If you have a feeling that your living room does not feel right, then you should listen to your instincts. Most probably, there is something quite odd in the layout that makes you doubt it. It might be surprising; however, even if it’s is just a few inches, it can create a huge difference between that out-of-sync feeling and a completely functional design.

Fortunately, there are several expert-approved rules you can apply so you can have a totally harmonious living room. From perfect ratios to specific measurements, we’re going to explore these simple fundamentals from expert designers so you can achieve an ideal living room layout. However, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be any exceptions.

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken, so if you think something works great in your space and it functions well, then ultimately, it passes the test. The following are some guidelines that you can use as you wish. Your flow is just out there waiting to be discovered.

Before Getting to The Rules

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You should keep in mind some of the key design principles that may apply regardless of the room that you are working on. Proportion and scale, also referred to as the size of one particular object compared to another including its surroundings.

These things play a significant role in the design equilibrium system. You want to make sure that your living room furniture looks and feels appropriately sized to each other as well as to the overall space.

It is also highly recommended that you should use the golden ratio, a specific mathematical ratio that has been applied by architects and artists to create aesthetically pleasing moments that can last for years to come. The interpretation of modern-day interior designers for this idea is to divide the space into two-thirds and one-third sections, instead of in quarters or halves, leading to a more balanced look.

Tips and Tricks for A Living Room Layout

Extensive Space for Walkways

Be sure that the distance between large pieces of furniture is approximately 30 to 36 inches to provide an extensive walking space. Although, in some cases, for instance, in a small living room, you could decrease it to at least 24 inches. In this way, you can guarantee that people can freely walk and move throughout the room. At the same time, this can prevent the look of over-crowdedness.

Create a Leg Room

There’s nothing worse than having a bruised shin. To achieve comfortable legroom, keep a distance of 14 to 18 inches between the sofa and the coffee table. With this distance, you can still reach your wine glass without too much strain.

Ideal Distance Between Seats

When people sit on the sofa, there should be a distance between three and ten feet apart, unless, of course, they are trying to get cozy with each other. The distance between three and ten feet provides a connected space for a relaxing conversation without feeling awkward about getting too close to each other or perhaps shouting at each other just to be heard.

Improve The Viewing Experience

It is highly debatable whether or not a television should be included in the living room; however, having a good design will definitely suit you. And if your idea of a perfect living room is a place where you can unwind by enjoying a Netflix binge or a movie night, then you should go for it. Just be sure to keep a distance of approximately seven feet between the TV and your sofa for relaxing viewing pleasure.

Select the Appropriate-Size Sofa

Generally, sofas come in three standard sizes – 96 inches, 84 inches, and 72 inches, except if you have a customized couch. The ideal way of determining the appropriate sofa size that is proportional to your living room is to use the golden ratio.

Approximately, it should be two-thirds of the width of the room or the height of the wall where you will place the sofa. For instance, if your area measures 145 inches, then you should get a 96-inch sofa.

Allow The Wall to Breathe

If possible, try to keep a distance of three to five inches between the sofa and the wall. In this way, you can provide little breathing room. Consequently, it can prevent all the pieces of furniture from lining up on the edge of the room, which seems claustrophobic.

Match Your Sofa with Your Accent Chairs

Check if the seat and back heights of the sofa have only a few inches difference on the seat and back heights of your accent chairs within the living room. Although you might want your furniture and decor accessories to have various vertical planes to make it more appealing, if there is a great difference between the seating, then it might look out of scale.

Golden Ratio for The Coffee Table

The good news is that the golden ratio actually works. Typically, you should choose a rectangular coffee table which is approximately two-thirds of the height of the sofa. If you prefer to use a round coffee table, then be sure that its diameter is at least 50% of the height of the sofa. The height of the coffee table should be at least three inches of the length of the sofa seat.

Arrange Your Side Tables

Side tables should be properly placed in areas where they are best suited. Try to consider the height of the side tables as well.

Choose the Appropriate Rug

Learn how to select the right size of rug. Always ensure that the rug is large enough so that the first two legs of all furniture can fit into it to avoid making it look shrunken. Typically, living rooms use a rug that has a size of 8×10 or even larger.

Measure Before Purchasing a Console

If you want to place a console table behind the sofa, then be sure that its height is not greater than the height of the back of the sofa.

Also, it is highly recommended that the length of the console table placed behind the sofa should be nearly the same as the length of the sofa itself and the bare space on either side should not go beyond six inches. For a modern style, you can consider placing a long and low bench instead of a traditional console.

Keep It Brilliant

Finally, you should consider the lighting on the living room. However, this can only be effective if you use the handy dandy golden ratio. If you want to install a chandelier in your living room, then multiply the height of your ceiling by 2.5 to obtain an appropriate width of your chandelier in inches.

For instance, if the height of your ceiling is ten feet tall, then the width of your chandelier should be at least 25 inches. When hanging the chandelier, make sure that there is a one-third gap between the floor and the ceiling. At the same time, it should be installed at least seven feet above the floor to give it some clearance.

We know that rules can be tricky. That is why Elle Design Co. is here for you. We can help you in the design process so you can just sit back and relax while the magic starts to unfold. Start that project so you can feel good and comfortable in your home. For more information, you can contact us at 316-641-6321 or email us at .