Modern Furniture Arrangement

Before heading out to the furniture store or shopping online be sure to do the following first:
  • Make sure that you have measurements of the room. If you are in a hurry at least walk the space and count the footsteps. Most feet are approximately 10 – 12” so you can at least estimate the measurements.
  • Measure all doorways and hallways that the furniture will need to pass through to get into the room that you are placing the furniture in. I have seen on more than one occasion movers trying to bring furniture in through windows and it isn’t a pretty sight! Also, keep in mind your ceiling heights when purchasing large entertainment centers and book cases. 

Principles of Furniture Arrangement  

Scale is probably the most important aspect of furniture arrangement that will set your apart from others and give it that "designer feel".

Scale refers the physical properties of the furniture in relationship to height, width and depth. It’s important that the scale of furniture works not only with the other pieces in the room but also within the room itself.

For example, a very small room with really large furniture feels cramped. Just like a large room, especially one with high ceilings, can be hard to warm up with small scaled furniture.

Balance refers to the relationship of your furniture to the room and each other.

According to Kiwi Mod Furniture, There are 2 types of balance: Symmetrical and Asymmetrical.


  • Symmetrical Symmetrical design is very balanced. For example, if there is chair on one side of the fireplace then there will be the exact same chair on the other side of the fireplace. This type of furniture arrangement will feel restful.
  • Asymmetrical Asymmetrical design is not quite as rigidly balanced. If there is a chair on one side of the fireplace, there may or may not be another chair on the other side. If there is a chair, it will not be the exact same one. This type of furniture arrangement will have a sense of motion and excitement.

Variety is the Spice of Life!

Try to incorporate of variety of heights and materials to your room. A room feels more comfortable with variety. For example, a family room with all heavy wood tables doesn't feel as comfortable as one that has at least some glass, metal or other material within it.

Also, a room that has all the same height of upholstered goods needs to have a tall floor lamp, tree or something to give it a comfortable feeling.

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