How to plan furniture arrangement before moving to a new house

Moving into a new house is an exciting prospect. It is also a fresh opportunity to make amends and plan better about things that add to the utility and the aesthetic value of your living space. Planning furniture arrangement can come off as a challenge and an even bigger one if you haven’t even moved in yet. You will need to assess your available space and think pragmatically about ordering your customised furniture. If you’re confused, reading the following points can clear things.

How will the room be used?

Consider your family size and how the room will be used to get an idea of the seating and furnishings that are to be used. In a case of a living room, you will need to arrange settees, media centres, and even bookshelves. In fact, it is better to have a little surplus space for any rent furniture you order in the future.

Arrange around the room’s focus

The focus of the room could be a cosy seating area with settees, or a fireplace, or your media centre. In a case of a television, the seating should typically be placed at a distance of three times the diagonal screen size of the television. If there is no focal point as such, create one, using dramatically customised furniture or a life-size painting.


The largest furniture is always placed first, and therefore it is right to place the bed in the bedroom first. Generally, this also serves as the room’s focal point. If you have the luxury of a spacious living room, never push the furniture to the walls. 8 feet is the maximum distance you should have between chairs.


There should be ample variety for anyone surveying the room. This can be ensured by varying the size of the furniture across the entire room. If you have two long and sleek cupboards of similar scale, it is a good idea to have them across the room from each other. Having a mix-match furniture in your room isn’t a bad idea too. In a case of solitary pieces of furniture, mimic the scale using suitable artwork.


This strictly depends on your chosen feel for the room, and the purpose it solves. A symmetrical arrangement of furniture is best suited to formal styles, for instance, the study or the living room. If it is a casual room, play with asymmetrically by having to pop coloured sofas against monochromatic walls, or mix and match your seating arrangement smartly. Customised furniture can help you arrange according to or against symmetry.

Traffic patterns

Rent furniture keeping in mind the traffic patterns of the rooms of your new house. The path between doors is an important passage. Refrain from blocking it by arranging large furniture close to it. The standard width for major traffic passages is 30 to 48 inches, and 24 inches for smaller ones. Another point is not to direct traffic through the middle of a seating area, but around it. If this gets difficult, consider dividing the space into two smaller seating zones.

It is increasingly becoming a smart idea to try out your final design on a piece of paper or on a digital planner, keeping in mind the dimensions of your rooms and those of your furniture. Be sure to note the location of windows, heat and electricity outlets.