Before you go placing couches and tables willy-nilly, check out About.com’s 10 simple tips for arranging furniture, including:
- Identify the room’s focal point—a fireplace, view, or television, perhaps—then orient the furniture accordingly. Keep in mind the ideal distance between the TV and seating is three times the size of the screen. If you have a 32-inch screen, place seating 96 inches away.
- Think about the flow of traffic through the room. Allow 30–48 inches of width for major traffic routes, and a minimum of 24 inches for minor ones.
- Vary the size of furniture pieces throughout the room so your eyes move up and down as you scan the space. Balance a large or tall item by placing another piece of similar scale across the room from it.