6 Tips for Arranging Your Living Room Furniture

August 02, 2017

The living room is typically one of the most used rooms in any home, but many people struggle to come up with ideas for arranging their furniture. Here are some ideas to help you get on the right path.


1. Create a Floor Plan

The first thing you should do is have a good understanding of the space you’re working with. At the very least, take the time to make a basic floor plan. If you want to really get into it, you can use graph paper and a tape measure to create an accurately scaled floor plan. If you are in the process of buying new living room furniture such as sofas or a recliner, having a floor plan will allow you to better understand the limitations of your space if there are any.


2. Pick a Focal Point

It can be daunting to look at a completely empty room and try to come up with an idea of how to arrange furniture within it. One of the key things to make this process easier is to pick what the focal point of your living room is going to be. Fireplaces, windows, or televisions are common selections for focal points. Once you’ve picked a focal point, it’s time to think about how you want to arrange furniture around it.


3. Create Conversation Areas

Most people want a living room which fosters social interactions. Creating conversation areas is a great way to accomplish this. Depending on the size of your living room, it could feature multiple conversation areas. At the very least, you should create such an area around your focal point. If your focal point is a television, it is common to place the largest seating option, typically a sofa, directly across from it with other seating options branching off the sides. Make sure that each seating option can view the television at an easy to see angle.

If your focal point isn’t a tv, you can explore other options. For example, placing two couches that are facing each other and perpendicular to a fireplace is a great option. This promotes face to face conversation while still making sure that each sofa has access to the fireplace.


4. Consider Traffic Flow

Be mindful of how people will be able to navigate your living room. In your floor plan, create obvious avenues between each entrance and exit that are at least three feet wide. Be sure to leave enough room between furniture pieces to avoid creating a claustrophobic environment.


5. Make Effective Use of Coffee and Side Tables

In each conversation area of your living room, you should have a coffee or side table positioned, so people don’t have to stand up in order to set down a drink. As a general rule of thumb, coffee tables should be slightly lower than the height of your seating options and should be anywhere between ½ to ⅔ the length of your sofa.


6. Don’t Forget about Lighting

Lastly, be sure to have enough additional lighting. Floor lamps and table lamps are great ways to add an appropriate amount of light to a space while also adding to the aesthetic appeal of your living room.

Once, you’ve gotten your layout the way you want, be sure to keep an open mind, and don’t be afraid to make changes! Soon, you’ll find the perfect layout that perfectly suits you and your space.