4 Tips to Laying out a Loft-Style Apartment

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4 Tips to Laying out a Loft-Style Apartment

Rachael Weiner · Nov 5, 2010

The open and airy feeling of a loft style apartment can lead to challenges in laying out your furniture. Traditional apartments, with lower ceilings and walls to divide one room from the next, offer a little more guidance as you make each room’s function distinct. Look at laying out your loft’s furniture and accessories as a way to be unique in your approach. Here are some tips as you plan and execute the process:

1. Sketch It Out

With any sort of design or layout project, you should enter the task with a general idea of what you’re trying to execute. Since furniture is heavy, you should start with rough sketches of where things are going to be placed. Rearranging your ideas on paper is far less work than rearranging actual items in the space. It’ll also make the process move quickly when you get around to bringing the real furniture in.

2. Create Functional Spaces

With the absence of walls comes the absence of clearly defined spaces. You don’t have a distinct living room and dining room. Instead, you have a large room that must function as several different spaces with unique functions. The best way to begin laying out your furniture for a cohesive, yet naturally divided, look is to find ways to segment the furniture into area groupings. Angle the sofa and chairs so that a living area forms at one side of the room. The television, stereo and other entertainment appliances should always sit close to the wall—placing them near the center of the room will look tacky with all of the cords sticking out in plain sight. On the other side of the room several feet from the back of the angled sofa is a good place to create a dining space.

3. Make Use of Rugs

Rugs are great for bringing all elements of a room together and unifying the furniture. You can think of a rug as an anchor. Set it underneath a coffee table and surround it with a sofa and chair and you have a cohesive living space. Same goes for a dining space. Place the rug directly under the table and it clearly defines the area. Rugs make it easier to see collections of furniture as belonging to a particular set within a space.

4. Use Barriers

A common way to create distinct spaces within a loft-style apartment is to create wall barriers. Folding screens are very popular. Even if they don’t completely block one functional space from the next, the presence of a screen makes it clear that there is a distinction. Another popular barrier is a hanging curtain. Draping some fabric down from the ceiling to form a wall between the bedroom space and the living space adds visual interest and also serves as a functional way to block off the space where you sleep. This will come in handy if you have company!

Chances are if you live in a loft, you like the idea of distinct spaces all being merged into one. Loft-style apartments give you an open space that doesn’t feel confined. Embrace that idea as you begin laying out your furniture and belongings.

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Rachael Weiner: I’m a communications professional for a non-profit, which financially necessitates my status as an apartment dweller. Constantly “on-the-go,” I’ve resided in five different apartments across the United States over the past five years. Roommate issues, budgeting, organizing and handling problem neighbors are my specialty.

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