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Feel Like Your House is a Jenga Puzzle?

by Kriste Melcher 09/29/2019

It's moving day. With all paper's signed and keys in hand, movers unload furniture and boxes into your new digs. But nothing seems to fit. Move just one thing, and everything is out of place. Your old furniture seems bulky—or dwarfed. 

It’s Just. Not. Right. Busting the budget to buy new furniture is out of the question, so what do you do?

Clear the slate

If the weather allows, or your garage is available, move everything out of the room. Once the floor is empty, draw out a rough floor plan with a half-inch to one-foot scale or use an online floorplan option—many online furniture retailers offer floorplan tools on their websites. Measure every wall, window, and doorway, twice!

Cut rectangles or circles the to represent furniture. Use the exact same scale you used for the floor plan. If you're using an online tool, choose sample furniture as close to the size and shape of yours available. Then, arrange and rearrange the most important or largest pieces until they fit.

Try unusual options

If the sofa always sits against the wall under the windows, try moving it into the room so that the back creates a walkway. Place loveseats opposite rather than at right angles to the sofa and place a coffee table between them. When the predominant piece is the entertainment center, consider if it fits at an angle. Group furniture for watching television separately from a conversation area or study area. Anchoring larger pieces on an area rug rather than against a wall gives a room depth and dimension.

Wait to hang art

Once you've placed the larger pieces. Live with them in place for a few days before you add wall art and décor. Lean larger artwork against first one wall and then another to see how light plays off the surface. Change up how you've always done it. Perhaps a painting that formerly hung in your family room could go in a bedroom instead. Group smaller framed art together to create dramatic visual appeal.

Move smaller pieces around

After a few days with decorative tables, bookcases, or lamps in one location, try moving them to a new position to see if it works better. If something feels congested or cramped, move it—or remove it. Conversely, when your new space feels empty, consider what might fill that gap. Avoid adding furniture just to take up space. You might find a stack of floor pillows, or a minor adjustment in location works better.

Buy to fit

When you’re sure of the spaces left over, save up to buy just the thing that both fits your area and provides you joy. After all, you'll be in your new home for several years, so you have plenty of time to fill the space with items you love. 

If you’re completely frustrated with making your furniture fit, consider hiring a professional decorator or organizer. With a fresh eye, what you already have might just be all you need.

About the Author
Author

Kriste Melcher

Kriste’s career began in commercial real estate. A few years later, she began working at John Hall & Associates and successfully began working as a Residential REALTOR at John Hall & Associates. She quickly became a Top Producing Agent and a Million Dollar Producer. 

Kriste has also worked as an Assistant Vice President in Global Sales and Marketing in Real Estate, specializing in Asset Management for 7 years . During this time, Kriste marketing and negotiated real estate sales in all 50 states in the United States.  

Kriste is currently actively involved in the real estate community as an Associate Broker with Vision Realty Pros. This company really reflects her desire to give back to the community! Meanwhile, she’s working with a number of buyers and sellers to help them achieve their real estate goals and dreams. 

Kriste would be happy to speak with you, if you are looking to purchase or sell a home.   

Bachelor of Science in Real Estate:  

Her qualifications include graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Real Estate and Business from Arizona State University.   

Real Estate Designations:  

She also has earned the designation of Certified Residential Specialist, Certified International Property Specialist, Graduate of Real Estate Institute, and the At Home With Diversity designation. In addition, she holds the Transnational Referral Certification.   

Boards & Committees:   

Kriste has served on a vast number of leadership committees throughout the years. Some of the most notable are as follows:  

City of Tempe - Historic Preservation Commission. Appointed to 2 1/2 terms while taking over for an unexpected vacancy.  

Southeast Valley Association of Realtors Government Affairs Committee - serves as a current member and past co-chairman  

Phoenix Sister Cities (multiple countries) and served as past Ennis, Ireland Co-Chair  

Women’s Council of Realtors Leadership  

AREAA (Asian Real Estate Associates of America) member 

CREA (Canadian Real Estate Associate) member 

Tempe Leadership Class of XXXV  

Last, but not least, Kriste is a certified real estate instructor at the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business.