No-Fail Furniture Arranging: Living Room Furniture

Furniture arranging truly is an art form.  Scale, unity, color, line, shape, and texture all are considered when arranging furniture to create Feng shui — which literally translates to “wind and water” — and is the ancient Chinese art of placement. The goal is to create harmonious environments that support health and invite happiness. But arranging living room furniture often feels more like attempting to put a puzzle together with pieces that don’t quite fit. As The Tomlin Team’s Stager and Home Marketing Specialist, I work with clients to arrange furniture in our listings to get that much-desired Feng shui ambiance.  This resource from Better Homes and Gardens is my go-to for furniture arranging guidance! So, when you’re looking for more harmony in your home, at least when it comes to furniture arrangement, try out these great ideas!


Living Room Furniture Arranging: Long and Lean

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When arranging living room furniture, there’s no need to crowd; leave room for traffic and an entry drop spot. Cozy key seating pieces up to the fireplace facing each other. Use end tables as landing spaces on both ends of the sofa. Pair chairs to balance the visual weight of the sofa and to maximize seating.

Living Room Furniture Arranging: Front and Center

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If you have no free walls and a centered fireplace, float seating in the center of a room filled with doors and windows. Face chairs and sofa toward each other to encourage conversation. Anchor the conversation grouping with a rug and large coffee table. Frame the space with additional seating and cabinets for storage, positioned around the perimeter of the room along the walls.

Living Room Furniture Arranging: Face the View

If you’re not sure how to arrange furniture in a living room, orient seating so it takes advantage of whatever view your room has to offer, whether it’s a TV or a bank of windows. Create your own focal point by hanging a large piece of art on a wall or create a vignette of favorite objects on a console or bookshelf.

Living Room Furniture Arranging: Fireside Chats

For face-to-face chats, place seating no more than 8 feet apart. In a large living room, use furniture to create comfortable islands. Face two sofas in the center of a room, and place a group chairs and side tables at one end to create a separate conversation area.

Living Room Furniture Arranging: Room to Move

One of the secrets to learning how to arrange furniture is making sure you leave enough space between pieces. Allow 30 inches between furniture you need to be able to walk around and 14 to 18 inches between a coffee table and sofa, so drinks are within reaching distance.

Family Room Furniture Arranging: Irregular Design

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In an irregular room with one wide traffic lane, use the perimeter of the room for a computer desk and storage console. Choose chairs with casters so that they are easy to move. Float the furniture to focus on the fireplace and the television. Ensure that the fireplace and television are visible from each seat. See more Better Homes and Gardens Furniture Arranging tips at

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