The living room is often the most used room in your home; it's the gathering spot for conversations, entertaining, games, and more. To make it comfortable and inviting, determine the best layout for the space. Here are three elements to take into consideration:
Traffic Flow. Leave at least 3 feet of space in traffic areas, so that people don't bump into furniture.
Focal Point. A focal point can be anything you want: TV, bookcase, fireplace, or window. The furniture should be arranged in a U-shape around the focal point to promote easy conversation.
Furniture. Keep in mind the size of your furniture while considering living room layouts. If buying new furniture, measure your space properly. If you are planning to use existing furniture, purchase some furniture movers, the plastic or foam sliders to help move furniture easily. You'll want to play around with the layout to get it just right, and using the sliders will help prevent scratches.
Though layouts will vary based on your unique space, we came up with three common living room layouts to help inspire your new room.
In the first layout, the sofa faces the focal point. In this example the focal point is a bookshelf; but it can also be a television, fireplace, or window. Two accent chairs are paired with two end tables and a coffee table rests in the middle of the grouping to create a U-shaped conversation area. Placing two table lamps on each end table provides ample lighting for the space.
This layout is ideal for a large room or one that requires lots of seating, since it features two sofas. The sofas face each other with a coffee table in the middle. A pair of accent chairs completes the U-shaped layout. The chairs are facing the focal point, a wall that holds both a TV and a fireplace. Next to the chairs, two lamps are placed to help provide light to the space.
This layout differs from the first two because it features a sectional sofa. Sectional sofas provide lots of seating and are popular with families. Here the chaise of the sectional and an accent chair round out the U-shaped conversation area. Remember, an accent rug can always be used beneath furniture to unite a grouping and create a conversation area, as is shown in this example.