Bob Vila Radio: Using Less Furniture

When we move into a new home, we usually look for space for existing furniture, and then go hunting to fill you've the first step is usually to get rid of things, not buy more of them.

Many of us don’t have the luxury of really “decorating” a room—we move into a home and place our furniture as best we can. But as time and budget allow, it’s a great idea to take a critical look at each room with an eye toward really making it work. It doesn’t have to be costly. In fact, the first step is usually to get rid of things, not buy more of them.

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Using Less Furniture

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That’s right—one of the most common mistakes that people make when putting a room together is trying to cram too much into it. A room with too much furniture can create a cramped, uncomfortable feeling. The simple act of identifying one piece you don’t absolutely need is sometimes all it takes to make an awkward room more usable.

Also consider the size of your furniture—the huge sofa that was perfect in your previous home may not be the right size for your current one. When it’s time to replace it, consider downsizing to a more compact style, or even a loveseat. Two loveseats facing each other can make for better conversation than a large sofa at right angles to chairs.

Finally, do your best to eliminate clutter—even the most spacious room in your home will feel cramped if every surface is covered with photos, decorative items, and a week’s worth of mail!

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.