Is arranging furniture in your small house giving you heartache? I’m going to get you a hand with arranging furniture tips for small house plans.
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When I created the images for this post, I used a floor plan of a small house I would love to build. It’s single story with one bedroom, one bathroom, and a small office. Plus a wrap around porch…all around the house. I dream in floor plans!
Floor plan tips for small rooms
- Place the largest piece of furniture first. Center it along the wall. In a dining room, center the table in the room.
“Play Big.” Fewer larger pieces of furniture open up a small room. Too many small pieces make a room feel smaller.
- If possible. place dressers or cabinets in closets.Use one large rug to anchor the small room rather than a couple of small rugs.
- Hang end tables or an entry table on the wall to save visual space.
- Add interest to a boxy room by pulling out one side of a sofa or bed. Place a floor lamp, faux tree, or small table to add interest to the sofa.
- Don’t be afraid of trying something different. Move the sofa in the middle of the room to make an entryway.
- Watch traffic areas. Many sure you’re not walking through conversation areas.
- When you arrange a room, grab the most important tool…your vacuum. Of course, you can vacuum under furniture. But more important, use the vacuum to space furniture. Make sure you can vacuum between the dresser and the wall. You don’t want to inch that heavy dresser down 2 inches with next time you clean.
Decorating Tips for Small Houses
- “Play big” with art and decor too. Too many small items make the room busy.
- Use “uplights” to blow out corners. This is an old decorating trick, but it still works today. Dark corners close in a room. Adding light opens corners.
- Hang or lean large mirrors on the wall opposite the wall with a window.
- Pick colors for the room in the same color family. Blues and greens or reds and pinks. Not blues and reds. Of course, all decorating rules can be broken in my book. I love a crisp white room with small touches of color.
- In a small home, keep the colors from room to room in the same color family. Or at least, those you see from other rooms.
Storage in Small Rooms / Small Houses
- If it’s not used in the room don’t store it in the room.
- If it’s not used in the house don’t store it in the house.
- Get rid of extras.
- Use furniture with storage.
- Add extra shelves in closets and cabinets.
Not sure if I will really build even a small house…sounds like building can give you heartache!
Have you built a house? Let me know in comments.
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