This should be pretty easy, right? Sofa, coffee table, armchair etc. Well, you’d think so but so many people get it totally wrong.
Open plan apartments look great, give a lovely feeling of open, bright spaces and often mean fitting more into a smaller square meterage. The only thing is… they can be tricky to navigate and it’s super easy to get your furniture layout wrong, leaving you with a weird dance-floor situation (sounds fun, but in reality it’s pretty grim).
Don’t get stressed just yet, I’m helping you out today with 3 simple steps that will make planning your furniture layout easy as pie. Here we go!
FIRST TIP | CREATE “ROOMS” WITH YOUR RUGS
I’ve covered using rugs in your space and how to layout a room on a rug in previous posts here. Introducing rugs into your space, even on carpet (shock horror to some, I know) will create invisible walls in your open plan space and allow you to easily create divisions between living space, dining space, sitting space etc etc. This can be useful even by just utilising a rug under one area to set it apart. Often I advise clients to place a rug under their living area to give this space a clear border, allowing the dining to stand alone without a rug (especially if young children are involved in the equation. Food + Child + Rug = Disaster).
SECOND TIP | DON’T PUSH YOUR FURNITURE TO THE EDGES OF YOUR ROOM
This. Is. The. Most. Common. Thing. I. Don’t. Under. Stand. Why!!!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone into client’s and friend’s homes and all the furniture is pushed up against the walls like every single thing needs a wall to lean against otherwise it’s going to fall over. I have a theory that people just love creating a dance floors in the middle of their room? Maybe.. Okay I’ve got it. I think these people are all versions of me as a 10 year old and love roller skating around the house and moved all of their furniture to make room for a DIY roller rink? Whatever the reason is, it needs to stop. It won’t be weird if you pull your furniture away from the walls and gather it in a little group. My rule is, if you can’t reach your coffee table from every seat in your living space, something is wrong.
THIRD TIP | USE YOUR FURNITURE TO CREATE ZONES
Using your furniture to create clear and defined zones in your room is a really effective way of dividing up an open plan space. A great example of this is using a buffet and an artwork (or mirror) on a wall and centring your dining table to this piece. The buffet now “belongs” to your dining table and gives your dining space a defined area. If you were to now place a pendant light above that table and a rug underneath, you’ve got yourself some very clear invisible dining room walls. Another way of doing this, is by floating your sofa in the middle of the room and creating a boundary with the rest of your space. This can be a valuable tool when you have a long living space and you want to divide it into two clear sitting areas. You can also place a buffet or console table on the back of your sofa to make this distinction even clearer.
And that’s three! How painless and simple is that?
Now, you really have 0 excuses for that dance floor… UNLESS you’re planning a home disco in which case make sure you play Madonna and where is my invite?
Until next time! xx