Living Room Layout

August 7, 2018 6:25 am by admin
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Living Room Layout

4. Minimal and Comfortable When comfort and style are both paramount, pare down the furniture but select it carefully. A sectional sofa and armchair + footstool offer the only seating, but since they’re both such comfortable options, nobody will feel like they got the sad seat.

This is probably the layout many of us think of when we consider a “formal” living room: two small sofas facing each other, a coffee table between them. Built-ins to either side of the fireplace provide storage, and a TV over the mantle can be easily viewed from either sofa.

“You can gain more surface space by having a console table behind a sofa and a variety of seating, like one sofa and four chairs that are not all the same that can float in a room and even be moved around,” says Rybock, “and then use a cocktail table as the anchor in the center of the space.” Once you have the furniture in place, Fenimore suggests using textural or colorful artwork to visually fill the room.


6. Work & Live Space The nice thing about a sectional is that it can divide a space without really dividing it, if you know what I mean. With the chaise situated in the center of the room, this space is essentially a small living room + office. The rug, only under the “living area”, further underlines this.

Adding warmth and creating an inviting atmosphere can be a challenge for square living rooms. When all of your furniture is pushed up against the wall, which leaves seating far away from each other, you can make the space feel cold. But you can also make your square living room feel crowded or awkward if all the furniture is forced into one corner. Instead, float furniture away from the walls.

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Fenimore believes adding a built-in bar, bookcases, shelving or even a workspace that are similar in style to your furniture can pull the look of a long living room together. Make sure to take note of doors, heaters, outlets and windows before you plan your layout — the location of these items can limit furniture placement and be problematic if not considered before final floor plan decisions are made.

“Go for vignettes instead of two sofas flanking a fireplace,” says Rybock. “Creating different seating areas makes the space feel a bit more intimate, since open floor plans can be overwhelming.”

9. Separate Dining Zone A lot of us have live-eat rooms, so here’s an option if that’s your situation. By placing the sofa in the centre of the room with its back to the dining area, you create two separate spaces, and the rug also helps with this. The living area is small, true, but it looks out into the garden and the TV is placed on a media unit nearby. In the dining area, I added shelving for books on each side, to make a sort of eat-in library.

8. Family Friendly In this space, the sectional becomes a full-on L-shaped sofa, with arms and back all around. Extra seating is provided by a large pouf/ottoman, and the other half of the room is all play zone, with toy storage provided. I’ve even cleared the way for a child’s play table or toy kitchen.

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But be aware long, open or square living rooms present different design challenges. What might work for one space doesn’t necessarily make sense for another.

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It’s a generous space, but not one without challenges. In each layout, I’ve tried to consider TV placement (because let’s face it, most of us prioritize that in a living room), storage, traffic routes, and zoning the space with rugs and accessories.

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7. Modern Country Casual When I think of country style design, lots of cozy conversation areas come to mind. A small table, paired with two cozy armchairs, allows for board games or reading, while two small sofas face each other for comfier conversations. The TV is placed centrally in some formal built-ins, but is probably less important in this space.

“My living room is actually a long, narrow rectangular space,” says designer Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25. “Really think about how you will be using the room. Instead of just putting things in the room to fill the space, find pieces that are both fun to use and help create function.”

Here are the most common design challenges of these living rooms and some smart solutions that make the most of each space.

Our living rooms wear a lot of hats: we watch TV, entertain friends, have conversations and spend time reading in them. Sometimes they double as home offices, playrooms for kids or even dining rooms, too. With all these considerations, it can be tricky to decide how best to arrange this area, but thinking about the feeling you’d like the space to convey in combination with how you’ll spend time there is a solid way to start. Here are 10 living room layout ideas to get those creative wheels spinning.

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The right layout makes your long, open or square living room attractive and user friendly.

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“Using smaller pieces and a variety of them, instead of one sofa and a coffee table, helps the space feel more spacious and unique,” says Rybock.

What you want to avoid is a long living room that feels like a hallway, says designer Marysia Rybock of ScavulloDesign Interiors. Using narrow furniture will just emphasize the long lines of the room. Go for a sofa with a tailored feel and tight upholstery.

“Pulling furniture pieces off the wall and tying them all together with an area rug, balancing with ottomans and adding extra seating will visually balance out the room,” says Fenimore. “Stick with one main paint color so the open spaces do not fight each other, which can cause the room to look cluttered.”

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5. Retro Party Pad There’s something deeply chic about a ’70s-style sectional and matching chaise, don’t you think? Here, we lose the built-ins in favor of some freestanding mid-century media and storage units, just for a change. For added party points, I’ve added a bar cart in the corner and an oversize coffee table, perfect for all those party snacks.

Your own home may not have a living room that’s quite so versatile—it’s a sad truth that the smaller (or more oddly shaped) a room is, the fewer ways it can work as a space. My own L-shaped living/dining area only really works one way, due to short walls, radiators and an entire wall of windows. So think of these specific layouts as tailored to this space, but take inspiration on how you can re-think your own home in a multitude of ways.

3. Lots of Versatile Seating Swinging the sofa lengthwise to the room allows for a slightly larger one, facing the TV directly. Two armchairs in opposite corners can be moved where needed, and a pouf-as-coffee-table can become seating in a pinch, as well. This is definitely a living room to welcome your friends ’round for movie night.

To create an efficient layout for an open living room, keep the flow around furniture and accessories open so your family and friends can be doing numerous things at once while still being together.

Similar to the above, this is just a bit more relaxed. Two matching chairs offer a different seating option, and the TV moves to one side of the fireplace, as it’s more likely to be viewed from the sofa. I’ve also squeezed in a little writing desk, for occasional work.

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For this open living room, sectional sofas from Room & Board create flow, offer versatile seating and help divide the large, sprawling space made for family activities and entertaining. Photo courtesy of Room & Board

Activities – The first thing to do is have a long hard think about what you’re going to use your living room for. Of course there are the obvious answers but it’s worth taking a look at the living room design ideas page to find out the more subtle activities that you should be planning for in your living room.

Furniture and objects – Have the dimensions of the furniture you plan to use to hand (including heights of furniture). Also think about any artwork, mirrors and other objects that you’d like to have in your living room.

The list of special furniture and objects you made in part 2 of your Design a House exercise will be useful here. Floor Plan – Next, draw a floor plan of all the permanent fixtures in the room (on paper or with software).

You’ll need the measurements of the living room including the ceiling height. Be sure to include the fireplace (take a note of the height of the mantle) and any architectural details such as dado or picture rails (note heights).

  The furniture will also need to be ready to be included in the floor plan. If you’re working on paper draw the furniture to scale and cut them out, if you’re working with software you can bring all the furniture onto the floor plan and enter the dimensions.

Don’t start working with furniture arrangements yet though. Focal Point(s) – First of all look at the permanent fixtures in your living room. typical focal points will be the fireplace or the window with a view.

If there are no permanent fixtures which will serve as a focal point consider using a piece of furniture as a focal point such as a side board. If you plan to have a TV in the room that will also be a focal point.

  For now, just note the location of the fixed focal points. Activity areas – Depending on your living room size and shape there may be room for more than one activity area. There will be the main conversation area which often doubles as the TV watching area, then there may be room for other activity areas such as a games table area, desk area or a piano area (this is where your activity list in step one comes in to play).

Look at the floor plan and determine the zones in the room where each activity might fit. Furniture layouts – This is the really fun part. Start to experiment with furniture layouts bearing in mind the activity areas in the previous step.

Don’t forget to include enough space for circulation around the room. Around 2ft (about 60cm) is required to be able to circulate around furniture (3ft – around 90cm, is better). The dimensions information on the conversation area page will be useful for this step.

You’ll probably find you try several layout ideas. Take a picture or save each one so that you don’t forget any of your layouts! More Living Room Design for you…

I talk about things like how to identify the focal point(s) and where to put the TV if you want one in the room.

One of the best ways to make sure your living room looks and feels inviting is designing a layout and floor plan that works for your space, not against it. The right layout allows you to entertain guests, relax with family, and do activities like watch TV or play games in comfort.

Thinking about the function of the room will help you make smart layout decisions. An open living room often serves as a hub in the house, so make sure any floor plan includes comfortable spots for everyday activities like watching TV, eating or socializing.

10. Integrated Dining Zone This layout is similar to the above but more casual and spacious in feel. A sectional under the windows, a table by the doors, and a central TV that can be viewed from either space. I’ve kept the rug under the living area only, but this would work just as well with a large centralized one, provided you weren’t worried about food spills.

A dark brown gray living room with fireplace, tv, couches, large ottoman, and fluffy rug and a kitchen to match the style in the background.

With two walls longer than the shorter walls at both ends of the space, a long or rectangular-shaped living room can feel narrow and claustrophobic. But with strategic planning, you can make this type of living room feel welcoming and user friendly.

In order to show you 10 different living room layouts, I first had to come up with a versatile enough floor plan; one that incorporated a few problems/features we’d all recognize. Here, a long rectangular room has a central fireplace, windows to the front and glass doors/garden access to the rear.

Open living rooms allow for easy entertaining and good traffic flow. But a living room that shares space with an adjoining dining room, family room or kitchen can present challenges for those who want some type of definition for each area.

On this living room layout page I take you through the process of deciding where everything should go in your living room.

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