Whether you live solo, with housemates, or with family, your living room will be a main gathering area. This is the room where most people spend the majority of their waking hours, so choosing the proper furniture is important.
You want furniture that instills a feeling of welcome and comfort, while also standing up against wear and tear. Materials and colours that will suit your needs are also important. Keep reading to learn how to choose living room furniture for your space.
1. Measure the Space
Use a tape measure or other method to measure the width and length of your room. Take consideration for recessed spaces or areas like window seats.
2. Create a Floor Plan
You can use blank paper or grid paper, whichever you have, to create a floor plan. Sketch out some different ways furniture could fit into the room. Leave at least one metre of free space between each piece of furniture; otherwise, you’ll feel squeezed into the room.
3. Measure Doorways
Make sure you measure the width of your doorways before you buy furniture. You don’t want to pay for something and then realize when the delivery arrives that it doesn’t fit into the room, or your house.
4. Stage the Space
After you decide how much space you have and where you want the furniture to go, use papers or tape on the floor to mock where the furniture will sit. This can give you a better visual.
5. Consider Usage
How will the room be used? If this is where the family will do most of its socializing, you will need stain-resistant furniture that can take a beating and still look good, particularly if your kids are young. If, however, your living room will be more of a showcase room and not used much, you can go for more delicate fabrics and fragile pieces.
6. Look at the Architecture
Some rooms have design features that will help you decide what kind of furniture will work best. For example, a more rustic room design would look better furnished with cabin decor rather than uber-modern furniture.
7. Choose Pieces
You don’t want your living room to seem cold and uninviting, with pieces that look like they’ve just been set there on a whim, with no thought to their use. Moveable pieces are a great idea in most spaces, with chairs that can face the fireplace, the sofa, or a big picture window to the outdoors. Pieces that can be gathered around or pulled over to socialize are always a good idea.
Here are a few ideas to start with when choosing pieces:
1. Every room should have a focal point. Choose what will be the focal point in your room and start there.
2. Begin with upholstered pieces to lay out a welcoming seating arrangement. If the room allows, consider using two matching sofas or a sofa with two armchairs to welcome engagement and interaction among people in the room.
3. Ottomans, while taking up little space, are a great option to add seating and can be moved around with ease.
4. Coffee tables, ottomans, and occasional tables lend a friendly atmosphere to the room, making sure there’s always a place to set a drink or book. They also make for a congenial feel with a vase, tray, or lamp.
5. Buy pieces that are solid, with sturdy wood frames. High-quality pieces will cost a bit more, but will probably last longer and hold up better. Cushions that are made of wrapped foam will be durable and comfortable. Those cushions filled with down tends to wear quickly and breaks down much faster than foam.