Gayle M. Conley, June 14th , 2019.
Use the room's focal point such as a TV or fireplace, to orient a room's furnishings. Arrange seating around the focal point in a way that provides a clear view for all seating options, but also allows people to interact with one another. Keep table surfaces nearby for placing drinks, refreshments, books, or TV remotes within reach. Arranging seating in a half circle around a coffee table that faces the wall with the TV is more intimate and user-friendly than pushing couches and chairs back against opposite walls from the focal point.
Another configuration for seating in view of the focal point uses symmetry, such as with two sets of comfortable chairs or sofas at the walls to the left and right of the wall with the television. Side tables or a central coffee table should rest in between. Depending on your budget and the size of your space, your design options may include built-in features like window seats or bookcases on either side of your focal point. But even those with minimal budgets can use good arrangement and placement of furnishings to create a stylish living room