The living room is a special space in your home, as it is where your family gathers and where you entertain guests. It is also a great place to showcase nice furniture and your decorating style, so the way you arrange the room is important from both design and functionality perspectives.
Knowing where to start with your living room furniture arrangement, however, can sometimes be a difficult challenge, especially if you are dealing with small or unusually-shaped rooms. So, below are some tips to consider when arranging your living room:
- Empty your living room as much as possible. The first thing you should do is remove all the small pieces, such as lamps, rugs, and decor items, into another room, so you can start with a blank slate. For heavy furniture that may be difficult to remove from the room, simply concentrate it in one area.
- Take measurements of every detail in your living room. Measure your walls, doors, windows, and the location of your electrical outlets and heating vents to know where to properly place your furniture. This will help you avoid blocking functional elements of the room.
- Establish a focal point and place the furniture around it. You can use any existing feature in your room as a focal point, such as a window or the fireplace. Placing a television in a certain area is another great way of establishing a focal point.
- Consider traffic flow. Place at least two to three feet of open space between furniture pieces. Ensure that there is sufficient walking space around the room and space for people to adjust their positioning without disturbing other people around them.
- Set up chairs properly. Chairs should be set up 7 to 8 feet away from each other to provide enough space for conversation. Coffee tables and end tables should also be positioned in a way that they can easily be accessed by people sitting in the chairs.
- Achieve a balanced furniture formation. Match the look by placing small furniture next to larger pieces. You can alternate the arrangement to add variety to the room.
Decorating your home is not as difficult as it can sometimes seem. Just remember to use your imagination to create something that reflects your style, while still remaining functional.