Room Planning for Small Spaces

July 15, 2008 by  
Filed under Design Studio

Decide What Stays and What Goes …

When room planning, even art, accessories and paint color is critical if you live in a small space. I have talked to many people about concerns they encountered while designing their spaces, whether large or small. From these conversations, I have learned that it can be as daunting for some to try and design an 800 square foot apartment as it is a house in the suburbs or a villa on the Riviera.

In this article, I wanted to touch on what I consider to be rule number 1 for room planning for small spaces.

First and Foremost — You need to decide what stays and what goes.

Obviously, if you are moving into a new space and/or purchasing new furniture, the first thing you want to do is decide which of your existing pieces you will be keeping. Are you attached to Grandpa’s old roll top desk he gave you, or a retro accent table you picked up at a boutique sale — or both?

If you want to hold onto the larger pieces, like the desk, consider alternative uses. We moved our roll top desk out of a very small bedroom and into the dining room to serve as our buffet. With all its drawers, nooks and crannies, it was a perfect place to hold and hide our silverware, napkin rings and table top items that we use only for special occasions.

If you’re thinking about buying additional furniture pieces from our website (which we hope you are), I can work with you to lay out the rooms using online tools by placing the furniture for you in ¼ scale imagery and showing you options that make the most sense. So don’t be afraid to ask for the complimentary help. That’s what I’m here for. But for now …

Decide What Stays and What Goes.

In my next article, I am considering writing about a topic no one thinks about when purchasing furniture for small spaces called “Safe Spaces.” Safe Spaces is the area between one piece of furniture and the next. Have you ever been to a friend’s house who had no idea of Safe Space and every time you got up off of their apartment sofa or chair, you would bang your knee on the coffee table? That’s what I’m talking about. Ouch!

In future articles we’ll also talk about paint color, wall art and accessorizing to name a few; all necessary topics in making your small space feel bigger.

As always, if you have ideas or would like to contribute to this article or any of the others that will be posted on this website, please do so. There are a lot of people looking for new ways to maximize space and we want to share all of our successful ideas! I want you to look to Simplicity Sofas as one of your resources that will keep you informed of new trends, space planning, color coordinating and other design advice.


12 Responses to “Room Planning for Small Spaces”
  1. Polly says:

    This is a great idea! Thanks for the tip. I have a perfect place to put my desktop now (in my dining room) and move it out of my spare bedroom. It will free up some space in my small apartment so maybe I can order a chair or two to go in its place. Keep the tips coming!

  2. Dee says:

    I’m having a problem finding a sofa, even a love seat, that can get into my place. The doorway into my living room is only 29in w* 69in L. Most sofas are either 32*35*45 or 35h*30d*45l or something along those lines. Do your sofas come in parts so it can be fitted up a narrow staircase and through a tight door? need reply asap thanks

  3. admin says:

    Welcome to Simplicity Sofas. Your situation is exactly what our furniture was designed for. Our sofas will fit through any opening wider than 12 inches.

    Our sofas come in three separate boxes and will fit through narrow doorways, up stairways and elevators. The beauty is that once the sofa arrives, you can put it together in 15 minutes, using no tools.

    Our patented product fits together nicely and looks like showroom quality!
    The solid oak frames come with a lifetime warranty, too! You can choose from over 50 coordinating fabrics and add throw pillows.

    I am the designer/space planner for Simplicity Sofas and would be happy to speak with you further about designing and space planning. Please feel free to drop me an email or give me a call to discuss your project. I will help you find the perfect sofa to fit your lifestyle.

  4. Kandy says:

    We are looking for a sofa that a man over 6′ tall can sit comfortably. What is the measurement of the front to back seating space (from the front of the cushion to the front of the back cushion)? The sofa depth states that is it 32″ but how much is taken up with the sofa back and back cushuions.

  5. admin says:

    The dimensions are accurate. It is 32″ from the highest part of the back to the front of the sofa. The cushion dimension is 22″w x 27″ deep for the full size sofas, love seats and chairs. The cushion dimension is 27″ x 27″ for the apartment sofa and the chair and a half.

    Please contact us if you have any further questions. You will receive your catalog and swatch requests soon!

  6. Maria says:

    I’m having a bit of a problem envisioning a extended family room that is approximately 20ft. long by 10 ft. wide. The entrance to the room is very narrow as the house dates back to the 1920’s. I’m trying to envison the room in two spaces one for watching TV and one for reading and doing bills with a small desk? Any advice??? I’m interested in the brandon or jenna sleepers as the room also makes a good impromptu guest room? I have a mission chair and a refinshed 1920’s sewing machine table I’d like to use and eventually a there will be a wall TV. But I can’t seem to imagine the room. We have four windows two together on the back wall 10 ft? and two separated by 8 ft. along the side wall (20 ft).TV connections on this wall. We get light all day. There is a big closet along the other 10 ft wall? Any suggestions to make this space less long a little cosey and functional? Sorry if this wasn’t the rignt venue for these questions?

  7. admin says:

    I hope the one-on-one conversations we had via phone and email gave you some great ideas! Don’t forget about separating the living space from the office space with a rug or two. I can’t wait to see what fabric selections you make! Keep us posted!!!

  8. Karin says:

    Dear Maria,
    I saw your question when I was looking over the Simplicity Sofas website. I’m doing a room over the garage close to the same size and with many of the same functions in mind. I use Icovia as a planning tool on the Jordan Furniture website. Here is a link to the plan I’m working on — copy and paste it into your browser. The program is very easy to use. You can add all architectural elements and furniture pieces can be scaled and moved or angled in any direction. It’s very helpful and fun.

  9. Lisa says:

    I am wondering what sort of seating support the couches and chairs have? Inner spring couches tend to be the most supportive what type of supportive seating design do your couches have?

  10. admin says:

    We use a flat spring system commonly known as Flexolator™. It is a coated wire “grid” with spiral coil springs that is placed into the frame and attached using metal clips. The clips are also coated to prevent metal squeaks. You will be very happy with the seating. Make sure you look into the down-blend cushions, too. They are wonderful! Thanks for your question.

  11. how do you keep the pieces of furniture from sliding around? Is there some sort of locking mechanism? Thanks Sharon

    • Ann says:

      Hi Sharon,

      I am very sorry for this delay in answering, I took over the Blog and had no idea how to get any messages!!!

      Yes, the Sectional pieces connect together underneath and can be taken
      apart to be re-arranged.

      Thank you!

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