Does Your Old Furniture Fit in your New House?

by Naomi McClure 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

Naomi McClure


I’m excited to tell you a little about myself.  I am a wife, mother of 4 and grandmother of 11! I grew up on the East Coast and have lived in the San Fernando Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley for the last 27 years and I’m proud to call this area home!

I have worked for 25 years in television production and have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people.  That career gave me the financial ability to buy and sell many properties on a personal level, both as homes and as investments. I have gone through the real estate transaction process many times and I know firsthand that it can be daunting. But I believe every person or family should have the chance to have a home where they can feel safe, secure, loved and comfortable. It is my goal to guide you through the buying or selling process smoothly and confidently. For you, having an agent who cares and is passionate about helping people makes all the difference.

I strive to live my life with honesty, integrity, knowledge, and courage. My faith teaches me that we are all equals, regardless of our personal situations. Combining those factors means it’s my job to give you the best service possible while treating you with the utmost respect, attention, and courtesy.

Our lives are wonderful, interesting, surprising journeys. Sometimes they are joyful; other times we face challenges we never could have expected. In my opinion, no matter where life leads us, the best journey takes us home.

I would be honored to be a part of your journey!