1. Plan your room on paper.
The biggest problems often have to do with scale. Pieces are just too big, won’t fit through the door or up the stairs, or just stand out like an elephant in the room. The right piece in the wrong dimensions will never look right.
When I design custom furniture
for my clients, it has to be the right scale and fit through all the doorways, up the stairs and occasionally in elevators.
Space planning is easy to skip, but this is where problems can be caught early on. We use specialized software, but you can easily draw your room on graph paper (¼
inch works well; if your room is small, you can double the scale and use 2 squares per foot.) Then make cutouts of the furniture pieces you already have and arrange them on your floor plan before you purchase a new piece. Arming yourself with this information will simplify your search and narrow down the choices.