How to decide the furniture layout?

The proper placement of furniture in a room goes a long way towards making the space feel welcoming and relaxing. A smart side table placed right by the sofa would help you every time when you don’t feel like getting up for small things. And of course, a living room is incomplete without a TV, but what if you are sitting too far and are unable to hear anything properly. No matter how great your furniture looks, but spacing and arrangement is equally crucial to make it more aesthetically appealing and high on utility. The first and foremost to thing remember is creating a balance in your home. How can you do that? Read on for some tips to arrange your furniture perfectly.

Placing furniture in a living room:

Sofas and Sectionals

The most basic and functional furniture arrangement is to place a sofa across from the focal point with all other pieces angled to face the same direction. This allows everyone a good look at the television or a crackling fire. When entertaining guests, round the grouping into a conversational circle by adding chairs, ottomans, or pillow poufs that face the sofa.

Another traditional and popular furniture arrangement for sofas is the face-to- face stance. Two sofas or a sofa and a pair of chairs sit directly across from one another, with the focal point being a center table or a coffee table. Positioning the seating this way facilitates conversation when the there’s no TV in the living room. It is ideal for large spaces and big sectionals can be balanced by simply placing a chair near the shorter end of the sectional.

Further, when a sectional sofa is your primary seating, you might be tempted to push it into the corner of the room and call it a day. But this can feel claustrophobic, especially to those people seated on the far end. Pull it away from the wall to let light and air flow around it. Place a bright lamp or slender console table at the back, and put any other seating in position to see people seated at both ends of the L. Simply remember that there should be ample space around all sides of a big sofa or a sectional to move around.

TV Units

The ideal placement of a TV unit is against the largest wall in your living room. A TV must be at the eye-level. For the best viewing angle, place the TV low so that when you are seated, your head is line with the middle of the screen. That is the most comfortable position because you are looking straight ahead, rather than up or down at the screen. Place as many seats as you can looking straight at the screen, rather than fanning seats out to the sides. Another tip to remember is not to place any furniture which is higher than the lowest edge of your TV between the seating area and the TV unit. Otherwise, it would create an obstruction in the viewing field.

Further, avoid placing your TV in front of a window, or opposite a west-facing window. Glare or the difference in light from the windows and your screen can cause eye strain. Following are general viewing distances corresponding to screen sizes.

  • 26" screen = 3 to 5.5 feet
  • 32" screen = 4 to 6.5 feet
  • 37" screen = 4.5 to 7.5 feet
  • 40" screen = 5 to 8.5 feet
  • 46" screen = 6 to 9.5 feet
  • 52" screen = 6.5 to 11 feet
  • 58" screen = 7 to 12 feet
  • 65" screen = 8 to 13.5 feet
  • 70" screen = 9 to 15 feet

Dining Table

A dining table can be more than just a place for the family and friends to sit down and enjoy a meal. When placed in the most ideal position in the room, your dining table enhances the overall design and provides a functional place to enjoy meals. Access to the table is the key factor to keep in mind while placing a table. Your placement should be practical as well as design-oriented, and if there isn’t a clear path to the table from the kitchen, the table doesn’t provide practical access for the primary function, which is for eating. The closer the table is to the kitchen, the quicker your access is.

When you have a large living space, the best option is to place the table centrally with bar units and small cabinets lining the periphery of the room. The central location allows access from all the sides. Further, lighting is important. Place your table directly under a light source, it could be next to a big window, or a chandelier. This amplifies the entire experience of dining.

Placing furniture in a bedroom:

There are three key furniture elements for a bedroom: a bed, wardrobe, and a dressing table.


Primarily, it’s a tendency to place a double, queen-sized, or king-sized bed against the center of the wall opposite the main door to the room. With this arrangement, the head board is the center of attention as you enter the room. If the dimensions of your room prevent you from positioning your bed on the wall across from the door, other possible choices depend on which walls are long enough to accommodate the bed. Diagonal placement works well when you have the space. However, diagonal placement works best with beds with low to mid-high head boards, as it creates some empty corner space behind the bed which can be utilized by an indoor plant or a small deck of shelves.

Further one should not place a bed under a window, if the window will frequently be open. Open windows can create uncomfortable drafts. Positioning a bed between two windows, however, works well. Do not place the bed where it obstructs a door into the room or a walkway through the room.


A wardrobe can be of several types. If you have a walk-in wardrobe, no problems there. But if you have a standalone wardrobe, it becomes important to place them well, so you can easily retrieve your things from them. The alignment of the wardrobes must be adhere to the edges of the wall. And the placement should not obstruct the lighting fixtures or windows in the room. Instead, there should be a source of lighting either opposite or adjacent to the wardrobe.

Now there are different wardrobe designs. An L shaped wardrobe can ideally aligned along the corner in a bedroom. If your wardrobe has sliding doors, there should be ample on the sides to open the doors completely. In smaller rooms, it is ideal to place floor to ceiling wardrobes to maximize the space. Straight wardrobes and armories are highly functional and their sides enable maximum storage. These can be place either in a corner or centrally. If placed centrally, you can install a small mirror or a coat hanger on the sides to further optimize the space.

Dressing tables

These are one of those very particular pieces of furniture that aren’t crucial to the smooth running of our bedrooms, but when you’re the proud owner of one, you will never want to give it up. Because there’s something very appealing and luxurious about sitting down and getting ready at a dedicated table laden with pretty bottles of perfume and trinket boxes.

Even smaller bedrooms can work in a dressing table with a touch of clever planning. A dressing table can be placed next to the bed to double as side table. It also offers a natural spot for the bedside lamp which, in turn, helps to illuminate anyone getting ready for a night on the town. If the table is too small for a freestanding vanity mirror, simply hang one on the wall instead.