Moving Soon? This Furniture-Arranging Tool Will Change Your Life – Architectural Digest
Furniture arranging often feels like the worst kind of guessing game. You’re standing in the gloriously empty living room of your new home and picturing a sofa here and a bookcase there . . . and then things quickly go downhill. Wait, will the bookcase even fit in that spot? Does the sofa need to be a love seat? We’re here to tell you that’s not the way things have to go.
Your first line of defense against a furniture layout stress spiral: measuring the rooms right away so you can start thinking about the arrangement before you move in. There’s nothing worse than being tired and frazzled from a day of unpacking boxes, only to find out that the dining table that just got delivered is way too big for that breakfast nook.
Next up, buy a furniture-arranging kit. What the heck is that? It’s basically a miniature floor plan—on an app or on a real-life magnetic board—where you can move equally miniature pieces of furniture around to your liking. If that coffee table you love on eBay actually looks dinky next to your sectional, you’ll make that discovery right when you stick the miniature item in your “room.” There’s no regretting big purchases once they’ve arrived or moving bulky items that don’t actually work in your new house for no reason. There’s just enjoying everything in its proper place.
The best furniture-arranging kit if you’re old-school: Room Planning/Furniture Arranging Kit by Loring Interiors
Other than the fact that there’s something satisfying about doing this task with your hands, designers and architects apparently use this magnetic board and its 120 furniture magnet counterparts, so you can’t go wrong.
The best furniture-arranging kit if you’re always on your phone: The Magicplan app
We like anything that can make this process even a little bit easier. You can use your smartphone’s camera to capture your floor plan right in this app, rather than draw it out yourself. And once you like the furniture arrangement, you can download the floor plan as an easy-to-share PDF.
The best furniture-arranging kit if you’d rather use a laptop: PlanYourRoom.com
It’s a traditional kit, digitized. Adjust the standard square room to match your setup, then drag and drop furniture into the space. Every furnishing can be customized to match the width and length of the real thing with a few clicks.
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