If you’ve ever stared blankly at an empty room scratching your head and wondering where to place furniture, how high to hang pictures, and how close things should be to one other, you’re not alone. Putting a room together can be a daunting task. While nobody can tell you where you should put what furniture, here are a list of questions and tips that can help you get started.
- Look at the entrances to the room. Are there doors and, if so, do they open in or out? Be sure to leave adequate room for them to fully open.
- Do you use the room as a destination spot or is it a room that you pass through to get to another place in the house? If it is the latter, be sure that the space is open and that there is a clear pathway.
- How do you want to feel in the room? Do you want it to be cozy and intimate? Do you want an open and spacious feel? Furniture in a cozy room tends to be placed in closer groups. An open feel needs more space between pieces.
- Is the room going to be used for entertaining? If so, keep in mind that additional seating may need to be an option. Extra chairs can be brought in and then removed once the company is gone.
- Between the sofa and side chairs, designers normally allow 48 to 100 inches so guests can comfortably sit and talk.. But you should adjust the space according to your family’s needs. If you feel more comfortable with the chairs closer or if you are better able to hear conversations, then move them closer.
- If you are using a coffee table in front of the sofa, the normal placement is 14 to 18 inches from the sofa. But again, if you have short arms or long legs, adjust the table until you are comfortable.
- For television placement, the normal standard distance from the sofa is 3x the size of the television screen.
- 3 feet of space is recommended for traffic lanes. If your family is large or your children are small, you may want to make it 4 feet instead.
- At the kitchen table, an average adult needs a depth of 20 inches for a dining room chair, plus 16 inches to scoot back the chair from the table. It’s not comfortable to eat while in a cramped space so allow plenty of it.
- To comfortably serve guests at dinner, allow 46 inches between the wall and the table.
- For ideal bed placement, allow at least 24 inches between the bed and the wall to get out of bed comfortably and allow 36 inches between the end of the bed and the bedroom or bathroom door.
- 18 inches: Designate at least this much distance between a rug and the wall, except in small areas like an entry way.
- 4: Keep no more than this number of small kitchen appliances, preferably fewer, in plain view.
- 26 inches: A dining room rug should extend at least this far past the table on all sides to prevent chair legs from getting caught on or under it.
- 30 – 34 inches: Kitchen light fixtures should hang about this high above the table. Rule: add an inch for every additional foot of ceiling height past the standard.
- 30 percent: On the shelf, leave this much space empty.
- 55 – 60 inches: When hanging a single piece of art, make sure the center of the frame is at eye level – approximately this high up from the floor.
- 3: Unless you’re purposely using symmetry to a create calm, orderly environment, play around with an odd number of vases, decorative objects, or portraits on a wall.
*Info via about.com & Nestlette