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7 Brilliant Tips for Organizing Your Furniture like a Pro

1.  Start with a Focal Point

Want your house to look like it’s designed by a professional? You can do it with a bit of guidance, creativity, and effort. The first thing to do is decide on the focal points for each room.

Tips to consider when choosing the focal point:

      • It doesn’t have to be the center of the room
      • The focal point for each room varies from another
      • Don’t be afraid to use a corner/ window/ wall/ fireplace as a focal point
      • Consider the overall dimensions and shape of the room

Some rooms have a natural focal point- the most attractive part. It can be the huge window that shows a glimpse of Denver or the home theater screen on the wall. Go with it.

2. Don’t Clutter the Space

It’s tempting to use all the furniture you have and mix up the old and new. But hey, slow down a little. Filling up the room will clutter the space rather than showcase your findings. No matter how massive a room is, it will look stuffy and cramped (even if you arrange the furniture) when there are too many things to look at.

      • The minimalistic arrangement makes the room appear bigger
      • Let the carpet be visible under the furniture
      • Less is more in smaller rooms
      • Think of the atmosphere you want to create

Don’t give in to the urge to flaunt all your collection. You can rearrange the furniture and change the décor easily if there are fewer items to move around.

3. No Furniture Against the Walls

Many people think that pushing the furniture right up to the walls will make the room appear bigger. That’s not true. In fact, the middle of the room will appear hollow. Irrespective of the size of the room, you need to leave at least a tiny space between the wall and the furniture. It will create an illusion of a bigger room. Moreover, there are many advantages of leaving the gap empty between the wall and the furniture.

      • It’ll be easy to clean behind the couches, shelves, and wardrobes
      • The walls won’t be marked, stained, or damaged by furniture
      • You can see the initial signs of weather/ water damage on the walls
      • The furniture will not be affected if the walls suffer from moisture/ water damage

4. Consider Ease of Movement

How do you plan to walk around in the room? Is the path from the door to the couch/seating arrangement free of items? Is there a risk of tripping over something in the dark?

      • The furniture should not obstruct the traffic flow
      • The route from the door to the focal point should be clear
      • Don’t create too many zigzag paths
      • Don’t keep pointy or edged furniture close to the walking path
      • Don’t line up expensive and breakable items along the path
      • There should be space between the seating arrangement and coffee tables

You need to pay extra attention to the ease of movement if you have kids, pets, or elders at home. A simple tip to remember is not to complicate the arrangement.

5. Think Beyond Squares and Circles

Be creative when arranging the furniture and ensure that the symmetry is not disturbed. The arrangement doesn’t have to be in classic shapes like squares, circles, or rectangles. For example, you can arrange the furniture in a triangle with two couches angled towards the corners. Balance this by lining up chairs or placing a day bed on the third side.

Tips to maintain symmetry in the room:

      • Distribute the large and small items evenly across the room.
      • Don’t fill up the center of the room and keep the rest sparse.
      • Don’t stuff tables or vases into the corners
      • Balance straight lines by bringing a rounded centerpiece or vice versa
      • Try not to add too many heavy shelves to the same room (unless it’s the study)

6. Don’t Block Natural Light 

Denver has all four distinct seasons, and you should make the most of them. If your room has windows that allow bright light inside the house, make sure not to block the windows with furniture. A dark room feels smaller stuffier and can even trigger unease in some people.

What if the room doesn’t have windows? Brighten up the space by adding different types of light fixtures. Ceiling lights, wall lamps, floor-standing lamps, table lamps, etc., are some ways to lighten up a room. Don’t use them all in the same room.

      • Don’t put heavy furniture against the windows.
      • Use mirrors to reflect light from one part of the room to another.
      • Go for level-wise artificial lighting to make up for the loss of natural light.

7. Bring It Together 

You must decide how you want the room to feel. Living rooms need to be inviting and comfortable. Bedrooms should be cozy and relaxing. But these are generic statements. You need to determine what kind of atmosphere you want to set in a room.

Bringing together the furniture and decorations requires thinking and imagination. Don’t be afraid to move them around if the initial arrangement doesn’t have the feel.

Here are some tips to complete the look:

      • Choose the suitable artwork to go with the setting
      • Soften the edges by adding cushions, throws, fresh flowers, etc.
      • Invest in a high-quality floor rug
      • Set up activity zones in the same room
      • Work outwards from the focal point
      • Tables should be within arm’s reach

6 Tips for Storing Furniture Correctly

Store Furniture Correctly

1. Secure Glass and Fragile Items

Glass and ceramic items are fragile. They are prone to breakage or damage more quickly compared to any other furniture. It would help if you took special care when storing these items. Typical glass items may include tabletops, mirrors, showcases, and pottery. There are many tried and tested ways to transport and store glass items:

      • Wipe down or wash all glass and ceramics before movement.
      • Wrap all glass items with packing paper. After this, place them in thick bubble wrap and place them inside a box with some padding.
      • Avoid sticking tape or adhesives directly on the glass. This leaves a bad smell and is hard to clean if you plan to unpack after a long time.
      • Store all glass items in areas where there is no danger of other furniture toppling over them, which could cause breakage.

2. Disassemble What You Can

Moving large pieces of furniture can be tricky. You don’t want to cause a dent or damage an expensive dining table by trying to move it all in one piece. The key is to disassemble large furniture.

Most big furniture these days is modular. This means that many of its bigger parts are designed to be quickly taken apart. For example, a billiards table or a large bookshelf can be easily dismantled.
Follow these handy tips during disassembly:

      • Do it slowly and label every small plank, screw, or bolt. Doing so will help you set it back up quickly, even after a long time.
      • Store tiny screws or metal parts in smaller containers with clear labels and number of items.
      • Take a few pictures before disassembly. These will come in handy during reassembly.

3. Clean Everything Well

Storing furniture when it’s dirty can prove costly and lead to permanent damage. It can leave undesired stains behind. It can damage its quality and cause foul odors to linger on the furniture and the storage area. Dirty furniture is one of the leading causes of rodents and other critters infesting storage spaces.

Here are some tips for cleaning furniture before storage:

      • Use a dust cloth to get rid of loose dirt or dust on wood furniture surfaces. Use a wet towel to wipe down all the surfaces and let them dry for a while.
      • For furniture like sofas and other upholstered items, make sure to vacuum all corners.
      • Make a homegrown cleaning agent for leather furniture by mixing water with vinegar. Wipe the furniture down, dry it, and apply a leather conditioner if available.

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4. Cover Furniture and Flooring

Furniture storage can be of two types: Long or short-term. Special care and planning are needed if you plan to store furniture for several months or even years.

You must safeguard the furniture from damage, moisture, insects, mold, and many other factors.

Different types of furniture require other protective methods. For example, the bubble wrap you may use for a chandelier will not work for a sofa.

We list a few Dos and Dont’s below:

      • Use bubble wrap for wood and glass items for covering. Cover upholstered items with sheets or furniture covers.
      • Do not use plastic sheets or tarps on upholstered furniture. These materials trap moisture within them and can damage the furniture and cause foul odors when stored for long.
      • Apply furniture polish on expensive wood items to protect them from moisture and expansion.

5. Choose Climate-proof Storage Places

A factor often overlooked during storage is the location. Many people dump furniture in old basements or garages. It is worth your while to consider renting a storage space if you want your furniture to last long.

Renting the correct storage unit is the first step to dealing with your furniture storage woes. Find a climate-controlled unit with a reasonable price tag. These places use regulate the temperature and humidity. It helps your furniture stay unaffected by moisture and heat outside.
Things you can do before moving your furniture to a climate-controlled rental:

      • Clean all furniture and wipe them down a day or two ahead. Wait for a day when the weather is dry to move your stuff. Avoid moving during heavy rains or extreme heat.
      • Cover the storage unit’s floor with sheets or pallets.

6. Research Best Storage Options

Now that you have decided to move your furniture into a storage rental space, there are a few things to do before you make the big move. First, you need to zero in on the place itself. This can turn out to be a more daunting task than you imagined. There are often plenty of local options.

Storage spaces come at all sizes and prices. An area that caters to primarily used furniture may not be suitable for your expensive pieces. There are several factors you must look into before selecting a storage space.

Here are our top tips:

      • Look for climate-controlled places. They cost more but keep your furniture in tip-top shape even after years.
      • Scout the place for security arrangements. The place must have pro-security round-the-clock and other necessities such as CCTV cameras.

How to Arrange Furniture in Your Living Room

Arrange Furniture in Living Room

While arranging furniture in your living room, there are three key things to keep in mind.

      • The first is size. Make sure the furniture is the right size for the space. You don’t want to overcrowd the room or have too much space between pieces.
      • The second is function. Think about how you will use the space and what pieces you need to accommodate your activities.
      • The third is style. Be sure the furniture reflects your personal taste and style.

We give you seven clever ways in this post to arrange furniture in your living room like a pro!

1. Place furniture to form an L shape

The furniture in a living room can be placed in various ways, but one of the most popular ways is to arrange it in an L shape. This configuration allows for people to sit together comfortably and talk.

Also, the L-shape allows for different room areas to be designated for specific purposes, such as relaxing, watching TV, or working.

To place furniture in an L-shape in a living room, you will need to first measure the space to ensure that the furniture will fit. Then you can begin to plan out the layout. In most cases, it is best to place the largest piece of furniture against one wall and then use smaller pieces to fill in the remaining space.

2. Make Use of Corners

There are many different ways to use corner furniture in a living room. One way is to use a corner as a reading nook. You can put a comfortable chair in the corner and add a small table or lamp for reading. You may also choose to use a soft blanket and pillow, whatever makes you comfortable!

Another option is to use a corner as a storage area. You can put a cabinet or shelf to store books, DVDs (I can hear you say: Seriously? DVDs in 2022?) or other items.

Placing furniture in corners also creates interesting focal points for the living room. This can be done by placing a large piece of furniture in the corner or using two smaller pieces to create an interesting configuration.

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3. Go for a Big Coffee Table

There are a few benefits to using a big coffee table in the living room. For one, it provides a large surface area on which to place drinks, food, or other items. This can be helpful when you have guests over and need a place to put everything.

Also, a big coffee table can act as a focal point in the room. It can also be used as a display surface for decorations. Additionally, a coffee table that allows storage space underneath can be useful for storing blankets or pillows. A large surface area can also act as a makeshift desk for working on the computer.

4. Allow Traffic Flow

When arranging furniture in your living room, it is important to think about traffic flow. You want to be sure that people can easily move around the room without running into obstacles. Here are a few tips to help you create a traffic-friendly living room.

      • Start by clearing out all the clutter. The more space you have to work with, the better.
      • Plan out your furniture layout before you start moving things around.
      • Start by measuring the space and making a sketch of the layout.
      • Once you know how you want to use the space, start placing the furniture.
      • Don’t be afraid to experiment with different arrangements.

5. Integrate TV Set into Furniture

Integrating the TV set into furniture can provide a seamless look and make the living room more functional. There are several reasons why this trend is popular in Denver. One reason is that TVs have become thinner and smaller, making them easier to integrate into furniture.

One way to integrate a TV set into the furniture is to purchase a piece specifically designed to hold a TV set.

6. Create Areas for Conversation

Conversation areas can be created in the living room using furniture such as sofas and chairs to section off specific areas. This will create a more intimate setting for conversation.

Additionally, using different colors and textures for the furniture and walls can also help to create separate conversation areas.

One way is to use furniture pieces designed for conversation, such as a sofa and chairs, arranged in a circle or U-shape. You can place a pair of chairs and a small table in an alcove or corner or use a sofa and ottoman to create an intimate seating area.

7. Create a Focal Point

A focal point could be a fireplace, a large window, or a piece of furniture like a sofa or an armchair. There are also some offbeat ways to create a focal point in a living room.

One way is to use an intricate piece of furniture, such as an armoire or a rustic carved wooden chest. You can buy one from an antique furniture store like ours in Denver. Another way is to hang a large painting or tapestry on one of the walls. You can also use a vase or sculpture to create a focal point.

Whatever you choose, make sure it draws the eye and that you have placed it in a strategic location in the room.

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