How your furniture or joinery is placed within a room can have a huge impact not only on how the space functions but also on how you feel in it. Your spaces should effortlessly work for you and your lifestyle, but this can only be achieved through careful consideration when purchasing and placing furniture, items and decor in your home. That's why in this blog post, we'll explore five tips to help you achieve a well-balanced and functional room layout.
1 | Work out traffic areas and walk ways
To ensure any room is enjoyable to use, you need to consider the traffic flow and ensure that walkways are wide enough to allow for comfortable movement around the room and between any furniture or joinery. Avoid placing furniture or decor in places where it could obstruct walkways or become a tripping hazard.
2 | Consider room/cupboard doors and windows
It's important to ensure that furniture does not get in the way of door swings or impede the functionality of windows and window furnishings. If you have any joinery, cupboards or furniture with doors/drawers, it's also important to ensure that there is enough space in front of them to comfortably access the storage space.
3 | Plan around activities and tasks
You need to consider how you plan to use the room. Make a list of the tasks and activities that the whole family might carry out within the space and think about how/where that will work within the room. Do you need more open space for your morning yoga? Do you need a larger coffee table for game night? Do you need to create a quiet cozy corner for reading? Do you need more storage for toys?
4 | Consider scale and proportion
Even if you have enough walkway and clearance, selecting the wrong size furniture will make the room feel wrong. It is important that large pieces like furniture, rugs, artwork, joinery, etc. are in proportion to the space, and don't feel too big or too small. Before buying any major pieces, we recommend using tape to mark out the size and shape of them on the floor to get a good feel of the scale, as floorplans can often be misleading if you're not used to working with them.
5 | Power points and light locations
Once you understand how the space will be used and where all the joinery/furniture is placed, you need to make sure that the power points and lights are suitably located. Consider things like where you'd like to have lamps, where you need to charge devices, and where you'll plug in a vacuum cleaner - and then ensure the power points make sense for the tasks needed within the room. When it comes to lights, it is usually not necessary to cover the whole ceiling in downlights. Think about where you need light, and what mood you'd like to create for the room. For example, in a home office you will need bright light located directly above the desk and you want to avoid light behind you that will cause shadows, but for a lounge you might want soft light mostly from lamps and wall sconces.
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