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Whether you’re aiming to create a cosy reading nook or a stylish conversation area, these expert furniture layout tips will help you maximise your room’s potential. Learn how to avoid common layout mistakes, utilise extra space, and create inviting conversation zones. Let’s dive in! :)

Furniture Pushed Out To The Walls – A Big Mistake!

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Living room furniture moved right up against the walls always makes the room look smaller.

If you have a small room, give your furniture breathing space and move it at least 150mm away from the wall. If you have ample space, bring the furniture in, close together so that you can comfortably reach the coffee table from wherever you are sitting.

Furniture Layout Tips: Clever Ways to Utilise Extra Space in Your Living Room

Now that you’ve moved your furniture off the walls, if you find there’s space left over around the room, don’t fret. There are lots of exciting and clever ways to utilise the extra space:

  • A bench seat, ottomans or a console unit behind the sofa
  • A tall plant in the corner of the room
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  • A round hall/entry table styled with oversized foliage, books and objects makes for a fabulous space divider
  • A solo spot with a cosy chair for someone to bunker down and read a book
  • A secondary seating area to the main living area – I love doing this, it makes for an exciting and functional space.
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Furniture Layout Tips: Creating Conversation Zones for Your Living Room

Anchor the furniture with a rug and have your seating in a square or u-shape configuration, facing towards each other in a way that’s conducive to conversation.


The types of seating you use are up to you, and the below examples give you an idea of the overall layout. If space is tight, opt for smaller occasional style seating such as occasional chairs, ottomans, bench seats and narrow daybeds. If you have kids and need extra seating, large floor cushions( approx. 750 x 750mm) that can be placed in the corner of the room and pulled out when needed is a great option.

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Furniture Layout Tips: Finding The Right Supplier

The key to my line of work is knowing where to go for what. It’s not just about the product they have but it’s also selecting people you want to work with, that you can trust to help and be there when something goes wrong. We have hundreds of furniture suppliers on our books but here are some of my favs :)

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