If your family room needs a makeover, don’t be quick to spring for paint or new décor just yet—you might just need a new furniture arrangement!
A smart setup can drastically improve the way your space looks and feels. In today’s blog, we will be sharing our tips for a furniture arrangement that works, just in time for holiday fun and entertaining all season long.
Find a focal point
The first (and easiest) step is to find your space’s focal point. If it’s a family room, that will very often be your TV set, but it can also be a fireplace or other central feature. Use this focal point to determine the best layout for your space—ideally, each piece of furniture should be centered around it.
Keep pieces close
No matter how big your space may be, keeping furniture pieces close (and pulled away from the wall) can create a cozy, family feel—which is exactly what you want in this kind of room! Keep furniture pieces close so as to foster conversation, while still leaving pass-through space between each piece.
Follow the 18-inch rule of coffee tables
A coffee table can anchor a living space and provide an easy spot for food, drinks, board games and more. When designing with a coffee table, follow the 18-inch rule—18 inches is the ideal distance between the table itself and any chair or sofa that’s near it. This will allow family and friends to use the coffee table with ease, while still having plenty of leg room.
Save symmetry for the office
You may be tempted to create a symmetrical space—and while that’s certainly a valid option, it’s one usually best reserved for more formal, rigidly designed spots (like an office or conference room). The family room, on the other hand, is all about relaxation and informality—so don’t be afraid to test out less “balanced” arrangements. You might be surprised at just how well they flow!
Don’t forget about conversation
Even if your room is centered around the TV, you still want family and friends to be able to face one another while they sit down (otherwise, your space is akin to a movie theater!). Do this by angling your furniture pieces (your sofa, one or two armchairs, etc.) toward each other, or even in a semicircle arrangement, so that everyone has a chance to enjoy each other’s company.
We hope that these ideas help you achieve a living space that’s as stylish as it is livable! For more inspiration, browse through our Kargar photos and see what goes into designing our own favorite spaces.