How and Why Furniture Positioning Defines Your Spaciousness
16 Mar 2016
Is staying in a small compact home creating clutter and making you run out of living space? If yes, the good news is that the key to successful compact living might be easier than you think. Organizing the existing furniture wisely and removing furniture that you do not require can maximize your open space. Here are some simple tricks that can be employed:
- Placing larger furniture against the walls can save a lot of space.
- See that the furniture and accessories don't block the view into a room, because it will look too stuffy.
- Remove any furniture from walkways to create more space and make the rooms feel bigger.
- If your house has a staircase, the space under it can be used as a fine storage space. You could place a cabinet there to store unwanted items lying around the house.
- Use compact furniture such as a wooden cabinet beside your bed for lamps, flower vases and other knick-knacks.
- For a living room, which is up to 300 sq.ft, opt for a sofa that doesn’t occupy more than 45% of the space. Also, the rest of the furniture should not occupy much space.
- For the bedroom, the bed should occupy up to 70% of the total space of the room. A small bed makes a room looks spacious. In case the bed is occupying more than 70% of the space, you can reduce other furniture in the room or shift the bed to the corner wall.
- Use a multi-functional piece of furniture like a chest in the living room that can serve as a tea table or a sofa with drawers underneath for storage.
- Expandable dining tables, folding tables and nesting tables are great options for saving space. They can be tucked away when not in use.
- Diagonal being the longest straight line in any room, place your furniture at an angle. This will lead the eye along the longer distance rather than the shorter wall. As a bonus, you get some space around the corners for storage.
- Always leave a little space in between the sides of your furniture and the walls to create a sense of roominess.
- Avoid keeping additional furniture like corner cabinets or wall cabinets in the kitchen to showcase your artefacts or photos. This will make the space look unnecessarily cluttered.
- Your kitchen cabinets should occupy not more than 80% storage in the kitchen, so that there is 20% free space for moving around.
Here's to clutter-free, small, yet spacious rooms!