Because it is probably one of the busiest places in your home, selecting your living room furniture can be a big deal. You want to create an area everyone can enjoy without sacrificing your budget or taste. Consider the different components that make up your living area. Not only is adequate seating important, but you will probably want to incorporate other accents and features such as, small tables, bookshelves or desks, entertainment equipment, lamps, rugs and decorative pieces. Most furniture stores will have entire rooms put together for you at a packaged price, but you can also build your own.
Depending on the size of your space, you may consider a couch, love seat, chairs, recliners, or some combination of these for seating options. Think carefully about how your family will use the space. For example, if you have small children or pets, you may not want a color of fabric that shows dirt easily. Most furniture stores, however, sell cleaning solution or offer the same piece in multiple fabric options. For an area that is used less frequently, you might consider leather, a textile easily damaged and more quickly aged from use. If you have a large family or entertain frequently, you may want more seating than a family of three that normally engage in social gatherings outside of the home.
Tables can also be dependent on your choice of seating.
You may want to have an end table beside each couch or chair, where you can place lamps, small-framed pictures or other decorative items, and beverages or drinks. A coffee table is also nice to home the daily paper or magazines, a candy dish, or coasters for use on all the tables in the room. You may also have other accent tables that are solely for design, such as featuring pictures or a large floral arrangement.
While some formal areas may not have any kind of audio or video equipment, most living room spaces include a television and a stereo of some kind. Given the placement of your seating, consider the best place for the size of TV you would like. With the flat screen designs of today, it’s easy to mount one on the wall if you don’t have the space for a media stand. Depending on how much your family enjoys watching television or listening to music, you may choose to make this a larger part of your spending plan.
The little things can give your living room furniture a whole new look. The style of lamps and shades can make your space look warmer and more welcoming. Family photographs add a personal touch. Framed art gives the area more character and can be a conversation piece. A nice rug adds a nice splash of color or design, even in a carpeted room.
Look online to get inspiration for your living room furniture. Then, consider the space you have available, and your own family needs and you are ready to build an area that you will enjoy for years to come.
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