Room Layout Ideas: Tips to Boost Efficiency

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Room layout ideas for a contemporary sophisticated interior

Your floorplan matters! Did you know that your furniture layout affects the way you live? The best room layout ideas not only make an interior more fun to be in, but also boost efficiency. Simply put, practicality leads to productivity. Read on for tips on life-improving room organization and get started with your layout!

1. Logical Room Layout Ideas: Mind-Boosting Organization

Organized living room layout ideas for a contemporary sapce

Transitional room layout design by Decorilla interior designer, Sonia C.


Symmetry and order can do so much good for your mind. In a world that is often chaotic, coming home to an organized and logical space is comforting. Plus, it’ll be easier to function at your utmost when your home layout is uncluttered.

Symmetrical furniture layout in a 3D rendering of a glam contemporary lounge

3D rendering of a contemporary living room layout by Decorilla interior designer, Sarah M.


The trick is to balance your furniture while making sure what you need is within reach when you need it. All it takes are a few tips and some planning. Here are three organized room layout ideas to get started:

  • Ban clutter. 

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when a room is overly full. To avoid a build-up of things, ensure you have enough storage space and one (pretty) bin in every room.

  • Consider every room individually and plan by function.

What are the primary and secondary uses of each space? Knowing which activities you’re designing for will help guide your furniture choices. For example, the main function of a home office is to work, while an additional use could be to study or to paint. If you’re designing an artist’s home office, you’ll need a desk but also a workstation (e.g. a bench or an easel) and seating.

  • Balance the room by using the area equally.

As you plan your layout, avoid cramming as much as possible into a corner or spacing furniture too far from supporting objects, such as drawers or supplies shelves. But use the whole room. Just make sure there is enough space in each functional zone to comfortably move around and that you can reach the essentials for your tasks.

2. Peaceful Rooms: Furniture Plans Inspired by the Far East

3D rendering of Asian inspired bedroom layout ideas

3D rendering of Asian-inspired bedroom layout by Decorilla interior designer, Sonia C.


We can learn a thing or two from interiors in Asia. These homes are often calming as they balance between natural and urban spaces. The reason lies in their minimal tendencies, natural materials, and use of feng shui practices. Feng shui is the Chinese practice of arranging objects so that they enable a positive energy flow. If done correctly, this energy is believed to bring prosperity and harmony to the people who live there.

Asian inspired living room layout ideas

Copy the airy aesthetic by keeping only the furniture that you really need. Similarly, be sparing in your accessories. Each piece must hold meaning for you and make you happy. Now, when you arrange your interior, make sure there is plenty of light (avoid blocking natural light) and ample movement space.

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3. Minimalist Room Layout Ideas: Quiet Spaces Aid Focus

Minimalist room layout ideas

Minimalist living room layout by Decorilla interior designer, Sara S.


A minimalist home acts as a blank slate for your mind. It’s the perfect vehicle for homing in on the task at hand, be it working or cooking. While it may look tricky to copy the look and feel of a minimal interior, it’s quite easy. In fact, you only need to be mindful of a few things. Namely, using concealed storage, a neutral color palette, layering textures, choosing quality over quantity, and keeping it simple.

Minimal furniture layout

In planning your furniture layout, start near the center of the room then move outwards. Focusing on the interior’s main function will ensure there is little to no room for unnecessary elements. It’s also important to stick to a one-in-one-out philosophy when you shop. In doing so, you’ll avoid the risk of undoing your minimalist home.

4. Dual-Function Family Room Layout Ideas

Open plan room layout perfect for family get-togethers

3D rendering of a contemporary Scandinavian living and dining furniture layout by Decorilla designer, Darya N.


A family home must wear many hats – from a quiet space for studying to a welcoming venue for family dinners. That’s why the interior must be versatile and cater to more than one activity. Some of the best family layout ideas are open plan. Open dining, living, and kitchen areas ensure that parents can cook while keeping an eye on kids doing their homework. The shared open space also brings the family together, even when they must rush through their day.

Loving these room layout ideas but not sure where to begin in your own home? Schedule your Free Online Interior Design Consultation to get started today!

Home office next to the kitchen separated only by glass panels

For those who need to work but don’t want to miss out on family time, consider separating different areas with glass panes. This way your home will feel open-plan while having the structure of a traditional home layout.

5. Furniture Layout with Aspirations in Mind

Creative furniture layout ideas for a formal living room

Creative furniture layout ideas for a formal living room by Decorilla designer, Tera S.


Turning your environment into a space that boosts your efficiency requires passion – your passion. Let what inspires you shine through in your home. It will make you happy just by being in it, and it will also help you focus on what you want to achieve in life. So make sure your furniture layout accommodates your chosen lifestyle. This includes how you want to interact with those that live with you.

Classy entertaining room layout ideas with piano and beverage station

Classy entertaining room layout ideas by Decorilla designer, Mladen C.


For example, if you want to be more creative, make a home that inspires and enables you to do that. Showcase your favorite artwork or artist, and make sure you have space to be creative. Or, if you want to spend more time socializing, pick a room layout and furniture setup that encourages shared activities. If it’s a family home, you could also highlight shared interested and cherished memories.

6. Bedroom Layout Ideas for Better Sleep

REstful bedroom layout ideas

Peaceful bedroom layout idea by Decorilla interior designer, Stella P.


The bedroom is not typically associated with productivity. Yet, you could be sleeping more efficiently than you are right now. And one of the tools that can help you get quality shut-eye is your bedroom plan. Within every beautiful bedroom, there are useful room layout ideas, just waiting to be explored.

Bedroom layout ideas that increases sleep efficiency

How to Increase Sleep Efficiency with Your Bedroom Layout:

  • Make it all about the bed.

Your bed, the type of mattress and bedding, has the biggest impact on your sleep quality. But the placement thereof is just as important.

    • Place the back of your bed against the wall.
    • Allow air to flow freely underneath and past the sides of your bed. And forget about pushing your bed into a corner! It’ll only make you feel boxed in. Use every inch that you can, even if it’s one or two inches off the ground or away from a wall.
    • Place your bed so that it faces the entryway. And, if you can, make sure it’s not in-line with the door.
    • Finally, avoid placing the bed underneath a window or air conditioner. The breeze can disrupt your sleep without you even noticing.
Contemporary bedroom layout idea in sophisticated grey

3D rendering of a glamorous bedroom layout idea by Decorilla designer, Mladen C.


  • Then think about the rest.
    • Don’t put sharp-edged furniture in the bedroom. Especially not blocking the walkways from the door or to the closet.
    • Choose small, round-edged bedside tables that can hold only the most necessary objects for sleep.
    • Incorporate soft, warm lighting near the head of the bed, so that it’s easy to get into bed and switch off the lights once you’re comfortable.
    • Avoid putting a mirror opposite the bed. Seeing movement in your sleepy state may wake you.
    • Add a rug that feels good underfoot – it’ll make getting up a little more pleasant too.

7. Vertical Room Layout Ideas for Small Spaces

Wall planters for small home layout solutions

3D rendering of a small kitchen layout by Decorilla interior designer, Christian G.


Often we forget that we have so much vertical space to work with in our floor plans. Luckily, walls and even the area below a ceiling can give your efficiency a lift. Small living room layout ideas, like floor-to-ceiling storage or planters, are certainly practical. Plus, they can also make the room feel taller than it is. But keep shelves narrow and slim to not overpower the small room.

Guest bedroom and family room layout ideas

Anchoring a fold-away table or suspending folding chairs could save plenty of space. So when you’re planning the room layout, consider a few suspended or anchored furniture ideas first. Anything that can fold away or has a double function could do wonders for your home.

Verticle room layout ideas to maximize limited space

Being practical in a small, but verticle space means getting creative with every square foot available. Take advantage of high ceilings by incorporating a loft for additional floor space. This can be a great place for a home office, bedroom, or even a cozy reading nook. And if your loft includes a staircase, don’t let the space under the stairs go to waste. Use this real estate for valuable storage cabinets or shelving!

Now you’re ready to create efficient room layouts that work best for your lifestyle. But if you’re looking for a little extra help with creating your perfect furniture placement, Schedule a Free Interior Design Consultation and get started today!

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