Even the deceptively simple task of styling it can take quite some time (although we do our best to make that as easy as we can here at Cover My Furniture, with a range of fitted sofa covers to give you plenty of options!). But just as important as styling – perhaps even more so – is the job of arranging your furniture to ensure that you can get the very most out of your space. This week, here are our top tips to make that easier!
Choose a focal point
Choosing a focal point is really important for any space – you can find a useful post on their importance here. Some focal points are quite natural; prominent windows or fireplaces are the most common types of focal points. However, it could just as easily be an intriguing piece of furniture. And if your room doesn’t seem to have a natural focal point, then instead you might want to think about creating one. The key thing is to make sure that you choose one, though, and stick to it, as too many can end up leaving the space looking confused and overcrowded.
Resist the urge to push furniture against the walls
It might sound counterintuitive, but trust us on this one! You’ll want to give your furniture a little breathing room by leaving a small gap between the backs of each one, and the wall it’s sitting against. Pushing them right up against the wall can have the undesired effect of making the entire space look a bit cramped and uncomfortable.
Make it a social space
This is perhaps one of the most important tips we can give. Above all, humans are social creatures, and your living room is a space where you’ll want to relax, kick back, and share your day with your family or friends. So, it’s a good idea to consider that when you’re arranging your furniture. Ideally, you’ll want it spaced closely enough together so that people can comfortably chat without raising their voices – otherwise it can end up being quite an uncomfortable place to spend time in if everyone’s shouting! If you’ve got a particularly large room, you may even want to create several of these conversation spaces.
Balance is one of those little-appreciated things that you might not really miss until it’s gone! When you’re placing your furniture then, you’ll need to think about the size and placement of your furniture, and the ‘weight’ of how you distribute it around the room. For example, you won’t want to group all the large or small pieces in one area or to one side of the room. That can end up creating a subtly unsettling visual effect, which is certainly not the kind of thing you want in your living room!
To avoid that, don’t forget to experiment with different shapes and colours and sizes of your furniture, until everything feels even and comfortable.
While you’re organising your furniture, you’ll also need to think about how people actually move around your space. You won’t want anyone tripping over each other! The best way to do it is by leaving a couple of feet between your coffee table and sofa, or between your chairs. It’s a good idea to think about how many people will probably be in the room at one time, on average, and what they might be carrying – whether that’s toys and games or laptops, or food and drink. None of which you’ll want to go flying!
These are just a few of our ideas, of course – you may well already have a couple of your own! We’ll leave the details to you. As for us, we’ve got a huge range of colours for you to choose from here at Cover My Furniture, giving you plenty of options to give your sofa a whole new personality. You can even switch up the colour of your sofa throughout the year, changing its style to suit the changing seasons! You can choose sofa covers in every shade from red and orange to blue and yellow – and plenty more! If you’re having trouble making a decision, or you’re looking for something in particular, don’t hesitate to let one of us know. You can get in touch using the contact form on our website, or through our Facebook or Instagram. We’re always happy to hear from you!