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How to arrange furniture in a small living room

Do you love decorating but not the size or shape of your living room? It can be difficult to get across your interior design ideas when the space you’re working with is a little awkward. Most spaces throw up different challenges though, so there’s no reason to lose heart. Read on for plenty of style pointers and ideas on how to make the most of the space you have.

See the light

If you have a small living room, light is going to be your best friend. Even if you only have a small window, you can boost the light in your room by hanging a mirror to create the feeling of more space. For maximum effect, position your mirror somewhere it reflects the view from outside, lending the impression your room has an extra window.

Use your walls

Rather than simply painting a small living room, use a light wallpaper to create depth and make your space feel bigger. And if you’re lucky enough to have nice high ceilings, use wall art to fill the vertical space and draw the eye upwards in your room.

Arrange your furniture

Knowing how to arrange furniture in a small living room can be crucial to making the most of your space. It’s a good idea to plan out the practicalities of your room before you start, so think about what the main function’s going to be, how much seating you need and what the focal point is. Will you have individual side tables by each seat, or a coffee table in the centre of the room? If your room’s a strange shape or open plan, could a daybed or backless sofa be better than a regular one?

Choose furniture that fits

As well as figuring out where to put what, it’s also a good idea to pick small-scale furniture if you don’t have much space. Avoid things like bulky seats and sweeping coffee tables, and complement your main sofa with antique-style chairs instead of big armchairs. On the other hand, you could use a big corner sofa to provide lots of seating while cutting down on wasted floor space.

Multi-task your furniture

One of the best ways to maximise your living room space is to use multifunctional furniture. This can be the perfect way to cut down on what you need to fit into your room, limit clutter and give yourself some extra storage space. A large woven ottoman could double as both a coffee table and an extra seat when you have guests. Alternatively, pick a storage box that doubles as a coffee table, or twin your chair or sofa with a storage footstool.

Illuminate your space

Your living room lighting can make a real difference to the impression your space gives off, which is something to keep in mind when you’re decorating. Pair a high ceiling with tall floor-to-ceiling lights, or choose a slim minimalist design to cut out big bulky lampshades.


Plant some depth

Just like mirrors and wallpapers, plants are great for adding depth to small rooms. A well-placed splash of greenery, such as in a corner or beside a chair, can help to soften the space and make you feel like there’s more to the room.

Ditch convention

Most living rooms have a main sofa, but if you don’t have much space, or an awkward layout inhibits your options, try using armchairs instead. You could have as many as fits the space, and group them around a coffee table that doubles as an extra seat. Also, instead of spreading storage across shelves, draws and bookcases, you could opt for a floor-to-ceiling storage wall and use a combination of shelves and cabinets.

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