4 Ways to Arrange Furniture in a Small Space

Make a couple of adjustments to create a spacious and airy home

Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

Arranging furniture in a small home can be terribly challenging for many reasons. One main obstacle is how to incorporate all functioning pieces without cramping the space. Not to mention, how to make the whole place look good after everything has been crammed inside. Although there are many tips that you can follow to be able to deal with all the possible difficulties, it’s best to keep in mind that not all compact homes are made the same.

Here are some basic things to consider when you’re arranging furniture in your small space. 

Don't crowd your entryway

To avoid making your small home feel too crowded, try your best to avoid laying furniture near your entryway. It is incredibly uninviting when you open your front door and are greeted with a sofa or a dining set. This immediately sends signals that there is absolutely no room to move around.

If your space is that limited, just ensure that you place heavy objects or large furniture pieces far away from your front door as possible. By removing large objects from blocking your view, your eyes are able to scan the expanse of your space when you walk in, making it feel less cramped. 

Photo by Jun Pinzon.

Consider the movement around your space

What’s the sense of making your home look nice if you can’t move around? Making sure there is an easy flow through your home is still the best way to make it feel less confined.

If you’re bumping into table corners or décor, then you might want to reconsider your arrangement. Visualize how you would move around the space, and possibly how others would, to see how you can best arrange everything. Anticipate possible obstacles with décor or furniture and start from there.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

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Try placing furniture away from walls

When you have a small space, it just makes sense to push all your furniture against the walls so you can have more room to move around.

What most people don’t know is that this actually gives the appearance of a tighter space. This is because, when they are against a wall, furniture will define the boundaries of a room. You immediately see were the room starts and where it ends. If you leave just a little bit of room behind a sofa or have your accent chairs away from the walls, your eyes get a sense that the space is roomy and airy. 

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

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Push for balance

Do your best to distribute the visual “weight” of everything when you’re arranging your furniture. You don’t want one side of a room to look and feel heavier than the other. If you have an accent chair on one side of the room, place another on the opposite side.

Although this may be difficult in limited spaces, you can make substitutes for when everything just won’t fit. For example, if you can’t place another accent chair, why not go for an ottoman? Achieving balance gives your space an organized look.

Photo by Marc Jao.

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