How to Plan Your Living Room Layout

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Would you like to know the secret to planning the perfect living room layout for your home? 

If yes, then you need to keep reading. 

The living room is one of the most important areas of your property, acting as the main communal space for many households. You eat, relax, entertain guests, and maybe even enjoy the occasional nap in this key room. Therefore, you need to think carefully about the layout before you start adding furniture here, there and everywhere. 

Fortunately, if you don’t know where to start when it comes to planning your living room layout, this blog will tell you everything you need to know. 

Measure the space

The first task that you need to carry out when planning your living room layout is to measure the space from wall to wall, making a note of the length and the width of the room. Once you have this information, you can now create a scale floor plan either by hand or using a computer program. 

This will help you to determine what size furniture can fit into the room and where it will comfortably fit. 

Choose a focal point 

Rather than just randomly dotting furniture around the room in the hope that it will look amazing, your best bet is to decide upon one main focal point and then place the rest of your home furnishings accordingly. 

The focal point could be your TV, a fireplace, or perhaps a lighting fixture such as a chandelier. Whatever it is, once you have identified it, you can then place your main sofa, couch, or sectionals such as a modular sofa around this to create the perfect visual balance. 

Living Room
Photograph © Kara Eads

Arrange your other furniture 

After you have sorted your seating, you can now start to place tables, storage cabinets, and other pieces of furniture such as ottomans and TV stands around the room. If you have a main coffee table, this should be placed in the middle of your sofas and chairs, with around 18 inches between the table and the sofa for maximum convenience. 

If you have a small living room space, you may want to consider investing in nesting tables that can be expanded when in use and easily stored away when not. 

Living Room Corner
Photograph © Kam Idris

Assign lamps 

Choosing the right lighting for your living room is crucial, both in terms of style and function. Floor lamps work best next to your sofas and chairs, whereas table lamps, as the name suggests, should be placed on tabletops. 

If you choose to invest in a chandelier for your living room, this should be centered above the main seating area. Spotlights can work well if you want to draw attention to artwork on the walls. 

Place your rug

If you have a rug that needs placing in your living room, then this should be ideally placed in the middle of the main seating arrangement. For rooms that are already carpeted, a rug can still be used to add further warmth and to enhance relaxation. 

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