When it comes to decorating and furnishing your home, there are few things scarier than standing in an empty room and not knowing where and how to start. There are so many things to consider but the best way to begin is with the furniture layout.
In other words, you need to figure out the arrangement of sofas, chairs, tables, storage cabinets and anything else that is included in the room’s floor plan. Our team at Essential Rentals has made a simple guide to follow that works for well with your living room. These living room layout ideas will make the job of organizing furniture and decorating your home effortless and pleasant.
- Measure the living room from wall to wall and make note of the length and width of your room.
First, draw a box and note the dimensions on all sides. It doesn’t matter if you create it on a computer program or hand draw it on a paper, having a scale floor plan is very helpful for planning the space in your room. Then measure any furnishings that you have chosen to add and create a separate uniquely-sized box for each furniture piece. If drawing by hand, one idea is to create paper furniture cutouts ( to scale) so you can play with different furniture arrangements in the room and figure out what you like the most.
- Decide on a focal point for your room.
Choosing a focal point will help with space planning, like where to place your TV, fireplace, a piece of art etc. Once tyou have that figured out, the furniture arrangements can fall into place around it. If the living room includes a television, don’t forget the viewing distance for a standard and the viewing angle. So the main sofa, couch or sectional should be placed facing the tv. Additional armchairs and chaises can flank either side of the television wall as well, rounding out the seating area while adding visual balance.
For living rooms with a fireplace, most people think conversation the most important goal. So a semi-circular furniture configuration around the center gives easy interaction with family and friends. For living rooms with neither a fireplace or a television, a central focal point makes the most sense. Like a sofa (or two, facing each other) around a coffee table, with chairs placed around the circle to close any gaps.
- Arrange tables, storage cabinets, and ottomans.
Once the seating area has been placed, placing tables and storage cabinets is next. In a living room, the main coffee table or ottoman can be placed in the middle of the sofas or chairs. Sofa tables are long, narrow tables that go behind a sofa. Side tables go next to the armchairs and on either side of the sofa. For small spaces, consider nesting tables that can expand when in use and fold up when they are not needed. Storage cabinets and case goods are placed against the wall, wherever space allows. Media consoles and TV stands can go under the television, and credenzas are most often placed on the longest wall. Etageres are high, open cabinets that display souvenirs, books, accessories and family photographs, and look best on a larger, empty wall so it the room doesn’t get crowded. Bar cabinets are pieces that add an aura of glamour to the living room.
- Assign floor and table lamps.
Floor lamps take the place of side tables, so the coffee table should come within arm’s reach so guests can set drinks down. There are some floor lamp designs that come with a table attached as well. Table lamps are self-explanatory—just make sure they don’t take up the entire table top.
- Center your area rug.
The last element of a living room furniture layout is also the easiest: the rug. This should be centered in the middle of the main seating arrangement and extend a few inches beyond the sofa and chairs to anchor the entire room. If the room is already carpeted, adding a thicker accent rug on top is a nice way to add warmth and encourage guests to relax and stay awhile.
If you follow these steps shared by our team at Essential Rentals for your living room, the furniture layout will ensure a nice flow to the rest of your home as well.