May 15, 2013

Common Living Room Furniture Arrangements…

In order to have a comfortable, functional living room, your furniture arrangement needs to be carefully planned. You may want to place furniture where you think it looks good, but it’s important that each piece is placed so that arrangement helps make the space more functional. For example, if your living room is used for watching TV, then your seating area should be placed to face the screen. If the main function of your living room is for conversation, then furniture should be placed in groupings to facilitate communication and maximize interaction.

Also, the furniture arrangement may need to accommodate free movement or circulation from one room to another.

Here’s the most common furniture arrangements used in living rooms:



  • U-shaped Arrangement: an extension of the L-shaped arrangment and can be formed by adding additional seating, like a chair, sofa, or loveseat to the L. Great for large spaces!
  • Box-shaped Arrangment: formed by adding additional furniture pieces to the U-shape arrangement to partially close the opening. I believe this is the best way to maximize conversation among users, because it’s both a combination of the parallel and L-shaped arrangements and provides loads of seating for extended guests or big families. The downside to this arrangment is that it is less open than the other arrangements. Great for big families or large living rooms!

So what furniture arrangement works best for you and why? What layout is currently in your living room? Be sure to drop a comment and let me know!

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4 comments so far.

4 responses to “Common Living Room Furniture Arrangements…”

  1. Mrs. Chic says:

    I love the parallel furniture for my home because our living room is small it still gives the feel of a conversation setup, while being able to enjoy TV

    • Katrina!
      Thanks for dropping by! I agree, I also love the parallel layout. I’m sure this layout would especially be great for women (or men) that host book clubs in their home!

      By the way, I LOVE your blog!


  2. Anni says:

    I really like the boxed shape furniture and arrangement as it gives more of a family feel, when I have family and friends over I usually rearrange my common area like this adding a few temp pieces from other rooms. Granted my furniture is never that nice 😉

    • Anni!
      I definitely agree with you about the boxed shape layout, there IS a sense of family and fun with that arrangement. Great idea bringing other pieces of furniture to your living space to make room for other pieces!

      If you’re looking for advice on anything decor related, or if you need me to help you find something new, email me!! I’d love to help!


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