Thursday, March 1, 2012
Room to Move
Space plans are the most important thing I do for clients. Those plans are why I am so helpful to them. Without a space plan, too much furniture gets shoved into one room leaving very little space to comfortably move about and to enjoy everyday tasks.
The tasks that are most commonly forgotten when placing furniture in a room are:
-Sitting down for conversation. It's the truth. People tend to line furniture up along the walls making it difficult to converse with each other without shouting across the room. Seat groupings allow for easier conversation and a more intimate feeling for guests. The number of groupings you can fit into a space depends on room size and furniture scale.
-Getting up from the table. There is a lack of understanding about how much space should be allowed from the edge of the dining table to the wall or even just the edge of the area rug so chairs can be pulled out comfortably. It is awkward and uncomfortable to have to squeeze into your seat because the chair is backed up against the wall. How silly do you feel when guests scoot their chair out and end up with uneven chair legs because the front two are placed on the rug and the back two are on the flooring below. Simple mistakes to avoid, but it requires attention (and a space plan). 30-50 inches of space is recommended around the table edge.
-Sitting in front of a cocktail table. This can be a bit of a balancing act. You want the table close enough to be reached when placing a drink or a book on it, but far enough away to allow for legroom when sitting and ample space to pass between the sofa and table. My typical rule of thumb is 15-18 inches.