When designing your home, being mindful in furniture choice is imperative. While aesthetic appeal plays a key role in both design and selection of quality pieces, it is certainly not the be all and end all of what makes one piece of furniture better than another. Many homeowners make the common mistake of choosing furniture based on aesthetic appeal alone, abandoning the importance of functionality altogether.
In reality, functionality should be given just as much, if not the most attention. Thankfully our qualified team of designers here at LOFT, thought it would be helpful to share some useful tips on finding furniture which is both visually appealing and functional.
1. Size doesn’t necessarily equate Functionality
The size of furniture does not automatically translate to functionality. For instance, a large wardrobe can be very impractical, whereas a small one may offer you just enough space for the things you need. Focus on the aspects which meet your very own needs because there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ furniture design. It is also important to consider the material from which the furniture is made, because this ties into its durability and the type of care and/or maintenance required.
2. Functionality vs. Customisation
Choosing a piece of furniture that looks great, fits perfectly in your home whilst offering everything you could possibly expect from it, is certainly a challenging feat. Perhaps it’s because most furniture pieces are produced to cater for the masses, and hence fail to meet each individual’s needs to a tee. It is possible to find both aesthetically appealing and functional furniture if you invest the time to look for the right piece. However, if you have any special requirements, you may need to have it custom made. Luckily, here at LOFT, we offer such services of custom furniture design. Leave it in our hands to make your vision a reality, by creating functional furniture with your individual, personal touch.
3. Furniture Determines the Flow of Movement
To ensure you leave enough space, we suggest you keep the following golden rules in mind:
• Keep the number of pathways in a room to a minimum – two is fine.
• Send movement around seating groups, not through them.
• Leave enough room to stand between seating and tables.
• Push furniture away from the walls. Generally sticking to a 3-inch space is the rule of thumb.
• Arrange seating in clustered groupings to enable conversation.
• Break large rooms into multiple groups.
• When in doubt, take a test run through the space.
Indubitably, furniture and functionality walk hand in hand, and when choosing pieces for your home, the first thing you need to ask yourself is how you intend on using the space. This will help you understand which furnishings are necessary. Don’t forget, furniture makes a great focal point, so be sure to put it to good use. Choose one element that, in your opinion, clearly defines the room’s intended function and centre your design around it. Ultimately the trick is to arrange the other furnishings and décor items in such a way that the eye is always drawn to that same spot.