Rearranging furniture initially may seem like a frivolous task, but even the way furniture is laid out in a room can make a huge difference to how the space is used and how welcoming it seems to visitors. This is especially true when single rooms contain multiple functional spaces.
Before changing the furniture layout in my dad's space, I definitely thought about a few things:
- How he uses the space.
- Making the living area more conversational.
- Considerations for way-finding.
The first thing I did was sit in the club chair and try to understand the way my dad sees the space on a daily basis. So, I closed my left eye, since he is blind on his left side (he was born with unilateral retinoblastoma and has had a prosthetic glass eye since he was two). Immediately, I realized that in order to see whomever is on the couch, he would have to turn nearly sideways.
Check out more including the "after" pictures after the jump!
Since this picture was taken from the kitchen, it's easier to see how well the two bar stools spread out along the bar to help create a dedicated dining area.
When I finished, the first thing I did was sit back down in the club chair, close my left eye, and take a look around. Without any strain, I could easily see the couch. Both the desk chair and the bar stools were easily within my turning radius, and I was fairly satisfied that no matter where someone sat in the room, Dad would be able to easily see whomever was there. Although he says it doesn't bother him when people are outside his cone of vision - since he's never known any differently - it was still an important factor in placing all the furniture.
There were a couple other perks too: easy access to all of his power outlets, since these are limited in New York, and the opportunity to use another of his rugs as these were some of his favorite additions when he moved to the city.