One of the most important, and at times trickiest, things that we do when staging a house is figuring out the best way to lay out furniture. Sometimes the layout may be straightforward, but there’s been a time or two (or three) where we move a couch all over the room in order to find the best configuration. Here are a few tips to arranging pieces.

First, take an honest look at what furniture you have and if it’s right for the space. Maybe you’ll decide that it’s time to look for something new, or maybe a new piece isn’t in the budget and you’ll have to get creative. If is time to look for a new piece, keep in mind the scale of the space. Pieces of furniture that are too small will make the space look smaller than it actually is.

Designed by Andrea Schumacher

Designed by Andrea Schumacher

Second, consider what type of atmosphere you want to foster in the space. For a more formal living room, or one that fosters conversation, place furniture so that it faces each other. If you want the space to be more relaxing, try out placing furniture in an L shape. Consider what effects different configurations might have on people within the space.

Designed by Emily Henderson

Designed by Emily Henderson

Third, play around with different layouts. Moving things around is the best way to determine whether or not a new layout works. If your furniture is heavy or fragile and you want to minimize its movement, try drawing out a floor plan and cutting out to-scale pieces to move around on that plan. This reduces physical labor and will allow you to try out as many configurations as you can imagine!

Photo from Worthing Court

Photo from Worthing Court

Finally, look for “holes” or awkward empty corners in the room. Maybe a new couch wasn’t in the budget but you can swing a fiddle fig tree or console table. This isn’t to say that every corner needs something in it - too much furniture creates a whole different issue. Rather, think about whether an additional item would help create balance in the room.

Designed by Joyelle West

Designed by Joyelle West

We hope that these steps help you as you rearrange and redecorate!