How to Determine the Most Efficient Furniture Layout for Your Space

We believe that the ideal home décor solution lives at the intersection of function and beauty. When redecorating, giving equal thought to the furniture and where it is placed will provide you with a room that works for you in every way. 

Here are five steps you should take to determine the most efficient furniture layout for your space:

1. Measure and Map

Start by taking detailed measurements of the space (including windows and entryways) and the pieces of furniture you plan to keep. If you have doors that swing into the room, measure how far the door swings out when open. 

Next, map out your space to test out different placements and determine which works best. You can map it out on graph paper, with virtual planners (such as Planner 5D or Floor Planner), or on-site with painter’s tape. 

2. Choose Size-Appropriate Furniture

If you are designing a smaller space – whether it is your first home or you have downsized to a condo – your current furniture may not fit. The furniture should not only be in-scale with the space but also with the other furniture you choose.

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Luckily, Toronto is home to multiple home décor stores that specialize in small-space furniture. Take into consideration that proportionate furniture should not only fit the square footage of the room but also the ceiling height; leave the tall pieces for rooms with high ceilings to ensure the space doesn’t feel cramped.

3. Design with Purpose

As great as a room may look, if it’s not functional, it’s not practical. Does the space need to be kid-friendly? You may need to maximize floor space, acquire easily-moveable furniture, and choose durable, easy-to-clean fabrics. If you are more of an entertainer, consider the size of table you’ll need to host dinner parties and layouts that are conducive to large conversations and gatherings. 

4. Consider the Traffic Flow

How you arrange your furniture will depend on whether you’re decorating a high-traffic or low-traffic room. If people regularly walk through the room to get to another room in the house, avoid placing furniture in the path of traffic (which tends to go from doorway to doorway).

The pathway should be at least two feet wide (ideally more) and go around your furniture arrangement rather than through it. You may also choose to create two separate furniture arrangements and have the pathway run between them. Rugs can often help identify furniture arrangements and create a natural pathway for traffic to follow.

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5. Determine a Focal Point

Creating a focal point is often determined by the purpose of the room, and can be anything from a fireplace to a piece of artwork to a wall with bold wallpaper or eye-catching colour. Your room may already have an established focal point, such as a fireplace or window. If that’s the case, embrace that focal point and build your furniture arrangement around it, ensuring that the decorating details you choose don’t take away from the focal point, but complement it. 

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