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space planning
usually indicates you are trying to cram too much
into your room).
Space planning is something else people
struggle with (even if they don’t realize it). Good
space planning results in a welcoming room
that flows well and that you can move around in
comfortably without bumping into things.
One of the space planning mistakes I see most
often is that people push all of their furniture up
against the walls. They usually do it in an effort to
make their rooms feel bigger. But pushing all of
your furniture up against the walls makes a room
feel disconnected and unwelcoming.
Even pulling some of your furniture off your walls
by only a few inches will have a big impact in
your room. As you can see above, I have floated
all of the furniture pieces off of our walls in the
sitting area of our master bedroom.
Another common mistake you’ll want to avoid
is placing your pieces too close together (which
Here are some general rules you can follow as
you determine where to place your furniture and
what will fit in your room:
• You want to be sure to leave about 30 to 36
inches of walkway between pieces. This is what is
necessary to walk around your room comfortably,
without knocking into furniture or bumping into
• Any piece with doors and/or drawers needs
three feet of space to open properly.
• There should be no more than 10 feet (10
squares on the space planning graph paper)
and no less than 3 feet (3 squares on the space
planning graph paper) between seating in your
room that you intend to use for people to sit and
make conversation. This spacing will allow people
seated around the room to talk comfortably,
without being too close.

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