When arranging your living room, Claire Gibson, from furniture manufacturer La-Z-Boy, says that there are essentially four things to consider…

Track traffic flow 

The layout of the room, the entrances and exits, as well as the furniture placement, will largely dictate the traffic flow and space.

Be sure to leave enough space around your furniture so that people can comfortably and easily walk from one side of the room to the other.

Establish a focal point

It is important to pinpoint the focal point of the room, and then design the room and place the furniture around it.

The focal point can be anything – from a fireplace to a bay window, or even a standout occasional chair, rug or objet d’art.

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Up against a wall

It is not always advisable to place your furniture right up against the wall.

In larger rooms especially, it is a better option to place pieces closer together to create a more intimate setting. As long as the backs of the various pieces of furniture are finished, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be on display.

You can also add slender servers close to the back of a “floating” sofa to ground it.

Create conversation areas

The main purpose of the living room is that it serves as a place for people to relax and spend time together. To this end, furniture should be placed in a manner that encourages comfortably communication.