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Staring at the blank walls of your new home and trying to envision where furniture should go can be overwhelming. While each space is different, there are guidelines that can help you make the most of your space. Let’s take a look at the most common ways to arrange furniture in each room.

How to arrange any room

STEP 1: Make a sketch of the room on graph paper so you can try different arrangements on paper before moving heavy furniture.

STEP 2: Assess entrances, exits, windows, heating vents, and other elements that cannot move and need to be worked around. Make sure to note these on your graph paper.

STEP 3: Take stock of your current furniture. A measuring tape will be useful here, so you can map out what might fit where; be sure to consider furniture size in relation to layout. Pencil them in on your sketch and move things around on paper again until you find an arrangement that seems satisfactory.

If you’re stuck, try some of these classic furniture arrangements or ideas for tricky spaces.

Living Room

Another classic arrangement of living room furniture is a sofa flanked by two comfortable chairs. The chairs can either be facing the same focal point as the sofa, or turned around to face the sofa. This arrangement welcomes a large coffee table, ottoman, or two small side tables beside the sofa. Regardless of your furniture arrangement, keep these guidelines in mind: Make sure no seats are more than 7 to 9 feet apart and try to leave a pathway of 3 feet between all furniture pieces.

These may not work for all spaces, but they are certainly worth a shot for a tried-and-true arrangement. If you have a tricky space, try these ideas.

Long, Narrow Spaces: If your living room is long and narrow, you’ll want to break up the floor plan so the room doesn’t feel cramped. Instead of a few large pieces of furniture, try smaller pieces that can create individual seating areas and various angles that help the room feel less narrow. Use rugs to create smaller spaces within the long room and break up the length

Square Spaces: It can be easy to place all of the furniture against the walls to create a boxy layout in a square living room. Avoid this by floating all of the furniture off the wall. Add a console table behind the sofa for additional storage. Use curved furniture to add visual interest to the room. Be sure to add height with bookcases, shelves, and art on the walls.

Open Spaces: An open space may feel difficult to fill but there are many options. Create small seating areas around a main focal point so everyone can feel involved in one activity or be separately engaged. This may mean having more than one coffee table. You may also try a small sofa surrounded by comfortable chairs instead of a sectional. Look for versatile pieces that can be moved as the situation warrants, since open spaces can be multi-functional.


The Work Triangle: Workflow is of paramount importance in the kitchen. You’ll want to be sure the sink, refrigerator, and stove are in a triangle arrangement. This is considered the most efficient way to work in any kitchen space. This may mean removing or adding a kitchen island, moving the refrigerator, or moving a seating area.

Kitchen Islands: Islands should be easily reachable from the sink or stove so you can easily work on both surfaces at the same time. A good rule of thumb is at least 3 feet of space on each side of the island to prevent a crowded space.

Seating Areas: If you’re adding seating to a kitchen island, be sure to consider knee space. Stools should be a foot lower than counter height. If you have a 36 inch counter, look for 24 inch stools. The higher the counter, the less room is needed for knees. Plan for 12-16 inches of knee space (depth) under the counter. Stools should be on the opposite side of the island from the cooking area for safety.

Dining Room

All dining rooms serve the same major purpose: create a space that provides a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere to eat and entertain. How you arrange your furniture can drastically enhance a dining room.

Table Shape

The main choice for a dining room layout is table shape and size: a square, rectangular, or round table. Round tables are familial, but they take up more space while accommodating fewer people.

Square tables are comfortable, and many have leaves that can be added for additional guests. You can store extra chairs in a closet or along an empty wall in the dining room. Rectangular dining tables are great for formal entertaining, but can be a bit intimidating for everyday dining. Choose a table that suits your needs.


The classic dining room layout features a large table in the middle of the room, centered under the main lighting element. Make sure there is at least 3 feet, preferably 4, between the back of a chair and the wall so guests have enough room to get in and out of chairs comfortably.

If your dining space is too small for a sideboard or hutch, consider a small bookshelf, hanging shelves, or bar cart to hold dining accessories.


Arranging furniture in a bedroom can be challenging. While it is tempting to overfill your bedroom with dressers, side tables, and other furniture, it’s important to remember that “less is more” when creating a relaxing space. Start by deciding where you want to set up your bed, and then arrange the rest of your bedroom from there.

Positioning Your Bed

A traditional bedroom layout features the bed in the middle of the wall opposite the entryway. This allows the headboard to be the focus of attention when you enter the room. But not every bedroom will have a long enough wall, or wall space without windows, doors, and heaters to use this arrangement.

In that case, the bed can be brought on a diagonal for a dramatic look in a corner, or against any wall long enough to accommodate it. Positioning a bed on the wall between two windows is ideal. If you must block a window, choose one that can be centered behind the bed and will not be frequently opened.

Fitting Furniture

Nightstands typically go on each side of the bed, and a chest of drawers on a side wall near the bedroom (and bathroom, if there is one). A sitting room is a nice finishing touch for any bedroom if there’s room. Place it in a corner at an angle, with a small reading table and lamp nearby.

No matter the size or configuration of your space, there is a layout that will work. Keep trying different arrangements, both traditional and untraditional, to create a space that works for your lifestyle.

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