You switch up your fashion and even your hairstyle from time to time, but when was the last time you rearranged the furniture in your home? It probably has been a while. Don’t get stuck with the same living room floor plan. These tips can help you create a living room layout that will breathe new life into your room.
Create a Great a Focal Point
Determining the ideal focal point for your space is the first thing you need to do when you are considering a new floor plan for your living room. First, think about how you will spend most of your time in the room. For most people, living rooms revolve around watching TV, so you will want to make your entertainment hub the focal point of the room. To conserve the most floor area, place your TV against the wall, and your seating area anywhere from 8 to 12 feet away. Keep the view angle within 30 degrees of the front of the screen for the best viewing.
Place your Tables Next
Just like the kitchen, you can never have enough surfaces in your living room to place your snacks or store your reading material and remotes. A low coffee table is a must for many homeowners. When placing your coffee table, you need to leave enough room to allow you to access your seating without bumping your shins while keeping everything within easy reach, a foot and a half is ideal. If you have armchairs, side tables are an excellent alternative to a coffee table. Most right-handed people find it convenient to set the side table to the right of the armchair. Of course, if you are left-handed, you will want to place it on the left side. The ideal height of a side table is a few inches shorter than the arms of the chair.
Define your Seating Area with a Rug
One of the best ways to create a contained space is to use an area rug. Don’t feel like you need to place an area rug directly in the middle of your living room. It is better to center the rug in the middle of your seating arrangement. A common issue when rearranging your furniture is using an undersized or oversized rug. In a small living room, you may want only to place the coffee table on the rug, leaving everything else on the floor. In a slightly larger room, you can center the rug in the seating area, and place only the front legs of your furniture on it. Only in a very large room should all the legs of your furniture rest on the run. Avoid placing an area rug up against the wall, and always leave at least a foot or two of bare floor in front of the baseboards.
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