Small living room furniture arrangement can be a challenge, but as shocking as it seems, small living rooms are often easier to decorate than larger ones, especially on a budget. The main, basic design rule applies for a small living room as it would for a larger room. Choose furniture that fits the space, and do not try to squeeze too much in.
Here are four ideas for furniture layouts for small living rooms may inspire you and show you that less can be more.
Small Living Room Arrangement With Lots of Storage
This arrangement provides a lot of storage, while still providing plenty of seating. The long wall has enough room for a large shelving unit, and the table behind the sofa provides additional storage and a possible place for lighting.
This furniture arrangement is ideal for a single adult or a couple. With the exchange of the bar for a slightly larger table, this arrangement could also work for a small family.
During entertaining, the stools or chairs could be moved somewhere else in the room for temporary, additional seating, and the bar can be used as a serving area.
- Choice of a sofa: Armless sofas look sleek in small spaces, but they are not especially comfortable for lounging about. Another thing to think about is that you may not have a tiny living room forever, and a sofa may last 10 years or more, so choose a sofa that is comfortable. Think of your sofa as an investment and then purchase less expensive accent furnishings.
- Accent chairs: When purchasing accent chairs, think “light.” Anything with a heavy look or dark colors will feel huge in the room. Armless chairs, like slipper chairs, can be a good choice. Avoid anything with a tall backrest. Transparent chairs such as “ghost” chairs look great in small spaces.
- Simplify: In a small space, choose furniture with clean lines so the eye will not get stuck in one place. This is designer-speak for “keep it simple.” Overstuffed chairs and shabby chic slipcovers may overpower a small living room.
Small Living Room Arrangement for a Family
Kid-Friendly Small Living Room Arrangement
Another Solution for Small Living Room Arrangement
Often a window or other element spoils the best-laid plans. If storage or a couch just will not work on the long wall, this arrangement is a good alternative. And, feel comfortable pulling your sofa out from the wall. In a room with a combined living and dining area, visually dividing the space with your sofa is a good way to define your living space.
- Color palette: In small spaces, use three colors maximum, but a two-color palette works best. An all-white color palette can be beautiful in small spaces.
- Wall color: Purchase your furnishings before choosing your wall color. Most people work backward and choose their wall color first, and later find they need to repaint or get frustrated because they cannot find furnishings to match.
- Minimal design: Keep furnishings to a minimum. One sofa, one chair, and one table is a great rule of thumb. After adding these elements, if you have room for more, great. If not, then let it go.