A hub of activity, be it coffee mornings, book clubs or family parties, your living room needs to be the perfect place for socialising. Therefore, it’s important that you don’t simply throw your furniture together. It takes time, effort, and a little bit of science to create a warm and welcoming living space.
Don’t know where to start? Read Dovetail’s advice to find out how to organise your living room. Our step by step guide makes the whole feat a lot easier. So what are you waiting for? Get reading!
Step 1: Don’t be glued to the walls!
One of the most common sights in a living room is having all the seating pushed to the edges of the room. This is a big mistake – especially if your lounge is a social hub. Nothing is worse than trying to have a chat with someone stuck against the opposite wall! Instead, push your seating together for a friendly, comfortable atmosphere.
Step 2: Find your point of interest
But where should you position your seating? Find your focal point. This could be your television, coffee table or fireplace. It could even be a set of bay windows. Once you’ve decided, position your furniture towards this point.
If you regularly entertain, we recommend creating a “conversation circle”. You can do this by adding cushions or stools around your arrangement. Now you’ve created a comfortable, engaging space for your gatherings.
Step 3: Allow for ease of access
It’s all well and good making your living room look good, but why bother if no one can access it? Make sure your layout is practical and comfortable. For example, leave enough space between your seating for people to easily navigate the room. Don’t have furniture corners facing one other, resulting in narrow walk-ways and bruised limbs!
Also, it seems silly, but make sure everyone has a drink rest in reach. This could be an ottoman, coffee table or even a nearby shelf. Don’t make them have to walk across the room every time they want to take a sip of coffee!
Step 4: Clever design tricks
This step is full of hints and tips to make the most of your living space. For example, do you have toys and games for your kids that you want to hide? Imagine a line that begins at your doors and travels straight to your furniture. This will clearly direct people across your room, blocking off corners where you can sneakily store your odd bits.
Do you have a large living-come-dining room? Divide the space into two distinct areas by facing your sofa away from the dining room. This defines a clear conversation zone and that differs from the rest of the open plan.
If you want to create a unified seating area, use a large rug. This will create a welcoming communal area and draw all your items of furniture together. Also, have your seating facing one another or in a circle so your guests are face-to-face when having a conversation.
We hope that reading our guide has provided you with some layout inspiration.
Why not start organising your furniture today? If you’re looking for a new sofa for your new look living room, pop down to Dovetail. We have a wide selection of upholstery for you to choose from (click here) at our Norwich showroom. If you have an questions, give us a call on 01603 488082.