Arranging furniture is one of the most daunting—yet most important—design decisions. Here are some tips to help you with your living room layout, no matter what shape or size your space is.
Start with the focal point of the room, which is usually a fireplace. It’s best to have your fireplace be the focal point, as opposed to a television, because an attractive fireplace will make your room more inviting and comfortable. In many cases, this won’t be a problem since most homes have the TV above the fireplace anyway. If yours doesn’t, try placing it in a corner so that it can be viewed from different angles.
If you’re working with a smaller space, consider using side chairs instead of a sofa to give extra seating without overcrowding the room. A round table in front of the couch can also serve as a coffee table when needed, and will free up valuable floor space. Another option is to use nesting tables or ottomans inside one another (when not in use) to create more floor space and make the room look bigger than it really is.
One of the most common living room layouts is placing furniture along three walls with a sofa in front of each wall. Add end tables where they are needed, as well as lamps or plants. A large rug may be placed under all pieces of furniture. When arranging this way, you can add a chair or ottoman on either side of each sofa. A television is optional unless it’s part of your living room decorating scheme.
The first step in arranging your furniture is deciding where to put the biggest pieces. Start by putting the most essential pieces in the center of the room and arrange smaller, less important pieces around them. Try to have a path that leads through the room, so people can easily get from one side to the other.
Once you’ve got your big pieces in place, like sofas and tables, fill in with smaller items that can add comfort and style. For example, put a coffee table near your couch for guests to set their drinks or snacks on. You can also add chairs along the walls or near seating areas so people will have somewhere to sit if there’s not enough room on the couches. Chairs can also be a good way to fill out empty space while still allowing foot traffic through that area of the room.
If you’re looking for accent pieces, consider adding things like bookshelves filled with books and decorative trinkets or a fish tank to add some flair and life to your living room.