How to Arrange Your Furniture: Design Tips
Your furniture layout can instantly change the feel of your home and maximize your space. Transform your house into a place you love with our home furniture layout ideas for your living room, dining room, and bedroom.
Living Room Layouts
Arrange furniture in your living room to take advantage of a central focal point. Whether it’s a bank of windows, a large piece of artwork, or a beautiful fireplace, orient your sofa and chairs to face the view.
If your living room includes an entertainment center, position your sofa, couch, or sectional to face that wall for viewing comfort. For living rooms with a fireplace, arrange your sofa and chairs in a semi-circle around the hearth, creating a conversation area that makes it easy for your guests to interact.
Once the seating area is set around your desired focal point, place your coffee table or ottoman in the middle of your sofa and chairs. Allow about 16 to 18 inches between the table and your sofa or other seating for ample leg room—this distance is still close enough to keep a magazine or tray of drinks within reach.
Place side tables next to your sofa and chairs, and leave about 30 inches of walkway between furniture pieces in areas where you will need to pass through the room. The final element of your living room layout is your area rug: center the rug in the middle of the main seating arrangement, allowing the rug to anchor the entire room. If your living room is carpeted, consider adding an accent rug for warmth and dimension.
Dining Room Layout
Match your table shape to your dining room shape to make the most of your space. In a rectangular dining room, select a rectangular dining table with similar proportions or an oval table with added leaves to maximize seating. In a small dining space or square room, a round dining table is perfect for intimate gatherings.
Place your dining table in the center of the room, centered under the chandelier, and allow about 36 inches from the table to the wall on all sides. This placement ensures that your guests have plenty of space to slide out their chairs, and allows traffic to flow comfortably around the table. Define the space with a contrasting area rug, and place your side cabinet or buffet on the perimeter of the room.
In a large master bedroom or a bedroom with high ceilings, choose a taller, heavier headboard and center your bed on the wall, flanked with bedside tables and lamps for a classic layout. In a long and narrow space, center your bed on the long wall, facing toward the window to maximize the view.
For a cozy atmosphere, place a bench at the foot of your bed or a leather chair in the corner for additional bedroom seating. Leave about 24 inches of space open on either side of the bed for a walkway, and consider adding a large area rug to the master bedroom to help anchor the space.
Interested in more tips on arranging furniture and design basics? Check out our blog on Space Planning for Your Home.