Simple Changes that Won’t Break The Bank – Furniture Placement

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Over the years, I have had many consultations with individuals and families who are getting ready to sell their homes.  It’s one part of my job that I absolutely love to do as I typically get to see the transformations.  For some clients, there are minor changes that I suggest to enhance their home to sell.  For others, it can be complete transformation that have my clients saying, “I can’t believe the difference.”

One of the simplest changes that I often need to suggest to my clients is around furniture and furniture placement.  There are typically two areas that I discuss:

Too Much Furniture

As many of you know, I believe in the principal of ‘less is more’.  I often see rooms that are jam-packed with furniture (and that includes items on the walls).  When people are looking for a home, they want to be able to see the home – not your furniture and stuff.  You want to give a potential buyer the opportunity to envision their furniture in the space – not yours.

too much furniture

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Too much furniture

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Having too much furniture in a room can make the room feel so much smaller than it is.  It also can stop the flow of traffic, which makes a potential homebuyer stop right in their tracks – not something you want to do!  The goal for each room is to create a sense that everything feels ‘just right’.  That doesn’t mean that you have to go out and purchase new furniture; it means you may need to get rid of some of what you have.

When clients have too much furniture the first question they ask is, “What am I supposed to do with this furniture?”  Every situation requires a different answer, as every home is unique.  For some, the extra furniture may be able to be moved to another room (s), the basement or the garage.  For some, they may have to move it to storage or a storage container for the time they are trying to sell their home.  Others may try to sell some of the furniture if they know they don’t want to bring it to their new home.  It just all depends on the situation.

 Furniture Placement

Just as important as having the right amount of furniture in a room, furniture placement can make or break a room.  When looking at furniture placement there are four areas I take into consideration.

Function of a room

  • What is the main purpose of the room?  Is it to watch T.V.?  Is it to sleep?  Is it to work?

Distance considerations

  •  Is the furniture spaced to have a comfortable conversation?
  • Is there room to walk in and out of the room?
  • Is there room for people to sit comfortably?
  • Is there room for drawers to be pulled out?

Architectural Considerations

There are certain things in your home that are fixed structures that you need to work around:

  • Windows
  • Vents
  • Fireplaces

Entrance/Exit

“Furniture can either ‘invite’ you into a room or it can push you away.  For example, it’s hard to feel welcome if the first thing you see in an entranceway is the back of a sofa” ~ QC Career School Professional Staging

The key to furniture placement is to create balance in every room.  For some rooms, it is easy to create Formal Balance (creating a mirror image on both sides).

Formal Balance

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Balanced living room

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Other spaces may require Informal Balance (balancing a room using dissimilar items on either side)

Informal Balance

Informal balance

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Informal balance

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 Furniture placement is an integral part of getting a home ready to sell.  While we would all love to have brand new furniture, it isn’t always necessary to use rented furniture or new furniture to sell your home.  By looking at the amount of furniture you have in each room, as well as the placement, you may be able to make a huge change without even spending a dime!

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Comments

  1. on 19.08.2014
    at 8:18 AM

    Completely agree with this. There should be a proper balance when choosing furniture for your home. Too much furniture can make your home look cluttered and small but too less furniture can take way the feeling of home itself.

  2. on 12.09.2014
    at 7:10 PM

    As a minimalist, I agree that too much furniture is a decor-killer. I try to focus on furniture that has multi-purposes, such as an ottoman with storage in it, a dining table that converts into a console table, and so on. Well placed furniture with mirrors to reflect light can do wonders for your home.

    • on 14.09.2014
      at 11:39 AM

      Thanks Shelley for your comments as I totally agree. There are many great pieces of furniture that are multi-functional that work wonders. ~Sheri

  3. on 08.10.2014
    at 1:49 PM

    Great post. Agree with Shelley as well, I also love using multi-functional furniture to help with crowded areas.

    • on 13.10.2014
      at 4:07 PM

      Thanks Jess for stopping by to comment. Multi-functional furniture works great for a variety of rooms! Cheers ~Sheri

  4. on 13.10.2014
    at 10:27 PM

    I agree that formal balance is important to maintain the simplicity of the place. Thank you for sharing some things to consider when rearranging living room and furniture. As a student this simple things will help me to manage my projects.

    • on 14.10.2014
      at 3:33 PM

      You are so welcome Reema! Glad you stopped by and left a comment. ~Sheri

  5. on 27.10.2014
    at 6:15 AM

    Wonderful Furniture, i will note this point, i will check when will buy furniture

  6. on 31.10.2014
    at 12:47 AM

    Interior design multi functional furniture sets to help with crowded room, especially your living room ideas

  7. on 28.11.2014
    at 9:19 AM

    I’ve definitely found that the simplistic approach is always best. However, it all depends on who is using the room also. If you have children you can’t afford to have things lying around that can get broken.

    • on 28.11.2014
      at 10:16 AM

      Hi Armagh,
      We couldn’t agree more with a more simplistic approach. Question for you: Should it really matter who is using the room? While we agree with not having things laying around that can get broken, does that just apply to people with kids? ~Sheri

  8. on 02.01.2015
    at 9:07 AM

    The first point is spot on. Too much furniture is our guilty pleasure. Thanks fopr sharing this interesting post!

    • on 03.01.2015
      at 8:16 AM

      You are so welcome. Thanks for stopping by! ~Sheri

  9. on 29.01.2015
    at 8:55 PM

    Wonderful furniture and amazingly decorated. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  10. on 05.02.2015
    at 11:09 PM

    May I just say I love your choice of images? Each one is delightfully elegant. Thanks for this wonderful blog post!

    • on 06.02.2015
      at 4:36 PM

      Thank you Steve. ~Sheri

  11. on 17.02.2015
    at 8:18 PM

    I do have to agree with you on furniture placing. It would look to crowded and a mess if one room has too many furniture. For my taste, it won’t work. It would look like a clutter and disorganized. I prefer to keep it as simple to have that minimalist effect.

  12. on 19.02.2015
    at 3:49 PM

    Very nice furniture you have great taste like me 🙂

  13. on 01.03.2015
    at 2:15 PM

    Beautifully balanced design, you have a great eye for detail everything looks stunning great job!

    • on 01.03.2015
      at 4:16 PM

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. ~Sheri

  14. on 03.03.2015
    at 12:17 PM

    This is so funny, we have the same furniture in our border room, picture number 2 were did you found that one?

    Best regards,
    Mattias, HR Manager Acta Bank in Norway

    • on 04.03.2015
      at 2:59 PM

      Hi Mattias,
      I have the links to the images (image credit) below each picture. I believe the second picture is from CalFinder’s site.

  15. on 04.03.2015
    at 8:06 PM

    just for question, what about quality for mahogany furniture and french furniture ? i think this wood used many people for home furniture

  16. on 31.03.2015
    at 5:54 PM

    This is a nice post. The tricky home decor technique is adding a harmony within colors of walls and furniture. One day i bought dark leather sofa for my living room where walls were painted in chocolate color with beige contrast, i had a hard time arranging the sofa by the side of painted walls, it looked awful, sooner i had to change the wall accent by using a sticker…… yes, your post is on the point especially the para on balanced and non balanced theme

    • on 03.04.2015
      at 12:58 PM

      Thanks for leaving your comment Sana and sharing your story! ~Sheri

  17. on 28.04.2015
    at 4:18 AM

    As always great post I love reading your posts furniture cam make or break a home having to much is not a good idea but so is having to little you need a balance

    • on 28.04.2015
      at 7:42 AM

      Thanks so much Bob! I appreciate you always leaving such nice comments! I hope you have a great day. ~Sheri

  18. on 08.06.2015
    at 8:02 AM

    Upgrading your space doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg….We offer our clients a selection of wooden windows and doors, but they can also have furniture specially designed to fit your style and personal taste.

  19. on 16.06.2015
    at 7:29 PM

    “… you may be able to make a huge change without even spending a dime!”

    Absolutely true! ‘Cause sometimes, you can just rearrange the pieces that you already have then combine them with different accessories. You definitely have to balance the pieces with how big the space you have. And just keep them simple yet flattering. And over decorating is a big “no-no”.

    Always a fan of your tips and ideas. So helpful. Thanks for sharing!

    • on 17.06.2015
      at 9:03 AM

      You are so welcome! Glad I can provide some tips. ~Sheri

  20. on 24.06.2015
    at 1:55 AM

    Distance consideration really important as you said while designing furniture for your living rooms and bed rooms. If the furniture is not required then there is no use of placing furniture at your home.

    • on 24.06.2015
      at 3:05 PM

      Agreed! 🙂 ~Sheri

  21. on 28.07.2015
    at 1:41 AM

    I think we all have a room with too much furniture in it, i know im definitely guilty of it. You have put together a very article and i feel motivated to spring clean this weekend. Wish me luck xx

    • on 30.07.2015
      at 8:49 AM

      Wishing you all the luck Nikki! I’d love to know how it all works out for you. ~Sheri

  22. on 13.08.2015
    at 4:18 AM

    I think that nowadays a lot better to pay someone to create furniture that fits your room. That will avoid the accumulation of things and save on space. I speak from experience because I had a similar problem .
    Good Luck! 🙂

  23. on 20.08.2015
    at 2:58 AM

    Its a great article. My dad always loves to see enough space in his sitting room, you just need to see how he places his furniture and I have grown to love it.

  24. on 20.12.2015
    at 2:08 PM

    A good furniture to have a rest from work ,, enjoy

  25. on 13.01.2016
    at 10:23 AM

    Nice design, like every single pice of it!

    • on 14.01.2016
      at 12:41 PM

      Thank you.

  26. on 21.01.2016
    at 6:00 AM

    beautiful images and also very nice ideas you suggest.

  27. on 12.02.2016
    at 10:27 AM

    I like this idea, it really seems to highlight cheap yet impact furnishings !

  28. on 05.03.2016
    at 7:10 AM

    Your post reminded me of my friend’s living room. She is a shoppaholic. She will buy anything she like without considering whether she needs it or not. Therefore, her room was stuffed with furniture. I hope that she could see your post. Thanks for sharing with us.

  29. on 14.03.2016
    at 8:51 AM

    Loved the way you write. Elegant images and nice clicks…:)

  30. on 16.03.2016
    at 5:34 AM

    Excellent Article!!Thank you very much for the ideas. We are planning renovation and this is helpful.

  31. on 23.03.2016
    at 6:35 AM

    Nice post !!! Thanks for sharing the great stuff in Furniture. I love amazing pics which you have posted

  32. on 21.04.2016
    at 10:17 AM

    Totally agree – the Simplistic approach to Home Decor is so “freeing”!

  33. on 21.04.2016
    at 11:16 PM

    this is very beautiful Tips and idea …thanks for sharing article

  34. on 30.04.2016
    at 4:26 AM

    When you love what you are doing, you will be successful to it. Thanks for sharing this information.

    Architectural Visualization

  35. on 12.05.2016
    at 5:48 AM

    I’ve learned so useful stuff! Thanks Sheri!

  36. on 21.05.2016
    at 7:47 PM

    Really agree with you and if anyone follow your furniture balance issue who can stay hassle and stress free when he move his furniture.

  37. on 24.06.2016
    at 12:51 AM

    hi frds,
    Thanks for sharing this information on interior furniture. It’s helpful for my future planning home . its useful post.
    keep share:)

  38. on 28.06.2016
    at 1:31 AM

    Points to be noted! I totally agree that less is more. Great tips and ideas and thanks for sharing.

  39. on 28.06.2016
    at 4:09 AM

    Awesome tips… When talking about furniture, visual pollution makes a lot of difference..

    Thanks for the share

  40. on 04.07.2016
    at 2:11 AM

    Excellent post! Thanks for sharing the great stuff in Furniture. I like the pics you posted. Thanks for sharing.

  41. on 11.07.2016
    at 6:53 AM

    OMG ! so beautiful furniture i want to buy this type of furniture for my home…Thanks for sharing..

  42. on 14.07.2016
    at 4:42 AM

    I really like some points above mentioned ,But in my point of view your room furniture should be based on your room space availability.

    • on 15.07.2016
      at 7:34 AM

      Absolutley! A common thing I see is typically furniture that is too large for the space – which makes the space look visually cluttered.

  43. on 26.07.2016
    at 3:24 PM

    Great article! Really love your sense of interior design! Thanks for sharing!

    • on 27.07.2016
      at 11:19 AM

      Thanks Mike. I enjoyed reading your blog on wall art! ~Sheri

  44. on 03.08.2016
    at 1:45 AM

    That’s completely true! I agree with you. A room full of furniture looks like a packed bag rather looking like a living room. I recently checkout a new look from https://fabpromocodes.in/ at best deal. Check with the link if it can help you find your favorite.

  45. on 03.08.2016
    at 10:18 AM

    To create a proper balance in every room we should choose correct furniture. Thanks for sharing this useful article

  46. on 05.08.2016
    at 5:12 AM

    Simple and well balanced interiors looks great

  47. on 08.08.2016
    at 1:17 PM

    Love your topic!

    We always warn people about “overloading” their room with furniture.
    The last thing they need is that crowded look.

    It is kind of timeless advice.
    Thanks for the insights!

    I would love to share this post on my website.
    http://www.sofasolutions.com/

  48. on 10.08.2016
    at 4:28 AM

    Simple as well as impressive blog.
    Great furniture for house.

  49. on 13.08.2016
    at 11:57 AM

    very nice and good ideas , i love decors

  50. on 14.08.2016
    at 9:46 AM

    Very nice furniture you have great taste like me
    furniture is very important for our home,the images you share are really awesome I love these.

  51. on 15.08.2016
    at 12:37 AM

    Your imges is very awesome thanks for the detels for your furneture so thanks……

  52. on 07.09.2016
    at 4:48 AM

    Hi Sheri,

    Love your article, and the tips you provided to enhances the beauty of furniture. The colors are so pretty and the sanding was perfect to blend them together. You did such a great job. I am always rearranging furniture! I started as a teenager rearranging my bedroom and occasionally my college roommates would come home to find our tiny dorm rooms rearranged. This post inspires me to change things up in my home! It time for me to pull out the paint.

    Thanks for Sharing……
    Have a Nice Day Ahead
    Marcus

    • on 11.09.2016
      at 2:33 PM

      Hi Marcus,
      Thanks for leaving your comments! We recently purchased a sectional so my days of rearranging my own home are now limited. As much as I love our new sectional (as it fits the space perfectly), I do miss changing things up!

  53. on 20.09.2016
    at 10:34 AM

    This article was very helpful and had a lot of people read it because it is essential for reference interior room..

    thanks very much sheri

  54. on 14.10.2016
    at 7:15 PM

    waw great article and nice photo,
    we love it, soo luxury

  55. on 31.10.2016
    at 12:34 AM

    This article helps me a lot,, I love this topic, many thanks

  56. on 03.11.2016
    at 1:30 AM

    Wow, great informative post. The images are so nice and cool. I like this very much. Thanks for the shearing.

  57. on 13.11.2016
    at 11:10 AM

    A little saturated with detail in most of the images, yet interesting in the sense that it creates a specific identity to each space reflecting and experessing the sentiments and sensations of the occupant and thus creating a reciprocal benefit to the end user.

  58. on 15.12.2016
    at 2:47 AM

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  59. on 28.12.2016
    at 12:19 AM

    I was looking for some post like this one to get that extra bit of space and make my office look much spacial and cool!

  60. on 29.12.2016
    at 3:01 AM

    wowwww…. very nice bolgand beautifuuly explain the formal and informal balance furniture ideas.

  61. on 03.01.2017
    at 12:47 PM

    Nice Future THANK YOU FOR THE AMAZING POST

  62. on 14.01.2017
    at 12:29 PM

    I believe in the 80/20 rule. you know, where 80% of all reward comes from 20% of the effort? Well, I believe your blog is that 20%. I’ve added you to the list of sites that I frequent. Thank you for the in-depth and detailed blog posts. Not many people are willing to do that anymore.

    This can make a huge difference.

    • on 16.01.2017
      at 7:06 AM

      You are so welcome. Glad you enjoy it!

  63. on 26.01.2017
    at 4:53 AM

    Simple and presentable, too much furniture is not good.

  64. on 18.02.2017
    at 7:39 AM

    Sheri you are so right. Clattering the room with too many furniture is not the way to go.

    Great advice as always.

    Glenn

  65. on 08.03.2017
    at 11:20 PM

    Such a realistically written article. I agree to every single detail told. Very informative and helpful. Thanks alot.

  66. on 19.03.2017
    at 11:53 PM

    Lovely article.. for natural light you can use skylights also…

  67. on 26.03.2017
    at 11:26 PM

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  68. on 30.03.2017
    at 12:21 PM

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    at 6:23 AM

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  70. on 20.04.2017
    at 5:56 AM

    It would look to crowded and a mess if one room is filled with the furniture.I lke the room to be simply superb not to over decorated.Thanku for sharing

  71. on 15.05.2017
    at 11:55 AM

    May I just say I love your choice of images? Each one is delightfully elegant. Thanks for this wonderful blog post!

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