Your living room is most likely an important part of your home. It may be where you and your family gather to watch TV and spend time together or it may be a space used for entertaining purposes only. Either way, furnishing the room properly is essential. With this guide, you will learn how to avoid a few common mistakes made when shopping for new living room furniture.
Oversizing or Overbuying Furniture
One of the most common mistakes made when furnishing a living room is thinking more is better. While you want the space to have adequate seating room, oversizing and overcrowding the living room will affect the look, feel, and function of the space. Basically, in reality, less can be more when selecting the size and number of furniture pieces you want in your living room.
A good size sofa is a good place to start for your living room. Choose a sofa that works for your room. If you have a large and open living room, you can have a larger sofa or multiple sofas and chairs. If your living room is smaller, opt for smaller-sized sofas and chairs.
A good rule is to make sure you will have about 18 inches between the sofa and the coffee table. In addition, you should have between 3.5 and 10 feet of space between seats so everyone can sit and conversate comfortably.
Once you choose your sofa, you can build the room around that piece. Opt for chairs that can surround the sofa and chairs that are about the same size/design to pull the entire room together without it feeling cramped or cluttered.
Not Considering Cushions
Size and style matter, but the quality of your furniture cushions is also an important factor to consider. You want the seats and pillows to be comfortable, but you also want them to continue looking great over time, standing up well with basic wear and tear.
In living rooms that are used frequently, make sure the cushions and pillows have the highest quality stuffing and construction. If you have children and pets who will be in the living room frequently, you may want to avoid sofas and chairs with pillow backs, which will require constant straightening.
Forgetting Upholstery and Color
Finally, the upholstery and color of your furniture will matter for a few different reasons. Of course, the sofa and chairs should complement the design of your room, but it should also help with its lifespan.
Certain types of upholster last longer. For example, leather is incredibly durable and it is easy to clean. Microfiber, in darker neutral shades or colors, is also easy to clean and will be able to hide dirt, dust, and other debris better than cotton or linen.