When you have great living room furniture placement, everything flows better.
How you arrange your sofa, chairs, tables and lighting means everything to the dream you’re trying to turn into reality.
Choosing your focal point and building around it, making sure traffic flows easily, and maximizing your available space are vital aspects of living room furniture placement.
To get us started, check out this informative video from Ann Myrick…
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Focal Points and Building Around Them
Every living room has that one special something; a fireplace, a piece of furniture (maybe a sofa, armoire, or entertainment center) or some other type of architectural element that creates a fantastic focal point. Identify this point and half the battle of living room furniture placement has been won!
In our home and in my sister-in-law’s home, the fireplace is the focal point. Everything we do with furniture is designed to feed into this focal point. No chair shall face away from it, nothing too tall shall block its view from anywhere else in the room, and no table should be so accessorized to pull attention away from it.
This is true whether the focal point is a fireplace or an entertainment stand. Make it the focus and let nothing else be the primary attention getter.
Traffic Flow – Beep, Beep!!!
We’ve been on the wrong end of this one before. Living room furniture placement is so much easier when you can get into and out of the room, or sitting area, easily.
In an old apartment of ours, we bought a bit too much furniture for the living room. This room was just not big enough for a sofa, loveseat, coffee table, TV and TV stand. But we crammed it all in there and you know what the problem was?
Only one way in and one way out!
Making things worse, a computer table and office chair was just off the seating area so you ran into those as soon as you got out. There was just too much going on.
The first key point on traffic flow is make sure there’s not too many pieces in your living room. Open air is good air and, when possible, there should be more than one way in and out of your main sitting area.
The second point is to build passageways in front of and behind furniture. In an open floor plan, a sofa table behind the sofa is a great natural barrier, to say “Living room stops here, kitchen starts here.” Not to mention to accent possibilities.
I think my sister-in-law does a tremendous job using her sofa table to transition from living room to kitchen effectively and with a lamp, pictures of the kids, and decorative small urns, she does a great job accessorizing it too.
Third point in traffic flow is entryways are your friend. Don’t block off natural entries to your living room. Don’t make your guests detour around them, either. Our sofa fits perfectly between our outer wall and the end of a the wood railing behind it (separates living room from eat-in-kitchen). A few inches more and we’d be cutting off the only way into the room.
My sister-in-law has a breezeway from the foyer into the open living room/kitchen. She leaves this area open for a few feet into the living room and places the sofa parallel to the opening, making it more inviting.
Here’s one more key to living room furniture placement…
The Space Chase!
Maximizing available space is one more big part of living room furniture placement. Back to our over-cluttered apartment. There was nowhere to put our extra furniture so we were stuck with our full-to-the-brim living room.
In our next apartment, the living room was a bit larger and everything fit perfectly. All’s well that ends well. You’re probably not going to sell your house because you have too much living room set, though.
Moral of the story, plan furniture purchases to the room you’re in. It’s easy to add on pieces later, than to pull something off and stick it in another room, or in storage because it doesn’t fit.
Also, if you have children or you often work in the living room, think about nesting tables, storage ottomans, and end tables with built-in drawers. These items allow you to do what you need to do in your space, then put things out of sight when you need to.
When you’re looking at houses, think about things like bay windows or nooks. My sister-in -law has a wonderful nook at the back of her living room that fits an accent chair and end table perfectly. By using the architectural features of the room, there’s more space to work with.
It Doesn’t Have to Be a Struggle
Living room furniture placement gives people fits sometimes. I know it was always an ordeal when I was growing up. My parents had a very long living room with no real focal points so they could put the sofa on 3 different walls if they wanted to. My folks came up with some pretty interesting arrangements over the years, but it seems the TV was never close enough to something in that room.
Placing your furniture doesn’t have to be a struggle. Take each point we’ve spelled out above, use it and build on it. There are resources to help you besides what you find here. One of them comes from our friends at Unique Home Decor Ideas.
Perhaps you’re interested in feng shui. Rather than cover that here, we’ve found a really great resource that can help you bring more balance to your home…26 Feng Shui Secrets Revealed Maybe, in addition to placing your furniture effectively, you’d like to make a small room look bigger. Perhaps you’d like some more basics on living room furniture arrangement.
No matter what you want to do with your living room furniture placement, we’ve given you the tools to get it done.
Get started and have fun with it!!