How To Arrange Living Room Furniture

How To Arrange Living Room Furniture

Arranging furniture in a house is not exactly a cakewalk, but it’s no quantum physics either. Agreed, positioning your furniture in a way so that your living room looks warm and inviting could be a daunting task. However, with a little thought, some inspiration and a bit of planning, you too can transform your mundane living room into welcoming retreat. Considered as the social hub of your abode, your living room creates the first impression on the minds of a visitor. If the first impression goes wrong, then there is hardly any point in beautifying the rest of the rooms. Furniture arrangement is something more than just about stacking the furniture randomly. To build a cozy retreat, you must arrange the furniture cleverly. However, before you arrange the furniture, it is essential to know how you deem your living room as. Some homes consider living room as a space for gatherings while for others, it is a mere show-off room. Irrespective of its utility, living rooms does demand a defined way of furniture arrangement. So, look at the below mentioned tips and make the living room your comfort zone.

Arranging Furniture In A Living Room 

Decide On The Focal Point
This is one thing that you must never forget while arranging the furniture in your living room. The focal point is the key feature around which the furniture should be arranged. The focal point could be an existing feature such as a window, a fireplace or even an entertainment center. If the focal point is a LED television, start arranging the room in a way that people sitting in the room can watch the TV comfortably. 

Let Furniture Be Conversation Zones
Furniture must provide a comfort zone for people to interact with each other without much strain. You can create conversations areas using furniture. Place the chairs no more than 8 feet apart. If you have a larger room, it is better to create more than one conversation area such as a coffee table with a couple of chairs. If the highlight of the living room is a huge television set, you can set in and around it.

Basic Rule Of Traffic Flow
The rule of traffic flow is the most basic rule to be kept in mind while arranging living room furniture. Never forget to leave sufficient space for people to stroll around the furniture. This enables them to walk from one room to another quite easily.

Stay Away From The Walls
Let the furniture not kiss the walls. Do not let the back of the furniture touch the walls. There is no reason why you should not exhibit its back unless until the pieces lack finish. Ensure you keep the furniture close to each other to enhance the intimacy of the setting. As the living room is a place, where you interact with family and friends, keeping a distance between the furniture can mar communication and make the conversation a ‘huge headache’.

Consider The Dimensions
While arranging the furniture, the room’s dimensions must be given due respect as keeping too much furniture in a smaller room could make it look crowded. Taking the measurements of windows, size of the walls and doorways helps you to arrange the furniture properly.  Keep in mind to leave adequate space for traffic lanes of 20-24 inches. Larger rooms can be split into various seating areas while in smaller rooms, furniture should be kept in a way that it increases the space and comfort.

Furniture In An Even Manner
Ensure you place the furniture in an even manner all through the living room so that it avoids giving the impression of a sinking ship. For example, make sure furniture is not placed entirely in a single area or close to the same wall. This is entirely uneven.

Defined Traffic Patterns
Make sure you have an exquisite traffic pattern. Your furniture must have at least a couple of entry points and exit points. This helps the people to get around the room easily. This prevents getting stuck between someone’s feet while passing by. There must be a 3-feet width between smaller spaces and 18 inch width between coffee table and sofa.

Use Architecturally Interesting Spaces
Some homes have architecturally appealing areas in a room such as a nook that can either be a small closet or a sitting area. Using these areas to the fullest enhances the charm of the room. You can convert these spaces into a reading nook or a space where you can place your computer.

Arranging furniture and creating a cozy feeling is definitely tough. However, with a little bit of effort and patience, you can master the art.