How to Arrange Furnitures? Tips from Local Experts! (2023)


Stuck at home, need a mood lift? Watch Luise and Emily from Green Door Home Staging share some great tips about how to arrange (or rearrange) furniture at home!

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What's up, my friends! Jenn, Ho, Your, Fit, Realtor, Realty, ONE, Group, Impact., So, with many of us, locked down at home, I thought, it'd be fun for us to rearrange the home, rearrange furniture at home, just kind of brighten up the mood, something we can do as part of a family together.

Maybe even this weekend.

So, that said, I've brought on local staging, experts:, Louis and Emily from Green Door Home Staging to share with us some tips or some tricks for us to rearrange our home.

So, that said, Louis and Emily.

Go ahead and introduce yourselves! Well, I'm, Louise, Morris and I started Green.

Door Home, Staging about five or six years.

Ago., I work with my daughter, Emily, who has been super wonderful to work, with.

She, handles, all the technology and great design, work, great ideas.

And we love working with builders, with people that flip houses, homeowners, whatever we can do to help your house show better on the market, that's.

What we do! Okay, let's jump, right into the question:.

What is the number one rule you advise all of us to do when we arrange a rearrange furnitures at home? Things that you want to think about when you're looking to move your furniture is that you want it to be open,? You want it to be comfortable.

And you want there to be a clear walkway through the room.


Never want to have too much furniture blocking the walkway.

I mean, especially for staging.

One thing that we try to avoid is walking into the back of a piece of furniture, just because it's, not attractive, it's, not appealing to look at necessarily.


We want to avoid looking at the back of a piece of furniture.

Right now, something to say about when your your furniture is that you want it to be super functional.

So, if you're going to be spending all your time there, you don't want to put it in a way that you're cranking your head to look at the TV or something like that., In staging.

We don't frequently use TVs.

So most of the time your focal piece is artwork above the fireplace.


If it's more of a galley, rectangular, living room, we'll have two couches facing each other, or a couch.

And then two chairs facing that couch.

I, usually like to figure out what the focal point of the room is with my own home decorating.

And unfortunately, that's usually the TV and don't love the look of the TV hung over the fireplace.

But it does help out with the focal point.


You've got your beautiful fireplace.

And then you've got your TV over the top of that.

So then you can kind of group your furniture around that.

And you want to make sure you create comfortable conversation.


So, nothing that's too far away from each other.


You have a coffee table in front of you.

It should be no more than 18 inches away.

So you can reach over to put your coffee or your drink or whatever on it.

You want to be comfortable.

So you really want to think about being comfortable in your living room, being focused on.

You know, what you like,? What you're doing in that room.

Perfect, great tip! I'm, looking at my back of my furniture, all day..

So, okay, like many of us.

We possibly have a living room with a picture window or larger window with a lot of natural light coming in.

So, that said, with a room like this.

What would you recommend to do? Well I would recommend not placing the furniture right in front of the picture window.

A window is a great feature to have in a home.

And you want to be able to walk up to that window to look out of the window.

It's, not always feasible, because if it's a smaller room or if it's a galley kind of straight-on room, but maybe you want to break it up.

So if you have picture window on one side, a wall on the other, and then say your fireplace and TV is at the end, I would break it up with maybe chairs versus a heavy, bulky sofa or loveseat.

I would have maybe two opposing chairs.

So it kind of breaks up the window.

So you still have that that airy space that you can appreciate the window.

And, we all have to work in our own constraints of how the living room is, but I would definitely try not putting anything in front of the window if possible or whatever you do I would have it be lighter., Okay, that's, good, that's, good., Now.

What about a second living room, something like in a finished basement, that's less, natural light, it's, just more like four walls, maybe like a stairs coming down in a finished.


What are some tips.

There? Well.

If this is possible, as far as painting goes, you want to have the wall colors be as light as possible, especially if you're not getting that same natural light.

And I want to bring in as many table, lamps, floor, lamps, I, mean..., not in abundance.

But just enough to give you that warm feeling down there because basements are usually colder as temperature goes anyway., So, it's, whatever you can do to make it feel warm and light down there, you're going to want to do.


If replacing furniture is an option, then you're going to want to go with a lighter couch, sectional set.

And then if it's like LVP, LVT, flooring, you're going to want to put an area rug down, there, too.

Okay, great!, Yeah.

So LVP, LVT:, Luxury, Vinyl, Plank and Luxury, Vinyl, Tile, basically, hard surface.

Flooring., Okay.


One final question: is there anything that you have always seen clients do that possibly? We don't really want to do.


You can just change up for the long run? We, see a lot of things that we want to change for people, but I would say, too much furniture or the wrong furniture, or a lot of brown.

People kind of get stuck in that..

So you've got your hardwood floor.

Maybe your cabinets are espresso.

Colored, that's, not an uncommon combination.

So then, you think: well.

My furniture all has to be dark brown.


Then you buy the dark brown kind of leather, faux, leather recliner, couches with the drink holders.

And then maybe your rug is dark.

And then you've got this dark wooden table.

So your room becomes really really dark.

And you lose the contrast entirely, which is something that you definitely want as a design element.


You've already gone ahead.

And you've got this furniture.

And now you know, obviously we don't want to have everybody to go out and buy the furniture.

You can do things to light.

It up.

You can maybe change out your area rug to a lighter area rug.

Maybe you can add some light colored pillows.


You don't want to throw in your dark brown pillows on your dark brown couch.

But we see that.


You can add in lighter cream-colored, neutral, pillows.

You can add in some faux greenery that adds a little (more, real greenery if you're good at keeping it alive!) that has some nice life to it.

We also see people hanging their pictures, too high.

Their artwork is too high a lot.

So, when you're thinking about hanging your artwork, you want to focus on the center of the artwork being at eye level.

So ranging between about 57 to 64 inches would be the center of your artwork.

And then you kind of base things off of that.

Another thing is making sure that your area rug is large enough for the room.

You'll often see a large open-concept living space, and people will just have a small 5x7 rug.

So it'll just be floating, kind of in the middle of their layout.

And one thing that you want, you want the rug to be large enough to define the space, So something that helps in defining the space, say you have an 8 by 10 or 9 by 12 rug.

You want at least the front corners of each piece of furniture to be on that rug..

So the front feet of your couch are just at the edge of that rug.

And any chairs or console tables would be the same.

Just kind of really define the area.

We always say, no, flying carpets., Got, it, no, flying carpets, I like that., Ok, perfect.

This is great.

This is awesome insights, something great fun that we can all do especially this weekend it's raining.

So you might as well stay inside and lighten up the mood, brighten up, everything, right?, Yeah., So.

How do we reach out to you in case we have further questions, in case, we need staging, assistance?, Well, we're, very active on social media.


You can find us on Facebook and Instagram, just under the name of our business, which is Green, Door, Home, Staging.

You should be able to connect with us there, or you can always email me, which is

So those are great ways to get a hold of us.

We also have a website.

Same thing, Green, Door, Home, Staging., Nice, very nice.


You can send us messages there.

You can see some of our work.

You can see a lot of our work on Facebook and Instagram also.

And we love to meet with our local people and help them out in all kinds of ways, design, getting them ready for them to put it on the market, staging to live, whatever they like, we're here to help them.

We can do a lot of virtual stuff right now.

Too!, Right, yes.

Important! technology has taken over, which is good! So, there.

You go, awesome! Now, have fun.

Rearranging, stay safe.

Wash your hands, and have some fun! PEACE!.


What is the biggest mistake in placement of furniture? ›

Furniture arranging mistakes – 8 negative layouts that are ruining your space
  1. Pushing furniture against the wall. ...
  2. Not creating conversation areas. ...
  3. Ignoring good traffic flows. ...
  4. Creating too many focal points. ...
  5. Blocking light from windows. ...
  6. Putting style over practicality. ...
  7. Overdoing storage.
Nov 26, 2022

How do I plan where to put furniture? ›

How to Create a Furniture Layout:
  1. Map out the rooms.
  2. Get to the drawing board.
  3. Arrange in a balanced way.
  4. Consider traffic flow.
  5. Highlight a focal point.
  6. Use lighting to your advantage.
Jan 6, 2022

Is there an app to help me rearrange my room? ›

The "3Dream" app is a great design planning tool because they provide users with over 40,000 objects to place in their virtual rooms and home. In addition to furniture, they provide different options so the user can change the walls, the floor, and even accessories.

Which direction should your couch face? ›

Sofa sets, the soul of a living room, should be east (or south) facing as the maximum sunlight we receive in our home is from east. The south-east direction is the best for placing your TV unit/cabinet.

What are the 5 principles in arranging furniture? ›

These art principles -- balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis and unity -- give a plan for using the elements effectively. Since they are guides rather than rules, they offer opportunity to express individuality and meet family needs whether it's placing furniture, arranging ac- cessories or setting the table.

What is the 2 3 rule furniture? ›

Furniture should also follow the 2:3 rule. This means your largest piece of furniture – for example, a sofa – should measure 2:3 of the area. Then work your way backwards from there. The coffee table should be 2:3 the size of the sofa, and so on.

When arranging furniture in a bedroom which furniture item should be placed first? ›

Get your bed in place first since it remains the most important and the most significant piece of furniture in the bedroom. Generally, you will likely want to place your bed opposite the door and against the wall; you should also consider putting it on an enormous wall that has no window.

Where should a sofa be placed in a living room? ›

A sofa should be placed at the end of the room or near a wall so that you can still move around easily when sitting on it. The couch should never block your view of other parts of the room or obstruct any doorways or windows.

How do you arrange furniture in a room with lots of windows? ›

In a large living room with lots of windows, arrange furniture front and center. Seating arrangements should face each other, no more than 8 feet apart, encouraging conversation. Anchor the seating with a large area rug. Tuck extra seating and storage around the outskirts of the living room close to the walls.

What is the easiest way to rearrange a room? ›

Rearranging a room is easier with less “stuff” in it. Place decorative items, indoor plants, rugs and smaller lamps in boxes, and move them to a different room. Moving your furniture around will be a lot less complicated after the floors and shelves are empty.

How do you rearrange room tips? ›

Rearranging Furniture? 7 Tips For That Brand New Look
  1. Always Keep The Function Of A Room In Mind. ...
  2. Determine The Focal Point Of The Room. ...
  3. Position The Largest Furniture First. ...
  4. Consider The Flow Of Foot Traffic Through Each Space. ...
  5. Create Visual Balance. ...
  6. Use Mirrors To Open Up The Space.

What is the number one small space decorating mistake? ›

“One design mistake that people make in small spaces is buying the wrong-scale furniture,” he explains in an Instagram post. “Going with small pieces of furniture might feel like the right move, but then you end up with tiny, uncomfortable pieces that you'll leave behind.” His advice?

What makes a house look messy? ›

"Too many chairs, couches, tables and decorative items can quickly make a room look cluttered and feel closed-in," says professional organizer Vanessa Hayes. "Selecting just a few pieces can open up a space and make it feel more relaxing and peaceful."

What decorating style never goes out of style? ›

Based on the vintage, classic looks popularized more than 50 years ago, mid-century modern is here to stay. The adaptability of this style makes it easy to fit into any style of home. And its clean lines, simple color scheme, and rich wood tones make it simple enough to avoid the quick trend burnout.

Is it OK to put a sofa in front of a window? ›

While it is often disputed in the world of interiors, the simple answer is that yes, it is okay to put a sofa in front of a window.

Should you put a couch against a window? ›

'A sofa should be at least a foot from the window,' says Jen Ebert, Homes & Gardens Digital Editor. 'This allows for drapes to be pulled back and forth without catching, and also makes it easier to clean behind. Pulling a sofa away from a window by a foot will also enhance your living room's feeling of spaciousness.

Is it OK to put a sofa against a wall? ›

Generally, most interior designers agree that a sofa should not touch the wall and that there should at least be a little gap to prevent the room from looking cramped, even if you only have a small living room.

What is the first thing to consider before arranging furniture? ›

1. Plan Your Layout Ahead of Time. One common pitfall of furniture arrangement is how tiresome it can be. To avoid lugging around heavy furniture more than necessary, plan and finalize your layout before you begin to arrange your pieces.

What is the spacing in arranging furniture? ›

One of the secrets to learning how to arrange furniture is making sure you leave enough space between pieces. Allow 30 inches between furniture that you need to be able to walk around, and maintain 14 to 18 inches between a coffee table and sofa so drinks are within reaching distance.

What is the 80 20 rule furniture? ›

For bedrooms, the 80-20 rule typically translates into the following: 80% of the room's color is in the walls. 20% of the room's color is in the bedding and upholstery.

What is the 60 30 10 rule? ›

What is the 60-30-10 Rule? It's a classic decor rule that helps create a color palette for a space. It states that 60% of the room should be a dominant color, 30% should be the secondary color or texture and the last 10% should be an accent.

What is the rule of 3 for centerpieces? ›

For decorating, the Rule of Three means objects look better in a group of three. The easiest way to follow the Rule of Three is to display a matching set of décor—three different sizes of the same type of object.

What are 4 pieces of necessary furniture in a bedroom? ›

Essential Furniture Pieces for Any Adult Bedroom
  • Essential Bedroom Pieces You Shouldn't Miss. A bedroom set and a bedside lamp is always a great place to start, but there are other essential bedroom pieces most homeowners overlook. ...
  • A Bed. ...
  • A Bedroom Dresser. ...
  • A Bedside Table. ...
  • A Nightstand. ...
  • A Chair or Couch.
Mar 21, 2020

Where should a bed be placed in a room with windows? ›

What is the best position? The best solution is to position the bed facing the door leaving the window to the side, this solution offers many benefits, firstly it improves air circulation and secondly it makes us feel more protected during the night.

How many pieces of furniture should be in a bedroom? ›

It's the easiest way to make sure several pieces of furniture work together in the same space. In general, a standard bedroom set consists of three to four pieces: the bed, a nightstand and a dresser. The fourth piece may be an additional nightstand or a mirror for the dresser.

Where should a TV and couch be placed? ›

The Ideal Distance From TV to Sofa

Generally speaking, you should place your TV around double the distance of the screen size away from your sofa. This sounds a bit confusing but it's quite simple. If you have a 60-inch TV, your sofa should be placed double the distance away - so 120 inches, or about 3 metres.

How do you know if a couch is too big for a room? ›

Your sofa should not occupy the entire length of a wall and there should be at least 18 inches of space on either side of the sofa, a good rule to use when figuring out if a sofa or sectional couch will suit your space.

How do you arrange a room with too much furniture? ›

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.

Where should a sofa be placed in a rectangular room? ›

Use furniture across the width of the room

Instead try placing your sofa across the width of the room. This will break up the long lines of the space, pushing your walls outward, and making it feel wider. So that the sofa doesn't feel abandoned in the middle of the room, add a narrow console and lamps behind the sofa.

Where should I put my TV in my living room? ›

Ideally, you'll want to place your television away from high-traffic areas and at an angle where sunlight from the windows won't cause a glare on your screen. Feel free to experiment with placement before finding studs and punching holes in your wall.

How do I organize my room like a pro? ›

19 Bedroom Organizing Tips That'll Elevate Your Room Aesthetic
  1. Take Inventory. ...
  2. Tackle One Section at a Time. ...
  3. Declutter With Bins and Baskets. ...
  4. Get a Closet Organizer. ...
  5. Spring for Matching Hangers. ...
  6. Get Multiple Dressers. ...
  7. Section Off Drawers and Shelves. ...
  8. Surrender to a Shoe Rack.

How do you rearrange an awkward room? ›

Float the Furniture

“Sometimes odd-shaped rooms (especially large ones) benefit most from having furniture pulled in toward the center, creating a new shape within.” McClain suggests using an open shelving unit as a room divider “while incorporating curated pieces of décor, books and even storage boxes,” he suggests.

How do you deep clean and rearrange a room? ›

A Step by Step Guide to Deep Cleaning a Bedroom
  1. Take Out the Trash. Before you begin, make sure to remove all the trash from the room. ...
  2. Dust Everything. ...
  3. Clean the Carpet. ...
  4. Declutter Your Space. ...
  5. Clean the Window. ...
  6. Sweep or Vacuum. ...
  7. Wash Your Sheets and Pillowcases. ...
  8. Wash Curtains and Drapes.
Feb 17, 2022

Is there an app to help me rearrange my furniture? ›

The "3Dream" app is a great design planning tool because they provide users with over 40,000 objects to place in their virtual rooms and home. In addition to furniture, they provide different options so the user can change the walls, the floor, and even accessories.

Is there an app to rearrange rooms? ›

Room Planner: Home Design 3D 4+

How do you rearrange your bedroom to make it look bigger? ›

We've gathered the top tricks interior designers use so you can learn how to make a small bedroom look bigger.
  1. Use vertical space to 'lift' the ceiling. ...
  2. Fit a bed under the eaves. ...
  3. Invest in handleless storage. ...
  4. Exaggerate vertical space with vertical panels. ...
  5. Pick a tall headboard.
Oct 31, 2022

How often should you rearrange your furniture? ›

Rearranging furniture every season, or at least once a year, can be beneficial in many ways. Whether you entertain on a regular basis or your family members are the only people who frequent your living space, there's no escaping the foot traffic that will inevitably wear down your carpeting or hardwood flooring.

What is the biggest problem in interior design? ›

One of the biggest challenges interior designers face is selling big ideas. Often times, you only have pictures or a floor plan to try and express the feel of an entire room.

What are the home decor mistakes people usually make? ›

11 Common Decorating Mistakes to Avoid
  • Don't Choose a Small Area Rug.
  • Don't Choose the Paint Color First.
  • Don't Hang the Chandelier Too High.
  • Don't Hang Artwork Too High.
  • Don't Choose Short Curtains or Drapes.
  • Don't Use Too Many Throw Pillows.
  • Don't Use Tiny Accent Pillows.
  • Don't Create a Theme Room.
May 30, 2019

Should furniture go in front of window? ›

'A sofa should be at least a foot from the window,' says Jen Ebert, Homes & Gardens Digital Editor. 'This allows for drapes to be pulled back and forth without catching, and also makes it easier to clean behind. Pulling a sofa away from a window by a foot will also enhance your living room's feeling of spaciousness.

What are the negative spaces in an interior? ›

What is negative space in interior design? Negative space in interior design is the empty space between two pieces of furniture, or between furniture and a wall, or around accessories.

What is negative space in home decor? ›

In design, these blank areas, unoccupied by furniture, art, or accessories, are called “negative space.” Whereas positive space—the areas of the room that house your design pieces—is often made to be the focal point of any room, negative space is just as important and worthy of a designer's attention.

Which component of interior design is most often overlooked? ›

Texture refers to the tactile surface of an object or finish. It's an element that is often overlooked, but really does have the ability to bring a unique dimension to the room. Just like mixing colour and pattern, an interior designer mixes the textures within a space to give a subtle sense of depth.

What are some things that may not be so great about interior design? ›

Con: Clients can be demanding and stressful

You have to deal with tight budgets, last-minute decision changes, clients who don't like your ideas, and projects that don't go as planned. Interior design can be stressful. It's really important to know this from the start.

What are the four factors that impact interior design? ›

The 4 Key Components of Interior Design: Comfort, Family, Flexibility, and Storage. Interior design can seem intimidating, especially if you're not a seasoned expert. However, the truth is, many people in the industry use a simple set of concepts to navigate their projects.

Should I put my couch against the wall? ›

Generally, most interior designers agree that a sofa should not touch the wall and that there should at least be a little gap to prevent the room from looking cramped, even if you only have a small living room.

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