When your family room is on the smaller side, your home can feel tight and restrictive. Your layout can add to the impression of a cramped area. A compact living room might be a challenge, but you can set up your furniture to make it feel spacious and welcoming. Increasing the functional aspects and design of your living room can transform it. A tiny room can seem to expand when furniture is positioned in a helpful way. Here are 7 tricks for organizing your furniture in a small living room.
Useful Furniture Arranging Tricks for a
Small Living Room
1. Establish a Central Focus
When people walk into your room, guide their line of sight to a central element. Conflicting features can put the spotlight on the limited size, but a centralized format can promote unity and optimize the available room.
To steer the attention of guests, direct seating toward a dominant feature of the room. A fireplace or TV may be your main element, so place couches and armchairs in front of it. You can reach a comfortable distance by putting your couch 2.75 inches away for each inch of diagonal screen size.
The layout makes the room seem very spacious and has open pathways over at BHG.
2. Provide Enough Space
If your walkways are slight, you can bump into furniture or wade through an uncomfortable maze. Open routes with an effortless flow can free up your living space. Heavily trafficked spots should be especially clear without unnecessary barriers. A prime width can show exit points for better circulation, too.
Define areas to streamline the order of your living room. You can use a rug to outline a designated spot, giving the sense of extra sections. Separate furniture about 30 to 36 inches apart for roomy paths.
Nice open pathways!
Love how the rug defines the space… plenty of room to move around and looks amazing.
3. Take Advantage of Storage
A disorganized area can be overwhelming and stuffy, but space-saving solutions can hide an overflow of belongings and offer more possibilities for an undersized room. Stash books and knickknacks in useful compartments.
Furniture pieces with built-in storage can also get extra items out of the way. Incorporate double-duty furnishings to diminish clutter. A coffee table with plenty of shelves or compartments. Or how about an ottoman with a secret nook can reduce the number of shelving units you need.
Here’s a great DIY Media Console Piece is the perfect example of a multi-functional item.
This DIY Storage Coffee Table will clean up the clutter in Farmhouse Style!
4. Feature Large Items
The biggest pieces of furniture require the most planning, but don’t be afraid to use large items just because you’re operating under constraints. Highlight broad pieces, like a sizeable hutch, in notable places that produce an illusion of ample space.
This gorgeous tall piece looks amazing in this limited space… so don’t be afraid to use it!
This large Hutch looks perfect in this limited space. Don’t limit yourself… experiment… you have more space than you think sometimes.
Don’t allow limited space keep you from having a piano. I just love how they filled the walls with art. This space seems very personal and reflects the families style.
5. Accentuate With Light
If your setting is dim due to blocked windows, you lose the benefit of natural light. Impeding on the windows hinders your living room. Shift your bookcases and sofas away from the windows to expand the room.
Multiple light sources can also spread out the room and play up its attributes. Distriute a few slender lamps in corners to reap the advantages of light in a small living room.
6. Introduce Elongating Accents
When your ceiling is short and your square footage is low, you can construct a longer-looking living room with certain tricks. Decor can spruce up the place and incorporate much-needed dimension.
Standing mirrors are the perfect way to add distance, and high-positioned window treatments can elevate your setup. Arrange these elements around your furniture to disguise the scale of the room.
A simple tall standing lamp can draw your eye straight up.
The standing mirror plus a wall mirror and a tall ladder makes this area look so spacious. Just remember to use items that bring the eye upwards.
7. Bring in Angles
While symmetry is pleasing, angles can bring variety and an experimental ambiance to your living space. Slight diagonal lines can implement unexpected enhancements in a layout. Move your couch from against the wall to a more creative and captivating spot.
An asymmetric design can introduce a less obvious arrangement to a small area. Even pivoting a table, chair or an end table can offer an imaginative tweak for a limited space.
Maximize Your Home’s Room
Your living room is an essential hub in your home that can be improved with a little effort. As you shift your furniture to accommodate a uniquely sized spot, consider which elements you want to play up. Get the most out of your area by using visual techniques and practical tricks.
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