Living rooms are exactly that, spaces we spend a great deal of time living in – where we relax, socialise, entertain, and are entertained. For this reason, plenty of thought should be put into the room’s layout so that it becomes a space you, your family, and friends enjoy spending time in. There is no one correct way of course; it depends on a number of factors including your interests and lifestyle, as well as the size and dimensions of the room itself, but arranging your living room furniture is something that ought to be considered carefully.
1. Allow For Freedom of Movement
This is furniture arranging 101, and while it may seem like a given, you’d be surprised just how often people cram too much furniture into a room or put it where it ends up becoming an obstruction. Think about how people will move through and use the space before deciding where to put everything – keep at least a couple of feet of space between items of furniture so that they’re easy for someone to navigate around without constantly bumping into things, and also be sure to keep entryways clear for the same reason.
2. Focus on the Focal Point
The most effective room arrangements are the ones with a focal point. It could be the TV, the fireplace, a window with a view, or even a large piece of artwork, what’s important is that the eye has something to fix on when you enter the room. Your main seating should be facing the focal point, although smaller, secondary pieces of seating don’t have to – set them apart, or position them around the main seating.
3. Keep It Conversational
If you often use your living room for entertaining, then consider a layout that encourages conversation. Arrange chairs and sofas so that they face each other, and have a coffee table within easy reach in between so that people can set down their drinks and snacks. This setup will create a comfortable, social space and allow for an ease of interaction amongst guests.
4. Use a Rug to Pull Everything Together
The usefulness of a rug in a space is often underestimated. Rather than just an attractive addition to a room, a large area rug also serves the function of tying the seating together – particularly handy if the space is larger than usual. Chairs and sofas should be set on the rug or at its edges, otherwise the arrangement will lack unity.
5. Divide and Define the Space
Open plan living has become far more common in UK homes, with living rooms often sharing free-flowing space with dining rooms and kitchens. In this case, furniture is a great way to define the separate zones within that space. A sofa facing away from a kitchen/dining room or a long, low bookcase will help to distinguish one area from another.