02 Jan 9 Smart Tips for Arranging the Furniture in Your Living Room
Thinking about rearranging the furniture in your living room?
This is a simple and inexpensive way to breathe new life into your living space, making this area fresh, functional, and attractive.
Not sure where to begin? Most living rooms have several layout possibilities. Keep in mind that the key aspects of your furniture layout include having good traffic flow and creating a comfortable and inviting area where you can relax and entertain with family and friends.
Keep entryways clear. This allows people to freely enter and exit the living room without bumping into or tripping on anything.
Let furniture float. Do not push sofas, chairs, and benches against the walls. Instead, push seating together into comfortable and intimate groupings. Pull your seating out at least 12” from the wall, if possible.
Follow the 3 foot rule. Ideally, you should have about 3 feet of walking space around the room. Any type of furniture with doors or drawers also need 3 feet of space to open properly.
Determine the room’s focal point. Then gather seating around it. This could be your fireplace or television. The most basic furniture arrangement is to place the sofa across from the focal point with all other pieces angled to face the same direction. Another popular arrangement is the face-to-face stance. Two sofas (or a sofa and a pair of chairs) sit directly across from one another, with the focal point at one end.
Create separate areas within the room. This allows people to enjoy multiple activities like reading, working on a laptop, or simply talking.
Place tables strategically. For every seating area, try to have a table, bench, or ottoman so people have a place to set drinks and snacks.
Be smart with area rugs. If using an area rug, place all seating so the legs are either completely on or off of it. Avoid placing rugs so that corners are in the walkways to reduce the chances of tripping.
Add visual interest with a variety of heights, depths, and widths. Going for a relaxing feel in your living room? Keep the volumes of items similar. Want to add some excitement? Use a variety of sizes. A room can be balanced in two ways: symmetrical and asymmetrical. Bilateral symmetry involves two of everything and promotes serenity. Asymmetry refers to an imbalance, such as two candles of slightly different sizes next to each other. This adds visual motion and interest to the space.
Choose the right lighting. Place lighting at different heights to address various needs. Your living room will benefit from ambient, task, and accent lighting. Any electrical cords should be placed so no one is going to trip over them on their way across the room.