Have you ever sat in your living room and just felt something was “off” somehow, but you just couldn’t figure what it was? Arguably, living rooms are the most used spaces in our homes. Different people use living rooms for different purposes. From family gatherings, to friends’ game nights, the leaving room is a social hub. Regardless of how you mainly use your living room, furniture placement and spacing is key to function and comfort. For this reason, I have made a small compilation of tips and ideas on how to place furniture in your living room and make it stylish and welcoming.
Remember the basics
When it comes arranging living room furniture, keep the following points in mind.
Conversations areas: You can creatively arrange furniture to create conversation areas in your living room. This is especially if your living room is large. You don’t want people to strain their necks and shoulders when talking to each other.
Leave the walls alone: Unless your sofa needs support from the wall, or the backs of your furniture are not well finished, there is no need of having your furniture’s backs touching the walls. Moving them closer can create an intimate setting while also enhancing the visual size of your room. Something like this:
The focal point: Furniture in your living should be arranged around a focal point. This could be a fireplace, a window, an aquarium or a television.
Traffic flow: Make sure to leave enough space around furniture so that people can move around easily.
Furniture Sizes and Placement
Sofas and Chairs: These two will probably take the largest portion of your living room space. So before you even set out to purchase any of them, take a tape measure and sketch their measurements on paper. Visualize how you want each of them placed, keeping in mind the rooms lighting and traffic flow.
Coffee Table: These are pieces that will dominate the center of conversations areas. The length of the coffee table should ideally be at least a half and at most two thirds the length of the sofa. Also, its height should be slightly lower than the height of chairs and sofas around it. Alternatively, you can use a couple of small benches or tables in the place of the coffee table. Just make sure they are not too small or too short.
Side Tables: This are meant to provide a little more surface beyond the coffee table, and also fill those empty spaces between sofas and chairs, especially if your living room is particularly large. If you have enough space, place one on either side of the sofas and between pairs of chairs, just be careful not to make your room look overcrowded.
Mind the rugs: If you have an area for a rug, position them in a way that either the legs of people sitting are completely off or completely on it. Do not let them wobble. Try to position the rugs so that corners and edges are not in the main walkways to minimize the chances of people tripping as they move around. Also, ensure that the rugs do not destabilize the tables while at it.
Living Room Accessories
Interior décor and accessories are as important as furniture. You need to plan the placement of your accessories early enough so that your living room does not eventually turn out to be cluttered or look overcrowded. Make provision for television, artwork and indoor plants.
You can sketch the living room plan on paper if you are not so good with computer, or have an interior designer help you out. Try out different arrangements and colors to see which style works for you.