Are you considering redecorating your home? Whether you are set on refreshing your place with only a few new pieces or are looking to fully equip a brand new apartment, we’ve got you covered. We have rounded up the best expert advice on furniture size and layout to help you decide what to go for.
Furniture is certainly a reflection of your style — but it has to be functional either way. Although the choice of colour, texture, and form is relevant, furniture has to tap into your needs and be practical. With that in mind, here are some tips as well as advantages of custom-made furniture to check if it could be the right choice for you.
Size Does Matter
The size of the furniture must be proportional to the size of the room. Furniture that’s too bulky will make a miniature apartment seem cluttered, messy, and visually even smaller. On the other hand, subtle pieces would do open concept homes a disservice by giving the illusion of an even larger space; in that case, going for hefty, statement pieces would be a wiser choice.
Another thing to keep in mind is to match the size of the different pieces of furniture. The room will feel much more coherent if, for instance, the coffee table isn’t overwhelming in comparison to your sofa bed or armchair, or if the top of the coffee table aligns with the sofa seat or is slightly below it.
However, this isn’t to say you can’t play with the size of your furniture and fittings; in fact, mixing and matching items of varying proportions can work to your advantage.
Consider hanging a large painting over a low sofa in a minuscule apartment to add depth and interest to it, or strategically placing a big mirror to make the room appear more spacious and bright. Not only will this make the room feel bigger, but it will also undoubtedly make it more attention-grabbing.
One of our favourite foolproof tips is to “build” around the largest item of furniture in the room. Surround your centrepiece with complementary fittings that truly enhance it. That way, the room will look well balanced and proportional.
Layout Is Crucial
How to Do It Right
Make an effort to map out an outline of the room to get a sense of where the furniture could be placed.
You can do this directly on the floor using tape or drawing it on paper. Alternatively, you can try one of many online apps built specifically for that purpose.
Put in all the necessary measurements to get the full picture of how much room you have to work with. Use this as a guide when deciding on the furniture size and then immediately add it to the layout. That will not only facilitate your choice of furniture but prevent you from making purchases you later may regret.
Appreciate the Empty Space
Remember that all your furniture must suit your needs. If you entertain a large number of people on a regular basis, make sure to leave enough space in the dining area, whether it is for a massive dining table or a smaller but extendable one. Your layout should allow for such changes.
Additionally, it is vital to leave enough free space for uninterrupted movement; if the furniture is to be practical, it mustn’t be in the way. Here’s what you should keep in mind:
- Enable easy access to cabinets and shelves
- Leave enough space to go from one part of the room to the other, without having to move any furniture
- Place the TV unit in plain view
- Allow for sufficient space between the dining chairs and the wall
- Don’t place furniture too close to radiators and windows that will be opened frequently
- Make sure doors don’t bump into any furniture and can open freely
Strive for Symmetry
You should arrange your furniture proportionally; avoid cramming too many pieces of furniture in only one part of the room and leaving the rest for moving about. That will make the room feel unbalanced and distort it. Instead, start from the middle of the room and arrange the furniture all around it.
Also, consider symmetrical positioning of items for a more harmonious effect. That can be as subtle as putting identical wall lamps on either side of the sofa bed, or more striking, like placing a coffee table in between matching armchairs.
Give Custom-Made Furniture A Go
Made-to-measure items are excellent for unconventional rooms. By ordering exactly what you need, you can make the most of every strange nook and cranny and utilise every odd corner of your place. Additionally, ordering a custom-built piece will help you put all of your space to use without breaking too much bank.
The most important thing to keep in mind when ordering a custom-made item is to make it as functional as possible. Pay attention to what you need in terms of what the item is going to be used for, where it will be placed, and what it needs to be made of. If you have a clear idea of your needs, the options are limitless.
Custom-made furniture and fittings are rather suitable for common areas in your home, such as the kitchen, the bathroom, or the walk-in closet. In such areas, custom-built pieces serve as innovative storage solutions without sacrificing the stylistic element.
Made-to-measure furniture is also quite budget-friendly. Nowadays, custom orders are available to everyone — not only the most affluent. Thus, the cost is fairly comparable to mass-produced furniture.
Another advantage of opting for made-to-measure furniture is that you have complete control over the selection of not only size, shape, and function of the piece but also the colour scheme, finish, material, and any luxury details you might like to incorporate into the design.
The end result is a unique product that is budget-friendly, reflects your personal style, and meets your demands. What more could you wish for?