Suppose you’ve recently downsized or have a room where you’re always bumping into furniture. It can be a tricky situation to navigate! The following design tips will help you transform your cluttered space into a cozy yet functional room you can enjoy.
To arrange a room with too much furniture, design a new layout with your essential furniture pieces, create flow by spacing them out, identify a focal point, create conversational areas and balance, use corner spaces, or invest in more streamlined and multipurpose furniture.
Finding a “new home” for all your furniture can be overwhelming, especially if you have sentimental items passed on through generations. So, here are the design tips and tricks you can use to make the process a little easier.
Begin your new room layout by deciding which pieces of furniture you love or need the most, as those items need to be incorporated into your new layout.
Then start mapping out your design by starting with the biggest essential pieces of furniture like your sofa, dining table, and chairs as they will form the anchors for your new layout.
Create A Sense Of Flow
There’s nothing more annoying than constantly moving furniture out of the way, especially if you need to do so a few times a day as you move from one side of the room to the other.
So, create some flow by allowing space around cozy seating arrangements, not through them. Similarly, be careful with the placement of your coffee or side tables so that it does obstruct traffic.
If you have a large room and would like to keep several big pieces of furniture, try to create spaces of 30”-36” between them, or for smaller rooms, 18″-24″.
Speaking of space, pull your sofa away from the wall by 3-5” to create a cozy room.
Identify A Focal Point
Once you have identified that centerpiece or focal point, you’re halfway there as you can arrange your furniture so that it provides a view of the most outstanding feature in the room.
You might get a good workout moving all your furniture around until it feels just right and creates a comfortable seating arrangement with a focus on your centerpiece.
If your focal area is your TV, position your sofa approximately 7’ away, the optimal screen height for the middle of the screen is roughly 30 inches higher than the lowest chair or sofa.
For more on dealing with focal points in a tricky layout, read my article on arranging furniture in a living room with a corner fireplace.
Conversational Design Layout
Another great option is to create conversation nooks in your room, especially if you tend to have a lot of friends over.
If that’s the case, group furniture like a sofa and two chairs so that your guests can easily chat with each other.
Create Balanced Harmony
The most important design trick is to create a visually appealing balance between your furniture and other décor items as it creates a sense of harmony and ties everything together.
If you decide to place your sofa on one side, balance the seating arrangements with two comfortable armchairs facing the sofa and allow for 3.5’-10’ space between them.
The idea is not to let any piece of furniture overwhelm a room and create symmetry between the various furniture pieces.
Then tie it all together with an area rug that is ideally large enough to accommodate the sofa’s frontal legs and the opposing armchairs.
Use All Your Corner Spaces
Corner spaces don’t have to be dead zones, so if you are still battling to fit all your furniture, consider using corner spaces where you could add a comfy armchair, a little table, or a standing lamp for a cozy reading nook.
Change Your Decorating Game Plan
If you’ve tried every configuration known to humanity and your comfy sectional sofa still overwhelms your room, it might be time to consider a new game plan.
So, if you have your heart set on having a sectional sofa for family movie nights, it might be time to trade in your old sofa for one that can still accommodate your whole family.
However, choose a more streamlined and less bulky sofa design that will harmonize with your other pieces of furniture.
Just make sure that you measure your space correctly and choose a durable sectional sofa in a color that will harmonize with other pieces in the room and not stick out too much.
Other great options are letting go of any banged-up or outdated furniture and looking for multipurpose furniture that will compliment your room and create space, seating, and storage.
Light Up The Room
Once you (finally) have all your favorite pieces of furniture in place, it’s time for those little finishing touches like creating ambient lighting that will highlight your most beautiful furniture pieces and décor.
While it depends on the layout and design of your room, you would ideally need a showstopper light in the center of your room, with lots of ambient lighting options dotted around the room to create an inviting and warm atmosphere.
The general rule of thumb is to contrast the center of your room’s light with lamps dotted around the room’s perimeter as the subtle interplay between light and dark spaces creates the cozy, inviting space you have been longing for.
As the final “piece da resistance,” add a gorgeous vase of fresh-cut flowers, coupled with a few divine fragranced candles, and you’ll be dressed to impress.
Arranging a room with too much furniture might sound daunting, especially if there are certain pieces you really could not do without.
But once you understand the dynamics and flow of your room, how to space out your pieces of furniture, and make full use of your space, you can create a spacious room that feels like home. Most importantly, play around, and have fun!