477355145-smallArranging your furniture can be one of the hardest decisions you make in a room. If you take the time to create a great furniture arrangement to start with, you will never have to rearrange. While experts say that the surest way to a flawless set up is trial and error, there are a few rules you can keep in mind while you design your set up.

Area Rugs Belong Under Furniture

An undersized rug can make a small room seem even smaller, and a large room look disconnected. Place your rug underneath at least the first set of legs of your bed, couch or chairs to create a more cohesive look.

Couches Should Have Some Space

Placing your couches a few inches away from your walls can help create some breathing room and make your space seem larger. If you can’t pull it away from the wall due to space restrictions, then move chairs or side tables a few inches out to open up the room.

Light the Entire Room

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Lighting is one of the most important elements in a space to placement of floor and table lamps should work toward maximizing the amount of light in your room. For example, if you have a lamp next to your bed, place two more strategically in the room to create a triangle of light.

High Curtains

Curtains should be placed as high as they can possibly go. In most situations, it’s best to hang curtains from the ceilings to the floors. It makes ceilings seem a lot higher and expands the room.

Coffee Tables

Your coffee table should be large. The bigger you can go the better. If you can’t go too big because of a narrow living room, then go skinny, but long. Like rugs, a large coffee table can help expand and connect a room.