5 Rules of Thumb for Arranging Home Furniture


Decorating is considered an art, but there’s actually more math involved than you think. Perhaps, you’ve encountered something that looks ‘off’ in your home’s interior or furniture and decor pieces don’t tie together. In the world of interior design, there are certain math rules that designers swear by, and we’re sharing five of them that apply to almost any homes.

  1. Decide for a Focal Point

The focal point dictates how a room should be arranged. It could be as simple as the windows or as eye-catching as a unique art sculpture. Whatever focal point you choose, make sure to stick with it. You will have to arrange your decor and furniture around it.

  1. Leave Some Space Between Furniture and Walls

Even how small a room is, your furniture should be placed a couple of inches away from the wall.  This makes the room look a bit bigger and prevents scratches on your pristine walls. But of course, if you have larger area, feel free to arrange your things several feet away from the wall of the room. For a much bigger room, you can set two seating area to maximize the space.

  1. Go Big With Coffee Table

For coffee tables, get yourself a big one. Bigger is better since it serves as an anchor to tie together the look of the room. Moreover, it’s more functional, since bigger tables allow you to display your favourite centrepiece and magazine, while also allowing guests to put down their drinks. But make sure to leave enough space between the coffee table and the seats for people to conveniently pass through. And just in case you can’t find a suitable large table, two smaller ones can be a good alternative.

  1. Put tables at arm’s reach

All seats in your living area should have convenient access to either a coffee table of a side table. People shouldn’t have to get up to put their drink on the table. For the height of the tables, coffee tables should have the same height as the sofa, while the side tables should be same height as the arm of the chair they are next to. If same height isn’t possible for the tables, lower is better.

  1. Hang Artwork at Eye Level

Framed artworks should be hung in a height where the center of the frame is at standing eye level or 57 inches above the floor. In an area where people are almost always seated, such as a home library or a home theatre, display framed pieces at seated eye level. Either way, have six to 12 inches space between the frame of the piece and the floor, ceiling or wall edge.

Home decorating requires some advance planning. If you think you can handle this on your own, there are online floor plans you can use. If you want to make things a bit easier, you can always hire a professional interior designer in Singapore.

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