If you've just moved into a new place, you may be faced with the formidable task of picking out a perfect living room set. You want your living room to be inviting and express your personality. You also want it to be comfortable for your family and guests.
Picking out the perfect living room set is a challenge, but with some simple guidelines, such as taking exact measurements and considering the space's purpose, you'll be entertaining guests in no time. Here are some other tips and tricks on how to pick out your ideal living room set.
Take Exact Measurements
You need to take precise measurements of your living space, especially if you are buying furniture online. Not only does your new furniture have to fit in the dimensions of your living room, but it also has to be able to get from the showroom or warehouse into your home.
Measure the doorways and stairways in your new home to make sure that, when the sofa is delivered, it can fit through your front door.
It's a handy idea to keep these measurements saved in your phone so that if you see the perfect upholstered ottoman, you can check the measurement to make sure it will fit your space.
Plan Your Living Room Layout
There are two basic concepts for planning the layout of your living room -- traditional and open concept. Both offer pros and cons, and before you start purchasing a lot of furniture, decide which style suits you best.
- Traditional layout
Each space in your home is outlined by walls and is dedicated to a specific purpose. The library is for books and reading, the sun porch is for plants and relaxing in a chaise lounge.
- Open concept layout
In this type of design, no walls outline each specific space. Instead, all the areas flow into each other.
The type of layout you want will determine what kind of living room set you choose. If you are opting for an open layout concept, you can select multi-function pieces, such as a modular sectional. If you are going with a more traditional layout style, you can hone in on particular furniture pieces for each unique room.
You should also consider the positioning of your living room set. The layout of the set depends on the purpose of the room. If you enjoy watching TV and movies, the sofa and armchairs should face the TV, so everyone has a clear view. For a setup that promotes conversation, place the pieces of the living room set facing each other, with the coffee table as the central point in the room.