Furniture placement tips for smaller spaces

Recently the Avi Urban team was paid a visit by our super talented showhome decorators who sat down with us to show how the right furniture placement can not only define a smaller space, but add to its functionality and enjoyment.  And that even small spaces can be incredibly versatile, offering a number of options.  Here are their top three tips for placing furniture:

1. Size and scale

No matter which room/space you’re working on, it’s important to know the dimensions, and to make sure that your furniture is the right size and scale.  If you’re building a new home, you can work off the floor plans.  Either way, a tape measure is crucial.

Try not to crowd the space; stick with the essentials … a couch or loveseat, two chairs, a coffee table, and an end table.

If you’re working with a smaller space, built-ins are great options; they provide storage without taking up floor space.

2. Define the space

Dividing a large space into 2 defined areas can be accomplished simply by your furniture placement.

Couches are often used as room dividers, but placing your couch on the longest wall is less intrusive and maintains the openness of the space.  Instead use area rugs, shelving units and floor vases to divide the space.

*HELPFUL HINT: When it comes to your dining table, make sure you allow for 3 ft. of space on all sides for comfort and traffic flow.

3. Keep it neutral      

Showhome decorators like to use furniture that’s comfortable and neutral in colour, especially in a smaller space.  A neutral space can still be visually interesting, especially by playing with texture, i.e. mixing leather chairs with an upholstered sofa.

*HELPFUL HINT: Accent poufs are on trend and provide extra casual seating.

So, there you have it.  For these and other helpful hints from our showhome decorators, make sure to check out our fun and informative design tip videos.