Once you’ve decided to move house, you will be faced with a number of decisions that require thorough planning for optimal execution.
Furniture arrangement is no exception.
Aside from getting furniture moving services to transport your belongings safely, you also need to plan where each piece should go. Remember that arranging furniture is an art that can make or break design and functionality. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to become a professional interior designer to make it work.
To help you out, here are five steps you need to take to arrange the furniture the right way:
Step #1: Get Your New House’s Measurements
Before you can decide whether to bring your old furniture or not, you must first take measurements of your new home. To do so, you can use a copy of the new house’s blueprint. Measure all the interior spaces and jot them down on the floor plan accordingly.
After that, you also need to measure all your existing furniture. This will help you get a fairly accurate idea of what would fit in the space and which pieces may need to be replaced.
Step #2: Identify the Purpose of Each Room
Once you’ve taken measurements, the next step you need to take is to identify the purpose for each room. Remember that it is best to focus on what you intend to do in a room rather than what you dream for it to ensure great aesthetic and excellent functionality.
The kitchen, living room, and dining spaces have obvious uses, but you still have to make sure you define the things you plan to do in each section. For example, you may decide whether to use your living room as a family room or formal entertaining space only. Knowing these will also help you decide the best kind of furniture to use in each space.
For dual purpose rooms, you can make use of rugs, furniture, and even shelves as room dividers. This will help you separate one section from the other without blocking the flow of traffic.
Step #3: Determine Pathways and Focal Points
You also need to determine the pathways and focal points of the house. This will help you place pieces of furniture in areas where they can serve their purpose optimally.
If you have large picture frames or a fireplace, using them as the focal point of the furniture arrangement is the best way to go. If not, you can easily create one by adding a substantial piece, dramatic drapes, or even large-scale artworks like sculptures and paintings to make the space feel grounded.
Step #4: Draft a Layout of Your Furniture
After carefully measuring the dimensions of each room, defining their purpose, and picking a focal point, it is time to draft your furniture layout. Doing so will allow you to get a visual of how your house would look with the furniture in.
Drafting can be done using online tools or paper replicas. You can also simply print out your new house’s floor plan, pen the measurements in, and sketch where each piece of furniture should go.
The bottom line is that it should give you a clear picture of which pieces go in a specific area. This will also help you decide if you can reuse your existing furniture or if you need to replace them with new ones.
Step #5: Arrange Furniture According to Importance
Arranging furniture is challenging because of two things: size and number. To deal with the latter, you may be advised to get rid of some of your stuff by decluttering or keeping them in a storage facility. As for the size, the key is to pick one that would serve as your focal piece and arrange everything else around it.
Take the bedroom, for example. Since it is the most crucial piece in the bedroom, it would serve as the focal point of your furniture arrangement. Once you get it in, you then need to find places for other pieces like a desk, dresser, and bedside table. The key is to put pieces inside from biggest to smallest.
Moving for the very first time can be daunting, especially if you don’t have any idea how to make your new house feel like home. Knowing how to arrange your furniture should be able to help you get a good feel of the new place and, ultimately, allow you to begin adjusting to your new life.
Hafiz Zafar is the owner of Professional Movers. The company offers reliable, cost-effective and stress-free packing, storage and relocation services across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and other parts of the UAE region.