Tuesday,17 October, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1243, (23 - 29 April 2015)
Tuesday,17 October, 2017
Issue 1243, (23 - 29 April 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Furniture Arranging 101

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

When it comes to arranging furniture, there’s definitely more than one way to do things, but sometimes you will still make mistakes. Trial and error is the best way to find the perfect look for any room, provided you have accurate measurements of the space and you know your own taste.

In order to get the best out of your furnishings, try following these professional tips:

Rugs: Rugs typically look better when furniture is on them. Place the rug underneath at least the first set of legs of your bed, couch or chairs to create a cohesive look. Remember that an undersized rug will make a small room seem smaller and a large room disconnected.

Sofas: These should be surrounded by a little space. Placing a sofa even a few inches away from the wall will create a little breathing room and make the room seem larger. In case of space restrictions, move chairs or side tables a few inches out to open up the room. For big rooms, feel free to put the sofa in the centre, facing a set of windows or a fireplace, to break the room into two separate spaces.

Beds: Bed placement should acknowledge the focal point of the room. Though small rooms present a big challenge for bed positioning, placing one side of the bed against the wall is a good option.

Dining room tables: the classic placement for dining tables is in the centre of the room under an overhead light. If your room is too small for the traditional arrangement, you shouldn’t try to force it. Do something creative instead.

Coffee tables: These should be large. If you can’t go too big because you have a narrow living room, then go skinny but long. A large coffee table can help expand and connect a room. Experts agree that coffee tables should be placed anywhere from 12 to 24 inches away from your sofa.

Televisions: They aren’t the main attraction of your room. You can hang the TV set on the wall to save space. If that’s not an option, use the focal point of the room as a reference when picking a spot. It benefits the layout to group items that would architecturally be a natural main element in the room together.

Dressers: Dressers look best up against a wall. Experts agree that angling a dresser in the corner not only looks bad, but also wastes space. A dresser is not a stand-alone piece; if placing it off-centre, put another piece of furniture next to it to achieve balance.

Curtains: Go as high as you can. In most situations, it’s best to hang curtains from the ceiling to the floor, which makes the ceiling seem a lot higher and expands the room. If the curtains are too short or hung too low, they won’t give the desired look. Experts advise to hang curtains one to two feet beyond where the casement ends in order to make the window look wider.

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