Following a few simple tips can help you in proper care and structuring of your furniture at home

The furniture of a house is like the meat and potatoes in a meal. It takes up most of the space in our house, be it the living room, dining room or the bedroom. Apart from storing all our precious possessions, the furniture of our house helps us to make our home feel more comfortable, welcoming and aesthetically pleasing.

Consider the size of your house

Both small and big houses can face the problem of mismatched arrangement of furniture which can cause space-crunch and restricted movement in small houses and underutilized spaces in large houses.

It is very crucial for a small house to segregate spaces for specific functionality. For instance, put your shoe rack right beside the door and use it as drawer storage or a small bench. Buy furniture that can serve dual purposes like a sofa-cum-bed or an Ottoman cum storage.

Brooklyn Home


The first New York City apartment that Lisa and Michael Lehman shared was a Chinatown studio that lacked sufficient storage space. The 2,800-square-foot space, largely untouched for some 20 years, lacked the sort of family-friendly functionality that the pair

Every house has a storage area which is usually cluttered and disorganized. Get rid of all the unwanted materials and compartmentalize the area. You can use the space as per your needs. Cookware or winter wears that are not used regularly can be kept in this area instead of piling them up in the kitchen or the closet. Areas below the stairs can also be converted into storage or a reading nook.

“Lisa was doing everything she could to create more, including putting a full-sized dresser under the bar counter in lieu of stools. Years later, when the couple found themselves the new owners of a Romanesque Revival triplex in Park Slope, they faced challenges of a different sort.”

Michael says

Create an organized system

Imagine having your guests at the dinner table, only to realize that you haven’t taken out the cutlery and watch you searching for it everywhere in the house. Instead, keep the basics of specific functionality at a designated space in your house. For example, keep your cutlery and dinner sets in kitchen cabinets so that they are easily accessible whenever required.