To determine how to arrange living room furniture with a TV, you must first determine what the purpose of the room is.
Now-a-days open concept is all the rage, however there are still designs that include separate living rooms and family rooms.
Here are Three Fundamentals to Follow When Establishing the Purpose of Your Living Room:
- Is it a family room or tv room with it’s specific purpose being to watch TV?
- Is it a formal living room to have a tv, with watching tv not it’s main purpose?
- Is it a combination open area with a conversational seating area as well as a tv area?
Once you know ‘the why’, ‘the how’ becomes clearer. Let’s start with number one.
Arranging Furniture Around a TV in a Family Room:
A family room that’s designed specifically for watching TV is probably the easiest room to arrange. Since rooms come in every shape and size, for the purpose of this article, we’ll talk generally about layouts.
- Knowing you want the TV as the focal point, look around your room and visually establish which wall the TV or TV unit could go on where every seat in the room can see it. This is the most important first step, so give it some thought.
- Next, if you’re working with existing furniture, or if you’re buying new furniture, decide which works best on the walls in the room; couches, love seats or chairs. Take note that longer walls generally work better for couches than trying to cram a large couch on a small wall
- Don’t block the walk-through areas. Clear flow is important. In other words, don’t position furniture so that as soon as someone walks in the room they have to walk around it to proceed further. Keep ‘flow’ to the doorway open.
- Also, don’t feel you have to put a TV above a fireplace if that layout won’t work for your room.
- If your room is long and narrow, with two long walls, try one couch on one wall and another couch on the other wall, then position chairs according to the couches.
Arranging Furniture in a Living Room with a TV that’s Not the Focal Point
- You’ve established the room’s purpose: It will occasionally be used for tv watching.
- Determine where the TV could go so that people could see it from the sofa and or chairs in the room.
- You can also position the TV away from the seating area and place chairs or other types of seats (bean bag chairs) where the TV is.
- If you have a long wall, that connects one doorway to another in the space, consider wall mounting the tv on that wall and positioning furniture opposite it. A walkway wall is generally not a focal point wall, thus featuring the TV on it de-emphasizes the TV. Also, don’t put bulky furniture, or any furniture on that wall. Hide all the TV cables inside the wall. There’s nothing that will ruin the look of a room faster than ugly cables hanging out.
- House a TV in a cabinet with doors. You’ll get a double benefit from your new cabinet; it’s both decorative and practical. Three examples of TV Hiding Wall-Units are featured below:
A Conversational Sitting Area with a Separate TV Area all in an Open Concept Living Room
- Look at your space and decide if you can define two separate areas within it; one for conversation and one for watching tv.
- If you can have two spaces defined separately, there are a couple of standard ways to create the illusion of two separate areas. One is to use a ‘Chaise Bench’ as the catalyst that joins the rooms together. In other words, the bench sits in the middle of the room with furniture for watching TV on one side of the room, and furniture for wine and conversation on the other. The chaise bench allows people to sit on it facing either way. Here are three examples of Chaise Lounge styles for you in the photos below:
- Area rugs, yes area rugs are the next easiest way to define spaces in an open concept room. Arrange your TV area furniture around the TV and place a large area rug under the furniture. Then on the other side of the room, place another large area rug to designate your conversation area. Take note; use large rugs, 9ft by 12ft, or 8ft by 10ft. The furniture does not have to completely sit on the area rugs. Most of the time, just the front legs of the furniture are on the area rug. However, you can place all the legs of your furniture on the rug if both your room and rug are large enough.
Featured Below are Rooms with Area Rugs that Show how Furniture Can be Arranged:
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