Ideas for Small Living Room Furniture Arrangement

  • 01 of 05

    The Basic Rules Still Apply

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    Small living room furniture arrangement can be a challenge, but as shocking as it seems, small living rooms are often easier to decorate than large, especially on a budget.

    The main design rules for small living room furniture arrangement are no different than in a large room: Choose furniture that fits the space, and don’t try to squeeze too much in.

    This is easier said than done, of course. But these tips and ideas for furniture layouts for small living rooms may inspire you and show you that less can be more.

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  • 02 of 05

    Small Living Room Arrangement with Lots of Storage

    A small living room arrangement with lots of storage
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    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 used as a serving area.

    • Armless sofas look sleek in small spaces, but they are not especially comfortable for lounging about. 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.
    • 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.
    • In a small space, choose furniture with clean lines so the eye won't get stuck in one place - designer-speak for "keep it simple." Overstuffed chairs and shabby chic slipcovers may overpower a small living room.
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    Small Living Room Arrangement for a Family

    A small living room arrangement for a family
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    This furniture arrangement is a good choice for a single adult or even a small family. The use of a sectional sofa along with a coffee table is great for hanging out or playing board games.

    An ottoman that doubles as a coffee table would provide extra seating. The dining table behind the sofa could seat two or four, making this an ideal layout for a small family.

    • Choose your larger pieces, like your sofa, first. Stick to neutrals with your larger furnishings. Then add interest and texture by mixing in smaller pieces in different styles and colors. This will keep your space interesting so it won't have a generic, catalog-like feel.
    • In small spaces, it is very important that you choose furnishings with a lighter feel and keep colors and patterns simple. In smaller spaces, color usually looks better in smaller amounts, like in throw pillows or accessories, such as vases or lamps.
    • If you go with a center coffee table instead of an ottoman for this arrangement, look for something transparent in acrylic or glass. And steer clear of ornate furnishings - look for a table with simple or delicate lines. The table will seem to "disappear," giving your room the illusion of more space.
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    Kid-Friendly Small Living Room Arrangement

    A kid-friendly small living room arrangement
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    The sectional sofa and tons of storage are perfect for a family with small children. Toys can be kept in the smaller storage unit, while the larger storage unit holds the television and other items.

    The small side table provides a welcome place for lighting or a drink or both!

    • It's essential to maximize storage in a small space. Storage can even be designed around windows, so don't let that stop you.
    • To save money, look for stock kitchen cabinetry at building supply companies. Bedroom wardrobe or closet storage systems can also be modified for a living space. Set stand-alone pantries side-by-side on a longer wall to create a one-unit look.
    • Home Depot, Target, Lowes, IKEA or other big box stores often offer good storage solutions for cheap, but don't be afraid to think outside of the box. Wall-mounted clementine crates or old filing cabinets can create a fabulous look (and lots of storage) for pennies.
    • Don't be afraid to modify storage bins, boxes, baskets or furnishings to make it more appealing. You can often attach a wardrobe to a wall and surrounded it with molding for a built-in look at a fraction of the price.
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  • 05 of 05

    Another Solution for Small Living Room Arrangement

    Another solution for a small living room arrangement
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    Often a window or other element spoils the best-laid plans. If storage or a couch just won't work on the long wall, this arrangement is a good alternative.

    Don't be afraid to pull your sofa out from the wall. In a room with a combined living and dining areas, visually dividing the space with your sofa is a good way to define your living space.

    • Color in small spaces needs to follow the K.I.S.S. rule. Use three colors maximum, but a two-color palette works best. An ​all-white color palette can be beautiful in small spaces.
    • 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 can't find furnishings to match.
    • Notice how in all of the spaces, furnishings were kept to a minimum. One sofa, one chair, one table is a great rule to follow. After adding these elements, if you have room for more - great! If you don't, let it go.