Interhouse Design shows us how to use furniture to break up their space and create separate zones
1. Draw A Floor PlanBefore you start arranging furniture, it's a good idea to draw yourself a little floor plan. If you cut out your furniture to scale on a separate piece of paper, you can easily move things around until you have a layout you're happy with. Remember to include key features in the room such as windows, doors and fireplaces.
The Fern and Eames set looks great in Mihaela and Stephen's open plan apartmentBy creating a floor plan, you will be able to visualise the space and ensure you have enough space to walk around your furniture. If you have an open plan living space, you can see clear walkways and allow better flow throughout the room. For dedicated spaces, you'll be able to squeeze a little more in. By back your furniture against walls, you can make the most out of your space.
All of our product pages have measurements, so you can effectively plan your new layoutAlways read the measurements box on our products pages to ensure that it can fit into the space selected. This is useful with a multifunctional room, you can easily see what can go where.
2. Use Focal Points as a GuideThink next as to how the space is going to be used and who will use it. Identify the focal point in the room whether it be a fireplace, view, television, etc and orient the furniture facing this accordingly. If you plan to watch television in the room, the ideal distance between the set and the seating is three times the size of the screen.
Centralise your Luxe Chaise to create a central focal pointBy framing a focal point with your furniture you can bring a real dramatic feel to your room. Place sofas facing each other either side of a fireplace for a cosy seating arrangement. Alternatively, if you want your sofa to be the focal point, position in the centre of your room, with enough room to walk the entire way around.
3. Try to Create SpaceWhen you are arranging your furniture, always ensure the path between doorways is clear. This isn't just to make your space look bigger, but also ensure you have a clear route out of the building in case of emergency. Don't place any large pieces of furniture in that path if you can avoid it. We recommend you allow 30-48 inches of width for major traffic routes and a minimum of 24 inches of width for minor ones.
Allow plenty of room between your sofa and dining table, but a lesser amount between your sofa and coffee table.In bedrooms, allow at least 24 inches between the side of the bed and a wall, and at least 36 inches between the bed and a swinging door. In a dining room, make sure there are at least 48 inches between each edge of the table and the nearest wall or piece of furniture. By sticking to these measurements, you will keep your rooms clear, which in turn makes them look and feel bigger. You should never feel like to need fill every corner of every room- remember, less is more!