Arranging your living room is more than just placing furniture—it's about creating a space that suits your lifestyle and enhances your home's overall aesthetic. Whether your living room is a cozy family hub centered around the TV or a sophisticated space for entertaining guests, knowing how you plan to use the room is the first step to a successful layout. In this guide, we'll explore essential tips for positioning your sofa, choosing the right layout, and following general guidelines to create a balanced and inviting living area. With these expert insights, you'll be well-equipped to transform your living room into a functional and stylish haven.

How will you use the space?

Is this your family room centered around tv watching or a formal living room with a focus on entertaining? Knowing how you plan to use the room is crucial to a successful layout. For example, if you’re planning to spend most of your time in the space lounging, you’ll want to make sure the layout is comfortable with plenty of space to lay out and relax. If you’re planning to use the space more formally to host guests for drinks, you’ll want more conversational set up that allows for plenty of seating. 

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Start with where the sofa will face

Next, think about where you want your sofa. Consider the architectural details of the room and where makes the most logical sense. For example, if you have a fireplace, it’s nice to use the sofa to make that a focal point. Also consider windows, entryways, and doors. We like to avoid having the sofa face the main entrance of the room if possible so that when you’re seated, you’re not looking directly into another room. 

Layouts to consider

These are the 5 layouts we typically go to when planning a living room

General guidelines

If you have the room, avoid having your furniture touch the walls. Pulling everything away from the walls gives a room a more intimate feeling. Also, consider the scale of the pieces you choose. It may seem that choosing smaller furniture will make the space feel larger but often it can have the opposite effect, throwing off the balance of the room. You want to make sure you choose pieces that are the right scale for your space and will allow you and your family to comfortably use the room. Read our measurement guide for more on scale.