Your Awkward, Small Space Furniture Arranging Solution

Interiors & Decor

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My living room is my white whale.  

I’ve reinvented and designed my current home, and previous residences, multiple times over. I’ve worked with a contractor to literally create rooms, offices, and studio spaces from nothing. I’m no stranger to the art of making a space feel like home, and yet, I’ve rearranged and redesigned this 120 square feet of living space numerous times, sometimes from the literal ground up, and it has still managed to stump me.

For years, I’ve been moving, reworking, and exploring the layout of the room to create an inviting and efficient space. Maybe the reason I can’t stop modifying the layout is because this space is the pass-through room to the kitchen, and therefore, one of the most highly used areas in the home. Perhaps I’m burnt out from reinventing and designing all the other physical spaces in my life. Either way, I just couldn’t keep tackling the design of the living room on my own anymore. No matter how “finished” I was with this room, I was never really done. 

Over the last few weeks, you may have noticed I’ve been working directly with an interior design professional to crack the code.

Photos by Chelsey Werth

Who is this genius that not only placed the design guardrails I needed but also solved all my design woes? Modsy

I’ve been curious about this design service for years. Both from a consumer standpoint (see aforementioned living room situation) and as a professional. 

This is one of the (many) realistic renderings I received from Modsy!

First and foremost, an interior designer is worth every single penny. Their insight into furniture design, spatial relationships, fabric choices, marriage counseling/personal therapy, and lighting is invaluable. That being said, it’s not always feasible or practical for everyone to work with an interior designer, whether due to budget or because of individual project needs. This is where Modsy fits the bill. 

Let me walk you through the process: 

  1. Take 360 photos of a room/space that needs design help. 
  2. Provide rough measurements of your space. 
  3. Include any specific furniture that you WANT in the room, be it items you already own OR pieces you want to purchase. I submitted links to the products I have and a few that I wanted them to incorporate in the final design. 
    1. Don’t have a URL for your grandmother’s set of drawers (or those you thrifted)? Measure it and submit these dimensions (and a photo!) to your designer. 
  4. Share project goals, budget, and personal preferences in the project notes. (FYI: I wanted a way to entertain in a small space that felt open, warm, and could be conducive to kids, and my budget for the project was $500 – $1,000.)

That’s it.

A 3D bird’s-eye view of the space.

After submitting this information, you work directly with a member of Modsy’s interior design staff to create an amazingly realistic rendering of your space. Depending on your project and plan, you will receive a 3D bird’s-eye view and renderings of the area. 

My experience with Modsy has been incredible. I worked directly with Larissa and found it was super easy to share feedback, submit additional photos, and share both concerns about the space and further information that would affect the project.  

You provide a budget, and Modsy provides a recommendation. Want more options? You can select alternatives.

Because I’m working with an interior design professional at Modsy, I have the benefit of access to both the latest trends and trade-only discounts and sales. Modsy includes links to hand-picked product selects for your space, with additional alternatives if you are into options. There’s no need to source decor from an Instagram without a tag (sometimes I forget!)—your design comes with products linked and ready to purchase. 

Modsy in action!

Still want options? Based on your package, you can further adjust your tailor-made design. With Modsy, I’m able to rearrange furniture without breaking a sweat. With Modsy’s 3D Editor, I can visualize the room with the sofa in the corner or with a chair removed; it’s easy to make slight modifications at the click of a mouse. 

Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or a new home, or wanting to refresh a space in your existing home, I highly recommend Modsy. Interior designers are 100% worth the money, but for those of you who are just starting out, this is a great alternative!

Ready to give Modsy a try? Use promo code DELIGHT20 to receive 20% off classic, premium, and multi-room design packages through 4/15/20. 

What other questions do you have about Modsy? Leave a comment below and I’ll answer!

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BY Kate Arends - March 12, 2020

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Beth Lefferts
March 12, 2020 11:11 am

Where is your rug from in the first picture? Etsy?

March 12, 2020 4:29 pm

Okay this post is a dream!! So helpful and so informative

Ellie xx

July 15, 2020 12:25 am

Hey Kate, Great post! I just love the way you describe all the things. Small living room furniture arrangement can be a challenge, but as shocking as it seems, small living rooms are often easier to decorate than larger ones, especially on a budget. Thank you.

August 8, 2020 1:29 am

This post has solved many of my queries thanks for sharing this lovely post and keep posting these kinds of posts waiting for more!

August 10, 2020 3:15 am

Woah! Life hacks. It’s a big help to those who have limited space on their own. Such a splendid idea. Thanks for sharing.

September 3, 2020 10:37 am

You did great job Kate! Thanks for informative share about the process. I like the color of your rug.

Barbara grant0
February 8, 2021 2:15 am

The room you show is large

Barbara grant0
February 8, 2021 2:23 am

The room you show is large compared with. Mine if you can’t walk sideways you can’t get around. I wish you would use really small I, e under 12ft square and and bathroom under 3ft square floorspace. Thar would be of use. f

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