Homeowners in Singapore and around the world arrange their living room furniture by flushing both the TV console and sofa against the walls on two ends of the room and placing the coffee table right in the centre. While this arrangement works to some extent, the distance between each piece of furniture should change depending on its size. Where you set each piece of furniture may also be affected by the shape of your home and where light is flowing in from.
For your home to look cosy and comfortable, it is important to pay attention to the size and height of your furniture, as well as the spacing between each of them. Are you wondering how you can create the perfect space with your chosen living room furniture? Read on to find out the ideal placement and some tips on how to choose each piece.
Firstly, your TV console—a cabinet used to support your television and hold it at an optimal viewing height. It can also be used to store your entertainment gadgets and your daily necessities. Consider its length and height when deciding how to arrange it in your living room. Ideally, your TV console should be holding your television at a height that allows the centre of the screen to match your eye level when you’re seated. The general rule of thumb is to get a TV console that matches the height of your seating furniture, which is about 40 to 50 cm above the floor.
As for its length, if your TV console is long, place it along the longest wall in your living room, but factor in the amount of space you’ll have between the TV console and your sofa. There should be a distance of at least 1.5 times the size of your television, measured diagonally, between your TV console and the sofa. If space limitations are an issue, opt for a smaller television and TV console.
Secondly, your coffee table—a piece of furniture that holds your entertainment gadgets such as television controllers, coffee mugs, plates, books, and other items you wish to keep close to you while you’re lounging in the living room.
There are multiple coffee tables for sale, and they all come in various shapes and sizes. When choosing a coffee table, you must make sure its size is proportionate to your space and the rest of your chosen furniture. A coffee table that’s too tall or short will look awkward; to ensure that it fits your interior, opt for one that is the same height as the seat cushions on your sofa, or just one to two inches lower. This also ensures that whatever you stack on the table does not block your view of the television.
Ensure about 35 to 45 cm of space between your sofa and the coffee table, and at least 60 to 75 cm of space between your coffee table and the TV console. You want ample space to move around but also want to keep your coffee table close enough to reach for the remote or set down your drink. Keep this space requirement in mind when shopping for your coffee table—one that is too small will look odd, while one that is too big will make your living room appear cramped.
If fitting a coffee table is wasting too much space, you may consider getting a side table—it should match the height of your sofa arm, but not be larger than one seat section of your sofa. It should also be kept around 10 cm away from the sofa to prevent the space from looking too tight.
Lastly, your sofa—cushioned seats for your comfort. The ideal seating arrangement should facilitate conversations and provide sufficient space between those seated to allow for comfortable seating. It should also be a great spot for lounging around when you’re alone. If you have multiple seats in the living room, try to keep at least 75 to 90 cm between them.
Living room furniture can be arranged in many different ways, and it all depends on the shape of your room and the design of your chosen pieces. When furnishing your home, begin with the largest piece and work your way down to the other pieces. Keep in mind the space clearance required between each piece of furniture, and you’ll have a fully furnished living space with a clean and unobstructed appearance.