Tips For Rearranging Any Room

England Furniture Reviews Some Living Room Furniture Arrangement Tips

How your furniture is situated in the living room should be flexible enough to handle various activities. Start your furniture arrangement plan by listing all the activities you expect to take place then list the furniture and equipment you’ll need to make sure each function is possible.

Furniture arrangement is the art of establishing working relationships between individual pieces of furniture, all within a given room’s context. There are some general guidelines that exist to help you narrow down the endless possibilities. Keep the following suggestions in mind:

  • Experiment by leaving one wall completely free of furniture. This is especially important when the wall flanks a walkway.
  • If the front door to your house opens directly into your living room consider shielding your living room by placing a standing, folding screen at right angles to the wall.
  • Arrange traffic in such a way that it does not pass between people and the television.
  • Large living rooms can feel alienating. Treat it as though it were different small spaces. Create more than one intimate seating – or activity area – within the large room.
  • Group chairs a three to four feet apart. A classic, and comfortable, seating arrangement is a sofa flanked by two comfortable, upholstered chairs. Place a table near each chair for holding refreshments, glasses, your iPad, etc.
  • Place furniture so its lines are parallel to the wall. This creates a greater sense of unity. Furniture that is placed on the diagonal creates excitement and contrast.
  • Make the most of unusual living room space by building furniture (shelves, consoles, etc.) into the room. You can’t take them with when you move, of course, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Six Tips for Rearranging any Room

Use these 6 helpful tips from England Furniture to help rearrange any room in your home without added stress.

Tip 1 – Draw a plan showing the empty room before actually removing or rearranging furniture. Make separate scale drawings of the furniture you currently have and place them into your room plan. This will help you decide the best positions for each piece of furniture. (There is a 3D room planner on the England Furniture website if you want to get a more detailed and accurate vision) Allow as much floor space as possible to ensure that people can not only move around freely, but get to other rooms without any difficulty. Try not to block any doorways or windows.

Tip 2 – Make sure that you have a focal point in your room. A focal point is a central area of focus in a room and the furniture should be arranged around this point. For example, if you decide to use a fireplace as your focal point, strategically place the furniture in the room so everything is facing the fireplace. Large windows can also be used as a focal point. Once you have decided on a focal point, remember to keep space, as well as door location, in mind when planning out the layout of the room.

Tip 3 – Place the larger pieces of furniture – such as sofas and cabinets – against a wall. Engaging in this step allows the space in the center of the room to become empty, thus helping to create the illusion that the room is more spacious.

Tip 4 – Remove as much clutter as possible. Try not to have too many decorative figures, embellishments or photographs hanging on the walls or displayed on end tables. The goal is to keep the look of the room clean and simple, while still maintaining some sentimental value.

Tip 5 – Another way of creating space is to use open, uncovered shelves rather than cabinets. This step will not only allow you to display your favorite sentimental items, but it will allow for the visualization of the walls behind those items. This helps to create a sense of depth in the room.

Tip 6 – Finally, consider the current color scheme of the room. When possible try to use more light and neutral colors which will help to accentuate natural sunlight when it enters the room.

For more information about rearranging any room in your home try the England Furniture room planning feature at