Every room has its own potential as well as its limitations with elements that need to be worked around.
When you want to incorporate a TV into your living room there may be many opportunities for perfect placement, or you may need to give it a lot more thought.
We take a look at some things you can consider and help you figure out how to arrange living furniture with your TV.
Don’t worry there’s no heavy lifting involved.
Work Out The Traffic Flow
Before you start moving any furniture you need to figure out what the traffic flow through the room is.
This can depend on the size of the room, its shape and where any doors or windows are in the room.
If there is a particular focal point in the room then this will also affect the traffic flow.
For instance if you have a wood burning stove that needs to be stocked regularly.
All of these things need to be taken into consideration before arranging the furniture.
Find The Focal Point
When arranging furniture in any room you need to decide what the focal point is going to be.
In a living room this may be the fireplace, the picture window, or it could be the TV. Or there could be all of these things in the same room!
You can either choose one focal point or have two focal points depending on the season of the year.
The fireplace could be a winter focal point and the picture window your spring, summer and fall focal point.
Of course, you’ll need to move some furniture around if you have more than one focal point, but you may decide that it’s worth it.
The furniture placement needs to mix style with function as well as taking into account the traffic flow through the living room.
But before you start heaving furniture around it’s a good idea to draw a plan of the room with your furniture on it.
This way you can try various arrangements before lifting a finger.
Or you could use an online room planner in 2D or 3D to give you a visual representation of the room and what it may look like.
Best TV Position
When deciding on the best TV position you will need to arrange the large furniture first.
This means the seating arrangement such as sofas and chairs but also any other large pieces that may affect your view of the TV such as an armoire or bookcase.
If there are pieces that will only fit in one place in the room, arrange them first. Then you can decide where the TV is going to be.
If the TV is going to be your focal point then it will go in the optimum position in the room.
Bear in mind that light from windows or other light sources can reflect off of your TV screen and make viewing difficult.
The TV shouldn’t be either too high or too low if fixed to the wall as both of these can make for uncomfortable viewing.
If you have a fireplace in your living room, and it is the main focal point there are a few options for positioning your TV.
Above The Fireplace
Placing the TV above the fireplace means it is not competing for the focal point of the room but rather sharing it.
Having the TV here means there is no floor space needed for a TV cabinet.
The seating arrangement in the room should already be angled toward the fireplace.
Beside The Fireplace
Having the TV at the side of the fireplace means it is still in the same vicinity as the focal point but not high up in the wall which may not suit everyone.
You can either have the TV positioned at an angle or if there is enough wall space, facing the seating area.
Opposite The Fireplace
Having the TV opposite the fireplace means that the focal points are mirroring each other, this works if you have a large enough living room.
In a large room the seating could be back to back, so there is room to enjoy both from different sofas.
In a smaller room the sofas would have to run perpendicular to the TV and fireplace.
At A Right Angle To The Fireplace
Another option would be to have the TV at a right angle to the fireplace on an adjoining wall.
Seating can also be placed at right angles to each other so that you have a comfortable view of both.
Not every living room will have a fireplace, but the same concept can work in most instances even if you have a different focal point
You could create a quirky TV nook in a corner of your living room or if you have a combined dining and living room you can use a sofa to divide the space and section off a TV area.
Perhaps you’d rather not make your TV the focal point of your room and prefer to create some conversation areas instead with the TV off to the side.
Clever use of seating such as swivel chairs means if there is something you want to watch you don’t have to move furniture around to do so.
How you arrange your living furniture should match the way you live in that room.
If TV is a big part of your life then you will want to make sure that it has the best spot in the room.
This means arranging the other furniture such as seating to make the TV the focal point.
Placement of doors and windows or features such as a fireplace can limit the opportunities for positioning your TV but with some thought and creativity you can always find a solution.
We hope this guide has helped you find one and that it makes watching TV in your living room more enjoyable.