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Living Room Furniture Buying Guide

12 April 2019
Whether you’re furnishing a new home or replacing worn out furniture, you need living room furniture that fits your home and your style.

Whether you’re furnishing a new home or replacing worn out furniture, you need living room furniture that fits your home and your style. This buying guide will help you find your style and create a plan for the pieces you’ll need to create the perfect living room.

Living Room Furniture Buying Guide


Find Your Decor Style

Most people know what they like and what they don’t like. Between those two extremes, there are plenty of living room furniture choices. If you have no idea where to start, look in your closet and see what colors you choose to wear. If you’d never leave the house without your designer handbag, consider the chic elegance of contemporary living room furniture.

Living Room Furniture Buying Guide


Living Room Furniture Buying Guide


Measure the Room and Sketch It on Paper

When you add an area rug to your living room, you anchor the furniture and define the room’s space. Choose an area rug large enough to have at least the front feet of the major pieces of furniture on the rug. You don’t need an area rug in a carpeted room, but adding one on top of the carpet can visually pull all the furniture together. Contrast the rug and furniture; buy a neutral rug for the room with a patterned fabric sofa, and vice versa.

Living Room Furniture Buying Guide


Create Your Seating Area

Once you’ve placed the sofa, position your loveseat and chairs near it to create a conversation area, usually at ninety degrees to the sofa; if the room is on the small side, you may want to just have chairs instead of a loveseat. If the chairs have low backs that won’t block the view to your focal point, place them across from the sofa. Don’t be afraid to have this whole arrangement in the middle of a room. Pushing all the furniture up against the walls may make the room seem bigger, but a cozy feeling is more comfortable, and you’ll be able to hear the conversation with people sitting on other chairs in the room.

Living Room Furniture Buying Guide


Add Accent Furniture

Place a tea table in the living room. If you’re including an entertainment center in the room, center it across from the sofa for optimal viewing. Bookshelves work against walls, or, if you have two, they may work on either side of your entertainment center to create a whole wall of furniture. Remember to keep everything balanced: For every heavy or tall piece of furniture, there should be another one across from it.

Living Room Furniture Buying Guide


Complete the Room with Style

Don’t forget to consider your finishing touches as you choose your furniture pieces. Good furniture is just the beginning to a beautiful room.

Decorate blank walls with art. Remember to leave about six inches between the top of the couch and the bottom of the frame, and keep art at eye level. Check out our art buying guide for tips on choosing art that suits the room.

Living Room Furniture Buying Guide

Good lighting will show off your new living room furniture. Include ceiling light fixtures to give the room a glow, small lights to spotlight art, and lamps on accent tables to give the room depth.

Living Room Furniture Buying Guide

When you add an area rug to your living room, you anchor the furniture and define the room’s space. Choose an area rug large enough to have at least the front feet of the major pieces of furniture on the rug. You don’t need an area rug in a carpeted room, but adding one on top of the carpet can visually pull all the furniture together. Contrast the rug and furniture; buy a neutral rug for the room with a patterned fabric sofa, and vice versa.

Living Room Furniture Buying Guide


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