5 Secrets to Furniture Placement

Home Stager with Prep This House Interiors Inc.

Over and over again I hear my clients tell me, "I would never have thought of moving the furniture around that way"  Proper furniture placement and balance may at first glance seem a complicated task, but all it really takes is some common sense and learning to look at your room in a new way.


View your space with the following guidelines and see how much fun you can have thinking "outside the box"

Location of doorways: if there are 2 doors consider having the traffic pattern move behind the seating area, not through it. 

Placement of major pieces of furniture:  If your sofa is placed off the wall, leave a min of 2.5 feet of walking space behind it.  A bit less space is needed between chairs and the sofa

Seating arrangement:  If you have a long wall, establish your seating arrangement there with the sofa against the wall as an anchor.  Traffic will flow around it.

Balance in the room: Is affected by both the placement of the furniture and the size of each piece.  If all the big pieces are crowded to one side, it only makes sense that the room will feel off balance.  If much of the furniture is either too bottom or top heavy, a room will be off balance vertically.

Reconfigure your sectional:  If possible break up the sofa so that some or one of the pieces can be used as a long couch.  Place this "new couch" against your longest wall.  Doing this will help create a focal point for the room.  Place the remaining pieces to  the opposite side of the room or on angles facing the sofa!

If you take the time to follow any of the suggestions made here, your living room will have new life and new function, what better way to reduce the traffic wear pattern in your  carpet.....


Comments (8)

Diane McDermott
Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market

Great tips Kym, furniture placement is something buyers look at too, easier to envision when the home has a well planned furniture arrangement

Apr 09, 2011 04:45 AM
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

I like your ideas, Kym. It is always fun to rearrange the furniture to see what you can come up with!

Apr 09, 2011 04:48 AM
Kym Tarr
Prep This House Interiors Inc. - Kelowna, BC
Its all in the details!

Diane, it certainly can make for easier viewing for potential buyers

Rose: just the other day I did these very things to my own living room.. I love how it looks

Valerie: yes that can be a challenge,especially if the furniture is in front of a window..

Apr 09, 2011 10:16 AM
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Kym...GREAT tips and breaking up a big sectional can work wonders!!!!

Apr 09, 2011 11:17 AM
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Kym--Nice pointers.  Rarely do I see posts on this subject, so thank you for your contribution. 

Apr 09, 2011 07:57 PM
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Great tips Kym and good photos as examples.  The afters are SO-O much better!

Apr 10, 2011 04:25 AM
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker


It's nice to know some of the secrets. Not, that I'm ever going to do it (I'll leave that to the professionals), but it's nice to know.


Apr 10, 2011 11:37 AM