AT Style Cure #18: Your Furniture Layout

One of my favorite blogs is Apartment Therapy. For the month of November they’re doing a Style Cure room makeover challenge to help you prepare for the holidays. I’m going to makeover our bedroom – while it’s not really a room that will get a lot of visibility from guests I think having a “safe” place to come back to for family overload recovery will be very beneficial. :)

#14: Focus on your furniture layout.

Ugh…another layout assignment. What’s that, over there – is it…it is! It’s a dead horse! And they’re beating it!!!

Sorry, I’m just bitter because I can’t really do anything about the layout in our room. And they keep talking about some guy named Maxwell (or possibly a woman whose last name is Maxwell) and I just don’t care for him (her?). Here are a few bullet points to consider:

#1: Are there any parts of the room that will be difficult to reach with a vacuum cleaner? Adjust as much as possible to make cleaning (and flow) easier and better.

Mmm… I think we’re okay here. I’m not sure how things would be inaccessible? Maybe furniture too close together? We don’t have that issue because everything’s going to be against the wall. Suck it, Maxwell.

#2: Some layouts will require big pieces (bookshelves, dressers, certain sofas) to be placed against walls, but for other items (end tables, chairs, floor lamps, etc) make it a goal to have them at least 6 to 12 inches from a wall to give some breathing room to everything – a “cushion of air so that good energy flow can continue” is how Maxwell puts it.

dafuq? I’m pretty sure putting everything 6-12 inches away from the wall is going to create a lot of areas where I can’t vacuum! Flipping Maxwell…

#3: Locate the middle of the room and work off of that axis as a way to center the main furniture arrangement.

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#4: Consider symmetry. Sofas and beds often work best with things of a similar scale (side tables, lighting) on both sides.

Symmetry is kind of impossible with the way our bedroom is set up. The various doors, randomly-placed window, and ceiling fan all fight with each other. If we center the bed under the ceiling fan (I’m assuming that’s the center of the room) it’s not “centered” with anything else. I’m starting the hate the layout of our bedroom. THANKS A LOT, APARTMENT THERAPY! ;)

#5: Consider the flow lines. Keeping access around pieces open from as many sides as possible is a good goal.

I think we’re doing a decent job of that. You know, by keeping everything against the walls.

#6: If possible, place the bed so the foot points toward the bedroom door.

Umm… I mean…I guess it is? It’s at an angle, but the foot of the bed is closer to the door than the head. Does that count? I really wish there were some basic “right vs wrong” pictures – or even sketches – for this. Using the same furniture, of course! I’m much more visual than this whole Style Cure is giving me credit for. #GrumpyCauseItsTuesday

#7: Try to place the TV and other media equipment on walls that are least visible from the main entrance to the room.

WHOOPS. I don’t see any way around this, short of totally changing the layout of the room. And I’m not sure I want to do that… Gah, all this layout talk is making me second-guess myself!! I do like the idea of not seeing the TV as you’re walking in the bedroom… #DecisionsDecisions #WhyUseHashtagsWhenTheyDontWorkOnBlogs??

#8: Don’t block windows.

Hey – one we’re getting right! Go us, go us, it’s our birthday… We only have one window – we must treasure it and its natural-light-giving-ness.

#9: Keep the corners of your room as open as possible.

Mmm… I don’t see this happening. You know, since we’re pushing everything against the walls. One corner has the door to the hallway. One corner has Mr. T’s closet. One corner will one day have a doggie condo. And the other corner has my nightstand.

I’m going to go ahead and post this…if we ever get to the point where the bedroom is actually cleaned out, I’ll post more pictures. Don’t hold your breath, though. Our life is CHAOS.

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