Furniture Placement Ideas – A fireplace works as the focal point in a living room. Because people are naturally attracted to the warmth, light and action of dancing flames, they like to arrange furniture so everyone can catch a glimpse of the hearth. There are several furniture arrangements that work in a room with a fireplace — the right one for you depends on the size and shape of the room and the pieces you would like to include.
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H Shape Furniture Placement Ideas
Begin any furniture arrangement with the largest seating piece, which is usually the sofa. The H-shaped seating grouping requires two sofas. They may be full-sized, three-cushion sofas, or smaller loveseats. Place the sofas at right angles to fireplace, facing each other, with a low coffee table in between them to form the H. If there’s room, add extra seating that faces the fireplace in the form of a low bench or a pair of hassocks.
L Shape Furniture Placement Ideas
The L-shaped arrangement begins with one sofa, placed perpendicular to the fireplace on either side, and facing across the hearth. The short arm of the L faces the fireplace, and may consist of another sofa, a loveseat, or a chair or two. In a long narrow space, the long arm of the L may face the fireplace to accommodate less depth in the distance from the fireplace. This arrangement opens the grouping to another part of the room, such as a dining area or the spot with a game table. Having one side of the seating arrangement open offers flexibility to include larger groups for entertaining.
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U Shape Furniture Placement Ideas
The U-shaped arrangement begins with a sofa parallel to the fireplace wall and facing it. Two loveseats placed perpendicular to the fireplace wall and facing each other will form a perfect U. Two chairs on each side, perpendicular to the fireplace and facing each other can also form a U. If your space is limited, two armchairs placed flanking the fireplace, angled slightly inward and facing out toward the sofa will form a rounder U. Any of these U arrangements create an intimate conversation area for socializing.
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Other Living Room Furniture Placement Ideas
Occasionally, a squared-off arrangement isn’t quite right for the room. You may want to place furniture at a slight angle to the fireplace wall, especially when the furniture arrangement is away from the outside walls creating an interior space within a space. Secondary groups of seating in the room angled toward the fireplace conversation group subtly unify the design.
Table Placement Ideas
Side tables and coffee tables are essentials in a living room. Ideally, everyone should have a place close by to put down a drink or dish. A low coffee table solves the problem for everyone seated around it, but end tables are also helpful. After the seating pieces are arranged, add tables to serve each place in the group. Provide 18 inches of clearance between coffee tables and seating so people can effortlessly move in and out of the group.
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Common Arrangement Furniture Problems
Don’t put seating directly in front of the fireplace or facing away. In some living rooms, the television set or entertainment center may compete with the fireplace as the focal point. You can place the television over the fireplace mantel, or in a niche or cabinet to one side of the fireplace, so the seating arrangement works for either focal point.