Scaling Furniture for your Home with 8 Creative Tips

Have you ever bought a piece of furniture because you fell in love with it? I know we’ve all been there before! We buy it and then get ready to add it to our home and it is way too big or very small for the space. Sometimes it won’t even fit in the door and then you have to return it and buy a new piece anyway. Accept these tips that are sure to help you get furniture that fits your space and helps save you time and money!

1. Apps are your Friends

Many large companies that sell furniture have apps available where you can see the piece of furniture in your space. Amazon, Wayfair, IKEA and others each have their own augmented reality apps that can be really helpful. Other third party apps can be used for stand-alone visualization options. The app Mark on Call can come up with floor plans based on the dimensions you put in. Another app called Photo Measures allows you to draw on pictures of your room so you can see dimensions while out shopping. 

2. Make a Model

Making a cardboard model of your apartment or house to scale can give you a fun project and will help give you a visual idea of the size of your space. Dioramas were fun in school and can be useful as an adult furnishing a new place. It can be tedious and time consuming but an exciting craft to fill the time! If you want to keep it 2D, sketching out a floor plan is definitely something that could help you visualize. 

3. Measure Everything

Let’s keep it visual by measuring the exact dimensions of the new piece of furniture and marking on the floor with blue painters tape where it will go. Make sure to get the correct height, width and yes even depth! This can be extra important in order to imagine it in your home. If you want to go that extra mile, try making actual lifesize cardboard models of the furniture and placing it on the tape. This is where all your wasted amazon boxes could be useful! 

4. Architecture is Important

Architecture can be overlooked but it’s necessary to look at ceiling height and window measurements. High, lofty style ceilings look better with taller items and lower ceilings of course look better with low slung pieces. 

When moving into my apartment, I never even thought of measuring the hallways and doors. I just had this feeling everything would fit easily. This was definitely not the case! It’s important to remember that this is where your furniture is coming in and even if it is in a box, what if you move out and it doesn't fit in the door? In the design world this is called a “fit appointment” and we should all get on board. 

5. Small Spaces Equal Multi-functional

With small spaces it’s easy to remember, the more furniture and other items you add, the smaller and more cramped it will feel. It’s a good idea to look for pieces that are smaller and have more than one use. Find a coffee table with extra space or a bench to double as storage. Keep in mind that you want pieces that allow more light to travel throughout the room in order to create the illusion of a bigger space. 

6. Go Big or Go Home

Make sure that if you have a large space to fill, you actually buy pieces that can fill it. Get larger furniture if your new home is bigger and don’t spread them out too far. Spreading furniture too far apart in a larger home can give a cold and stiff feeling. Another useful tip, find artwork that is proportionally correct for the wall it will be hung on. Do not hang a single small piece of art on an overly large wall because it will look way too tiny. 

7. Try not to Block the Light and Doors

Light is needed in order to help your home feel inviting. If you absolutely need to block a window, make it feel intentional. If it’s a couch back that needs to be against a window, attempt putting a thin sofa table between the window and the couch in order to not block any light. 

Be aware of your entryways and doors as well! Your larger pieces shouldn’t interfere with a doorway or walkway. Once you choose an appropriate sized sofa, choose a coffee table that is about ½ or ⅓ of its length. 

8. Be Mindful of where you Step

Try to be aware of how you move around a room; what’s most comfortable for you? Leave enough space in the room in order to travel efficiently in and out of the space. Don’t forget to account for doors that swing open as well! 

I hope these tips will help you to understand your home scale better and allow you to save time and money! Do you have any helpful tips for ordering furniture? Have you had any furniture fiascos? 

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Listing information last updated on January 27, 2023 at 6:30 AM EST.

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