Your living room is the first thing that your guests see when they enter your home. It’s where your friends and family would usually gather to spend some time together. So, you want to make it a comfortable and cosy space and living room furniture placement can play a huge role in doing so. While the lighting and colours can make or break the kind of vibe you want to put out there, the way you arrange the furniture can make everything fit together perfectly and make the room look and feel “right”.
Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with all the useful furniture arrangement ideas that can instantly perk up your living room and make it look stylish and pulled together.
The Basics to Get It Right
Knowing a few living room basics will help you arrange the furniture in the most cohesive way possible –
- Arrange the furniture around the focal point in your living room, that is, the “thing” your eyes land on when entering the space. For example, the television or the fireplace.
- Think about creating conversation areas using the furniture arrangement where people find it comfortable to sit and talk to each other.
- Pull the furniture pieces away from the walls to create more intimate settings. Make sure the backs of the pieces are finished to do so.
- Leave enough room for people to walk around.
Tips On How to Arrange Living Room Furniture
Whether you are planning to decorate your home or move the furniture around for renovation, here are a few tips that will go a long way in making your living room stand out both aesthetically and functionally.
Plan The Main Seating Area
It is natural to think about where the big furniture pieces would go first. So, while buying the sofa and chairs, make sure that they are neither too big nor too small for your living room. Try arranging them in a few different spots and see what works best for your living room.
Place The Tables and Storage Cabinets
Tables and chairs come next when you are thinking about living room furniture ideas. Invest in practical pieces like a coffee table and side table (if you have enough space).
You can place a good-looking coffee table and an ottoman in the middle of the seating area. Side tables can be put on either side of the sofa while storage cabinets can go against the walls.
To give more breathing space in a smaller living room, you can also consider buying foldable tables.
Hang Accentuating Art Pieces
Once you are done arranging the furniture, you can think about the living room accessories and where to place them. Hanging the right sized art and spot-lighting them is a great way to accentuate the place. For instance, a smaller piece of art looks better contained on a smaller wall; whereas on a larger wall, you can consider hanging a larger artwork or a unit of small artwork pieces.
Pick The Right Sized Rug
When choosing a rug, remember that all of the furniture or at least the front feet of all the furniture should be able to sit on the carpet to anchor the entire room. When it comes to sizing and positioning, put a rectangular (and not square) rug in a rectangular room with the long side running parallel to the longer wall.
A perfect rug would add much-needed warmth to the room and invite guests to relax.
While the above furniture arrangement ideas are a great way to kickstart the décor of your living room, know that one size does not fit all. So, you can try drawing a sketch diagram of the room to plan out the setting that you want in your living room. It will save you the trouble of constantly moving around the furniture.
Whatever living room furniture layout you choose, make sure it encourages you and your guests to relax and unwind after a long tiring day.
Vivek Agrawal is a global sourcing expert and has worked with and assisted clients with their sourcing requirements for 1000+ projects in his 15+ years in the industry. With the aim to fulfill the evolving needs and demands of architects, interior designers, project managers, and HNIs, he started Arcedior – the most loved, curated products platform with 75,000+ products from 600+ brands spanning 40+ countries. Being a design enthusiast with an eye for details, he also started a group on LinkedIn called ‘Design Leaders Roundtable – A Collaborative Community for Architects & Interior Designers’ which now has over 4K+ members. In his free time, he loves to travel with his family.