Live Well in Your Living Room

Live Well in Your Living Room

For many of us, the living room is the heart of the home. Whether you’re entertaining friends, napping on the couch, or catching your favorite sports team on TV — a good layout with smart furniture placement is key to comfort and function.

If your living room could use a little tweaking, check out these tips to help you live well in your living room…

Establishing Function

When establishing the layout of your furniture, it’s important to think through how the room will function. Do you need to focus on seating, storage, or both? How does traffic flow through the space?

Clear Sight-Lines

Now that you’ve prioritized, it’s time to establish clear and unobstructed pathways. This will increase the sense of space in your room and allow it to feel airier and less cluttered. Avoid placing bulky furniture near the entrance of the room, keep windows clear, and establish a focal point for your furniture to highlight.

Let Furniture Float

A simple way to maximize livability and minimize clutter, is to remember the “3 foot rule.” Ideally, you should always have about 3 feet of walking space around furniture. This makes it comfortable to walk around, without knocking into furniture and bumping into walls.

Don’t push all of your furniture up against the walls, either. Seating should float away from the wall to make the space seem more inviting and cozy. You don’t need a ton of empty floor space between furniture to make a room feel big.

Area Rug Arrangement

The right area rug will help to invigorate your living room, and tie the entire space together, but it’s important to place your furniture with care.

A standard 8 x 10 rug is often a popular choice in living rooms. On this size rug, aim to position furniture with the front legs on the outer edge of the rug, and the back legs on the bare floor. This arrangement will help to connect the furniture and harmonize room décor while also lending a wonderful sense of proportion to the entire space.

Zone It Out

Once you've placed the large pieces in your room, you can carve out zones to serve other functions. Could you use a desk area? What about some extra seating for guests? Clusters of occasional chairs and small tables will create function and comfort to complete your space.