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How to Arrange Furniture in a Rectangular Room

Learn how to arrange furniture in a rectangular room from interior designer Blanche Garcia in this Howcast video.


So furniture placement is really tricky, but especially when you have an elongated rectangular room, because this gives you an opportunity more than it gives you the challenge. Most people think like, "Oh my god, what am I going to do with it?" But really what it's saying to you is that you have zones. You can section spaces off.

So it's not just one seating area. You can do two seating areas and you can create a natural transition. You could either do just two groupings of seating, where you have four chairs or you have a sofa and two chairs or you can create what I really love, which is kind of this fool the eye. You can have a sofa, backed by a sofa table in the center and another sofa on the other side.

So in essence, it's creating the two areas for yourself naturally. Then flanking one sofa in one direction can be either another sofa or chairs, or you can do two chairs on the other side. You know, you can have fun with it and do two different seating groups. Think about that you're getting two for the price of one.

What I love about that is that on the table in the center of the two sofas, you can do a really great floral arrangement. You can accessorize it. You can change it out. But just remember, in an elongated room you never want to feel like it's just one zone and then the rest of it is this big football field.

You always want to fill it up, make it feel warm and you want to create conversation areas. So that'll make people feel real comfortable when they come over and they're using the space, which is really the most important thing, that you're really going to be going after anyway.

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