4 steps for a better living room layout

Wouldn’t you want a place where you can really relax at the end of the day and snuggle up on the couch with your loved ones? There is a sense of ease flowing through your body when that happens, like nothing else matters, but THAT moment. living room layout

I am not saying that a great living room layout will solve all your problems, but I believe that there is a strong correlation in what our house looks like and how we feel.

So below you’ll find my 4 step recipe for how to cook up a layout for a living room that works for you.

1. List what you usually do in a living room.

Sounds kind of trivial, but if you do it you’ll notice that over the next couple of days you will keep remembering the things you forgot to include. And we want to see a whole picture when planning. If you’d like to improve your living space and add an area for practicing yoga or whatever else hobby you might want to undertake, include it on your list.

2. Think of all furniture required to do those activities.

If you want to watch TV you will need a place to put the tv and a place to sit. If you want to eat, you will need a table and a place to sit. And so on and so forth. Look around and try to notice what else do you need (an extra chair, a yoga mat, or a hammock maybe) and also what do you have that you’re no longer using.
(In my book if you want something new, you need to get rid of one old thing. That’s the clutter-free home maths. One out, one in.)

3. Group your furniture and activities into zones (tv watching, reading, working, eating… whatever it is you need)

Think of all those activities and group them into zones. Your most important factor here is space + required furniture.
So, for example:
TV watching zone: TV, sofa
reading zone: bookshelf, armchair, lamp
working zone: desk, chair, lamp
Etc.

4. …and then move those zones around.

Once you create all your zones, you will start seeing organically how you use your space and what NEEDS to be next to what. Certain elements might be more flexible, but others will be fixed – it will all come out of your notes. Once you have that, think of moving your furniture by zones, rather than pieces.

Create the list in enough detail (so include “bringing food from the kitchen” as something you “do” towards your eating zone) and you will see clear connections between rooms and zones (e.g. kitchen needs to be fairly close and definitely accessible from your eating zone). The most useful layout will finally appear once you play with the possibilities for a while. You can move your zones around on a plan, in real life (only if you’re strong enough to move your furniture around a few times!), or just by looking at the room and analysing – whatever you find easier and more intuitive.

And there you have it. These four steps can transform your living room’s layout. And a great layout is what takes you from tripping over a piece of furniture which always seems to be in your way or not having enough space to arranging everything in a way that compliments your lifestyle.

So go on, take a piece of paper and start on that list from point number 1.

If you found this process useful, please let me know your insights in the comments and share this post with your friends using the buttons below.

And I can’t wait to talk to you next week with a special Christmas-inspired article. (Any other Christmas-crazy-loving-peeps here? :) )

With lots of love for the coming holidays,

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