When I walk into a room, I have this annoying brain tug that makes me mentally rearrange the furniture in front of me. What, don’t you? You know, kind of like those math geniuses that unscramble numbers in every day life to find patterns I’ll never comprehend (such as office spreadsheets, license plates and the like). It’s actually a habit I can’t kick, although I’d never judge someone and their use of space. It’s just…this thing…I do. Oy.
But there is a silver lining. Easily one of the top head-scratchers we receive from friends and family is furniture placement. Where should it go? Did I do it right? What do you think? Of course we’re more than happy to oblige the inquiries that come our way (going so far as giving friendly web-based advice as well), and we’re obviously flattered that those questions are tossed towards us. And dealing with small spaces in this big city can provide some pretty interesting challenges, so the landing pad of your furnishings can easily make or break the flow of a room.
Take, for example, this recent bedroom flop. When a friend of a friend hired us to help her hang artwork throughout her new apartment, we eagerly packed up the ol’ tool bag. After conquering a few strong frames in the bathroom, we headed towards stop numero dos – the bedroom. Here’s our view from the door:
And here you can see her bed (and her adorable shabby chic nightstand) once you walk into the room and turn to your right (see the door knob?). Much like our own crash pad, the whole space comes in around 9×12 feet. As a result, the current layout resulted in visually cutting the space in two. You walk into the room, you hit the sideways bed, and your options end there.
Although it wasn’t on the actual handy man “to do” list, we talked about a little bed-to-wall-swap. After a few quick measurements, we decided it made much more sense to rotate the bed to the wall you see upon entering the room, which not only provides a better sense of flow, but is hands down more eye pleasing. After all, isn’t much nicer to see the head of your throne as opposed to, well, the side of it? Entering the room, here’s what you see now:
And of course we can’t forget the original task at hand. With the new layout, a picture perfect space opened up to display her super sweet art print (from one of our ultimate go to folks as seen here and here), Seattle Show Posters.
In under 30 minutes, we were able to transform her room while injecting a little fun with an on-hand print. At the same time, her punchy pillow and colorful throw are now the stars of the show – and all for the fabulous price of free. Oh, how we love this sort of instant gratification (and all while feeding into my obsessive-furniture-rearranging tendencies).
But what about you? How often do you find yourselves switching up the chair-to-couch ratio in your living rooms? Or maybe you’re constantly going back and forth over a handful of paces when it comes to coffee table placement? The hubs and I are always poking fun at ourselves over our compulsion to nudge pieces a few inches to the left. And then back to the right. And then, well, you get the idea.