Whether you are redecorating your living room or designing your first space, arranging your furniture is an important consideration. Besides being practical, it also creates an atmosphere to make it feel like home.


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    Start with a blank space. As much as possible, empty your living room. If you cannot move heavy furniture out, try to put it in one area. Remove all of the small pieces, such as lamps, rugs, and décor items into another room. You may need to measure your pieces so you will know what will fit in each area.

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    Choose a focal point. It can be a fireplace, a window, or even an entertainment center. You will design the rest of the furniture around this piece. A consideration when choosing your focal point is how you are going to use the room. Will it be for visiting with people or will you be involved in individual activities such as watching television?

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    Place your seating around the focal point. Keep the chairs and couch close together and slightly angled for better conversation. You may want to create multiple seating areas for different activities.

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    Place either a coffee table or end tables within reach of each part of the seating area. You will also want to make sure there is adequate lighting for everyone. Place lamps near everyone for reading and low lighting.

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    Consider traffic flow. Make sure there is ample walking space around the room and into other rooms. This will require at least two to three feet (.6 to .9m) of open space between furniture. Do not place furniture in line of doorways to block the path. Make sure there is space for people to move into another room without disrupting people who are seated.


  • Move furniture out from the wall to create unique areas. You can place a sofa table behind the furniture.
  • Work with your room’s size and shape. If it is small, use furniture that fits the scale.
  • Use a virtual room organizer to prevent moving furniture from one place to another. You can buy software or use online programs.
  • Look at pictures in magazines or on television decorating shows to get new ideas. You don’t have to follow a standard pattern.

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