How to Rearrange Living Room Furniture

In most homes, the living room is often the busiest room. It’s the place for family members or guests to enjoy each other's company. With such primary importance, it’s crucial that the living room look its best with a furniture layout that is functional and feels inviting. When the living room begins to feel stale and needs a fresh look, it's time to rearrange the furniture. Many people also rearrange the furniture when they want a change in their life. Regardless of the reason, it's always fun to change the look of a room.

Things You'll Need

  • Sketch paper
  • Paper or pen

Instructions

    • 1

      Make a few sketches of the potential furniture arrangements. Think about the way that you want the room to look. Sketching is a good way to experiment with different furniture arrangements without any physical exertion.

    • 2

      Prep the room. Remove accessories from tables so fragile things have less chance of breaking. Store accessories in a box until you have finished arranging the furniture. Sweep, vacuum or mop the room. Remove any floor coverings such as rugs from the room. Clean around and underneath each piece of furniture so that the floor becomes a clean foundation to arrange furniture pieces on and you won’t have any dirty areas.

    • 3

      Choose a new focal point in the room. Possible focal points include a window, an art piece, a large bookcase a, television or a painting.

    • 4

      Orient the large furniture pieces so they are around the focal point. Align large pieces so they are parallel with the wall but allow at least three feet so guests can walk behind it. Position your sofas, love seats and chairs so that they encourage conversation.

    • 5

      Place other pieces that serve a purpose next to large furniture pieces. Place tables besides chairs and sofas. Look for pieces that you haven't grouped together before, and that have similar architectural details, to give the room a sense of visual harmony. For example, pair a round lamp or vase with a round end table where guests can place food or drinks.

    • 6

      Use different rugs that complement each other to define activity areas in the room. For example, if there’s a work area that has a desk and a chair, use a rug to define that part of the room. Or define a reading area, that has a bookcase and a comfortable chair, with a rug.

    • 7

      Consider the problem areas in the current furniture arrangement. For example, there may be places where guests keep knocking over a lamp in the room or trip over a chair. These problem areas should be cleared so the paths in the room are unobstructed and people can move around freely.

    • 8

      Move furniture pieces that are rarely used to another room. Unused furniture pieces can make a room feel cluttered.

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  • Photo Credit living room image by AGITA LEIMANE from Fotolia.com

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