Parties and social gatherings are distinct events where you invite a number of people into your home environment. This can put a strain on the space resources that you have, and in extreme cases it may even lead to damage and discomfort. However a strategic furniture arrangement strategy can allow you to maximize the efficiency of the room you have, facilitating a more pleasant experience for everyone who attends.
The first thing you should focus on is floor space. You want to ensure that there is a good sense of flow throughout and between any rooms that will be open to the public. The best way to do that is to declutter as much as possible. Get rid of any excess furniture you may have, and if possible replace larger pieces with smaller ones. Couches can provide seating, but are bulkier and more room consuming than folding chairs or barstools.
Creating furniture flow also means paying attention to entrances, exits, and the hallway paths between rooms. Make sure that those portals are open, and free of any obstruction. That will allow guests to easily maneuver around one another to get to any area that they wish. It’s also good sense as far as fire safety, as congested clutter can cause dangerous delays in the unfortunate event of an emergency.
Tables are often a congesting culprit when it comes to social spaces. While they do provide surfaces that have their uses, they are often bulky beyond the requirements of the day. While you may not want to throw away a fully functional coffee table, kitchen table, or dining room set, it may be useful to put them into storage during the event of a party. Often legs will fold, or can be removed, allowing you to slide the bulk of the piece behind a couch, under a bed, or conveniently into a closet.
In many cases there will be rooms that you don’t want completely open to your guests. These spaces can be used as ancillary features, taking on functional responsibilities so that the prime environment can be more efficient. Bedrooms can be used to store coats, hide excess furniture pieces, and hold timely accessories such as cakes or snacks that are only set to appear at a particular instance. Kids rooms and play spaces are great for cordoning of the younger generation, so that they can engage in rowdy behavior without disturbing or being disturbed by older guests.
General furniture efficiency is always welcome when hosting social situations. Tables or kitchen islands that have built in storage features can do double duty, eliminating the need for extra furnishings in a space. Hanging accessories are also a good choice, as they allow you the convenience of shelves, or surfaces, without taking up the valuable floor space that your guests will need to move about freely. In general, the more clever you can get about choice and arrangement of your home furniture products, the better prepared you will be to pack the building with guests and friends.