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How to arrange furniture to make the room look bigger?

A room's spacious character is not merely an attribute of its physical dimensions but is also a notional one. Furniture arrangement is a fundamental way of affecting how the room is used and how it feels. Here are some tips aiming at furniture arrangement for small rooms.

Appreciating the room

Interior design plans should make a good assessment of the room and understand its positive features such as large windows, views to the outside and its limitations such as fixed power points, niches and column offsets. Keeping windows clear Always arrange furniture such that it does not obstruct a window or physical access to any window. Windows bring in light and make the room appear larger. By providing outdoor views, windows make exterior spaces seem like a visual extension of indoor spaces. Circulation space Establish circulation requirements within a room before arranging furniture. Living room floor plans may require a connection between the entrance and a door to a terrace. Ensure that this circulation is unobstructed by the furniture layout. Restricted circulation is a constant reminder of a room's small size.

Arranging the furniture

Furniture selection It is always recommended to go for fewer comfortable-sized. Multiple smaller-scaled pieces will add to the clutter and the compromised comfort they offer will remind you of the restrictive space available. Minimum clearance required between these pieces also takes up in the floor area available. Instead, multipurpose pieces of furniture, which offer storage, are of great value in keeping the room organised and neat. Furniture placement A good start to furniture arrangement is the placement of the largest item first. This may be a large couch, an entertainment unit in a living room or a bed in the bedroom. Usually, this piece is the focus of the layout. Its placement can serve as a reference for arranging other items. Furniture arrangement along a wall can free up the space in the centre, but you can place smaller items at an angle to create interest. Decide on adjacency of items and space clearances. To save space, consolidate circulation space between elements. For instance, a table placed at the centre will need circulation space all around it, which would not be required if it were placed in the corner. If a furniture piece like a bookshelf has the flexibility of being mounted on the wall or the floor, the wall should be used and the floor left free. Testing the layout Once you have arranged the furniture, test the layout by walking through the room and using every furniture piece. Make adjustments based on your response. An organised layout which appreciates the built-in features of a room can make the room appear larger.

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