How to Arrange Furniture

Position your furniture in a way that's fun, functional, and fetching.

You will need

  • A focal point
  • A U-shape seating arrangement
  • And traffic paths

Step 1 Find the focus Determine your room’s focal point, which is the most dramatic thing in the room, like a fireplace or a bay window. Or you can make one yourself with a striking piece of art or a large flat-screen TV.

Step 2 Form a U Plan your sitting arrangement in a U-shape around the focal point, so everyone has a view. This shape also allows for conversation, since everyone can see each other no matter where they sit.

Step 3 Keep conversations cozy Keep all sofas, love seats, and chairs within eight feet of each other.

Step 4 Don't be distant Place coffee tables 14 to 18 inches from couches. Make sure everyone who is sitting is within reach of a place to set down a glass.

Step 5 Think outside the box Think outside the box. Despite their name, wall units do not have to be shoved against walls. They can be used to divide a long, narrow space in two.

Step 6 Check traffic flow Keep enough space for people to navigate the room easily. Traffic paths should be at least two feet wide and should not interrupt major furniture groupings.

Step 7 Don't overload it Don’t overload rooms with furniture. Not only do rooms appear larger and cleaner when they’re less cluttered, but studies show they make people feel more relaxed.