5 Tricks for Fitting Furniture Into Any Room in the House

by Alex ThatcherAugust 29, 2016

Mastering Your Home’s Furniture Floor Plan

Everyone loves getting new furniture, but it’s important to make sure that whatever you bring home will fit into your current living space. Not everyone loves moving, but the same principles apply when transitioning to a new home: you’ll have to put some thought into making your existing collection fit nicely into your new home.

Here are some useful tips and tricks for fitting furniture into any room in your home, whether you’re moving all of your worldly possessions to a new house or just making room for a new piece you couldn’t resist.

making furniture fit in your home

Sketch It Out First

When rearranging your living space, you can move everything by hand, but it’s a lot easier to just erase the couch from one side of the room and redraw it on the other.

Before getting into the heavy lifting, why not create a sketch to help you visualize how everything will fit together? There are plenty of web apps designed to help you create the perfect floor plan. If you’re the low-tech sort, stop by the art supply store for a pad of graphing paper and some quality pencils.

Start by creating a sketch of the room; this will be your canvas. Make sure you get the measurements pretty close; you don’t want to find out your dimensions were off after you start moving things around.

Next, measure each piece of furniture’s height, width, and depth. If you’re adding a new item to your collection, check the manufacturer’s website for the dimensions.

Sketch them onto your pad or create mockups in your room planner of choice. Now you’re ready to start moving things around, and you don’t even have to break a sweat.

Start with the biggest items first, and then work the smaller pieces into the room, leaving at least 3 feet of space for high-traffic thoroughfares, drawers, or cabinets. Be sure to consider the purpose of each room while you’re planning. Picture yourself spending time in the spaces you’re creating.

Move Smart, Not Hard

Once you’ve put everything in its right place, it’s time to put theory into action. Be strategic about how you move your furniture. If you’re not careful, you might damage it, or worse yet, hurt your back.

When moving furniture used for storage, such as shelves, armoires, or nightstands, you’re typically better off removing any items from your furniture before attempting to move it.

Also, don’t be afraid to disassemble items such as sofas, bed frames, and dining tables. Some unwieldy pieces are much safer to move when disassembled, and you’ll also find it to easier fit them into the rooms in which they’ll be situated.

Finally, don’t forget to measure possible bottlenecks along the paths you’ll have to take to get each piece to its final station – if you have to disassemble your couch, it’s way easier to do it in the comfort of your old home than in the stairwell of your new building.
making furniture fit in your home

Make Use of Vertical Space

If you’re moving into more compact space, then shelves will be your best friends. Think like a smart urban planner – when space is at a premium, it makes sense to go vertical.

If you plan carefully, your shelves can even add visual panache to your living space. Just make sure they don’t get in the way of comfort, and try to arrange your shelved belongings in a deliberate, artful manner.

Invest i n Flexibility

If you’re purchasing a new piece of furniture for a room where space is limited, consider buying something that will serve multiple purposes.

For example, you might invest in a sleeper sofa that will allow you to comfortable accommodate out-of-town guests. Or, you might opt for an ottoman that doubles as a storage drum, or a coffee table that has a built-in cabinet for magazines and remote controls.

Pare Down Your Collection

Sometimes you just can’t keep everything. But don’t fret. Someone else will probably love that vintage, velvet fainting couch. It’ll go on to live a whole new life. Wish it well and wave goodbye.

Here’s the best part: getting rid of one oversized or nonessential piece might make room for two new items that you’ll use and enjoy.

Good Design Makes Life Better

Putting some thought into the layout of your living space will help you fit furniture into places you never thought possible, but that’s not the only benefit. It’ll also make your home more livable, sensible, and enjoyable to inhabit.


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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.