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  • Writer's pictureAbena Anima Adjei

Furniture Placement

Updated: Jul 25, 2018

Furniture placement guidelines

  • Between the sofa and the side chairs, designers normally allow 48 to 100 inches. But you should adjust the space according to your family’s needs. If you feel more comfortable with the chairs closer or if you are better able to hear conversations, then move them closer.

  • If you are using a coffee table in front of the sofa, the normal placement is 14 to 18 inches from the sofa. But again, if you have short arms or long legs, adjust the table until you are comfortable.

  • For television watching, the normal guideline is to place the television at a distance 3 times the size of the screen. But with some these new bi screen TV’s, 3 times the size of the screen may be in the next room!

  • 3 feet of space is recommended for traffic lanes. But if you have large family members or lots of kids, I would recommend allow and extra foot for safety for your furniture and family members.

  • In the dining room, am average adult needs a depth of 20 inches for a dining room chair, plus 16 inches to scoot back the chair form the table. Again, adjust the measurements to fit your family.

  • At the dining table, you should allow24inches per person or more. If your family tends to gesture as they eat, as mine does, allow another 6 inches.

  • In order to serve your guests, allow 46 inches between the wall and the dining table.

  • For ideal bed placement, allow at least 24 inches between the bed and the wall to get out of bed comfortably and allow 36 inches between the end of the bed and the bedroom or bathroom adjustments.

As you can see, these guidelines are approximate and should be adjusted to meet your family’s needs. Keep in mind however, that if you are entertaining guests, your placement will require further adjustments for their comfort and ease of movement.

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Common mistakes made in the arrangement of living room furniture

  1. Traffic flow and reachability factors excluded

  2. Alignment factor excluded

  3. Emphasis/focal point not achieved

  4. Conversation and pairwise terms excluded

  5. Right interior design factors combined for a god design

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