How to Arrange Furniture in a Small Apartment

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Moving into a small apartment can present many challenges when it comes to arranging furniture. With some planning, you can arrange your furniture in a way that maximizes the space in your apartment and allows you to have more room for storage and entertaining. By making paper cut-outs of your furniture and moving the pieces around a floor plan, you'll be able to see which arrangements work best in your space before moving your furniture.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pieces of paper
  • Sketch pad
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Furniture such as beds, sofas and dressers
  • Measure your apartment as well as the length and width of your furniture. Record the dimensions in your sketch pad.

  • Draw a plan of your apartment. Draw plan using a scale of one foot equals half an inch. Referencing the dimensions of your furniture, draw your furniture pieces on a separate piece of paper.

  • Cut out the paper furniture pieces and lay them on top of the floor plan. First decide where your largest pieces of furniture, such as sofas and beds, will go. Make sure that the largest furniture pieces face a focal point, such as a window or a fireplace. Keep the shape of the room in mind when deciding how to arrange the furniture. Experiment with different furniture layouts and try to visualize how your furniture will look.

  • Consider using multipurpose pieces in order to maximize your space. For example, place cushions on a low shelf and use as an extra seating area or consider purchasing a bed with pull-out drawers. If you are furnishing a studio apartment, consider getting a daybed and using it as both your bed and couch.

  • Consider traffic patterns in your apartment and arrange your furniture in a way that will allow you and your guests to comfortably move through the rooms. Allow at least 2 feet for walkways. Place walkways along the outside of the room.

  • When arranging furniture in a small apartment, consider the lighting. A darker piece of furniture usually looks best in a well-lit area, such as under a window. Brighter pieces and white furniture will liven up a dim area.

Tips & Warnings

  • Arrange your furniture to reflect both your personality and how you will use the space.
  • Get help when moving heavy pieces of furniture.

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