Home Improvement

Plan Your Furniture Layout in 4 Easy Steps

Rearrange your pieces in no time at all

Photography: Rene Mejia

Look around your space. Does it feature the same layout for three years or more? Mix things up a bit by moving some of your furniture around. Make sure that every inch of space is maximized and that you and your guests can still move around freely. Let these tips guide you. 

Read the original article in the May 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living AppLog on to for more details. 

Determine the function of the room

What is the main use of the room? Will it be a room for watching TV or for tending the kids? Once you've finalized its function, it would be easier for your to arrange the pieces accordingly.

Observe natural traffic paths

The traffic in your home is often dictated by the location of your doors. Make sure that the furniture pieces do not block the traffic path. In a small space, it is often recommended to place big pieces of furniture against the walls in order to clear the main path for traffic.

Remove some pieces

You have to accept that some existing furniture can’t work well with your new arrangement. Do not just discard this piece. You can place it another room to serve a similar or another function. For example, a side table can be placed in the kids' room as storage.

Find your outlets

Existing electrical outlets, cables and telephone jacks will also determine where your pieces go. Always locate the appliance closest to the outlets to avoid a cluttered space.

Love the photos in this article? Click here to see more photos and view the complete home tour.

More on

4 Layout Tricks for Small Spaces

4 Answers to 4 Small Space Layout Questions


Latest Stories

17 Important Loan Terms That You Should Know

Buying a house? Here’s an A-to-T glossary of financial terms that won’t leave you in the dark.

A Loft-Type Bachelor Pad Found Inside a Family Home

The owner worked with interior designer Erika Uichanco to transform an ordinary bedroom into a remarkable, condo-like personal space

This Hostel in Makati Has Calming Bedrooms Perfect for Staycations

The bonus? You get design ideas for the different rooms in your house, too!

Lazada Plans to Launch an Online Grocery This Year

Shopping for the home will be easier as the e-commerce startup aims to build cold storage hubs in Metro Manila and nearby provinces

What Kind of Furniture Do Millennials Look For?

Are they all about aesthetics or do they care about functionality, too?

14 Baguio And Ilocos Destinations To Visit On a Summer Weekend

The beginning of summer vacation is the perfect time to head up north! Here are fun and easy places to visit and shop at.

Beautiful And Functional Ways To Decorate A Bi-Level Home

Maximize every nook and cranny of your humble abode with these ideas

These Captivating Facades Will Make You Stop and Stare

Modern, charming, and minimalist—these homes sure know how to catch your attention

These Millennials Restore Heritage Sites In Intramuros And Bohol

This amazing foundation teaches construction and restoration skills to the youth, who in turn help protect Philippine heritage sites

A Young Artist And Architect Create This Cool Paint Booth

Artist Kris Abrigo teams up with architect Lando Cusi to create a Worldbex paint booth that breaks from the usual exhibit mold

Here's How You Can Use Mirrors To Make Your Space Look Bigger

Practice this tried-and-tested tip with these reminders

These Houseplants Can Help Clean Indoor Air

Keep your home safe while relishing the feeling of being outdoors
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!