It’s a simple fact that for many of us, the main focal point in our living rooms is the television.
It’s also a fact that not all living rooms were designed with that purpose in mind. Some have fireplaces, floor-to ceiling windows, or strangely angled walls that don’t lend themselves nicely to a layout that makes watching TV comfortable.
So what’s a design-savvy, Netflix-binging person to do?
You don’t need to compromise between a space that looks nice and accommodates your favorite activities. To prove it, we pulled some of our favorite customer spaces to show off some of our favorite tips and tricks for TV-viewing layout solutions.
Use the back of your sofa to define the space
Challenge: A living room that also serves as the entryway where people are constantly walking through on their way in and out.
Solve: Rather than placing the sofa against one wall and the TV against the other, try pulling the sofa several feet away from the wall, letting it float in the middle of the space. The back of the sofa can act like a wall, keeping the walkway behind it clear and creating an intimate living space for family time around the TV.
Try swivel chairs for an easy swap to TV-viewing
Challenge: Finding a layout that allows you to enjoy the fireplace and watch TV, all without straining your neck.
Solve: Instead of facing your sofa towards the fireplace, try rotating your living room furniture 90 degrees. This makes for a great conversational area centered around the fireplace and lets the sofa face the TV, which is tucked out of the way, against the opposite wall.
Bonus: The two blue armchairs can swivel around, to face the TV, making for easy extra seating when guests are over.
Divide a large space into multiple zones
Challenge: A large, open, and long living room that needs to accommodate multiple activities.
Solve: Rather than designing this room as one large living space, consider a layout that breaks up the room into two distinct areas – a formal living area and a more casual TV viewing space. A great way to visually separate the two “zones” is to use different area rugs. This will help the two spaces feel connected, yet distinct.
Place your TV next to the fireplace, on an angle
Challenge: If you want to make your fireplace the focal point of the room, but also want to include a TV, you might think your only option is to mount your TV above the mantle.
Solve: A simple solve for this can be to place your TV at an angle on a credenza next to the fireplace. This allows you to enjoy both focal points, without the TV overwhelming the space.
Use your sofa to divide the space
Challenge: Making an open floor work for multiple functions like a dining, living, and study space.
Solve: Use your sofa to divide an open space can be a great way to create separation between the different areas. Here, the sofa floats in the middle of the room, facing the only wall where a TV could be mounted and not block the windows. This allows for a small dining area behind the sofa and a desk by the windows.
Get creative and utilize nooks and crannies
Challenge: An open living space with a lot of windows and no clear spot to place a TV.
Solve: Utilizing small nooks can be a great work-around for rooms with no obvious place for the TV. Rather than blocking a window, which can cause your TV to look backlit and block your view, try placing your TV in an otherwise un-utilized space, like this nook below the staircase.