Before starting planning out your space, here are a few tips you should consider as you think about how to organise your furniture in a smaller space. To feed your inspiration for arranging your living room furniture for small spaces, we asked three interior designers to provide us with their favourite ideas for small-space living room layouts. Hopefully, you found a little inspiration in these living room layouts, which can help make your living room furniture arrangement as awesome as possible.
To make the living room of a small apartment even more interesting, you could set up the furniture in an unique way. If you have a small living room that has access to the outside, strategically placed furniture can help to make the transition from indoors to outside feel as seamless as possible. That is why, in order to make your tiny condo’s living room appear lighter and open, light-wood furniture should be considered.
An open-concept design is one in which one living room space blends in with another, making it difficult to choose and position eclectic furniture in an appropriate way. Open concept living rooms have fewer walls and lots of walkways, so there may be really only so much room for furniture. Unlike the usual flat walls, circular-shaped living rooms do not have angles, and curved walls can make placing furniture up against them nearly impossible.
One of the things I find most funny is a big room where a couch is pulled up to one wall, while chairs on opposite sides of the room are up to another wall, leaving far too much empty space in between. A big couch can be a nice addition to the space, if the rest of the furniture does not overpower the room. To balance out a sofa that has three cushions, two upholstered chairs are placed across from it, with a floor lamp behind.
This room has two entrances, so the two chairs are clustered on one side of the room, with a chair placed opposite. The two chairs at the dining room side, as well as an upholstered bench at the right corner of a 16×16 foot space, can be moved around a couch and the seating to create more conversation area if needed. We have organised the couch chairs around the central focus, the coffee table, which is located in the centre of the room.
To maintain a focus on the fireplace, I placed the couch against a long wall, balancing it out with two accent chairs. To add a bit of height on the other side of the room, I placed one plant in a corner, and then brought in two accent chairs to provide a bit of extra seating. A couch table with lamps was placed behind one and behind the other was placed a Chinese screen for cutting the corners of the room off and padding out the space.
For instance, you could dedicate one side of your living room for your main seating area and TV with the sofa and loveseat, and another side for your decor zone with two accent chairs and a small side table. Sectional, modern sofas, big coffee tables, or even built-in bookshelves or piano can all help anchor a room, so smaller pieces can slip here and there as accents when needed.
One of the most sensible choices you can make is getting pieces that will help save space (for instance, an ottoman-style sofa or a coffee table with chairs would be nice choices). The thing is, the ideal tiny living room setup can still provide lots of room for furniture, as well as an opportunity to make it feel custom.
Designing the layout of furniture (sofa, chairs, and tables) is often challenging, as living rooms are such personal spaces that you are constantly running out of ideas. For many inhabitants of studio apartments and tiny houses, the problem is not simply making a living room furniture layout work; it is making everything work together in a way that serves ten purposes, yet leaves space for breathing. The first thing you will want to do, before starting your living room furniture layout planning, is to identify what are the must-have pieces of furniture, those that absolutely need to be included in your design.
Before rushing out and buying furniture and other home items, do a proper room layout plan. To give you some ideas on how to organise the furniture in the sitting room, I have laid out five different scenarios, all of which are based on the rectangular room. If you measure the length and width of your room for feet, then convert those feet into inches, and create a graph of the squares like I did for this post, then you can create paper templates showing all of the furniture that you own, or are thinking about buying, and begin to lay out all the furniture that you own in your graphic until you have arrived at the arrangement/grouping you feel works for you.
Since you cannot fit furniture up against the walls, centering it around will create some space around it and help define traffic flow. Place furniture in the middle of the room, so that people can flow along the edges of the room to where they want to go. It is also a good idea to purchase items that will work with your space, rather than being too large; a decent coffee table and sofa are two options you should consider for small living room furniture.