In most homes, the living room is the room everyone congregates in. The TV and most comfortable furniture pieces are in there, and this space brings the family together for a few hours every day. Other homes use the living room as a formal gathering place, opting to keep the TV in the basement or den and keeping the living room as a showroom. No matter how it’s used, the living room is the largest room in the house and there are issues when trying to set up the furniture. Use these tips for arranging your living room furniture next time to create your best room.
Create a Focal Point
The first tip for arranging your living room furniture is to find the focal point. Find or create a focal point in the room that everything will go around. In some rooms, it could be a fireplace, window, or television. When you define the focal point, set up the furniture around it or facing it. In the case of a fireplace, setting up around is a better strategy, so the people in the room are facing each other rather than the fire.
Have Conversation Areas
Use the furniture to create conversation areas. If the living room is more of a showroom rather than a family room, this will be easier. Set the furniture so that it is easy to see the other people in the room without having to crane your neck or look over your shoulder. Creating a conversation area invites people to use the room instead of simply walking through it.
Let the Traffic Flow
When setting up the furniture, don’t forget to leave space for people to move around. Resist the urge to cluster everything together. Leave space so that people don’t feel claustrophobic and on top of each other. Don’t choke the traffic flow off; that way, people can move through the room and get to the other pieces of furniture with ease.
Stay Off the Wall
There’s a natural inclination to push furniture up against the wall. Avoid doing that. Leaving some room between the wall and furniture will prevent the wall from being damaged. Every time someone sits—or flops—onto a couch, it flexes and slides just a bit. Over time, the continued force of the couch against the wall will create a spot on the wall. Keep the pieces a little closer together to create a more intimate setting. No one looks at the back of the furniture anyway, so stay off the wall.