The living room is considered the heart of the home. When you have people over, your first instinct is to guide them to your living room and entertain them there. This room is always where you spend quality time with your family, watching movies or tv shows. Thus, it’s essential to know how you can arrange its design.
If you’re a new homeowner or thinking about redecorating your home, this article is for you. Continue reading to be guided on the dos and don’ts of arranging your sofa at home.
Don’t Buy Matching Sofa Sets
Take your time looking for furniture to put in your living room. Just like with clothes, buying furniture involves a lot of thought processes.
Also, it would help if you have a mood board to look at while shopping. It will serve as a guide on what to get.
However, don’t buy matching sofa sets as they may look dull and uninteresting. There are other ways to achieve cohesiveness. It’s all about how you arrange and put complementary furniture pieces together.
Do Get Stylish Couches And Sofas
Do get stylish couches and sofas instead of a matching set. This is a great chance to get creative and mix and match different pieces.
Even the classic layout would do the trick. For example, place a low-seated sofa in the center of the room, a lounge sofa perpendicular to it, two armchairs across the lounge sofa, and put a large coffee table in the middle. Don’t forget to get a rug big enough to fit all the furniture with an eight-inch allowance on all sides.
Furthermore, to achieve cohesiveness, the sofas, armchairs, and coffee tables don’t need to be the same color. You can play around with different hues, tints, and shades that go well together. And for the rug, use the same design or pattern as the throw pillows.
Don’t Push The Sofa Against The Wall
If you have a spacious living room, you may consider not putting the sofa or furniture up against the wall. Pushing it against the wall may restrict your space and not give off a comfortable or inviting vibe. The living room is used to entertain guests or lounge them in. Hence, making it homier and relaxing is essential.
Fill the room by getting a sectional sofa, accent chairs, ottomans, coffee table, tv, and a tv stand, and space them out evenly.
Do An L-shaped Layout
If you have a sectional sofa, it would be best to do an l-shaped layout. This design gives you efficient workflow and is suitable for tv watching. Feel free to adjust the couch to a different direction to avoid blocking the walkway.
Moreover, the accent chairs will serve as an extension of the sectional sofa and the ottomans on the other side. The coffee table will be in between the couch and the tv stand.
Additionally, having three to six throw pillows on your sectional sofa is recommended depending on its size. You may put them in groups of two or three. You can also add a throw blanket on one side of the sectional sofa.
Don’t Put A Console Table Right Next To The Sofa
Don’t put a console table right next to the sofa. The height difference may not look good. You can get a side table instead.
It would still look good even with the coffee table in the middle of the sofa. You may do trial and error with the arrangement of the furniture.
Another thing, make sure to get the right coffee table size appropriate to your sofa size not to make it look awkward. Give enough space or gap for you to walk around freely. Ideally, the foot of the table should be about fourteen to eighteen inches away from the foot of the sofa to provide enough legroom.
Do Put The Console Table At The Back Of The Sofa
You can still use the console table by putting it on the back of the sofa. Use sofas of the same height or taller than the console table like a futon, loveseat sofa, recliner sofa, English rolled arm, or any sofa with a high seat.
Furthermore, to balance the look, get a round coffee table in front of the couch, an arched floor lamp on one corner of the sofa, and add indoor plants on one end.
Don’t Place The Sofa In Front Of Any Door
Don’t place the sofa in front of any door. Instead, you can do an angular layout or turn the couch in the opposite direction. You wouldn’t want to accidentally bump into the sofa on your way out or when power is out. And accidents happen all the time; stubbing your toes can be painful.
Do Place The Sofa In Front of A Mantel
If you prefer not to put a TV in the living room, place the sofa in front of a mantel. Your mantel can be an excellent focal point in the living room. You may also display your most prized pieces: paintings, photos, or décor on the walls to replace the TV.
Moreover, you can do the classic layout with this arrangement; the sofa in the middle, one armchair on each side, and a coffee table in the middle.
There are so many styling and decorating options you can do in the living room. All you have to do is try to mix and match different sofa styles accordingly. If you’re in doubt, you can always ask a friend or a family member for a second opinion. Also, be mindful of the arrangement and not block any doorway to avoid accidents.