Traffic flow is essential for comfortable living as well as comfortable viewing for those of you who are planning on selling your home. What IS traffic flow? It’s the ability to walk easily from room to room as well as through a room without bumping into furniture. For home sellers, proper furniture placement is essential since buyers are looking at square footage. But even if your home is not on the market, you still want to maximize flow.
Here are some measurements and tips to help you create well-functioning rooms.
- Major path of traffic through a room – 3 feet wide
- Minor path of traffic between furniture – 2 to 3 feet
- Clearance space to open the front door of the house – 4 feet wide
- Clearance space to open a door to rooms – 3 feet wide
- Distance between a sofa/chair and coffee table – 18 inches
- Seating space at a desk or piano – 3 feet
- Space to pull back a dining chair – 3 feet
- Space between dining chairs – 18 to 24 inches
- Space to be seated in a dining chair – minimum 2 feet
- Space to make a bed – 2 feet on each side
- Space in front of a chest – 3 feet
A couple of extra tips:
- Don’t allow furniture to block entrances to rooms – not even a little!
- Place the largest piece of furniture against the longest wall.
As you can see by the pictures below, having too much furniture in a room and/or improper furniture placement will inhibit traffic flow and make your space look smaller and cramped. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)
Need help rearranging your space? Call Angela Gagauf at 201-317-9072 to schedule a room make-over or staging appointment.