It’s probably a sad indictment on modern life that most people have the TV as the focal point in their living room, but there can be no getting away from the fact that it is the most practical arrangement to have the sofa facing the TV.
Sometimes, though, the difficulty is when you also have a fireplace in the room. For many homes, this has always been the traditional focal point of a living room.
There are different ways around this problem. Many modern homes have a flat screen TV mounted on the wall above or to one side of the fireplace. Some fireplace manufacturers also offer the installation of TVs to fit above the fire, but they mount the TV inside the wall so it doesn’t stand out obtrusively above the fireplace.
Or you can do away with the fireplace altogether and have a TV that has a plasma fire display as a kind of screensaver. This makes a lot of sense, because if you’ve got guests round for the evening, you don’t usually have the TV on, so the plasma fire screen will provide a focal point.
You might want to rearrange how your furniture is placed in the room. For example, placing the coffee table in front of the TV or fireplace makes common sense as it is a logical place for people to put their snacks or drinks.
However, if you have young children they will often enjoy playing in front of the fire or TV – so it may be better to have a large rug there and to put the coffee table to the side of the room – perhaps next to the sofa.
How you arrange your living room furniture depends on what shape sofa you have. If you have recliner sofas, you’ll need to have them positioned further from the walls than many other sofa shapes – to allow them to be fully reclined. You’ll also have to make sure there is enough space in front of the recliner so that people can walk around it without tripping over the footrests!
A corner sofa on the other hand, can give you more space in the living room as you can push them right into the corner of a room, providing that there are no radiators or plug sockets that you’re going to block off access to. This gives more room for a coffee table in front of the sofa. Be careful not to position the table too close to the sofa though – as otherwise you will restrict access to the sofa.
If you’re thinking about rearranging your living room furniture to give the room a more cohesive feel, you may be best going to a sofas sale and starting from scratch with a new sofa and chairs combination. And don’t forget – looking around showrooms will also give you some great inspiration for how to arrange your living room furniture. Good luck!