8 Rules to Arrange Living Room Furniture for TVs, Tables & More

1 Consider Popular Furniture Layouts.
2 Choose a Focal Point.
3 Don't Push Furniture Against the Walls.
4 Determine TV Placement.
5 Create Conversation Areas.
6 Find Balance When Arranging Furniture.
7 Consider Traffic Flow.
8 Use the Right-Size Rugs.

Practical Tips for Arranging Your Living Room Furniture

Whether your home is blessed with natural architectural features or a large blank canvas, a focal point is a must in every living room. Your eye needs a place to land so if the room has a large picture window and a view or a lovely stone fireplace then you are set.Otherwise, you’ll need to create your own focal point, something to draw your guests into the space.  Try textured or patterned wallpaper to make a feature wall or a large mirror. Using a grouping of your own living room furniture can also work as a focal point. Finish off the room with a beautifully coordinated area rug.


A conversation area consists of seating arranged in a way that encourages conversation. You want to create a cohesive look while making conversation in the room comfortable. The last thing you want is for your guests to have to yell across the room to be heard! 



Balance is essential when arranging furniture in your living room. You don’t want to have all your big pieces at one end and all your smaller pieces in another. You want the room to feel symmetrically proportioned.


The right scale in any home is what makes you feel cozy and relaxed. Match the proportion of the furniture (tables and art) to the size of the room. This helps create the right balance and feel in your space


A large scale room can handle larger furniture; the higher the ceiling, the taller the furniture pieces can be and vice versa. Make sure to choose the furniture of the same scale as well. An overstuffed sofa with a tiny side table may look awkward next to each other.


The conversation area can have several different looks and is ideal for rooms without a television.

  • A sofa and two accent chairs surround a coffee table.
  • Two – four accent chairs grouped around a coffee table or ottoman. (The Ottoman doubles as an extra seating area or table.

Or suppose you have a large space, try creating a conversation area in the middle of the room; a designer sectional that seats 5 or 6 works well.  If the room is extra large, consider two or more conversation areas.