Fixing an Off-centered Room

Fixing an Off-centered Room

  • Jennifer Cosgrove
  • 10/24/22

Fixing an off-centered room: How to center your room and make it look its best

The living room, dining room, or bedroom can all be centered with the right design strategy. If you’ve moved into a new house and have an off-centered room, don’t worry—these tips on fixing an off-centered room can help you make it the centerpiece of your home! Keep reading to learn how to center your room, what you can do with each part of your room, and how to make sure you’re centering in the right way for each area.


How to Tell if You Have an Off-center Room

You may have bought an older home with an awkward living area that is off-centered. Usually, the TV would be a central focal point in the room, but if the existing layout is already off-centered, such as the fireplace or windows, it can create some undesired visual lines. If you are trying to decide where you want to place the focal points for your living space, these questions might help: What is important in this room? What am I using this space for? Who will most likely be here? Is there any way I can incorporate my favorite furniture piece into this new space without disrupting anything else? Where does my body lead me when I first walk into the room?


What are the Most Common Causes of Off-center Rooms?

The most common causes of an off-center room are incorrect measurements, a poorly placed door or window, or the wrong furniture. You can fix this by moving the furniture around so that each item is centered on a wall and making sure that all windows, doors, and other openings are located in the same place on every wall. If you need to add something new like a window or bookshelf, you may have to redo some of the steps. But once everything’s in place, you’ll have a symmetrical room with no noticeable bad side!


The Benefits of Centering Your Room

Centering a room is not only good for aesthetics but also reduces the amount of furniture you need. This can be beneficial in smaller spaces. It also allows you to avoid having too much furniture on one side of the wall which can cause a bit of an imbalance. And lastly, centering a room typically creates more space on both sides of the walls which can be beneficial if you are looking for more storage space or want to use them for display purposes. 


The first thing that needs to be done when attempting to center a room is to determine where the center actually is. If you know how many square feet your room has, then finding the middle should be easy. Otherwise, find out what size rug or piece of furniture will go in the middle (a couch or table will work). Draw two lines from opposite corners to meet this object. Measure the distance between these two lines and mark where they intersect as A. Measure the distance from A to each corner of the room and mark those spots as B. You'll now have four points that make up an equal-sided box around your object. Move your rug or furniture so it's centered within these four points. From there you can move all other pieces of furniture into place without worrying about any doors being blocked or anything hanging over a window sill.


Choosing Offset Furniture

Select furniture that is offset from the entryway. If you have a couch along the wall, for example, have it situated so that there is a couple of feet between the couch and the door. This will allow people coming into your home to be able to see past the furniture in order for them to take in all of their surroundings. If you have furniture against one wall, such as bookshelves or a dresser, place them at least six feet away from another wall. Furniture should also be at least three feet away from windows and doors. The final step to get a symmetrical look is to use up any leftover space by placing other pieces of furniture around the room so they are evenly spaced out.


Recessed Lighting vs Pendant Lighting in a Centered Room

Pendant lighting is a great option for recessed lighting in a centered, symmetrical room. The light hangs from the ceiling or wall, providing natural light for the area. This option provides soft illumination without harsh shadows. It is also usually cheaper than recessed lights, as you can install a single pendant instead of multiple fixtures. 

Recessed lights are more suited for rooms with one focal point, like a fireplace or TV screen. They provide brighter, wider coverage so that viewers have a better view of what's on the screen or by the fire. They're also typically less expensive than pendant lights, so they're often chosen when money isn't an issue. However, when trying to hang a recessed light too high up near the roof line, you will get significant glare off surfaces near the fixture. To avoid this problem try adding frosted glass shades to keep direct glare at bay.


How to Fix an Off-center Fixture

When you set up a family room, a den, or a living room, usually, it's centered around the TV. In our living room, we struggled because the fireplace was off-center in the room. So we had to figure out where was the TV going. Was it going over the fireplace? Was it going in the middle of the wall with nothing anchoring it? Will we be moving the couches? What are we doing with the furniture? 


The easiest thing we were able to figure out was just to make the fireplace bigger. And the way we did that was by adding almost another fireplace size console next to it. We extended the fireplace all the way down to be centered in the middle of the room. We added cabinets to store games and blankets and anything that you need in the room. We added a spot for a little bit of decor, we made the mantel a little bit more substantial, and we were able to center the TV in front of the sitting area. So if you ever get stuck in a room where you have a fixture and it seems like it isn't keeping in balance with the rest of the room, think about how you might add to it to maybe create an aligned space and make it a little bit bigger to help balance out the room and make it a great space for the whole family.

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