The living room is a place that’s used to gather people together and relax, and its structure is an important aspect of designing this space. Whether you’re creating a traditional or contemporary design, there are several things to keep in mind when planning the layout and deciding on what furniture pieces to include.
The structure of a living room is essential to its aesthetics, as it reflects how you use the room and the way you want it to feel in general. It also determines how much of the floor space you can fill with furniture.
A sofa is often the centerpiece of a living room and should be able to delineate the rest of the furniture as well as function as a focal point in the room. The size, shape and material of the sofa can change the entire style of the living room. Choosing the right sofa is essential to a good living room, and it can be the most challenging part of designing one.
If you have a large, open space that can fit a number of different furniture pieces, it’s a good idea to plan the overall layout of the room before purchasing any furniture. This will ensure that you have enough room to move around and comfortably accommodate everyone in the family.
‘The more you think about the furniture and what it will be used for, the more likely it is that it’ll fit your living room and not clash with other elements in the space,’ says Kristin Bartone of Chapel Hill-based Bartone Interiors (opens in new tab). This includes how tall the sofa should be, and the depth and height of the seats.
For larger spaces, it’s a good idea to make a rough sketch of the room using a pencil and paper. This will help you get a better sense of where the furniture can go, and whether it’s in the best position to maximize light and airflow, according to Hideaway.
It’s also important to consider where natural light will be coming in, as it will have a big impact on the mood of your living room. Placing window treatments such as blinds and shades near windows can help increase the amount of natural light that reaches the room.
The most basic living room furniture layout is to arrange a couch and any other furniture that will be used to create seating in a circle with the TV at the center. This arrangement allows everyone in the room to see the television or listen to the sound of a crackling fire without having to turn their heads.
Another option is to arrange the furniture so that the back of each piece faces the TV. This layout creates a more intimate setting and can be an excellent choice for those who like to host guests.
In addition to a couch, you’ll probably need a small table for books, coffee or other items that need to be kept within reach. Having a table in the living room will not only allow you to have more storage, but it will also add a touch of class.