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Why Should You Rearrange Your Furniture?


It can be a big task but there is nothing more satisfying than rearranging the furniture in your home. Giving you a completely fresh perspective of your home and the view from it, we take a look at what rearranging your furniture should be on your to-do list.

It can be a two-person job. It can take a while, and can be very difficult to do. You almost have to play furniture tetris to just turn your sofa in a different direction.

Is Re-arranging Your Furniture A Good Idea?

Some people love moving the furniture around and some people hate it. Whichever camp you fall in, there are actually some important reasons why moving your furniture is a good idea.

Some people say it should be done with the changing of the season whilst other people are not so keen on spending time every few months shoving the sofa around.

But why move your furniture? We take a sometimes practical and sometimes whimsical look at the benefits of furniture rearranging.


1.   Furniture has been in exactly the same place from the day you moved in

… and that probably means it’s not been placed with thought but simply ‘put there’ because that is where it landed when you were moving boxes and other items into your home.

Moving home can be one of the most stressful things you can do, a life event that is close to losing a loved one on the Richter scale of stress.

And so with time in short supply and stress levels through the roof, it’s no surprise that the bucket chairs have stayed where they ‘landed’ in the lounge.


2.   Furniture is being bleached by the sun

You’ve seen it a million times in other homes and offices but the sun has a habit of fading fabrics and materials, especially when they are left in the same spot for months, sometimes years on end.

If the sun pours into a room in your home, you keep your sofa from bleaching or your upholstered tub chairs from fading, you will need to move them around from time to time.

The same is true for wood too. Some wooden furniture items show bleaching after years of being in the same place.


3.   What lurks beneath…?

You may have a cleaning schedule that you follow with due diligence. But you know even with the top effort you put in, you don’t know what lurks beneath until you move an item.

From lost socks to loose change, to tumbleweeds of dog hair and dust, there are all kinds of detritus that lurk beneath sofas, armchairs, sideboards and bookcases.

Even if you do nothing more than move them from their resting place for a few minutes whilst you vacuum or sweep beneath, it needs to be done.

But yikes! Brace yourself.


4.   The right arrangement can make a room feel bigger

You won’t be the only person to discover that with a few tweaks in where the armchairs are placed or where the sofa is put can transform the room from small and narrow, to rather large and sumptuous looking.

It might also be that in this moving process, you decide to remove furniture too. This tends to happen when we have moved in and simply put stuff somewhere because we are unsure where else to put it.

A simple move of the large sofa that lets more light stream through the window, for example, can revolutionise how big a room feels.


5.   The wrong arrangement is a race track for the kids

You want a child-friendly arrangement and give them plenty of space to play but a sofa that doubles as a hurdle is not a great look.

Sometimes, we need to arrange the furniture so that it is isn’t a race track or a skate park.


6.   Your carpet has indents

You’ve spent a lot of your carpets and thus looking after them is top priority. And this doesn’t mean just vacuuming on a regular basis.

Heavy furniture – think heavy sofa, sideboard in the dining room, large traditional wingback armchair, bookcase, you name it – will eventually leave a dip in the carpet where its feet sit. It can damage the fibres so an occasional shift round helps your carpets to last longer too.


7.   Don’t let the TV dictate the living room arrangement

Although this can be hard to do in practice. We tend to use the living room as the place to watch TV but if you also use it for other activities, like reading, don’t assume that the only direction chairs can face is towards the TV.


8.   Change is good

A change is as good as a rest. Or so they say.

Anna Sharples

Office and marketing manager for Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs, who sell a range of high-quality tub chairs, accent chairs and more.