How to Arrange Furniture Around a Fireplace and TV

Updated July 20, 2017

There is nothing quite so wonderful as sitting by the light of a fire watching your favourite television program. Living spaces with a fireplace and television are often a gathering place for family and friends. You can arrange furniture around these focal points to create a comfortable area to enjoy many activities in a beautiful and practical space.

To create a clear focal point for the room, hang a flat-screen TV on the wall above your fireplace. By doing this, you have a clearly defined focal point to use as the beginning step of your furniture arrangement.

To define and ground your space, lay a large, decorative rug on top of your flooring, whether it be wood, tile or carpeting. Starting in front of the fireplace, lay it down so it covers the floor where your furniture arrangement will be ultimately placed.

Arrange large furniture pieces. Take the couch and place it against the opposite wall and facing the fireplace. Place the love seat perpendicular to the fireplace on the left-hand side of your furniture arrangement.

Place your chairs. Take two chairs and place them approximately two feet from each other and perpendicular to the fireplace on the right-hand side of the living room.

Add a coffee table. Place the coffee table two feet in front of your couch for maximum comfort and ease of access.

Arrange several side tables to your arrangement. Side tables are needed as a surface for lamps, drinks and other items. Place a side table on the right-hand side of the love seat, add a table to either side of the couch and include a table between the two chairs on the right-hand side of the room.

Place several lamps in your room. Include a lamp on either side of the couch, on the love seat side table and on the table between the two chairs. A standing lamp can be placed on the left-hand side of the fireplace next to the love seat for additional reading light.

Add accessory furniture pieces. When your living room arrangement is complete, fill in bare areas with smaller furniture items such as foot stools, small DVD storage units and small bookcases. When thinking about placement of these pieces, consider areas where access is easy, as next to a reading chair or near the television, for the most efficient arrangement.


Use furniture sliders on the bottom of the furniture legs to make moving furniture easier. When adding lamps to side tables, run the cords under the carpet to the nearest outlet on the wall of the fireplace. Consider traffic flow when planning the arrangement of your room.


Keep all flammable items far away from the fireplace area.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat-screen television
  • Flat-screen television hanging brackets
  • Large area rug
  • Couch
  • Love seat
  • 2 chairs
  • 4 side tables
  • 4 lamps
  • Coffee table
  • Standing lamp
  • Accessory furniture pieces
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Based in upstate New York, Amy Mosher has been writing interior design and lifestyle articles since 2005. She is a prolific professional blogger, designer, artist and writer for various websites. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mansfield University and is a graduate of the Sheffield School of Interior Design.