Before buying living room furniture, room space planning often pays by helping you to avoid clutter. If there was one thing the Victorians were good at, it was clutter. They seemed to fill every inch of available space with furniture and accessories and forget that people needed space to walk in!
Modern homes tend to be bright and airy, and while you don’t have to be exactly minimalist in your choice of living room furniture, you will not want to lose that sense of space by over-furnishing. It is very easy to do this, particularly when you consider the wide range of furniture available today. Let’s have a brief look at the range of furniture you can use in your lounge.
Buy Your Seating
There is a massive range of seating alternatives for your living room, whether you buy from a mall or an online furniture store. You can choose from sofas, armchairs, settles, rockers, sliders and recliners. Then you have a large selection of sectionals that you can arrange to suit your room layout.
It is not always easy to visualize how your selection of furniture would fit into your room, and that is once you have made your decision from all of these options. So how do you make that decision? How can you make it easier to visualize how your room would look when you have arranged your choice of furniture to your liking?
Add Some Cabinets
There is more to furniture for the living room than just the seating of course. You will also have some cabinets that you will use for display, holding drinks and glasses and also perhaps a bookcase. These items tend to be set against the walls, while your seating tends to be located within the general room space. It can be difficult to visualize your choice of seating without having the cabinets to complicate matters.
Look For the Tables
Tables are also essential pieces of living room furniture. Coffee and cocktail tables tend to be placed in from of sofas while end tables sit at either side of chairs or sofas. Accent pieces can be set against walls or in the general living space. It has now become all but impossible to visualize in your mind’s eye what your room will look like with all this furniture.
Will you be like the Victorians and fill your room with so much furniture that there is barely space enough to walk round it? You might see a sofa with matching armchairs you must have, and then fall in love with a gorgeous French chez longue.