Living Room Furniture Layout Ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

Deciding on a living room furniture layout depends on the room's primary use. Most people entertain guests or watch television in their living rooms. For families with children, the living room may double a playroom. Regardless of how you use your living room, you can arrange it in a way to get the most from the room.

Focus on Television

Furniture placement emphasises certain items or areas of a room. If you use the living room primarily to watch television, put the television in a prominent area. Arrange the furniture so the television is visible from every seat. You'll end up with a U- or an L-shaped arrangement depending on the amount of furniture in the room. Make sure there are tables within reach of every seat for drinks and snacks. Use an entertainment stand with enough storage to keep all the videos and video equipment accessible. Allow plenty of room for people to enter and exit the room by keeping the furniture an appropriate distance away from the television or by placing the television on the wall opposite the entrance.

Focus on Conversation

If you use the living room to entertain guests, avoid making the television the main focus of the room. Consider two couches rather than a couch and a love seat. Put the two couches, facing each other, on either side of the room. Place a coffee table between the couches to create a comfortable separation. Place the television to the side of the two couches. It will still be visible, but it will not be visually intrusive.

Place lamps on either end of the couches to provide plenty of light, and end tables on each side to provide space for drinks and snacks. Add Armchairs to the side of the room opposite the television to increase the available seating in the room.

Focus on Children

The living room often has a variety of purposes. It may be the room for watching television, visiting with friends and entertaining children. In this case, it is helpful to create zones. Space furniture close together and away from one wall to create an area for conversation and visiting with guests.

Place the television in a location visible from all seats, but consider using an entertainment stand with doors that close over the television. This will allow you to visually eliminate the television when you don't want it to be the room's focus.

On the side of the room opposite the television, leave an area between the wall and the furniture for children to play and move around. Establishing a distinct children's area will allow them to play at the same time others are watching television or visiting.

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