When you have a small living room, it can be tricky to find the perfect furniture. We’ve come up with these tips to make it as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step 1: Measure everything

Ever bought a piece of furniture that doesn’t fit, takes up too much space, or looks different to how you imagined? This often happens when we neglect to measure either our room or the furniture, so we suggest starting here. Grab a tape measure and pencil and draw the shape of your living room. Include everything: walls, windows, plug sockets, doors, pillars, etc. Measure every metre and element. It takes time, but it’s worth it and will save you making silly mistakes later.

Step 2: Make a list of the essentials

Make a list of the furniture that you absolutely must have in your living room. Sofas, sideboards, side tables, coffee table, dining table and chairs, TV, rugs... Stick to the essentials for now and take all of their measurements.

Step 3: Give it a layout that makes sense

Once you’ve chosen your favourite furniture, think about how you’d like to distribute the space. You’ll need to leave room for you to walk around – we recommend at least 60 cm between pieces of furniture. Include each element in the drawing or mark them out in your space by putting paper or masking tape on the floor.

To decorate a narrow, rectangular living room, look at the direction of the natural light. Avoid adding more than one sofa and focus on low furniture.

Here are some of the best ways to arrange your furniture in a 25 m2 living room.

A corner sofa is the perfect way to optimise every centimetre. In this living room, we’ve used two side tables and placed them in the spot that receives the most natural light. The dining table will go next to the sofa, and we can put shelves between the two to separate the areas. If you’re the type who needs a TV to watch, put it in front of the sofa and choose a low, narrow stand to go underneath.

If a television isn’t on your list of must-haves and you love to invite friends and family over, we suggest adding a sofa with several seats, two armchairs in front and a long or round coffee table in the middle. Add a rug that’ll include all of the furniture in the space. Complete your decoration by adding tall plants to the corners.

In this living room, two identical sofas have been arranged in an L shape, plus a square coffee table and armchair on the other side. If your living room lacks natural light, use ceiling lights or floor lamps to avoid cluttering the space.

This living room makes an excellent use of space. There's plenty of seating for lots of people without feeling crowded. To replicate the look, choose a sofa, two armchairs and two pouffes with a long table in the middle.

To decorate a narrow, rectangular living room, look at the direction of the natural light. Avoid adding more than one sofa and focus on low furniture.

Tricks for increasing the space

Did you know that you can make your living room feel bigger without any rejigging or building work? Our previous post is full of good tips for increasing the visual sense of space

March 27, 2021, 9:30 a.m.