How to Place Furniture Pieces in an Empty Living Room

Summary: Every interior design project requires a blank slate. Here are some ways that you can create your ideal living room.

Decorating your home for the first time can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know where to start. With so many things to consider like lifestyle, aesthetic, and functionality, you’ll need a place to begin.

Arranging your furniture is a great way to set the tone for any room in your home. Whether it’s storage cabinets, sofas or tables, you’ll want to make sure everything looks balanced and not cluttered.

Create a Focal Point

A focal point helps when it comes to space planning. Once you’ve determined this, furniture pieces will natural fall into place. For instance, if your living room has a television, you’ll have to ensure that the viewing distance is appropriate to the sofa – you’re probably not going to watch TV 20 feet away. Additionally, couches or sectionals can be placed facing the wall while additional armchairs can flank either side of the TV wall. This creates a visual balance and places a focal point within the room.

Smartly Arrange All Furniture Pieces

Once you have a seating area set up around the focal point, you’ll want to place tables and storage pieces around it. The main coffee table in a living room is normally placed in the middle of the sofas and chairs. Give yourself about 17 to 18 inches of space between the coffee table and the sofa to everything is within reach. If you have a smaller space, consider nesting tables as they can expand when they’re being used and folded up when they aren’t.

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