Most rooms I’ve seen stick to one type of furniture arrangement: everything is lined up against the walls. But I find that arranging furniture in the middle of the room makes the decor more beautiful and the room more functional. Here are my tips for arranging furniture away from the walls.
Arrange a Seating Area in the Middle of the Room
In my office, I lined the walls with narrow bookcases. This left the middle of the room empty. I then placed a rug in the center of the space to create a border around the seating area. Then I arranged the furniture diagonally, straight in the middle of the room. The diagonal position of the furniture not only added visual interest, but it allowed the seating area to face the view from the window opposite.
Arrange a Coffee Table at a Large Distance From the Sofa
In my family room, the sofa reclines, requiring quite a large empty space before it. I, therefore, arranged the coffee table three feet away from the sofa. To bridge the visual gap, I then placed a 5×7 area rug under the table. Not only did this free up the necessary space before the sofa, but arranging the furniture more to the middle of the room added harmony to the overall space.
Arrange a Kitchenette Between Your Family Room and Kitchen
Many open floor plans offer an empty space between the kitchen and the family room. I measured the space then bought a small table and four chairs that could be arranged in the middle of the room without blocking the passage from the kitchen to the family room. In fact, the table I found was originally 12 inches taller, but since this height created a visual block between the two spaces, I cut down the legs on the table and chairs.
Add Bar Stools to a Kitchen Island
To enhance the beauty and functionality of the island in the kitchen, I placed three bar stools before it. The wrought-iron backs of the chairs now decorate the middle of the room.
Arrange a Seating Area Without Tables
For my living room, I wanted to arrange the furniture in a relaxed, informal manner. Rather than add a coffee table or even turn the ottomans into central coffee tables, I simply decided to dispense with tables altogether. The ottomans can now fill the middle of the room. And the windowsills can be used to rest a tea cup.
An area rug will always help you outline a space in the middle of the room, where you can then arrange your furniture in its own space.