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9 Tips for Arranging Furniture in a Living Room or Family Room

Beautiful living room - arranging furniture around stone fireplace and TV.

One of the things that we suggested in our post on Furniture Shopping Tips was to measure your room and try out different furniture placement scenarios – either on paper or using a room planner – prior to shopping.

We still think that’s pretty great advice, but what if arranging furniture isn’t one of your strong points?  Or you’ve never had to do it before?

We’ve got some tips and general guidelines that will help:

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Furnishing Your Home: 6 Ways To Use a Bench

A bench is such a verstile piece of furniture. Love this rustic one with leather upholstered top!
Metalworks Bench

Some pieces of furniture that we buy, such as a sofa or a bed, are made for pretty specific uses and room(s) in the house.

Others are more versatile and able to be used in multiple ways and places, and the bench is definitely one of those. It has great longevity in that it may start in one place in the house, but then be moved from room to room over time depending on where it’s needed the most.

There’s almost always somewhere that you can benefit from one these versatile pieces, so they never outgrow their usefulness.

Here are some ways that you may want to use them in your home:

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Arranging Furniture: Let it Float

Use an area rug to anchor floating furniture
SHOP THIS LOOK:
sectional | ottoman | rug

First let us say that placing furniture next to the walls is not a bad thing.  In fact, in many cases, it’s the best choice for your living or family room.

But there are times, more often than you might think, that floating your furniture will help your space look and function much better.

Close enough for conversation.

The goal for arranging a seating area (or more than one, if space allows) is to be able to:

a) carry on a conversation without raising your voice,
b) easily move around the furniture,
c) have a space that looks pulled together – not disjointed.

Sometimes that just can’t happen if you’re pushing all of the furniture back against the walls.

Case in point, the Lakeside Cottage that we posted about earlier this week.
Floating furniture was the best option in our Lakeside Cottage living room
The living room was a little wide for this furniture placement, so we automatically just tweaked it in, away from the walls.  It was a small change really but you can see how it resulted in a much cozier conversation area in front of the fireplace.

Float, but anchor.

Anchoring your seating area with an area rug is almost always a good idea, but even more so when you’re floating furniture.

Add a rug (or two – love layers!) to firmly define the seating area, make the room more comfortable, and give it a finished look.

Give it a try.

When you’re used to having all of your furniture against the walls, it may feel awkward to all of sudden start floating furniture around in your space.

Play with the placement until you get it where you think it might work, and then live with it for a few days.  You may be surprised at how much better it looks and how well it functions!

For more ideas on how to arrange furniture in your living spaces, you can check out this post.

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