3 Unbeatable Tips for Picking the Perfect Living Room Layout
Whether you are moving into a new place and are excited about setting everything up or you have been in your home for years but are ready for some changes, the seemingly simple act of arranging your furniture in a certain way can make all the difference between a room that is “blah” versus “ahh!”
A great example of this is in your living room. This room probably gets a great deal of use and traffic every day, but if the furniture is not placed in a way that makes sense, the room will feel tight and cramped. With this in mind, let’s look at a trio of tips that will allow you to choose the perfect living room layout for your home and family.
Tip One: Determine a Focal Point and Work Around It
Most living rooms have a natural focal point, such as a fireplace or that amazing big-screen TV you got last year for your birthday. While things like windows and wall hangings can also be focal points, the most popular option is that awesome new 4K set of yours. When laying out your living room, arrange your furniture in a U shape around the chosen focal point — for an easy win, place your sofa so that it is facing the television.
If your living room does not include a TV or you want to mix things up a bit, you can always choose another focal point instead. For instance, add some cozy chairs around the fireplace along with a coffee table filled with books and magazines and some ottomans for storage.
Tip Two: Control Traffic Flow
If your living room is a central hub of your home — and we are guessing it is — you will definitely want to arrange the furniture so that people (and pets!) are not constantly bumping into things. Take a look at your living room and which rooms are adjacent to it, and then decide how you want people to move through the space.
If the kitchen is one room over, place the furniture so that people can easily move back and forth between these two popular areas. One great rule of thumb is to arrange your furniture so there is at least 3 feet of space between things. This lets people walk through without constantly knocking into objects or having to say “excuse me” over and over to their family members in the room.
Tip Three: Keep Size in Mind
Both the size of your furniture and the size of your living room will have a dramatic impact on the final design of the room. If you have an enormous sectional and a relatively small room, the space will look cramped despite your best efforts. If you are ready to invest in smaller furniture, start by measuring your living room’s available space before shopping (of course, we have a suggestion on where you may want to shop, but we’ll get to that later).
To make the layout of the living room work really well, play with a mix of a larger sofa and some smaller armchairs to fill your room. Go easy on accent items — again, you don’t want everyone tripping over a plethora of end tables, coffee tables, and more — and plan these accessories based on what available space you have. If you like the look of mirrors, strategically placing a few mirrors on the walls can make a small living room look bigger. Plus, if you choose mirrors with lovely decorative frames that complement your decor, they will also function as beautiful wall art.
Jerome’s Furniture Has What You Need to Create the Perfect Living Room
At Jerome’s, we have everything you need to transform your living room into an amazing and highly livable space. Start by checking our selection of living room furniture online; we include the dimensions for everything, so you can see which pieces will fit best in your living room.
From sofas and loveseats to coffee tables, lamps, and more, we have everything you need to transform your living room into a space of functional beauty. We also sell some really gorgeous mirrors to make the room look even bigger. Come on in and see our selection for yourself — we will be happy to answer any questions you may have!