to correctly consider the size of the furniture. It’s better if you know the accurate dimensions; otherwise, there is a high probability that the piece of furniture will not fit the room.


A certain zoning exists even within a room. For example, a living room can combine both a place for work and a dining space. To mark a particular zone, you can use either the furniture pieces (screens, partitions, bookcases, etc.), or elements of decor, for example, area rugs.

It is also necessary to take into account the furniture dimensions to avoid cluttering.

TIP! Lighting plays an important role in the proper furniture arrangement in the room. Use both general and accent lighting — add torchiers, table and wall lamps.

For small apartments

To arrange furniture in a small room:

  • avoid massive furnishings;
  • choose visually-light and compact furniture;
  • give preference to neutral colors and tones;
  • don’t clutter the space with large amount of furniture pieces and accents.