Tips for Arranging Furniture

Arranging the furniture in your living room begins with a floor plan that takes into account the décor, your home’s layout and the traffic flow you want to create. Traffic patterns can help dictate how you arrange your furniture and choose to decorate the living room. 

Take a good look at your living room and determine if there is one spot or piece of décor that you want to make your centerpiece. This could be a fireplace or a sofa or an entertainment center. Anything that draws attention should be established as the center point from which you arrange your furniture. 

An oversized living room should be arranged so that it can be used for more than one activity. Arrange the furniture so that you have cordoned off specific sections for things like playing video games, watching TV, listening to music, reading or just vegging out. The key here to arrange and decorate so that traffic patterns don’t overlap and disturb. Consider utilizing screens, cabinets, bookcases and high-backed chairs to isolate one section of the room from another. 

Long, narrow living rooms should be arranged so that the furniture helps to cut the perception of length. Place chairs or the sofa or even a desk at right angles to the wall to create defuse the problem of the narrow shape. A corner unit is an effective way to deal with the problem of where to put the TV.  

A large square-shaped living room can be helped immensely by investing in a focal point that draws attention away from the boxy feel. The idea is to make one side seem longer and an effective way to create this illusion is by investing in a short set of bookcases that span the entire length of one wall.  

“The ABCs of Decorating” recommends that you take into account the fact that much of your living room furniture will be moved when larger groups gather for conversation or to watch the Super Bowl or to play video games. You might to invest in lighter chairs and tables or furniture with casters so that your layout can be easily and rearranged to suit the social need for grouping. Designing with easily moved furniture also gives you greater flexibility for changing your mind about how the living room is arranged. 

Walk into almost any living room in America and chances are you will see one item of furniture there not suitable for sitting upon that you don’t usually find in other rooms. Coffee tables today come in all shapes and sizes. When arranging your living room, keep in mind that while the coffee table is useful for temporary storage of everything from dishes to textbooks, it can also become an obstacle to free movement. Pick your coffee table with mobility in mind as well as a large enough surface area for storage.