Blogs 17 Sep,2018

How To Arrange Furniture In Living Room

Arranging furniture can be quite a daunting task. Standing in an empty room, knowing that you need to organise the entire décor, it can be a challenging task.

But to be honest, arranging the furniture is not as scary task as it may first appear. Living room furniture ideas are countless: from Oakwood to Leather upholstery, you have plenty of setting options.

Here is a list of some smart living room ideas with oak furniture in it:

Mix And Match

Match a sofa with three armchairs or a set of separate chairs can be a good idea when your guests don’t want to be squashed together. Smaller seats can give you a lot more flexibility when it comes to arranging (and rearranging) furniture.


In case you're questioning how the design of your front room will work, practically speaking, utilise a pen and paper. Try drawing out the room and then drawing in different pieces in different areas. You can find a great new way of arranging the furniture, without actually moving a thing. Be sure to factor in the essentials (Like bookcase, sofa and chairs) as well as items that need to be paired (Like chairs and TV).

Opposites Attract

This is the standard family room format – two matching couches, with a space in the middle of for a coffee table. It’s a simple and easy layout, allowing for easy working around a chimney or TV. If you need additional seating, then consider fold-out chairs or stools to put next to the sofa when you have company, as they can be stored away otherwise and make more space.

Saddle The Intensity Of Two In Addition To Two

This is a slight variation on the two couches format. With two additional comfortable chairs brought in to add to the general colour scheme. Its also great, obviously, to add extra seating areas for smaller homes. This is a great way to ensure you have enough seating, and also frees you up to get creative with the furniture layout. The more pieces you have, the more ways you can arrange them.

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Pick A Focal Point

Keep in mind the focus point when designing your decor. Usually, this will be a window, a chimney or some interesting aspect of the room. However, your home may not have this, and the room may be very simple, with no variants in the design. If this is the case: just make one! Add a large piece of art to the walls or paint a feature wall. Add something visually interesting, that is different from the rest of the décor, and there you go one amazing focal point.

Once you have your focal point decided, just make sure that you design the layout around this area.

Try Not To Push Furniture Against The Walls

Of course, the size of the room will determine how much of a possibility this is, but even in smaller rooms, you need to give your furniture breathing room. This can be done by pulling it away from the walls. It may seem counter-intuitive, but this can actually make the room appear much larger by showing the space around the furniture.

If you happen to have a much larger space, then don’t be afraid to include conversational areas in the centre of the room, still leaving space between them so that there is a clear walkway in the room.

Make Conversation Areas

Individuals ought to usually have the capacity to converse with each other without stretching their necks out or yelling over the room. You need the couches and chairs to face each other, to encourage conversation. Not straight-on, however. This will appear stages and doesn’t allow the seating to still face the focal point. Place the chairs at an angle, to make the most of the space and still encourage chats.

If you have a smaller room and don’t have the space for this kind of area, then try placing it in the corner of the room. The idea is simply to create a separate space in the room for this.

Let There Be Light

Lighting is a standout for décor and one of the most critical components of any room. Despite this, however, it is regularly ignored by designers. There are so many different styles and products of lighting available: from chandeliers to scones and spotlights. Try thinking outside the box to come up with lighting that complements your room, without looking either too dull or too extravagant. Remember to use different heights for the lighting too, from overhead lighting to floor- and table lamps. You want the room to be filled with light from every angle.

Utilise the Right Sized Artwork

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Anything that you hang on your walls: from posters to artwork, to mirrors, should fit the theme of the room overall. Artwork draws attention and affects the perception of the room, so there are some basic rules of what to do and what not to do with wall-hangings. Don’t hang a large mirror just over the sofa, for example. A mirror reflects the room and makes it appear larger. This is of no use for the people sat down and facing away from it, however. A collection of artwork can look really good and reflect the room theme. However, too many pieces will make the room appear cluttered and make it hard to appreciate any one item.

Outline For Simple, Comfortable Discussions

In a long room, it can feel difficult to be able to have proper conversations, as everyone turns their heads to the side to talk. For best practices, its advisable to have seating no further than eight feet from each other. If you have a very long room, however, then try to create two, separate, conversation areas. This was you can still follow that rule and make the room look good. One of these spaces could even include a coffee table and TV perhaps.

Guarantee Each Seat Includes A Table Within Reach

Imagine being sat down in a comfortable room with a drink or magazine in hand. Then imagine you need to put it down and do something else, but the nearest tabletop is on the other side of the room! It’s awkward and inconvenient. Make any room more practical by including plenty of tables within arm’s reach. If you need to, try to find chairs or stools that could double as tables when required. Anything with surface area, really.

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When including tables and chairs together, try to think about the shapes of them. Including a mixture of curved and square tables can create a more visually interesting environment, and one that is less blocky and office-looking.

Discover Balance When Arranging Furniture

Balance is continuously critical in room design. When it comes to working out the décor of a very large, or multiple rooms, then it is even more vital. You need to constantly consider the size of the pieces, where they will go and in what arrangement.

If you have a bookcase and a large china cabinet, try to not have them together on one side of the room. This will make the entire room look uneven. Instead, try placing them on opposite sides of the room, to create a harmonious symmetry.


Again, try to ensure there is a mixture of shapes, curved and straight edges. Too many straight lines are unappealing and start to feel official. Too many wavy, curved lines and the room will feel unsettled and off. As with most things in live, room design is simply about trying to find a good balance.

Consider Traffic Flow

The movement flow of the room is one of the most important things to consider when planning the furniture layout of a room. The room may look stunning and beautiful, but if people can get from one end of the room to the other without squeezing past something or having to move a piece of furniture, then there is an issue.

Try to make sure that there are several feels (plus or minus a few inches) of space between the sofa and coffee table, or between seats. You want anyone to get anywhere else in the room in a simple and easy way. Whatever layout you plan, users should be able to work out visually for themselves. If you want guests to walk this way to the door, then make it obvious that this is the path.

Get the Right Size Rug

Floor coverings have a place under the furniture – all the furniture, if possible. Rugs that end between sections of furniture just look strange, and always ruin the flow of the room. If you can get smaller rugs to go under certain groups of items, like chairs and sofas, then that will look great. Essentially, always make sure that you get the size of the room first, and then plan rugs around that.

Never assume you know the size of the room. That is how you end up with a rug that is too wide or one that looks tiny in the centre of the room, leaving a strange frame between it and the wall.

Get A Big Coffee Table

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With regards to coffee tables, as a rule, the taller, the better. A large coffee table amidst a seating region is fantastic as it acts to pull the room together. Plus, the table can be used for its intended purpose, as a place for guests to set their drinks down. So long as the table is as large as possible, it's easy for every guest to access it from any seat in the room.

Make a point to leave enough room among seating and the end table for individuals to walk through (around 18"). Furthermore, if you can't locate a reasonable expansive footstool, two little tables or other end table option can be a decent substitute.

Whatever the design you choose, I recommend that you invest in solid wood living room furniture, as it is reliable and sturdy. A wood coffee table always gives a spacy yet cosy look to the living room.

oak coffee table

With the above mention tips on how to arrange furniture, you can set your living room perfectly. We will soon write a post about living room ideas with oak furniture. Do check that out if you want to know how to set wood living room furniture.

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