Did you enjoy your Easter weekend? For us, it was a weekend filled with spiritual blessings. I hope it was for you, too!
Now that it’s Spring, and we’re venturing out of our “winter hideouts”, let’s take a moment to look back to our indoor surroundings. As we dig in the dirt and sweep our porches, can we ponder on the place we just spent months huddling from the cold? (Or, maybe you’re still huddling?)
Are you happy with the arrangement of your family room furniture? Does it function well for you? How about the flow of traffic through your room? Is it easy to cross from opening to opening, or must you navigate around furniture? Can you enjoy your fireplace without moving something? Is your TV in the right spot for optimal viewing?
At the time I began writing this post, I was happy with our room arrangement – or at least, I thought I was. While I joked about the “old people” placement of our his and hers upholstered chairs, this arrangement worked far better than other ways I’d previously tested.
Brace yourself…our home isn’t a showroom. We don’t have new, fine and fancy furniture. It is lived in, just as yours is, I’ll bet.
After rearranging the room three or four times within the first few years, we finally found an arrangement that worked. Was it perfect? No, because the room isn’t perfect. The most transforming thing we did was move the chairs away from the end wall and group them closer to the TV and sofa.
My Number One Tip Today: Scoot your furniture away from a wall or walls, if space allows. Our room is too small to do that on every wall, but when we abandoned that end wall, it made all the difference in the world!
In this post, you’ll see solutions for plugging in lamps from mid-room (and hiding those cords!), concealing outlets filled with plugs, and those types of things. Practical things.
For today, brainstorm…think outside the box but inside the box of your four walls.
Optimal furniture layout is an achievable goal, but sometimes it’s challenging. Think of it as a fun puzzle to work.
This Houzz article by Fred Albert is very helpful. Mr. Albert is a Houzz contributor who has written articles on architecture and design for several major magazines. Click the picture to go there, but come back…there’s more.
Weren’t Mr. Albert’s tips helpful – and those example rooms beautiful? Another interesting article from Better Homes and Gardens gives essential tips and a short video of a rearranging example here.
Tomorrow, you’ll see our “new” room (not new, but it feels new!). I’m loving the changes that give us better function than ever before! I hope these links help you as much as they did me.
What do you think? Could your space use a little tweak here and there?
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