New Season? Time to Change Your Layout!

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When’s the last time you moved your furniture around? What if it could change how you enjoy your home and protect everything you own? Well, it can. Read more!


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Seasonal space makeovers are often something people overlook.

For many of us, winter dramatically affects how we live in our homes. Sunlight hits the rooms differently, heating sources tell us where it’s most comfortable to sit or sleep. All kinds of factors make furniture and accessory placement a foregone conclusion, rather than a choice, when it comes to the living needs of winter months.

For me, it dictates where I can place my sofa. Not where it SHOULD be, for instance, which is under the 8-foot-long picture window with a stunning city view, facing my mantel where the TV is. That’s where the 30″ tall 7-foot-long radiator is too. Not so good for leather sofas.

Recently, temperatures have increased enough that my heat has been off nearly a month already. Now my sofa’s back where it belongs, instead of where it gets in the way — by my main entrance.

Are you able to change your space around now that the warmer days of spring loom? If so, let me give you a few reasons why it’s not just fun to change things up, but smart.

Sun exposure = sun damage

Depending where you live, chances are sun exposure changes up quite a bit between the seasons. It’s easy to not notice the sun’s effects on a day-to-day basis, but that big ball of fire is bleaching everything you own.

From rugs, art, and photographs to upholstery and hardwood floors, everything fades. Your rugs should be flipped around. Art that stands in the sun’s rays should find a new home where it’s unlikely to get much direct sunlight. If you value historical photos, get them out of sunlight and keep it that way.

Seasonal inspections for the win!

By seasonally changing everything around in your living room, or even your bedroom and other rooms, it gives you a chance to regularly perform a deep inspection on your space. You can look for signs of wear, gaps that need sealing, any insect or pest activity, water damage, and everything else homeowners should be concerned with and dealing with when they come up — not months or years down the line.

While moving everything, you can do the deep-clean you know your place needs, and give all your furnishings a going-over as well. Are there any tears or scuffs you can repair now before they worsen? Are you seeing any fading from last season? Take note and act accordingly.

Change is good

There’s something weirdly interesting about changing your space around and getting a new perspective. For me, it always feels a little like how Robin Williams got all the students to stand on their desks in Dead Poets Society, so they could have a new “perspective.” Changing your furniture around can do that too.

Maybe you’ll find yourself pausing the TV more often to stare out the window and watch your neighbors, and in turn actually going outside on whims. Maybe you’ll find the lighting is better when you’re reading and you have more focus. Maybe you’ll notice your neck feels better now that you’re watching movies from a different angle.

Who knows? That’s what’s great about change. It’s a surprise.

It’s all good

From a cleaning and maintenance perspective, everything you own will last a little longer and look a little better if you cycle it in and out of sun exposure as the years pass. Take my apartment as a good example. The hardwood floors here have dramatic fading in two places for the simple reason that rugs, once laid, were never moved for years. Don’t let that happen to you.

By cycling your place through the seasons, you’ll protect your home and furniture, be aware of damage in relatively short order, and maybe you’ll even enjoy your space more. The only way you’ll know is by doing it.

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Steffani Cameron

Steffani Cameron is a Victoria BC-based writer on a variety of topics. Here on the BuildDirect blog, she specializes in writing about smaller, urban spaces. How do you make the most of your smaller space? How do you decorate it to suit you? And how do you wage the war against clutter and win? This is Steff’s specialty.