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Living Room Furniture

How to Choose Living Room Furniture for Your Home


1) Determine Your Furniture Needs


To begin choosing furniture for your living room, decide what you need from it. How much space do you have with your layout? Can you add in large-scale furniture, or will smaller designs best suit your room? Determining how you'll use your family room will help you decide what styles you need.

Once you know how you'll use your space, you'll need to decide on the type of sofa you want. A quality sofa is the foundation of every great family room. As you choose yours, contemplate what features matter most to you. What do you prefer in terms of seat height, softness and depth? Are you looking for a sofa with an upright sit or one with a more relaxed feel? You'll also need to take size into consideration. For smaller rooms, a compact loveseat might be the best fit. Bigger rooms can support full-sized or oversized sectional sofas with deep cushions. If you frequently entertain guests, sleeper sofas or sectionals could be a better option. Don't forget to accent chairs. To complete the room, you can also add chaises, ottomans and accent tables.

You'll also need to consider how you'll use the furniture. This is especially important for choosing upholstery. White or neutral colored fabrics are ideal for lighter use, while darker fabrics are better for frequently-used items. Dark fabrics, as well as those with machine-washable slipcovers, are also good options for those with pets or kids. Bonded leather furniture has a lasting durability that makes it ideal for heavier use with proper care.

2) Consider Style

Before you decide on your family room furniture, you'll need to decide what style you'd like for the room. Do you prefer classic, timeless designs? Traditional furniture, such as tufted sofas and wingback chairs, might be best for your room. If you are drawn to a more on-trend look, you may opt for modern or mid-century modern designs. Somewhere in the middle? You can always mix and match items from different sets for a transitional look to create your own style.

3) Consider Storage

When considering storage options for your family room, media consoles and TV stands are the perfect place to start. Media consoles provide a stylish platform for your TV and other home media. If you prefer to conceal DVD players and other equipment, pick a console with plenty of storage space and shelves. Closed storage in drawers or behind doors keeps things dust free.

Cabinets, bookcases and shelves are also great options for displaying books, home accents and more. For a space saving option, consider stackable storage. Stackable pieces can be arranged in whatever configuration you need—place them side-by-side, or layer them on top of one another to create the ultimate piece for your space.

4) Incorporate Table Surfaces

Once you've decided on the seating for your space, you'll need to add table surfaces. Depending on the style you chose for your room, you may want a classic wood accent table or more modern options constructed of glass or marble. Strategically place your end tables near chairs to provide a surface for drinks (don't forget coasters), remotes, books and more. For more spacious rooms, try adding a console table behind a sofa. This provides an extra surface for table lamps and decorative accents.

5) Add the Finishing Decorative Touches

Now that you've chosen your furniture pieces, you can make the room your own with decor and home accents. Area rugs tie the room together and give it a warm, cozy feel. A floor lamp is perfect next to a reading chair, while a table lamp acts as a functional accent piece for end tables.

Finally, small home accessories, such as candles, botanicals and artful sculptures, round out the look. Decorative pillows and cozy throws are also must-haves for your sofas and chairs. To accent the walls, try eye-catching art, mirrors and prints, or add a personal touch with family photos arranged in a sleek gallery wall.

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