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Layout Guide: A Large, Rectangular Living Room With a Fireplace

Arranging furniture in a living room floor plan may not be the most glamorous aspect of interior decorating, but it might be the most important! When it comes to rectangle living room layouts, you might think you have it easy because they are such a standard shape. You have 4 walls, with two long sides and two short sides—pretty straightforward, right? Not always.

A rectangular room can still be a tricky space to design and comes with many of its own challenges. Some rectangular rooms are long and narrow, leaving an awkward shape to arrange furniture. Some have a fireplace that takes up one entire wall. Others also serve as the entryway in some homes or serve other functions in addition to being your main living space. And some open up to the dining room and need a layout that accounts for the back and forth flow. So, what’s the best way to arrange furniture to create the best rectangular living room layout?

ectangular living room layoutArranging Furniture in a Rectangle Living Room

There is no right or wrong way to arrange living room furniture because so much depends on the function you want! Start by thinking through how you want to use the rectangular room. Will you be having friends over often for formal entertaining or mostly kicking back and watching movies with the fam? Do you love a space where you can cozy up in front of your living room fireplace? Or maybe you want to incorporate a work area to serve as your home office? The list goes on and on.

Once you have a sense of what the function of the living room will be, it’s time to think about arranging furniture in the space. Sectional sofas are a good choice for creating conversational circles in open floor plan living rooms. Long and narrow living rooms can benefit from an arrangement with a sofa against one of the long walls and the TV mounted against the opposite wall. For a small living room, consider using ottomans and benches as extra seating that doesn’t take up much space.

Here we designed one large, rectangular living room two ways to show some of the possibilities and help inspire you for your home.

ectangular living room layoutLayout Idea #1: The Conversational Living Room

This long rectangular living room features a refined layout with traditional appeal and ample seating. It’s an open, beautiful space that creates a conversation circle as the focal point. It is spacious enough to allow for a large, functional coffee table and there is cozy seating by the fireplace. This layout is perfect for social gatherings and anyone who loves entertaining and showing off their beautiful home.

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ectangular living room layoutThe Key Elements

Having a large, sectional sofa pushed back against the wall creates space for additional furniture and maintains a good flow in the space. It adds additional depth to the room—and it has a great view out windows!

The room features plenty of additional seating options, too. The sofa, chairs, ottomans, and bench are all located in one section of the living room so that guests are drawn to the same area to mingle and converse. And low seating like the bench and ottoman are perfect furniture choices for this space because they don’t interrupt the view of the fireplace and window like some tall chairs would.

To make this living room layout extra primed for entertaining, it features a bar cabinet in the corner! An essential element of a good cocktail party, a bar cabinet also doubles as a handy place to store board games for game night. We also included a bookcase by the fireplace—who doesn’t love furniture that adds extra visual interest?  It also adds height and draws the eye to the fireplace area—plus, the display baskets also serve as extra storage.

ectangular living room layoutWill this rectangular living room layout work for you? Yes if…

  • You love any excuse to have guests over.
  • Your living room design has a fireplace and you want to take full advantage of it.
  • You are more into conversational furniture arrangements than staring at the TV.
  • You want the option of creating a small living room area for use as a den, study area or kids’ play zone!

ectangular living room layoutLayout Idea #2: The TV Viewing Living Room

We designed this rectangular living room as a space to watch TV and get comfy and cozy with your friends and fam. The living room is divided into two separate areas, but the transitional furniture and style across the whole space helps them blend together seamlessly. It’s a perfect idea for those who want a multi-purpose space to vege out with your favorite movie or cozy up by the fire with a good book.

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ectangular living room layoutThe Key Elements

The large, floating 3-piece sectional sofa is the heart and soul of this rectangular living room. Its three sides zone the entertainment space and then the area rug helps further define this part of the room. This furniture arrangement is perfect for movie nights or a celebratory TV binge with friends or family. The low arm of the sectional doesn’t block the fireplace and the circular coffee table makes it easy to slip into any seat on the couch.

In addition to the prime TV viewing area, there’s also a reading nook by the fireplace! Putting the armchair in the corner means you can enjoy both the cozy fireplace and the view from the window—and there’s plenty of light for reading. Two stools serve as extra seats in front of the fireplace, or you can pull one in front of the armchair as a footrest!

If your living room is doing double duty as an entryway, we added an end table by the entrance as a place to set mail and bags on the way in. Having a bench behind the sofa helps soften the visual effect of the long, blank sofa back and also offers a place to sit and take in the view out the window.

Will this rectangular living room layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Love an ultra-comfy chill-out place for movie nights, sports games and anything else on the screen.
  • Prefer furniture that lets your guests kick back and get cozy versus a more formal gathering space.
  • Love an old-fashioned reading nook by the fire.
  • Have a living room that is immediately off the entryway.

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Floating Furniture 101: The Ultimate Layout Hack You Can Use in Every Room

floating furnitureSometimes, it feels impossible to land on a layout for your space. The furniture doesn’t seem to fit. There’s not enough wall space. What’s the focal point? But for all of these problems, there’s one secret weapon that (more often than not) always works: floating furniture.

What does it mean to “float” your furniture? We don’t mean a sofa that levitates off the ground but rather the act of pulling your furniture away from the walls and letting it “float” in the middle of the room. And while this may feel strange at first, but it can be the best thing that’s ever happened to your space.

Floating furniture is a great way to optimize your room, especially if it has an untraditional layout. It’s also a great trick if you’re lacking wall space. It can even help create more intentional pathways and traffic flow in your room, and establish “zones” in open spaces.

Ready to learn more about designing a space with floating furniture? Keep reading for our guide to on how and when to let your furniture float in every room.

floating furniture sofaIn the Living Room

Great for larger spaces, a floating sofa in your living room can help define a focal point and create better flow through the space. Some people do this because they lack wall space to create seating areas if furniture is up against the wall. Others prefer this method because it creates an intimate seating area geared toward conversation.

Whatever your motivation, a floating sofa creatively divides up your room and established walkways that help direct traffic flow. This is a perfect option if you have an open floor plan and want to create distinct living room and dining room areas. Just remember to anchor the seating area with a rug!

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floating entryway table ideaFor an Intentional Entryway

Have a large foyer space? Install a floating entryway table (grounded by a rug, of course)! This will help define an open entryway space and offers a quick and easy place to drop keys and mail when you arrive back at home. With this approach, a round table is best so there are no hard edges to bump into.

To keep it from becoming a cluttered catchall, give it a designed look. Consider adding a vase with branches, some coffee table books, or even a small group of decorative objects. Adding a mail organizer and a bowl for keys will keep this table purposeful and beautiful.

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floating office deskIn the Home Office

There’s no reason your home office desk has to be pushed up against the wall. Opt for a floating desk for a more “executive suite” style in your space. Yes, it gives your office a more formal air. But perhaps that will just inspire you to take on your projects with the confidence of a seasoned CEO?

This is also a great design option if you have other features in your office that don’t allow you to place a desk against the wall, such as a fireplace or built-ins.

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floating furniture studio apartmentIn a Multi-Purpose Space

If you have a studio or other multi-purpose space, consider floating a bookcase as a functional room divider. This helps partition your space into zones—creating more distinct bedroom and living room spaces. And as an added bonus? It adds storage to your space—which for most studio apartments is at a premium!

Just be sure that you opt for an open-back bookcase so that your shelving looks beautiful and is functional from both sides.

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floating furniture ideasFor a Few Extra Seats

Looking for some creative seating in your space? Try a floating bench. Place one in front of a fireplace or use it to break up a large living room into multiple zones.

We love this as bonus seating, especially in front of a fireplace, because it doesn’t block the view of whatever it’s sitting in front of so it won’t feel like it’s taking over the space. If benches aren’t your style, you could also try a pair of poufs or stools for the same effect!

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