How to arrange furniture in a living room with a door on every wall

Written by louise balle
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The living room is a place of comfort, relaxation and entertainment. Often called a family room, the space is best designed for functionality. People should be able to move around and sit in a way that allows them to clearly view the main attraction, which is usually a television. It is unusual to have a living room that has doors on each wall, but if you have this situation, you must be a little creative to arrange your furniture in an attractive and efficient manner.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Think of your living room as a space in the middle of a square (or rectangle, depending on the shape of your room) walkway. Since people will need to access all of the doors on every wall, you have to allow at least three feet from all the walls for walking room.

  2. 2

    Purchase an L-shaped sectional couch set to maximise the seating availability while minimising the space the seating will take up. Position the sectional in a corner of your room at least three feet from the wall to allow that walking space behind the couch.

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    Place two long coffee tables in front of the sectional set in the shape of an "L." Make sure that the coffee tables are shorter than the length of the couches so that the ends do not jut out.

  4. 4

    Add an additional table, such as a mail or display table, adjacent to the shorter end of the couch. More space is likely available on that side. The table should be positioned so that it is parallel with the opposite piece of the L-shaped sectional (creating sort of a "U," partially enclosed shape). If this is a small table for a lamp or phone, place it right up against the side of the couch. If it's a longer table, make sure that the table is pushed in so that it is clear of the "walkway" around the living room.

  5. 5

    Place your television on a mount in the corner of one of the walls, preferably where the two adjacent doors are farthest from each other but definitely on the opposite wall from where you place the sectional couch. Add shelving under and around the television for your stereo system, DVD player, VCR and cable box.

Tips and warnings

  • Place a runner around the furniture in the room to denote the walkway and protect the floor.

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