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FUNCTIONALITY FIRST : Why Considering Space is Key When Buying Furniture

When it comes to buying furniture, it's not just about aesthetics – functional space plays a crucial role in ensuring that your pieces not only look good but also serve their intended purpose effectively.




I often see spaces where furniture has been bought based on it's footprint, in other words it fits perfectly on the floor plan... but the purchaser has forgotten about the fact that the furniture needs extra space to "function". They may not be able to open a door or drawer without moving another piece of furniture or turning into a contortionist. You may hit your head on the ceiling or even worse risk decapitation on a ceiling fan because the bunk bed does not allow enough room between the top bunk........ Or you cannot sit comfortably around a dining table because there is not enough room for the chairs to come in and out or people to comfortably walk behind them.


Here are some key considerations to keep in mind to ensure that you make the most out of your furniture in any space:


  1. Measure Twice, Buy Once: Before making any furniture purchase, take precise measurements of the space where the piece will be placed. Consider the dimensions of the room as well as any architectural features, such as doorways, windows, electrical points and alcoves, that may impact the placement of the furniture.

  2. Traffic Flow: Think about how people will move through the space and choose furniture that allows for easy traffic flow. Avoid overcrowding the room with oversized pieces or placing furniture in high-traffic areas where it may obstruct movement.

  3. Multipurpose Pieces: Opt for furniture that serves multiple functions to maximize space efficiency. For example, a sofa bed or a storage ottoman can provide extra seating and storage without taking up additional space.

  4. Scale and Proportion: Consider the scale and proportion of the furniture in relation to the size of the room. Large pieces may overwhelm a small space, while small pieces may get lost in a large room. Aim for a balanced look that complements the scale of the room.

  5. Flexible Arrangements: Choose furniture that can be easily rearranged to adapt to different activities or occasions. Modular furniture, such as sectional sofas or modular shelving units, allows for flexibility in configuration to suit changing needs. For example if you move frequently or are looking to upsize or downsize in the future.

  6. Storage Solutions: Look for furniture that offers built-in storage solutions to help keep the space organized and clutter-free. This could include cabinets, drawers, shelves, or hidden storage compartments.

  7. Consider Functionality: Think about how you will use the furniture on a daily basis and choose pieces that align with your lifestyle and needs. For example, if you frequently entertain guests, prioritize seating options that can accommodate larger groups.

  8. Visual Weight: Pay attention to the visual weight of the furniture and how it impacts the overall look and feel of the space. Balance heavier pieces with lighter ones to create visual interest and prevent the room from feeling too heavy or crowded.

  9. Flexibility for Future Changes: Anticipate future changes in your lifestyle or living situation and choose furniture that can adapt to these changes. Investing in timeless pieces with classic designs ensures that they will remain relevant and functional for years to come.

  10. Consider Functional Use. THIS IS ONE OF THE BIG ONES.... ensure you think about how much space something needs to function. Does it have doors or drawers that need to open, how high will it stand?- Does it need functional space above it (those bunk beds are not going to be too comfortable if you only have a couple of inches to sit up!).

  11. LAST BUT NOT LEAST Will it fit through the front door? Think about how it is going to be delivered. Is it going to fit in an apartment lift, or easily go up a narrow staircase!


By considering function space when buying furniture, you can create a harmonious and functional living environment that meets your needs and enhances your everyday life.


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