Furniture arrangement guidelines for a smooth layout


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If you've ever looked at a sheet full of measurements and still had no clue how to create a sensible furniture arrangement, you know laying out a new space can be harder than it seems. Here are a few guidelines that will help you create a smooth and flowing layout.

Living Room
Sofa to Coffee Table: To walk between these pieces but still be able to reach the table from the couch, leave 14 ins. to 18 ins. — less if you're shorter.

Walkways or Hallways: Avoid bumping into the corners of couches or tables; leave 36 ins. of walkway. If you have rowdy kids or larger family members, leave another foot.

Dining and Kitchen
Table to Walls: Leave 36 ins. between the edge of the table and the walls or other furniture (like a buffet). If there's an area rug under the table, it too should have an extra 36 ins. on all sides so the chairs don't catch on it. For served meals, the recommendation is to leave 46 ins.

Table to Door: If there's a doorway in the wall parallel to the table, leave an extra 12 ins. (48 total) for people to pass through the door and around the table.

Seat to Table: Avoid banging your knees on the underside of the table by leaving 7 ins. between the top of the seat and the apron of the table. Don't forget, if the chairs have arms, they need to fit under the table too.

Bed Sides to Walls: You need about 24 ins. between the bed and a wall in order to get in and out of bed. Leave an extra 12 ins. (36 total) at the foot of the bed.

Bed to Nightstand Height: A nightstand should be taller than the mattress of a bed by about 3 ins. to 5 ins.