How To Setup A Living Room (Part 1)

How To Setup A Living Room (Part 1)

How to setup a Living room quiz: How many of you are sitting in your living room now looking around and wondering why something isn’t right and you can’t identify it? Then this post is just perfect for you. If you’re sure everything is fine in your living room, this is a good quiz to see how your living room complies with the “Bedmate’s Living Room Rules“. Think of these as your ten commandments for furniture placement in your living room. There are exactly 22 rules. However, contrary to the rules that apply, sometimes design rules can be broken and still look good. I know it’s confusing, but I’ve grouped them to act as guidelines to follow rather than rules. The following “rules” are the basics we set every day. B. “How high should the coffee table be relative to the sofa?” or “If I have a large living room, how big should the rug be?” This answers a frequently asked question. It’s for “Big” or “Where should I put my TV?” 

Today we will talk about living room design, planning rules and all the basics to make you and your living room harmonious.

How To Setup A Living Room: Furniture Placement 

How To Setup A Living Room (Part 1)
How To Setup A Living Room (Part 1)

RULE 1: Give 30″ to 36″ of a walkway between large furniture pieces (if your living room allows for it) if not then at least 18″-24″.

This rule about large pieces of furniture (if allowed in the living room) is specific to large pieces of furniture in a space, and can lead to clutter in the living room with too many large pieces of furniture, overwhelming oneself and one’s human capacity. The purpose is to avoid being tested. Guests will fill in between the works. There are so many wonderful pieces of furniture out there, but when designing a room, you have to make sure you have enough space to move around. It’s annoying to pinch your shins, as is the feeling that the room is too crowded and you have to move back and forth between the sofa and the big chair. If you’re tight on space, choose a smaller piece that gives you (and your shins) the negative space you need.

RULE 2: Make sure the distance between seats is no less than 3.5 feet and no more than 10 feet.

This rule will help you assign seats for maximum enjoyment. We’ve all had awkward dates where the date is too close to ask questions or talk over dinner. It’s an invasion of privacy and too close for comfort. Therefore, it also fits well in the layout of the living room. This general rule will help you avoid being too cramped or having too much space so that you might yell at the person across from you (just saying though…sure you got what meant there, right?).


A luxury / executive sofa set
Photo: A luxury / executive sofa set. (credit: bedmate)

RULE 3: The coffee table should be at least half the length of the sofa.

Scale is the key to spatial coherence. Make sure your coffee table is at least half the size of your sofa so that the two pieces blend beautifully together.

RULE 4: The coffee table should not be more than 10 cm or lower than the top of the sofa seat cushion.

To avoid the unpleasant impression of your coffee table being too high or too low for your sofa seat cushion, use the 4-inch rule. Your coffee table doesn’t have to feel like a high countertop or so short that you’ll have to bend down to get a drink.

RULE 5: The ideal distance between the sofa and coffee table is 16″ to 18″.

Every room is a different size, but you don’t want your coffee table so far away from your sofa that you can’t reach for a drink, or you can’t put your feet up after a long day (house rules, of course. depending on). Keep at least 16 inches apart so you don’t have to stand up when walking around.


Minimalist Living room with area / center rug
Photo: Minimalist Living room with area / center rug. (credit: bedmate)

RULE 6: The rug should be at least large enough to support the front legs of the sofa or chair.

A rug that’s too small for your room is like trying to wear high school jeans. Sure, you could wear these pants, but don’t you think a larger size would look and feel better than wearing pants that don’t breathe well? YES”, the blanket is YES. Most living rooms need at least an 8×10, but most need a larger size. Don’t try to “spread out” a small rug in the room and float all the furniture around it.

RULE 7: Leave about 24 inches between the wall and the carpet in a large living room, and 10 to 18 inches in a small living room.

Talk about the need for negative space and breather space. Your rug is not a carpet, so don’t make it look like it. By following this rule, your living space will immediately feel airy and bright, while at the same time adding a distinct seating area to your space. This also prevents furniture leaning against the wall (such as consoles and pianos) from wobbling when the thick carpet is half laid. 

Part 2 of this series continues shortly!