How Much Room Do You Really Need?
By Pamela Cole Harris
When planning your home décor, it is vitally important to
understand your space needs. Do you have enough room to open any doors? Can you
walk from one side of the room to the other without climbing over the furniture?
Here are some rules to keep in mind when you plan your room update:
1. Living Room - Keep in mind that for good conversational and
traffic flow, keep at least 4-10 feet between sofa and chairs. Place your coffee
table between 14-18 inches from the sofa (although I would only use 18 inches if
you have lonnnnng arms!).
2. Family Room - To the above rules about sofa and chair
placement, add the viewing area needed for a television. To view a 30 inch TV
screen, the sofa or chair should be at least 90 inches away (but not so far that
you have to change your glasses prescription to view!). To create an easy flow
in any room, there should be traffic lanes which are at least three feet wide.
3. Dining Room - A seated adult at a round or square table
usually occupies a depth of about 20 inches with at least 12-16 inches more to
pull back a chair. Rectangular tables need at least 24 inches per person and
about 32-36 inches clearance between table and walls. On the serving side, the
table to wall distance should be at least 44 inches.
4. Bedroom - For maximum comfort, the distance from the bed to
the wall should be at least 24 inches. To allow any door to open easily, there
should be 36 inches between the bed and the door.
Knowing how much space you really need in a room can make
planning your space much easier. Be sure to measure your room height and length,
the size of windows and check to see of your room is "true" or square before you
place your furniture. Doing so will help avert a potential disaster like buying
a king-size bed for a queen-size room!