Tip: Make sure the furniture fits before you buy
It doesn't matter how pretty that table is, if you have to squeeze sideways to pass through your dining room, it's not working for your space.
To avoid that "my sofa ate my living room" look, I always turn to this tip from designer friends: measure and plot it out too.
A measuring tape will help you figure out that, yes, in fact it will fit through the door, but mapping it out on the floor with painter's tape (which can be easily removed without doing any harm to your carpet or hardwood) will help you actually see how it looks in the room, and how much floor space you'll lose to the footprint.
This is also a great trick when you're rearranging furniture, so you can test out your new room's configurations and flow before giving your muscles a workout moving that table 11 times.
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