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Living room design ideas: Arranging furniture in an open-concept space

Design: Fuse Concept

 

Most people consider the living room the most important space of the home because it is where you spend the bulk of your time and entertain guests. And while you’re most likely embracing the open-concept home, you might be facing the challenge of laying out your living room comfortably and stylishly. This is because while open concept-homes are cool, they do pose the problem of the lack of vertical surfaces to position furniture against. Windows on one wall, the TV on another, and you find yourself wondering where to place the sofa. So, what furniture do you choose, and how do you position it?

 

PERPENDICULAR ARRANGEMENT

Scenario:
This living room has one long solid wall, a shorter wall with windows, and a glass partition that separates the study.

Solution:
The large sofa and Louis armchairs are positioned in front of the walls to look into the room, while a low TV console in front of the partition does not obstruct the view into the study. A spacious, rectangular living room allows for the classic arrangement of furniture — a three-seater sofa and a love seat or two armchairs in a perpendicular placing. Placed in front of the windows, armchairs here look less bulky than a regular two-seater and can be easily shifted, while the long wall accommodates the wide sofa. Seats five.
 

OPPOSITE ARRANGEMENT

Scenario:
This living room has glass sliding doors leading to the front porch, and also accommodates a thoroughfare between the main entrance and the rest of the home. So there is effectively only one wall to position furniture against.

Solution:
Instead of seating, a sideboard is placed against the wall. Perpendicular to it, the love seat directly faces two armchairs across the coffee table, creating an intimate setting. Positioned to the side but open to the thoroughfare, this allows easy access but also other people to walk by without interrupting. Furthermore, people sitting on the love seat can enjoy the view outside. Seats four.
 

IN THE CENTRE

Scenario:
This large space is centred around the sunken living area. There are steps on two sides leading down to it, a solid wall and glass doors.

Solution:
A wide three-seater sofa anchors the open living area, and a mixture of seating types — large sofa, ottoman, armchair and footstool are placed in a somewhat inward-facing triangular layout. Slightly further behind, there is also another easy chair and side table. Since the space has no fixed access point, most of the furniture pieces are also "free" and can be easily shifted around and configured to suit the occasion. Seats six or seven.
 

ALONG ONE WALL

Scenario:
Apart from where the TV console is probably positioned, this living room has only one short wall to position seating against, as there are glass sliding doors occupying the whole span on one side.

Solution:
Things are kept simple with a large L-shape sofa positioned against the wall, which allows the homeowner to maximise on seating without obstructing access to the balcony. Two colourful poufs are also included for flexible seating and can even function as footstools. Seats five.
 

"FLOAT" THE FURNITURE

Scenario:
This living room features a full-height shelving and display console that occupies the whole wall, and the TV console likely occupies the opposite wall. There are glass doors leading to the balcony on one side, and access to this narrow space from the opposite side. There is no wall left to place loose furniture against.

Solution:
The couch "floats" away from the walls, with just enough leeway in front of the built-in shelving, which also acts as a feature backdrop for the room. A two-seater is chosen to maintain proportion to the width of the room, as well as a pouf that can be moved around. Seats three.
 

SHOWING ITS BACK

Scanario:
This living area, the most open type, is located in between other spaces of the home. It only has one solid wall.

Solution:
The solid wall is made full use of by supporting the built-in TV console and display shelving, while the sofa is positioned facing it. As the sofa is in the middle of the space, it has its back and sides on full display. Just make sure that yours has attractive or unique features, and choose one that does not have a solid base so it does not look bulky and obtrusive.

You can also try using a sofa table like in the following picture:

 

 

 

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