Asked by: Kada Allmacher
asked in category: General Last Updated: 14th January, 2020

What is the ideal distance for conversation areas?

The maximum comfortable distance for a seated conversation between people's heads is between 7ft and 9ft (about 2.1m to 2.8m). Any bigger than this and you'll start wanting to raise your voice and it becomes harder to pick up on facial cues.

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In this regard, how far away from the wall should furniture be?

The best distance is 24 inches from the wall in large rooms, and between 12 inches and 18 inches in a small space. In every room, though, rugs should be large enough to rest under two legs of the sofa and chairs.

Also, how much space do you need for a walkway in a living room? RULE: Give 30″ to 36″ of a walkway between large furniture pieces (if your living room allows for it) if not then at least 18″-24″.

Keeping this in view, how much clearance do you need around a dining table?

For a seating area around a dining table to feel comfortable and not cramped, 36 inches between the table edge and walls or obstructions is necessary to provide room for guests to enter and exit their chairs. In a cramped setting or fixed-seat environment such as a booth-style seat, 24 inches is sufficient.

Should sofa be against the wall?

Don't push all your furniture up against the walls. Pull your sofa (or other seating) out at least 12″ from the wall. It will make the space seem more inviting and cozy, instead of creating a big bunch of weird dead space in the middle.

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