Luxury furniture and a stunning space are not enough to create a beautiful home. Ultimately, it is the furniture arrangement that creates or breaks a space. Have no fear. Our expert designers have these tips to help you create the perfect furniture arrangement.
Don’t go back into a corner
In a space-saving emergency, placing your bed in the corner of a room can be time consuming. But resist the temptation and make sure you can hop on and off on either side. If you want to save some space, consider installing a pair of floating bedside tables.
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Heaviest furniture removed from the door
Are you wondering where to put your king-size bed or the double-width sectional sofa? Place them as far from the door as possible. Check out how we did it in this Flatiron townhouse.
Tip: do not place your sofa directly against the wall. Give it a few inches and it will make your space feel more expansive.
A symmetrical layout of the house is important, but you should also consider how you will go through your space. In this TriBeCa loft, we have set up the house as an entertainment room. Guests can start in the cocktail corner, head to the dining room for dinner, and end the evening with some television.
When trying to determine your furniture arrangement, it can be helpful to start with carpets, especially if you have an open space. Line up each room in your home with an appropriately sized rug, then fill it with furniture. In this luxury apartment on the Upper East Side, we placed carpets in the living and dining rooms to make the areas feel distinct and separate.
Draw the perimeter
Once you’ve laid out your carpets, it’s time to place your furniture. In the living room, your couch should line the perimeter of your carpet. In the dining room, center your table over your carpet and set up the chairs accordingly.
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Several coffee tables
If your living room is particularly large, or if your living room is a high-traffic area of the house, consider using several smaller coffee tables instead of one large piece. In this family home on the Upper West Side, we set up three round coffee tables in the living room so that our customers can move around the room without any problems and the guests can put their drinks wherever they sit.
Don’t block the view
When choosing a furniture layout, put armchairs, daybeds, and benches against the window. This is the best way to keep lines of sight in your home without creating a wobbly design layout. Located on the 30th floor, this luxury Miami Beach condo has a postcard view of the Port of Miami. To preserve the view, we bought flat pieces of furniture and placed two armchairs against the window.
Bookcases aren’t just for books. If carpets aren’t enough to delimit the different rooms in your home, consider using bookcases to corral different rooms. In this chic, rustic loft overlooking Union Square, we placed a series of bookcases between the dining room and bedroom. In addition to creating a more cohesive and clearer layout, it also gave our customer more storage options.