Floating Furniture

Whether moving into a new home or simply having a spring clean change-up, moving our furniture around manages to revitalize old pieces, breathing new life into the mundane or dull.

However, the majority of us (me included) tend to traditionally push everything against a wall because it’s apparently deep-seated within us that the back of furniture – or the designated ‘back’ – needs to be up against something.

This doesn’t have to be the case.

Trashing those thoughts and pulling some of your furniture away from those walls can have a huge impact on your living space dynamic, making small spaces feel bigger, and offering better flow through and utilization.

Floating furniture may sound a bit alarming, but it’s a great technique to move certain pieces away from walls and corners, opening up your living space. Therefore, I present to you 3 vital reasons why you should float your furniture for a better, healthier and renewed living space.

  1. 360 furniture

    When you float a piece of furniture, you don’t block an aspect of it, instead, you give it a 360-degree purpose. Floating a table or open shelving means you can utilize the space around the whole piece of furniture.

    This is especially useful in small space living because your furniture takes on a new function. What was once potentially just a side table tucked away by an armchair becomes a central focus where the traffic in your home takes you all around the object.

    It’s now a new place for your keys when you get home from work; It could feature a plant to help oxygenate and draw life into your room; If it’s not got chairs to sit around you could even prop some art against it or stack some books underneath it so from each angle that table serves a function – practicality, visual appeal, and storage.

  1. Regenerative furniture

    When you push pieces of furniture against walls or into corners, you cast shadows on those pieces and more often than not reduce natural light within your home.

    By floating your furniture instead of tucking it away you create a space which is light and refreshing not only around your home in general but for that individual piece of furniture too. If you find that some of your pieces you wish to float aren’t really designed for floating e.g dull, ugly or messy backings, you can very easily still float them and in turn, add a new aspect to that side.

    Through the addition of a throw to a sofa, you add texture and color to the back of it. Add a slimline bookcase or display to the back of a sofa with pictures or cds, once again creating dual-functionality to your floating furniture.

  1. Divided furniture

    Finally, the most exciting part of floating your furniture for me is the new traffic flow through your home. As mentioned, when you float a piece of your living space it grants you 360 access to it, but it also divides and splits up your home, giving you more ways to explore that living space.

    Floating shelving or an open divider entices you to explore the space rather than taking part in the whole room all the time. Open shelving also creates a peek-a-boo effect, giving you a glimpse into parts of your living space but not allowing you to absorb the whole thing.

    A division like this can help small spaces feel larger, or at the very least more expansive, turning an open plan living space into something much more appealing to the senses. Furniture and parts of your home don’t affront you straight away, but are discovered piece by piece via your floating divisions.

However you decide to float your furniture in your house, give at least one floating piece a try this week and see how it transforms your living space. By reading furniture company reviews you can find the perfect pieces to add vitality to your home today, as well as find the places to steer clear of (Sofology reviews at Reviews.co.uk) and avoid succumbing to ill-fitting furniture leaving you with more of a flop, than a float.

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