August 22nd, 2014

One of the things that many of my clients struggle with is how they should place their furniture in a room. This is often a difficult thing to plan, with so many variables that make each space unique. I consider the following factors essential when creating a functional furniture plan. 

First, I consider the flow and size of the room. Is it a closed, a transitional or an open space? Is there enough space in the room to have different "zones"? These factors will help determine how you place your furniture.

In an open concept kitchen, the dining and living areas required the use of different "zones" to distinguish between the functional requirements of each. Repeating the rectangular shape of the couch, dining table and kitchen island helped to create a sense of structure and rhythm in the space. (Casey Design / Planning Group Inc. - photograph by Ted Yarwood)

Second, I determine what the focal point of the room will be. Is it a stunning fireplace in your living room, or a beautiful view through to the backyard? These are elements that we want users to see first when they enter a room, and furniture placement will be driven by the location of this focal point.

The green walls and fireplace act as the focal point to this room. Aligning furniture in a way that directs the eye to the focal point creates a sense of hierarchy and balance in this room. (Casey Design / Planning Group Inc. - photograph by Michael Graydon)

Finally, I consider the ultimate function of the space. Is it a family room for watching TV? Is it a living room for entertaining? These functions will naturally direct where furniture is best placed.

An at-home library requires space for reading and working. Based on the clients' common activities, this dual purpose space has two zones, a table for work / study, and a seating area for relaxing. (Casey Design / Planning Group Inc.- photograph by Donna Griffiths)

AuthorTheresa Casey