How to Choose Furniture for Your Living

How to Choose Furniture for Your Living

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The living room is undoubtedly the heart of any home. It’s where we unwind after a long day, gather with loved ones, and indulge in our favourite hobbies. Having functional and stylish furniture is essential with so much time spent in this space. From cosy movie nights to board game marathons, your living room should be able to accommodate all your needs. But how can you ensure your furniture is versatile enough to handle it all while providing ample storage space? Say goodbye to cluttered, unorganized areas and hello to a living room that’s both practical and aesthetically pleasing. In this article, we’ll show you the key features to look for when selecting living room furniture.

What furniture is found in a living room?

Living rooms have long been locations for basically any furniture. However, sofas, chairs, a TV stand,  sideboards, and coffee or occasional tables tend to be the ones that appear the most. A modest living room can feel more spacious with a large mirror in its traditional spot above the fireplace.

black leather chairs, coffee table, sofa in the living room
Photo: Chastity Cortijo

How to choose furniture for your living room:

The way you use your living room will naturally influence your furniture purchases, and you will need to plan differently depending on how often it is used for what purpose. A TV stand or cabinet will be required if you intend to use your living room as a spot to watch TV, and indeed a stand or cabinet is also often used as storage for the cable or digital box or a DVD player. Many people, though, prefer not to have a TV, instead using the space for a compact item such as a nest of tables or bookcases that provide surfaces for things such as paper or even a cup of tea, in addition to storage for valued items such as books and DVDs that would otherwise cause a lot of clutter.

Your living room may also benefit from the addition of a coffee table, which would not only add essential practicality to your room but could also be of the exact size and format that you require, from a small size with shelves to a larger size with a broader range of storage options.

Planning your living room:

Your living room can be planned best by drawing up a scale plan. This allows you to determine the best place for each piece of furniture in the room. You must think carefully about allowing space to open the cupboards and drawers of your various furniture pieces and walk around them.

Living Room Furniture

When looking for the right place to place a TV on its stand or cabinet, consider the distance that you would like it to be from where you are likely to sit. If your TV has a 25-27 inch screen, a 2.4m gap between it and the seat would be ideal. You should leave a 3m gap if your screen is 32 inches, and if your screen is 36 inches or more, you should provide an opening of at least 3m, if not more.