Most of us have a hard time deciding where to place furniture in our living room so the room looks inviting is always a challenge.
Here are some helpful tips:
When choosing and arranging furniture think about flexibility. Can the couches and chairs be easily moved to accommodate larger gatherings or intimate discussion groups of your book club? Being able to reconfigure the room quickly and easily is a consideration.
Most traditional living room arrangements place the couch across from a point of interest—like the TV, a picture window, or a fireplace. Other furniture pieces including chairs, tables, and lamps are angled to face the same direction so that everyone can enjoy the TV, the fireplace, or the window view. Groupings are often “circled” for meetings, conversations, entertaining visitors.
Traffic is a consideration. If you have more than one door in the room, you need to think about how people will enter and exit the room without running into furniture.
Sometimes less is more. Don’t fill your living room full of furniture. Consider bringing in extra chairs from another room when they are needed and keeping the basic living room furniture minimal to your personal family needs.
If you are tired of your living room arrangement, a good strategy is to sketch your room and use cutouts of the furniture and rearrange it on a scaled plot. This makes it easy to visualize the spacing. Try some untraditional arrangements. Don’t always think about furniture against walls. When you find an arrangement that seems appealing on paper, empty your living room, and start putting the furniture where your sketch indicates.
Don’t be afraid to store some of that furniture for use when needed and not have it cluttering your space for normal family use.
If you are buying new furniture, purchase only a few large items. A sofa, loveseat and a chair or two should be basic. Then add end tables, footstools, and lamps as necessary not just fillers. A good rule of thumb is to start small and add as needed.
Whether your living room is used to entertain or it is just a comfort zone for the family, use a furniture arrangement that makes movement easy and comfortable for all.