Living Room Layout Guide

Everyone wants a warm and inviting living room. Part of creating that environment is through a well-planned furniture layout. When arranging furniture for your living room, you must consider how pieces will work with the space and each other. In this guide, we’ll show you how to make a plan for your space, no matter its size or shape, to create that comfy living room you have been dreaming of.

First, you must create a layout that works with the size and shape of the living room. Oblong rooms can be made to look wider with proper furniture arrangement. Square rooms are ideal and can be styled a number of different ways. Open floor plans where there is no designated space require you to create a dedicated area that serves your purpose. Sketch it out on paper if that helps. This will save you time and energy when you begin to arrange and add pieces of furniture to the space.

Focal Point

Every room needs a focal point – something that draws the eye. Typically, this item is big and bold, allowing for furniture to be arranged around it in a U-shape. Some focal points are built into the home, like French doors and fireplaces. Others must be created with pieces like entertainment centers, televisions, and shelving units.

If your goal is to create a conversation area, a large rug and coffee table can be the focal point, with furnishings placed around it, like in the photo above.

Traffic Flow

Traffic flow is your next consideration. Where is the living room located? Is it a high traffic area that flows from the foyer to the kitchen or bedrooms? Or does it feel closed off and sit in a single room? If the space has heavy traffic, leave around 3 feet of space between pieces of large furniture so people don’t have to squeeze through or take a chance on knocking something over. You’ll want to create obvious walkways that people will be inclined to follow.

If the living room is confined in a closed space, you have a bit of flexibility and can bring items closer together for a cozy feel. Still, you want to avoid making it too tight, as it will feel cramped.

Furniture Choices

The size of your furniture is one of the most important choices you will make when outfitting your home. A small space needs small, simple furniture. A large space can handle bigger furniture pieces.

You need to consider several factors when choosing furniture for your space. For example: Will you need to create your own focal point? Will it be your media center or a large piece of artwork? You’ll need to work that into how you’re arranging the space.

Do you have a long and narrow living room? If so, you want to stay away from long sofas and choose statement pieces like love seats, accent chairs, and ottomans/poufs. Open floor plans allow for giant sectionals and flexibility in design. Place a chaise lounge at an angle to add a perimeter. A square living room is the easiest to outfit. Just remember that it can quickly become cramped and awkward with too much furniture – a traffic flow hazard.

With these tips, you can design a living room layout that works great for your home. Just remember to be aware of the space and how traffic moves through it.