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Design for the Elderly: Choosing Senior-Friendly Furniture and Designing for Aging in Place

While multigenerational living is far from the norm in the United States, more and more Boomers and Gen Xers are having their aging parents move in with them rather than moving them into an assisted living or nursing home facility. You may have heard of the term “aging in place” and this is exactly what it is—senior citizens living in the residence of their choice for as long as they are able.

Sometimes this means that support is brought into their own homes and sometimes that looks like moving in with family members who can offer additional support. Whether you’re having your elderly parents move in with you or want to make your aging relative’s home safer for them as they continue to live on their own, there are some updates you can make to help with mobility issues and safety.

Aging adults have specific needs when it comes to interior design. For this demographic, functionality and safety need to be top-of-mind, as opposed to aesthetics. (Though, this doesn’t mean their home design will be ugly—aesthetics will simply be a lower priority.) And choosing the right furniture for elderly adults can make a huge difference.

With a few tweaks to your furniture and room layouts, you can make your home safer and more comfortable for loved ones who are aging in place. Read on for our 14 design tips for furnishing a home for senior citizens and aging family members, along with ideas for furniture for the eldery.

Disclaimer: These are simply design tips intended to assist in mobility. Consult a healthcare professional for any safety concerns. 

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1. Reduce Clutter

In a home with older adults, less is best. Reduce clutter throughout the house, making sure nothing inhibits a walkway. (More on this below.) But beyond walkways, it’s also worth removing excess books, paper, and even decor throughout the house. This not only helps reduce mental load, but a clutter-free home can simply make it easier for a senior to take care of themselves, as clutter can get in the way of daily tasks like cooking and cleaning.

Ensure high-traffic areas have wide, clear walkways to make moving around easier for elderly!

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2. Create Enough Space for Traffic Flow

To accommodate wheelchairs and walkers, you need to create wider walkways. So, move items out of the way that could become tripping hazards—like consoles in narrow hallways or decorative items in rooms that aren’t very wide or spacious. Having enough space to walk around and navigate will create a safer environment an elderly person.

Reduce trip hazards with a low pile rug with a non-slip rug pad underneath.

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3. Choose Low-Pile Rugs

For homes with carpets or rugs, opt for low-pile (aka thinner) options. Anything too chunky or plush (like a thick pile or shag carpet) could become a tripping hazard. Plush-pile rugs can also be difficult to walk on with a walker. Check out our guide on how to choose a rug if you need additional guidance on size and material.

For all homes with older adults, skip the use of small accent rugs, which tend to move around and can more easily cause a fall.

Another option if trips and falls are a serious concern? Skip rugs and carpeting altogether, opting for bare hardwood and tile floors.

4. And Don’t Skip the Rug Pad

If your home has a rug, it’s very important to also have a non-skid rug pad. On their own, area rugs can slip and slide around on hardwood floors. A rug pad will help the rug stay in place, preventing senior citizens (and anyone else, really) from slipping. An added benefit? Rug pads also make a rug more comfortable to stand on and will help extend the life of your rug!

5. Install Grab Bars and Railings

In bathrooms and staircases, it’s worth considering the installation of grab bars and railings. Most staircases have a railing already—but adding an additional railing to the other side of the staircase, if possible, can help with balance. And having grab bars in bathrooms, next to the toilet and in the shower, are extremely helpful for daily mobility issues and ensuring the safety of an elderly person.

Be wary of towel rods, as these can be grabbed like a grab bar but might not be secure enough to hold the weight of a person, which can cause a fall!

A taller sofa will make sitting down and standing up easier on older adults.

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6. Choose Sofas at an Appropriate Height and Size

As people age, it can become more difficult to transition from sitting to standing, and vice versa. So it’s important to consider the height of sofas and chairs to make this as easy as possible for the older adults in your home.

Choose a sofa and accent chairs that allow them to sit on comfortably with their feet planted on the floor. But you don’t want them too low, as this will increase the difficulty of sitting down or standing back up. It’s also worth considering sofas with taller arm rests, which will make for a sturdy grip, helping you or a loved one pull themselves up or help or sit down.

The actual size and height of the sofa or chairs you choose depends on the height and size of your aging family member. Someone who is shorter will need a sofa that’s a bit lower and not as deep, while a taller family member will need a deeper and taller sofa.

Choose a bed that is hip-height to make getting in and out easy.

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7. Consider the Height and Style of Their Bed

Make getting in and out of bed as easy as possible by choosing the right height of bed. The same rule for sofas applies here too—opt for a bed that is lower than hip height, but not too low! Too tall and they’ll have to jump up to get into bed, too low and they’ll have to hoist themselves up out of bed in the morning—and no one needs that right when they wake up!

A good measurement? Make sure your family member’s feet can sit flat on the floor when sitting on the edge of the mattress. A good rule of thumb is to avoid platform beds, which sit low to the ground by design, making them much too low for older adults; they require much more effort to go from sitting to standing. It’s also worth avoiding intricately carved bed frames or those with jutting woodwork, which are more likely to be a tripping hazard or cause harm. Your best bet is to choose an upholstered bed in a streamlined design. Check out our bed frame style guide to better understand all the bed frame options on the market!

You could also opt for a motorized bed base, which allows you to lower and raise the bed for sleeping and sitting upt to read or watch TV—and allow a person to choose their sleeping position based on any medical needs. These beds can also make it easier for getting out of bed.

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8. Install Good Lighting

Good lighting is a must—in all homes, but especially homes where older adults live. Since eyesight often wanes as we age, it’s important to choose lighting that is bright enough so you can clearly see what you’re doing and where you’re going. This is especially important in the kitchen, bathroom, and stairwells. Keep stairwells well lit with accent lighting, like sconces, or even light strips on the underside of your steps.

Aside from overhead lights, make sure table and/or floor lamps are easily reachable from sofas and beds to avoid any strain. With floor lamps, make sure the bases are sturdy so they don’t topple over easily. And, of course, be mindful of trailing cords on the floor, which can be a tripping hazard!

Since many older adults get up one or more times throughout the night to use the bathroom or get a drink, it can also be helpful to keep a flashlight on the bedside table or have nightlights scattered throughout the house to help with nighttime visibility.

Want to shed more light on the subject? Check out our lighting buying guide for more insight on how to choose good lighting for your home.

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9. Keep Necessities Within Reach

Making sure your family member’s most-used items are easily accessible and within reach is very important. This helps reduce strain, which could lead to injuries, and avoids them needing to use a step stool to reach anything. (This is especially important in a kitchen.) Obviously not everything in a home can be within arms-reach—but consider the most used items and strategically place them for easy access.

Skip the glass and opt for wood furniture instead!

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10. Avoid Glass-Topped Furniture

Sturdy furniture is essential for older adults—so this means avoiding glass-topped furniture which can chip and break more easily than other materials. It’s simply not the most stable material. If you need something to grip or press on to get off the sofa, or if you trip and need to hold onto something, glass isn’t sturdy enough to hold unexpected weight and can be dangerous in situations like this. Instead, opt for stable wooden furniture.

11. Skip Rolling Furniture

Furniture with wheels or casters should also be avoided. These pieces can roll unexpectedly, which can be dangerous. Skip dining chairs with casters, as they can be more challenging to get out of.

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Drum style coffee tables are very sturdy and have no legs, making them a great option for senior-friendly spaces.

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12. Be Aware of Furniture Legs and Bases

When picking out suitable senior-friendly furniture, be sure to consider the legs of a piece of furniture. While sofa and armchair legs tend to stay tucked under the frame of the furniture, some coffee tables or dining tables have legs that protrude out at an angle or have large feet. As you might imagine, this can become a tripping hazard. So, think through the legs of furniture pieces and skip any that may result in tripping.

Pedestal side tables, while their bases aren’t a tripping hazard, aren’t as steady as side tables with four legs and tip more easily. So, consider avoiding pedestal table designs as well.

Consider skipping a coffee table and using an ottoman as a plush alternative.

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13. Avoid Furniture With Sharp Edges

As we age, our skin becomes thinner and loses some of the protective layers that cushion blood vessels against injury. Because of this, senior citizens are more prone to bruising—so it’s important to avoid furniture with sharp edges. This is especially important in the bedroom, where a person is more likely to be navigating around the room in the dark.

14. Consider Motorized Furniture

Motorized furniture can make life easier for older adults. Motorized recliners, sofas, beds, and even tables allow more flexibility and support, making sitting and standing easier. This can be especially helpful for those who have mobility issues or are recovering from a surgery.

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Buying Guide: The Essential Living Room Furniture Checklist

Living rooms are the hub of the home—now more than ever. These spaces saw some serious action in 2020 and your living room is likely the room you spent the most time in. So, it’s important to make sure it’s properly furnished! But, since living rooms are often large spaces and can have multiple functions, it can be hard to know what you need to make this space really work its hardest.

So, today we’re breaking down everything you could ever need in your living room with our living room buying guide! With our interior design buying guides, we’ll help you identify the core pieces you need for your space, how to add additional storage, and some decorative touches that will make your space shine. We’ll offer all sorts of design inspiration, as well as an actual living room furniture checklist to help you out! Whether you’re designing a brand-new living room from scratch, upgrading your existing living space, or are pulling together a design over time, this guide has all the information you’ll need!

Before you get started, consider your budget

But before we get started, it’s worth touching base about the budget. Because, how much does it actually cost to decorate a living room and buy new furniture? Well, it depends on if you’re starting from scratch or just adding smaller accents and decor. The size of the space and the subsequent amount and size of furniture will also have a big impact on your budget range. Other factors that affect budget? If your living room has a secondary function, such as housing and office or a playroom, or if it’s an open space that also includes a dining area or entryway. Ultimately, we’d recommend budgeting $4,000-$15,000 for the core pieces of a living room redesign, depending on your needs!

Ready to dive in? Read on for our living room furniture buying guide!

 

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Core Pieces: The Living Room Essentials

When pulling together your living room design, these are the pieces of furniture that you can’t live without. You can customize each piece however you’d like, and go for more or less depending on the size of your living room. But, ultimately, these are the core pieces that will make this space functional.

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Sofa or Sectional

A sofa or sectional is a must-have in a living room. These pieces offer a place to sit, converse, relax, watch TV, and so much more. A sofa will be the biggest financial investment in your living room design—but it will also be the most-used piece, so you definitely want to take your time picking out this piece of furniture! (Learn more about how much to spend on a sofa.)

When considering your options, choose one that’s right for your lifestyle, which will help determine the shape, style, and material of the sofa you choose. Have a big family that loves to lounge? Consider the benefits of a sectional vs sofa. Have kids or pets that are prone to accidents? Opt for durable, machine-washable fabric. (And check out our guide to sofa materials.) Are you super particular about your aesthetic? Maybe you want the sofa style to drive your other decisions. But just remember—the upholstery material you choose can determine the cost and durability of your sofa. So, you may want to consider who uses the sofa, the amount of use it gets, and if you want to prioritize a washable fabric before picking color and sofa style.

Beyond that make sure your sofa will fit into your space! You’ll want to make sure the square footage and layout of your living room allows you to comfortably walk around your sofa, and that it doesn’t block any vents or doorways!

Stylist Tip: Think about your personal style. Do you stick to one style or like to change things up a lot? This can help determine if you go for a timeless sofa or something more trendy! (Our guide to sofa styles can help you here!)

Price Range: $800-$8,000

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Accent Seating

Accent seating is another core piece you’ll want to include in your living room design. Whether it’s a single chair or a pair—or even a second, totally separate seating area—accent seating works alongside your sofa as a supporting act. It helps round out your seating area and pull together your room—giving you space for entertaining, watching TV, reading, and so much more! You just want to make sure your accent seating compliments the style and coloring of your sofa, and that it’s in proportion with your sofa (you don’t want a seat that looks too big or too small next to your sofa!).

There are a ton of styles of accents seating—from rocking chairs and armchairs to loveseats, benches, and stools, and in a ton of different fabrics and colors. With so much variety, all you have to do is pick the one that works for your space and needs! But as you make your decision, consider who will be using the accent seating. Will it primarily be for guests, with your family mainly using the sofa? Or will someone in the house use the chair every morning and evening? This will help determine if you opt for a higher-quality option or buy something less expensive and trendy.

Price Range:  $200 – $1,500

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Coffee table

Coffee tables offer you a place to set drinks, corral remotes, display books, and kick up your feet. While you can live without one, we don’t recommend it! In fact, we consider coffee tables a must-have in a living room! But be careful—coffee tables can make or break a space. If they’re the wrong size or height, or in a style or material that doesn’t mesh with the rest of your space, they can turn into a major eyesore.

Check out our guide to coffee table shapes to find one that works for your space. But also consider coffee table materials and your lifestyle in the selection process. If you have a smaller living room, you may want to go for a storage coffee table. Have young kids? Maybe an ottoman is a better choice. You want to make sure the coffee table you choose meets your needs and helps make life easier!

Price Range: $150 – $3,000

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Lighting

Lighting is a simple element that really helps set the stage for a room. So, incorporating lighting beyond natural light sources and overhead lighting is an absolute must in a living room. Layered lighting—with a mix of floor and table lamps, sconces, and candles—helps set the tone and creates a warmer, more inviting environment. You want to make sure your space is well-lit for the way you use it. Have a reading chair you love to curl up in every evening? You’ll want to make sure you have a floor lamp nestled nearby (or a table lamp on a side table). Want to highlight a favorite piece of art? Hang a sconce above it. Make sure you have ample light sources so that you can light your space the way you want it throughout the day. And make sure your lights are placed in a way that they don’t cause uncomfortable glare or shade!

Lighting prices vary quite a bit—from relatively inexpensive to pretty pricey. So, decide if you want to invest in lighting or buy trendy pieces you’ll change out in a few years.

Price Range: $50-$1,000

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Organization: Living Room Storage

Once you have your core furniture pieces in place, it’s important to consider storage. Everyone’s storage needs are different, but you’ll want to incorporate at least one to two of these living room storage ideas!

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Media Cabinet

Including a media cabinet in your living room is necessary if you have TV or sound system set-up in this space. These large cabinets are what your TV sits on or hangs above—but they can also be used in a living room, even if your space is screen-free. A media cabinet is usually front and center in your living room. Since TVs tend to be a focal point, the media cabinet naturally is too. So, you want it to be a piece that looks nice and conceals wiring. But, while these pieces can be both functional and stylish, you want to think about function first. Consider scale and proportion when choosing your media cabinet. How big is your TV, how much do you need to store inside of it, and how will the piece fit in within the rest of your living room? Check out our guide to choosing the best TV stand for your TV size for more tips! And remember: media cabinets can be pricey, but cheaper ones can be an eyesore or start sagging under the weight of a large TV. So, the materials used definitely have an impact on pricing!

Price Range: $600-$4,000

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Console table

A console table is a nice storage piece in a living room and can give a nice finishing touch to your space. Long and narrow, console tables offer a nice mix of open storage, shelving, drawers, and a surface space for decor. If you’re short on space, a console can be a nice, smaller alternative to a large credenza, offering a surface for your TV—through significantly less storage. They’re also great accent pieces for behind a floating sofa or under a window, like in the design above. To choose the right console table for your space, consider where it’s going, how much storage space you need, and what other uses it might have. That will help guide the size of the piece. From there, there are a ton of styles to choose from; just make sure the style is one that goes with the rest of the space and is most stylish and functional for you!

Price Range:  $400-$1,500

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Bookcase

Bookcases not only look nice in your living room—they provide a practical home for items like books (of course), personal decor, picture frames, and baskets for additional storage. These are great ways to add storage to a smaller living room, as they take advantage of vertical space. And they’re also good for living rooms where a lot of reading takes place! A bookcase should fit into the space and add to it visually (not detract). So, make sure the material and finish you choose complements the other materials in the space and stylistically fits.

Price Range: $300-$2,000

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Baskets

Baskets are the perfect multipurpose storage item for a living room. They can be used throughout your space for storing extra throw pillows, blankets, books, magazines, dog toys, kids toys, remotes—you name it, a basket can corral it! They’re also a cost-effective way to add storage. And, while most baskets are open, some styles have lids so you can hide everything that’s inside! Baskets are made in so many different sizes, styles, and materials, so they’re easy to add into any space, small or big. There are styles that can easily slide under your sofa, as well as more decorative options that add a stylish statement to your room’s decor! Decorative and functional? Now that’s a win-win.

Price Range: $20-$300

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Finishing Touches: Living Room Decor

Once you’ve figured out what furniture to include in your living room, you can move onto decor. These finishing touches give a lot of style and personality to your space. If you’re looking for a small living room refresh, focus on this category and make a big impact for a smaller price tag!

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Rug

Rugs add a layer of comfort, color, pattern, and plushness to a living room. In any living room, they help define the seating area. But if you have an open living room/dining room, rugs can help create zones within open layouts. And if you live in an apartment, they can also help dampen noise and add a sound barrier to your living room!

Rugs can be expensive—so take time to carefully pick on that’s right for your style and space. A big part of this is choosing the right size for your living room. (See our living room rug size guide for our best tips on choosing the right size!) From there, choose a style that you love and that matches your living room style. You can go style-specific, like a highly patterned colorful rug, or something like a simple jute rug that can be used in multiple spaces and across styles. And don’t forget to consider maintenance and if you need a rug that’s more durable or easy to clean.

Price Range: $400-$8,000

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Throw Pillows

Besides the cushions that come on a sofa, you typically want throw pillows for extra comfort and support—and a nice splash of style. They’re great for adding some extra cushion while you’re curled up reading and are an easy way to pull some pattern and texture into the room while tying in colors from the rest of the space. While you want the style to go with the overall look of the room, since throw pillows are relatively inexpensive, you can switch them out seasonally or whenever you want to give your living room a fresh look! Wondering how to arrange throw pillows on a sofa and how many to use? Small sofas require fewer throw pillows than a large sectional—but how many pillows you use also depends on your personal style preferences.

Price Range: $25-$150 per pillow

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Decorative Accessories

You know how when you see photos of homes in a magazine or on a blog, and there’s just something about them that feels so next-level? Here’s a clue: it’s all about the decorative accessories. They’re what designers use to add a finishing touch and personalized flair to a space. Decorative accessories can be anything from collected items from vintage stores and family heirlooms to coffee table books and candles. They range in style and size, but strategically placed decor—on a side table, console, coffee table, fireplace mantel, or shelf—adds a lot to a space and makes it look polished. When diving into the world of decorative accessories, start with a few items and try different arrangements. And remember: less is more. You don’t want a cluttered look! Try mixing practical items and those that are purely ornamental, like a vase with a book.

Stylist Tip: Since small decor is typically more trendy than timeless, it’s something you can change out every so often, offering another simple way to change up the look of your living room. But mixing timeless pieces with trendy pieces will add to the longevity of the design!

Price Range: There are truly pieces at any price point—from super cheap objects at thrift stores to extremely expensive heirloom antiques!

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Artwork

Artwork is another nice finishing touch to a living room, adding color, pattern, style, and a personal touch. And the amount you incorporate into your space is totally up to you. You can hang a whole gallery wall or just a single piece of art—it just depends on the style of your space and the look you want to achieve! Whichever route you go, artwork should help pull the room together; you don’t want it to feel like an afterthought. You’ll also want to hang art in the right areas—over the sofa, above the fireplace, or on a painted accent wall. And if you don’t want artwork, you can also frame family photos or personal travel photography!

Price Range: $40-$5,000

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Greenery

Greenery adds texture and color to your living room—along with a lively organic element. Since living rooms tend to be one of the larger rooms in your house, you can get away with more large-scale plants in this space. Try bringing in a tree or a shaggy palm if you want to make more of a statement. Or, you can go more subtle with succulents or even just a sprig of eucalyptus in a vase! Not a green thumb? No problem. There are a ton of great faux plants out there that look amazingly realistic. Or, if greenery isn’t your thing, you can also incorporate a vase of fresh flowers into your living room decor! Whatever you choose, plants and flowers add a lovely touch of hominess to your space and pair nicely with other small decor like vases and ornamental items. Bonus: plants are a great way to fill in awkward empty corners of your living room!

Price Range: $10-$500

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Looking for more living room design ideas? Dive into our roundup of the best living room designs of 2020 for tons of inspiration!

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Designing With Modsy: 9 Reasons Virtual Interior Design Might Be Right for You

Home design projects can be a fun way to get the most out of your space. Working with an interior designer can give your home a style upgrade and make your space more functional for everyday life. While traditional interior design is not without its perks it can be costly and time-consuming, making the experience not well-suited for many peoples’ budgets or needs.

At Modsy, we believe that interior design is for everyone, so we work to make the experience as accessible as possible. Plus, using our service is risk-free, thanks to unlimited design revisions and our money-back guarantee.

Read on to learn more from our handy list of online design benefits that prove why it’s an excellent option for you.

1. Try Before You Buy

Let’s say that you want to buy a new sofa, but you’re having a hard time deciding what would work best for you. Maybe you aren’t sure about the color, size, or if it will fit in your space? Regardless of the reason, we understand how hard it can be to choose a piece of furniture without knowing what it will look like in your home. With online interior design, you can see exactly how new furniture and decor will look (and fit) in your exact room! How? All of our designs are sent to you as photo-real 3D images (aka a 3D rendering). No more guesswork required.

2. Explore on Layouts, Without the Heavy Lifting

Have you ever spent a whole day pushing furniture around your room only to end up back where you started? With Modsy’s virtual interior design services, trying on layout ideas has never been easier. Once you’ve signed up for an account, we’ll walk you through some super fun steps and show you how you can make unlimited changes in a pinch. Plus, our design team is always there to help make revisions for you, all you have to do is send a quick email, and you’ve got a brand new layout ready and waiting for you.

Want to try out your interior design skills? Easily make edits to your designs on your own with our one-of-a kind, drag-and-drop 3D interior design tools (it’s kind of like The Sims but with real furniture and your exact room, all to scale). You can also experiment with our Live-Swap feature, which lets you swap in new furniture and decor into your design in seconds. Easy-peasy.

Either way, you won’t have to throw your back out, pushing a sofa around your living room all day.

3. Pay Per Room, Not Per Hour

Many working with a traditional designer service can be great for a super hands-on experience, but the costs can add up fast! Most designers charge an hourly rate, or others might require you to purchase a minimum amount of furniture through them. But with online design services like ours, you don’t need to worry about any of those issues because: you’ll pay per room and not per hour.

4. Design Your Home From the Comfort of Your Sofa

In today’s turbulent world, it’s so important to have a home that feels like a sanctuary. But, with social distancing in place, it’s impractical to hire a designer that requires a home visit to design your house. Plus, finding the time to coordinate a consultation can be tricky.

But using an online design service means you can work on your design anytime, anywhere. Our designers are always available to help, and you can choose the communication method that works for you. So you’re getting all the contact a traditional design service would provide without the hassle of figuring out an in-person meeting.

5. Discover Your Style

A lot of people have trouble deciding on an interior design style that fits their needs, hence the need for design assistance. A massive benefit of online interior design is learning to identify what you like. When you start your project, we’ll ask you a series of questions in our super-accurate (and fun!) Style Quiz. Your results will help your designer nail your style and deliver designs with furniture and decor you’ll love. Who knows, you may end up enjoying a style you never expected was right for you.

6. Share With Friends and Family

It’s so important to stay connected with our friends and family these days. A really cool benefit of our online design experience is getting to share your interior design journey with everyone, you know. With the touch of a button, you can post your designs to Facebook or Instagram for the world to see. This way, you get to let everyone know what you’re up to, show off your space, and even get input from your online community.

7. Design With Pieces You Already Own

Have an item in your home you love but aren’t able to work into your decor? Maybe there’s an heirloom piece of furniture, like aunt Marge’s credenza, that you’d like to work into your living room layout? Another benefit of working with Modsy is being able to see pieces from your home included in your design. This way, you’ll be able to see how your favorite keep-sakes will look with your new layout and style designs. So we can make sure to find a place for that credenza that even old Marge would approve of!

8. Shop Your Look in One Easy Checkout

Buying furniture for a whole room can be a real hassle. For starters, you aren’t sure what items will look good together in your space because you haven’t seen them in a single design. Sometimes you’re buying from multiple retailers, trying to coordinate all the shipping costs, apply any deals, and manage a million open tabs all on your own. What a headache!

With Modsy, you can shop items from multiple retailers in one secure checkout. And, to top it off, we offer members-only sales that you can apply on top of retailers’ best prices. It’s all about saving you tons and making the whole shopping experience easy-peasy.

9. Your Happiness (and the Best Price) Guaranteed

At Modsy, when you purchase your favorite products, we match the lowest advertised price the day you place your order, including any applicable sales or promotions. Before placing your order, we’ll always triple-check with the retailers for any last-minute deals and make sure you’re getting the best price for all your items. Find a lower price elsewhere? Let us know within 24 hours of your purchase, and we’ll match it!

On top of all that, we promise to work on your design until you are entirely delighted with your space. We also offer an excellent money-back guarantee if you don’t find what you’re looking for with us. Because the only thing that matters more to use than high-quality, affordable interior design is your satisfaction as a customer.

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5 Essential Tips to Ready Your Living Room for Guests

living room tipsMajor family gathering time is just around the corner! Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, or just like to host a big family brunch, hosting guests (even if you love them) can be stressful. So if the thought of your in-laws seeing the current state of your living room makes you cringe, don’t panic, there’s still time to whip it into shape.

But just like a great meal, designing your home takes a lot of time and planning. To help lighten the load, we rounded up 5 of our designers’ best living room tips to get you started.

Whether you need a total design overhaul or just help with the finishing touches, Modsy designers can help spruce up your space in a jiff. Start your project today and see your exact room re-designed with new furniture in decor in 3D.

living room tips1. Ensure You Have Ample Seating

The first order of business when prepping your living room for guests? Making sure everyone has a comfortable place to sit and relax!

Consider whether a sofa or a sectional is right for you, and if you need additional side chairs to go with it. If you’re tight on space try incorporating flexible seating options, like poufs or a coffee table that doubles as an ottoman.

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living room tips2. Find the Right Layout

One of the best living room tips doesn’t require purchasing a thing. Finding the right layout for your space is just as important as picking a sofa or rug to fill it up. Think about the ways you enjoy spending time with loved ones and then optimize your living room layout to make that happen.

Does your family like to watch movies together? Be sure your sofa is oriented so that everyone gets a great view. And consider an option with an extra deep seat for extra comfort!

Or maybe playing board games around the coffee table is more your hosting style. Opt for a large coffee table and a layout that puts everyone in reach.

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living room tips3. Get Sneaky With Your Storage

We’re all about living room furniture that goes the extra mile. Opt for pieces that incorporate hidden storage to help make cleaning easier and faster.

For example, a coffee table with interior storage is great for stowing away big books, board games, and even kids’ toys. A bench behind the sofa adds extra seating and can also double as a hiding spot for extra blankets and pillows.

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living room tips4. Carve out Designated Zones

A great way to navigate weekends hosting guests and extended family is to make space for different activities within the same room.

Try incorporating a play area for the kids, or reserve a reading nook by the fireplace for grandparents to relax. A cocktail area is also a great way to stay close to the action of the main gathering space, but give yourself a bit of reprieve.

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living room tips5. Refresh Your Decor

The easiest way to give your living room guest-ready facelift? Refresh your art and accessories! Mix up your art for an instant change, or swap in new accent pieces to put your home in a more festive mood.

Feel like a more major change is in order? Try a new rug to totally change the look of your space.

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