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Feel Like Your House is a Jenga Puzzle?

by Sheri Barnes 07/31/2019

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

Sheri Barnes

Buyer & Seller Agent

PERSONAL

Born and raised in the Sacramento area (Fair Oaks), real estate has always been "in my blood" perhaps, due in part to growing up in a builder family. I graduated from Bella Vista High School, attended California Lutheran College, later graduated from CSUS (Sacramento) with a degree in Communications and a minor in Business Administration. In 1993, I moved to Reno to work for a Fortune 500 company and obtained formal sales training. I've always been involved with some sort of extra-curricular activities including sports, music, dance and theatre. My current hobbies include spending time with my family, gardening, an occasional game of golf and volunteering with various youth programs and organizations. I'm Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mountain View Montessori School. 

PROFESSIONAL

Real Estate is my business, my only business. I have been a full service realtor with over 24 years of experience. My focus is helping my client achieve their real estate goals, whether they are first-time homebuyers, Seniors, buyers/sellers, investors, short sales or relocation. I specialize in new construction communities and residential resale in Washoe County.

I truly love this area and take great pride to know much more, than that which is expected. Every transaction is unique and can often require a creative solution to get results. I'm a customer driven Realtor dedicated to achieving results and providing exceptional service. I feel that this is the reason I receive an abundance of referrals from past clients.

As a buyer’s agent, I listen to my client’s goals so I can find the perfect home and NEGOTIATE the best price and terms that fits their needs. As a seller agent, I know that pricing, location and condition are key factors in selling homes for the highest price possible. With this in mind, I create a customized marketing plan specifically for your home.

Please feel free to call, text, or email me with any questions, anytime.  

CERTIFICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

REALTOR® Certification

CDPE Certified Distressed Property Expert

SFR Short Sale And Foreclosure Resource Certification

GreenRE Certified

Member National Association of Realtors

Member Northern Nevada Regional MLS

Consistently in the Top 10% of Producing Realtors in Northern Nevada