How To Design Your Furniture To Work In Your New Home


Moving Furniture

If you’ve ever thought about organizing those closets and getting rid of items that just take up space, the time to do it is now. Discuss with your family and me, Lisa Von Domek, your Real Living Sales Professional how your needs have changed over the years and how your new home might accommodate them.

Look at Your Furnishings Objectively

  • Sell, donate or throw away furnishings you no longer use or enjoy. Don’t move them.                                                                             
  • Decide where you’ll arrange furnishings in your new home by creating your own floor plan.  Using graph paper, draw each room to scale, with 1 inch equaling 1 foot of space. Indicate the location of doors, windows, built-ins and electrical outlets. If you’re buying a newly constructed home, your builder may be able to provide a floor plan.                                                                            
  • Next, measure the size and shape of your major furniture pieces and draw them to scale.                                                                   
  • Cut the shapes from graph paper and arrange the pieces in different ways until you discover a floor plan you like.                              
  • Consider using furnishings in different rooms of the new house. A favorite living room chair may work better in the new bedroom; a dining room cabinet may now look at home in the den.                                                                                                
  • If space is at a premium, turn some rooms into multipurpose areas. For instance, in a living/dining room, define the areas by using a hutch or other large piece of furniture as a divider. A sofa bed turns a den into a guest room.                                                 
  • Position living room furniture so six or more guests are within easy listening distance of each other. In the dining room, allow room around the table so guests may be seated and served with ease.                                                                                          
  • Find a focal point in each room — something that draws your eye to it. Focal points are architectural, such as fireplaces, or decorative, such as wall hangings or window treatments. Accentuate your focal point with your furniture arrangement.


Lisa Von Domek


Lisa Von Domek
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Comment balloon 8 commentsLisa Von Domek • February 08 2017 11:12AM


Good morning Lisa.  All good points and is why I let the boss decide what to get and where to put it.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 3 years ago

Good morning, Lisa... great suggestions. Most people have a very hard time doing this and really need help.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 3 years ago

Good morning Lisa. This is difficult but sp important. No reason to move the stuff that won't work.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Good morning Lisa. Yep, choose what you will move carefully! Measure twice, move once! Donate gladly! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 3 years ago

We have classic furniture, Bauhaus furniture, and my office is Ikea. We do change out periodically and the breakfast table and chairs are next on the hit list.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 3 years ago

Great advice for folks who want a fresh look for spring.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 3 years ago

Hi, Lisa. Thanks for the tips. I'm going to be moving to my new house in a month. I will use a lot of your tips. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 3 years ago


Your post has helpful information.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

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