Ideas for Rearranging Furniture for a More Inviting Parlor Area

A parlor is a room in a home where friends and family members can talk and mingle. Make your parlor a warm and inviting space that loved ones can relax in. If you aren't happy with the way your parlor is set up, rearrange the furniture in a way that encourages guest and family interaction and conversations.

  1. Create a Focal Point

    • Place a large, plush rug in the center of the parlor as the room's focal point. The rug will bring peoples' eyes to the middle of the room and provide a starting point for the furniture arrangement. Place a large couch made of a comfortable fabric, such as cotton or linen, on one side of the rug. Place a love seat at a 90-degree angle from the couch to create a cozy feel. Set a coffee table in the middle of the rug to hold drinks or snack bowls.

    Individual Sections

    • Divide a large parlor into sections to create several warm and inviting spaces. For instance, designate one area of the parlor for watching TV and movies, and another for reading. Design a comfortable reading nook with a plush armchair or recliner, a standing lamp and a small side table. Use a bookcase to section the space off from the rest of the room.

    Conversational Spaces

    • If you love to entertain, encourage guest interaction by arranging chairs in small groups. Set two armchairs at a 90-degree angle from each other with a small rug in the middle at one corner. In another area, place two love seats face-to-face with a rectangular coffee table in the center. Tie the conversation spaces together with matching throw pillows and blankets.

    Casual Seating

    • Create a relaxing parlor space by providing plenty of casual seating. If the the space features a fireplace, place groupings of oversize, decorative pillows in front of it so friends and family members can lounge in front of the fire. Include one or two ottomans to act as additional seating options or small tables. Beanbag chairs make casual and comfortable seats as well.

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