Do You Ever Move the Furniture Around in Your Home?

Do you ever move furniture around? I was texting with a friend recently who was moving furniture into different places in her home and she asked me that question. I replied back that I rarely ever did because in most of the rooms in my home, the furniture really only fits in the room one way. I have to eat those words because I ended up doing exactly that, moving some things around.

One minor change made this weekend was moving this little lamp from a nearby dressing room to the secretary here in my bedroom. I’ve been needing a small lamp for this space and this one fits really well. Now I need a lamp for the place from whence I moved it. lol

 

The other change I made was a pretty big one. The upstairs living room/bonus room used to look like this.

Bonus Room Upstairs Family Room

 

A while back I added a small, blue chest over near the antique Bornholm tall case clock. This weekend I got an idea that I’ll be sharing with you for Met Monday. I’m not sure yet if I’ll do it, will depend on how much it costs, but I’ll bounce the idea off you on Monday and you can tell me what you think.

Upstairs Family Room, Antique and Painted Furniture

 

In the meantime, the clock is no longer here in the bonus room.

Blue Painted Chest, Addition to Upstairs Living Room

 

It’s here at the top of the stairs in a spot where it looks right at home–like it’s always been there. (Don’t know why it doesn’t look centered on that wall because in-person, it looks perfectly centered. Did it move itself during the night, I better go check!)

I do like the view coming up the steps so I may leave it here even if I don’t go through with something I have in mind for the bonus room. Looking forward to sharing that with you on Monday!

Moving Furniture, Bornholm Tall Case Clock

 

Update: For my fellow puzzlers out there, I just had the most beautiful puzzle delivered today! It depicts a charming, old-world bookstore. It actually reminds me of a real bookstore I saw on Instagram. I wonder if they modeled the bookstore in the puzzle after that actual store? For you puzzle lovers, this puzzle is currently on sale here where I purchased it: Book Store Puzzle.

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Comments

  1. Hi Susan. It’s been some time since I’ve visited your blog. I love how your upstairs bonus room looks. I would definitely move my furniture around, if only I had two strong people to help me! Who helps you with this?

    • Thanks, Lisa! I do it all by myself. The clock was actually easy because once I removed the weights which weighed 11.6 lbs each (I weighed them) the clock was very lightweight. It was just awkward to move. When I want to move something really heavy, I scoot an old blanket up under it and slide it around. I have some thingies that are designed to put under the feet of furniture to do that, but I actually prefer using a blanket. I have a humongous highboy in my bedroom that I managed to get upstairs all by myself years ago. It came in two huge parts and I pulled it up the back staircase which is heavily carpeted/padded. Once I set my mind on moving something, I can usually think of a way to make it happen.

  2. Kathleen says

    You are such a teaser! I do like the clock’s new home. It was getting crowded out by that beautiful dresser. I like to change furniture around, but my husband gets upset. I guess he likes routine. Most of my rooms the furniture only fits one way so when I do try a change I always end up putting it right back where it was!

    • Thanks, Kathleen! It was crowded over there. If I do what I would like to do in that room (or what I think I want to do in there) I’ll need to move the dresser out. I’ll explain more about that on Monday. I’m very much like your hubby, it’s so hard for me to move things because I usually buy furniture for a specific need or spot in my home, and as you mentioned, things normally only fit in my rooms one way. For example, there’s nowhere else I could place my sofa in my downstairs living room.–so I rarely move stuff. I’m actually missing seeing the clock in that corner right now because it’s been there for around 25 years. I had a real back and forth debate in my head about moving it, but finally decided if I really missed it in the bonus room, I could always move it back.

      • Kathleen says

        25 years is a long time, so of course your eye is missing that clock! If the dresser gets moved maybe the clock will be back! I finally found a place for my hutch (in the family room of all places). I’ve moved my piano on different walls (3 that it can be placed on) in my parlor and finally happy…I think! K

        • Oh, I love the idea of a hutch in a family room! Such a versatile piece! I know you happy to find the perfect spot for you piano.

  3. HA! I DO move furniture around and it’s so much fun! What made me laugh though is that I have that very same secretary, but instead of keeping Nancy Drews in it, we keep our collection of Agatha Christie and Margery Allingham mysteries! πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to see what your plan for the bonus room is on Monday! Have a lovely rest of your weekend!

    • Ha! That’s too funny that we both have mystery books in our secretary. πŸ™‚ I can’t part with my Nancy Drews! I still love to pull them out and look at the covers. They always had the best covers! Thanks! I hope your weekend is relaxing. The weather here has been so beautiful today, hope it’s nice there, too.

  4. cleo headley says

    I used to move furniture around quite a bit, alas, old age prevents that now !! Actually, my furniture fits only one way in my small rooms…..but……lamps and accessories move quite often, esp. with the changing seasons. I also like to change out curtains and pillows, makes everything look new…..

    • Cleo, I should do more of that, changing out accessories and pieces seasonally. Mostly that only happens in my bedroom and out on the porch. It really does freshen everything up.

  5. My friend and I were just talking about moving furniture. I have a really old thin aluminum cookie sheet with bent up sides. Once I get an edge under, I am good to go. He is planning a big move and downsizing. A neighbor promised to help move a really heavy entertainment center to the curb and didn’t show. Not to be outdone for garbage pickup day, he took his circular saw and went to town. LOL

  6. Looking forward to reading about your changes! Also, who helped you move that clock??? I know from my sister’s husband who collects clocks, that can be tricky re-balancing. Speaking of said sister, I am ordering that puzzle for her. She is so hard to gift anything to, this will be perfect for her. Thanks!

    • No one but me. lol It really wasn’t heavy once I removed the weights which each weighed 11.6 lbs. Plus, it comes apart with the top inner clock parts coming off. It has stood in the same place for 25+ years–where has the time gone?!
      Rita, I know she will love the puzzle! I love these puzzles from White Moutain with the larger pieces because the puzzle (when done) literally fills up my entire puzzle board except for an inch on two on either side.

  7. I never, ever, EVER move furniture around…and I think it’s kinda weird (and probably boring) that I don’t. But once I set the furniture in place it’s like it’s super glued there forever. Ha! My mother, on the other hand, was notorious for it. My dad would come home and have to double check to see if his chair was still in the same spot or he might lazily plop down and end up on the floor. My mom…..the furniture shuffling Queen!!!

    • That is too funny, Kat! It’s really hard for me to move furniture around because I typically love where I have it to start with.

  8. I love reading your blogs from Canada…the only problem I run into sometimes is finding some of the products you feature in Canada. Sometimes on Amazon,ca sometimes not …:-(
    I love the new clock in its new home. I cannot believe you moved it yourself…

    • That’s a shame they don’t stock the same things–frustrating, for sure!
      Thanks, Brenda! It really was quite light once I removed the weights inside.

  9. Susan, you’re such a tease. πŸ˜€ Btw, in the ‘related posts’ section are two of my all time favorite posts. Dining in the Library and Wallpaper in the Entry, Yay or Nay. Love home libraries and dining in them is just sublime. And that entry way in the Wallpaper in the Entry post is just so incredible. I love everything about it! Nice to visit those posts again. Have a lovely week, Susan. Can’t wait to see what you’ll be posting for us tomorrow.

    • Not trying to tease, just knew it was probably going to be a looonger post and will take a bit of time to explain. πŸ™‚ I’m getting a quote on Tuesday for what I am thinking of doing, but I don’t want to wait to share it, so will def share tomorrow.
      I agree! I would love to have a dining room big enough to work as a library, too! That would totally solve the issue of how dining rooms don’t get used enough. I love it when rooms can do double duty!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed those Pam! I should probably do a big ole round-up post one day and link back to some of those previous posts.

  10. This post brought back so many memories from growing up. My Mom LOVED changing rooms around. I can still see her moving our spinet piano to different walls in the living room: she’d pull it away from the wall and “butt” the piano to where she wanted it! My Dad would come home from work and would have to look carefully before he sat down in his favorite easy chair, because it was often in a different location! I just change window treatments seasonally, something my Mom did, too. It must be “in my genes”! Can’t wait to see what you’ve changed.

  11. This post brought back so many memories from growing up. My Mom LOVED changing rooms around. I can still see her moving our spinet piano to different walls in the living room: she would pull it away from the wall and “butt” the piano to where she wanted it! My Dad would come home from work and have to look carefully before he sat down in his favorite easy chair, because it was often in a different location! I just change window treatments seasonally, something my Mom did, too. It must be “in my genes”! Can’t wait to see what you’ve changed!

    • lol I love the image you painted, Rosie…can just imagine your Mom moving around the piano. Thanks! looking forward to sharing it!

  12. Rearranging furniture is something I miss doing now that I’m older. I would lie in bed visualizing new layouts and next day had to try it out lol.

    • I sometimes do that, so I know just what you mean. It’s hard to sleep when you have all these ideas bouncing around in your head!

  13. Teresa m. says

    That clock looks really good in your upstairs hall.
    Did you have to pause it when the kids came to stay with you? My parents had a grandfather clock and that thing would chime every hour. Growing up I tuned it out but later when I lived on my own and would return, it made for a rough nights sleep.
    I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s reveal. Hope you had a nice weekend.

    • Thanks! I def did when it was in the bonus room because that’s the room my son and dil love to sleep in when they visit. They prefer it over the guest room since the sofa makes into a queen-size bed. It’s super loud when it chimes and it’s a very high-pitched chime. I never notice other clocks in the house, you become so accustomed to them, you don’t even hear the chiming a lot of the time. lol I can’t imagine trying to sleep in a room where a clock is chiming, especially one that’s high-pitched and loud! I bet you did have trouble sleeping, especially since you weren’t used to that.

  14. Hi Susan – Wow…this post hit home! When we moved into our apartment we put our clock in our living room, and had to turn off the chimes because they were so loud you could not hear the television when they chimed. That was three years ago…all of a sudden we realized “let’s move the clock” and we moved it to the foyer where it looks PERFECT! How did we not put it there when we moved in??? And the print of Van Gogh’s Starry Night looks great where the clock used to be. It needs something underneath the print…but that is part of the fun – looking for something new. The chimes are so nice to hear again. I don’t hear them – though this morning my husband said when he can’t sleep, he can. I don’t think there is anyway to muffle them – and I love hearing them. Ours chime the traditional Westminster Chimes…and I have a little poem in the bottom of the clock that I found years ago that is supposed to be what the chimes are saying…
    Lord through this hour
    Be thou our guide
    So by thy power
    No foot shall slide
    Now…if I could stop looking at where the clock USED to be when I want to check the time, all will be well. Have a great week!

  15. ELIZABETH RODERICK says

    Your house is always beautiful. In my younger days I was a runner. I always moved furniture with my legs. One day my x came home and asked “who was here today?” I told him no one, why? He said the huge antique buffet’ of my grandfathers was in the spare bedroom and was now by the dining area. I walked over and picked up the corner with my leg… He said “oh”! It was a slow process getting it around a corner and down the hall but I did it without help. Yay us girls!

  16. ELIZABETH RODERICK says

    Your house is always beautiful. In my younger days I was a runner. I always moved furniture with my legs. One day my x came home and asked “who was here today?” I told him no one, why? He reminded me that the huge antique buffet’ of my grandfathers was in the spare bedroom and was now by the dining area. I walked over and picked up the corner with my leg.. Now I think I’ll try your blanket suggestion.

  17. Tina W Reynolds says

    You have beautiful things and beautiful things look great everywhere! I have the itch to move some things around in my home after re-reading this post. It is wonderful to find a clever new use for things and discover that we love them even more in a new location!

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