Not all of us have "designer" in us the way Sharon does. Some are better at it than others and for her, it comes natural. The rest of us need some tips and pointers for arranging our outdoor furniture to get the most benefits out of it and to make it look the most visually pleasing. Whether you're buying new furniture or trying to rearrange your existing furniture, we have several tips that will help you.
1) Measurements Are Key
Be sure to measure all of your furniture pieces. It can be easier to draw it out on a piece of paper rather than moving your furniture multiple times. Planyourroom.com has an online program where you can input your outdoor room dimensions and then insert different pieces of furniture to see what it will look like. While their planner may not be designed for outdoor spaces you can still choose furniture with the same shape to insert into their design program. Here are a few other small tips in regards to measurements:
- For walkways, leave about 30 inches of space between furniture and roughly 36 inches away from any walls
- The general rule of thumb is 14 to 18 inches between the sofa and coffee table so that food or drinks are at an easy to reach distance
- Any separate furniture pieces that are facing each other should stay within 8 feet of each other to create comfortable conversation
2) Try Something Different
When arranging your furniture, you don't have to keep rigid 90° angle. This can make the layout more appealing depending on the layout of your outdoor space. In some instances this can also create more space.
Creating some asymmetry can promote a more visually refreshing look as well. Having symmetry can be great, such as when you have 2 matching chairs with a sofa. However, being a bit less "matchy" can also be really positive, such as when you choose different accent pieces for your furniture group. Choose to only put one outdoor lamp instead of two or choosing different decor for each table.
3) Make It Flow
You want to insure that your furniture has a certain flow about it. As I said above, you want to leave enough space between pieces of furniture or walls to avoid bumping into furniture. You want the entry way to your seating area to be visible and easy to access. If you have multiple seating areas, such as a dining set vs a relaxation area with a fire pit, you want to make the two areas flow together. This will make it easy to transition from dinner to the fire pit without interrupting the conversation or creating hassle. This will also inspire more time in your outdoor living area.
4) Establish A Focal Point
Your focal point will give you a starting point. Do you want your furniture to face your lake view? Do you have a fire place you want to sit in front of? Is your focal point each other since you'll be dining together? Deciding what you want to focus on can completely change your space. If you start there, it can be easier to arrange the rest of your furniture around that focal point.
5) Add Accessories
Accessories can change your entire space! Adding an outdoor rug, some throw pillows, or a little decoration can add warmth to your space. It can make your outdoor living area more inviting and fun! Accessories can also be a great way to change your design with the seasons or even when you want to liven it up. It's a lot easier and cost effective to just change the throw pillows on your outdoor furniture, compared to buying an entirely new set.
We hope this helps with planning and rearranging the furniture in your outdoor living space. If you still need some tips or would just rather have some design help, we offer full design services when shopping with us at Outdoor Rooms By Design.