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Steps to arranging furniture in your living room

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Arranging furniture can be challenging and intimidating at first, especially if you’ve just moved into an empty home. Deciding where to place things is a balancing act — a living room that has too much furniture can look busy and disorganized, while a sparse room can look empty and cold.

The answer to this dilemma is to start with a furniture layout. This handy tool will help you carefully arrange sofas, chairs, tables, and storage cabinets in your living room. Not having a layout can be a risk if you’re looking to pick up lots of furniture at once.

There are three steps to follow, in order, when arranging your furniture. Start by designing a furniture layout, decide on a focal point for your living room, and be sure to place furniture in the right order.

 Designing a furniture layout

 Come up with a layout that is simple and easy to read, whether you’re using a computer program or just paper and pencil. The important thing is to draw your room to-scale — if your room is 10 feet long, the layout could be 25 centimetres long.


Measuring the length and width of your living room will help you to find the right amount of space between each piece of furniture. It’s the difference between a hollow, empty room, and a living space uncomfortably tight with furniture. It can help to consider how you will move around your new furniture layout.

Once you’ve finished, you can then measure out the dimensions of possible furniture pieces and map them out in your actual room. That way, you can experiment with different arrangements.

 Deciding on a focal point

 Your focal point can be any piece you choose: a large television, a beautiful piece of artwork, or even a chandelier. The focal point may draw the eye, or it may be part of an actual space where people meet.


The focal point will determine where the rest of your furniture should go. Your seating pieces should be the second round of items to go on your floor plan. They’re also usually the largest and most-used pieces in your living room.

There are several arrangements that work well with different focal points. If your focal point is a television, two couches can flank it on either side. Keep in mind that seating that faces each other always invites conversation.

Placing furniture in the right order



Always keep points of interest in mind when placing furniture. These are places where you spend the most time – often anchored around your seating. It could be a side chess table, a library nook, or even a small mini bar.

If you have multiple points of interest, you can create zones – areas that are functionally separate from one another. Lighting can also help distinguish areas of interest. Varying intensities of light in different places can create different moods. For example, a home theatre zone could have dimmer lights for cozy movie watching or gaming.