Living Room Layout 101: When You Have No Idea Where to Start

One of the things that makes my heart flutter is furniture shopping. Actually that’s putting it mildly. I LIVE for furniture shopping. Well…my son and furniture shopping, but you get the picture. While furniture shopping can be a fun experience, it’s also a lot of work. You worry about your budget, choosing the right sofa and chairs, having it match the idea that you have in your head, and the list goes on and on and on! And almost everything you want is WAY out of your price range.

So let’s say you managed to figure out all of the above. You have one last thing to contend with: finding the perfect layout that screams comfort and that you didn’t just throw your furniture in the room without giving it some thought. 

Living Room Layout 101: Stick with the Classics

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U-Shape

There’s a reason why this layout works so well. When designing your living room, design with conversation in mind. Imagine yourself sitting in your living room with your family or your girlfriends and think about how you would want the conversations to flow.  Do you want to feel like you’re yelling across the room at your guests or would be unwilling to reach far enough to look at your friend’s latest baby pic on her phone? No? Didn’t think so!

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H- Shape

The H-shape is another oldie, but goodie when it comes to arranging your furniture. Think one sofa, a coffee table, and two chairs. In a lot of ways it has a more classic feel to me, but it’s still great for entertaining and conversation. It can also save you a ton of money if you’re not springing for that extra sofa or splurging on a sectional.

This tip should get you started on your furniture shopping endeavors. Be sure to check back for my tips on what to do with those “hard to decorate living rooms” and other tips to make your space look large and in charge.

Happy shopping!

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