How To Arrange Furniture In A Family Room

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Dear Style Studio,

We are stumped! After furniture shopping for a month and consulting all of my friends … I still don’t see the light.

We bought a new house almost a year ago and have not purchased furniture for our family room. The only windows in the room and the fireplace are both on the same window, which leaves me two huge walls to decorate (especially if we decide to mount the TV above the fireplace). Do we do two couches and a chair? If so, where to a put the TV? How do I fill the walls? Ahhhh … my head is spinning.

If we figure out the television placement and major seating, the rest will fall into space.

We are trying to fill the room and still keep a breezy feel since we live in a coastal area. Leather sofas are preferred as we have a dog and small children. I would love to hear your ideas.

We actually just purchased the French Farmhouse Mirror, but I’m not sure if it is going to work the room. It’s a keeper but this piece may find its home in a different room. Please help.

I would like to stop thinking about furniture and enjoy summer with my family before school starts! Thank you!!!!

Dimensions: 19 feet (fireplace wall), opposite wall is a bit longer 21.8 deep by 19ft wide.

Julie

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Julie,

Your room has such beautiful natural light providing a fabulous canvas for any furniture layout!

Since you are starting from scratch, we have created two different options for your space. In both plans, we recommend keeping a light and fresh feeling with the furniture to maintain the coastal style you desire.

In Layout A, the focus is creating a multi-functional room by dividing the space into two areas.

In the seating area, we recommend utilizing our Baldwin Sectional with a Chaise and slipcover it in a neutral Sunbrella fabric. This piece will provide for you the best solution for easy maintenance since the slipcover can be washed. Pull up two club chairs along with small upholstered ottomans to complete the group. The Larkin Chairs would be an ideal choice. To the right of the fireplace, consider adding a Thurston Chair to create a reading corner!

This beutiful and functional conversational group faces an expansive media pieces, we suggest our Tuscan Group … offering many different possbilities to fill out your large wall!

In the second area, we have incorporated a trestle table and benches that cuddle the wall and create a great spot for family projects or game night. Flank this central hub with bookcases to store games and necessities for your family gatherings.

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Layout A

In Layout B, the focus is on family conversations and media. We recommend our L-shaped Baldwin Sectional to provide maximum seating and comfort for the area. Since easy maintenance is crucial in this high traffic area, we suggest ordering a slip cover for the sectional.

On the wall opposite the fireplace, we think a group of our Morgan Bookcases will offer fabulous storage for books, baskets and family treasures.

Pull up a couple of our Thurston Wing Chairs for reading your favorite novel or sharing a bedtime story.

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Layout B

For both layouts, the key is to keep your fabrics crisp and easy so you can maintain your coastal styling!

Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team

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20 Comments

  1. Reply

    Linda

    April 27, 2017
     

    I have an unusual living room ,3 door openings,bookcases on 2 walls and fireplace in center of the 2 doorways to sun room.I can not figure out layout for the room being I only have one solid wall.also I have bay window and another window near solid wall.if I sent you a picture of room can you offer me tips .thank you so much ,linda

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      Annika Dupree

      June 5, 2017
       

      Linda,
      Yes! We offer a free service in which our interior designers can help you pick out furniture,fabric, and accessories. Just send in your question and a picture of your living room here, and a designer will reach out to you with a plan!

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    Dude

    October 22, 2016
     

    this site is a joke, every question is “answered” by Caroline who just shamelessly promotes their “design solutions” team. and yes do not forget to submit the form with all you contact information which they will sell to spammers. LOL

    • Reply

      How to Decorate

      October 24, 2016
       

      Hi ‘Dude,’

      You’re right. I do answer nearly all of the questions. We’re a very, very small team. I try to help answer everyone’s questions, but sometimes for readers who need a trained, interior designer, I suggest they get the help of our free service that can help them with larger projects and more complicated questions.

      Only two people on our team have access to anyone’s contact information, myself and the interior designer who may contact them for more information about their space and who sends a detailed design plan once it’s completed. We don’t use their contact information for anything else.

      I’m sorry if this bothers you. We just hope to help people with their decorating problems.
      Caroline

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    Crina

    April 30, 2016
     

    Hi, my name is Crina and I want your help on decorating the living room furniture is living .in patio door access, access door entrance living room and a large window and two walls are full.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      May 2, 2016
       

      Crina,
      We’d be happy to help you decorate your living room! Just submit this form, and our Design Solutions team will contact you with suggestions. Be sure to upload photos of your space so we can offer the best advice possible!

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    Ratnesh

    September 19, 2015
     

    I am already gone through your website and I am appreciating your efforts and creativity. I purchased a new house in India. But I need your help for arranging our family room. I want to adjust two sofas with TV cabinet and 4 seater dining table. Help me please.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2015
       

      Hi Ratnesh,
      We’d be happy to help! Simply complete this form and our Design Solutions team will reach out to you. Be sure to include photos of your space so we can give you the most helpful advice and tips!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Tina

    March 14, 2015
     

    I’m looking for help with my family room, it is Pretty good size Approx . 24′ x24′ I’d like a small child’s play area, small charts
    Chair & desk, then set up rest for rest of family, right now I have 3 couches , would maybe like a sectional & chair to sit & watch movies & area set up for crafts/setting projects. I do have 1 set if bookshelves, any suggestions…

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      March 25, 2015
       

      Hi Tina,
      We would love to help you with your family room. We actually offer a free service where our experts will help you with design questions like these! Simply complete this form, and we’ll reach out to you. Don’t forget to include photos of your space with the form!
      We look forward to hearing from you,
      The How to Decorate Team

  6. Reply

    Trina Stroud

    February 16, 2015
     

    I have a long narrow family room with a fireplace in the middle, a window on one side and french doors on the other side. I bought my home a year ago and would like to buy furniture; however I’m not sure how to arrange it or what to buy. Can you help me?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      March 3, 2015
       

      Hi Trina,
      We would love to help you arrange furniture in your space. We actually offer a free service where our Design Solutions team will can help you create a plan for your space. Simply complete this form, and we’ll reach out to you. Don’t forget to include photos of your space with the form!
      We look forward to hearing from you,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Kathy Isbell

    January 16, 2015
     

    inhave a large family room. If you would like I would be glad to send photos. Have large entrance way with two post. Ahead you will see fireplace with double windows on right and double doors to enter sun room. My conversation area is my problem. If I arrange conversation area around fireplace then the area behind and on the other side of post is blank. Now I have a round table with tall lamp and two parson chairs on each side. Just need some help. Thanks

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      January 23, 2015
       

      Kathy,
      Yes, please send us photos and we’ll have our design team contact you about your space! Simply complete this form, and we’ll reach out to you! And be sure to upload several photos and include as much detail (measurements, colors, etc.) as you can so we can offer you a thorough plan and solution!
      We look forward to hearing from you!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Brenda Taylor

    January 14, 2015
     

    I need help with arranging our family room. My husband is insisting on a recliner but our room is large and I like two full sofas not sure how to make a sofa and two chairs look. Can you help me

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      January 23, 2015
       

      Hi Brenda,
      We actually have a design team that will help you with your dilemma! It’s a free service where our designers will examine your space, and give you suggestions for pulling together a look. Simply complete this form, and we’ll reach out to you! And be sure to upload photos and include as much detail (measurements, colors, etc.) as you can so we can offer you a thorough plan and solution!
      We look forward to hearing from you!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    samantha

    November 25, 2014
     

    I am having a hard time with my family room!!!
    We have a open floor plan which is great but hard for placement of furniture. We have 1 wall that has a stone firplace centered on it, and then one wall of sliding glass doors. I would like to keep the t.v off the mantle because I would love to put some decorations up there or a great picture….HELP PLEASE

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 26, 2014
       

      Hi Samantha,
      That is tricky! It’s a great idea to use a mantel for displaying art instead of your TV, but you’re right, that does make things tricky. We actually have a design team that can help you create a floor plan and design scheme. It’s a free service we offer to our customers, and they would be happy to help you! Simply complete this form and upload some images, and our Design Solutions team will contact you!
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Amy

    October 10, 2014
     

    I have a very open format in my den with THREE doorways and only three walls. I cannot figure out how to arrange furniture. I am getting ready to purchase new furniture and want to choose furnishings that will compliment the awkward space. Please help.

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2014
       

      Hi Amy,
      Thanks for your comment. We actually have a design team that can help you with your space. It’s a free service that we offer to all of our customers. Use this form to submit some photos, and our design team will reach out to you with suggestions. We look forward to helping you with your space.
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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