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Explore Two Clever Layout Ideas for a 16×13 Living Room Design

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to lay out a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got! Here, we’re breaking down tips for a stylish and functional 16’x13’ living room layout.

The Space: A 16’x13’ Living Room

The Challenge: Packing in as much function as possible into this small living room lined with a full wall of windows and lots of openings to other rooms.

Though this living room is a decent size, the wall of windows and the various hallway openings make it feel like a small space. Which means the ideal layout will include living room furniture that is versatile, multipurpose, and can make the most of corners and walls. red rug bird's eye view

The best living room layouts work for the lifestyle and needs of its inhabitants. Do you enjoy entertaining and watching movies as a family? Or do you live alone and use your living room mostly for relaxing by yourself? Deciding on how you’ll use your living room will help inform the interior design and the ideal layout for it.

Additionally, with living rooms on the smaller side, choosing furniture that’s proportional to the space is crucial. A sectional or sofa that’s too small will make the room feel even smaller, while one that’s too big will dominate the layout and eliminate space for practical furniture pieces. You’ll also want larger pieces to fit while still providing good flow and lots of walking room.

Finally, bring in accents and lighting that give the room a bit of warmth, then hang up art that elevates the focus of your living room. These finishing touches will help complete the space as well as give it a more open feel.

To inspire your own design, below are two stylish and functional ideas to lay out a 16’x13’ living room! Want more layout ideas? Take a look at our Living Room Layout Guide gallery of Living Room Design Ideas.

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Layout #1: The Entertainment Lounge

This living room layout approach is designed for relaxing without the distraction of a TV. Which makes it an entertaining and gathering spot that is all about comfort and lounging.

The furniture is arranged specifically to open up this relatively small living room. The corner sofa sectional faces away from the windows, creating a seating pit that can accommodate many people. Poufs provide extra seating that can be moved, and a hanging chair adds to the room’s laid-back vibe. A console along the wall also helps to elongate and extend the length of the space, while carefully grouped wall art and decor help to bring the focus upward. red rug bird\'s eye view

Anchor With Layered Rugs

Layered rugs in the center of the space help ground this living room layout. In addition to providing soft cushioning for the feet, the layered rugs frame the seating, zoning, and anchoring the floating furniture in the space. They also add a vibrant pop of color.

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Have Different Light Sources

Simple lighting placed around the space provides balanced lighting that keeps the living room feeling open and airy. A floor lamp in the corner offers tall lighting for nighttime, while roman shades on the windows let in tons of natural light. Together they offer perfect lighting variations for entertaining both day and night.

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Maximize Storage & Wall Space

The long and low credenza adds surface space for a bar area and music station, while also offering plenty of hidden storage. It also sets the stage for art and wall decor above for a display that draws the eye up. The hanging chair nearby has the same effect and also free up floor space in this small living room corner.

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Layout #2: The TV & Game Room

This TV viewing layout offers an alternative approach to this relatively small living room that’s casual but polished and stylish. Here, the layout is centered around the TV, with the seating area opposite it. This creates a living room that functions as a media room that’s made for movies and game gatherings.

With furniture anchoring both walls in the room, the space feels inviting without being restrictive in flow. There’s still plenty of walking room and space to move around. A narrow console behind the sofa adds a functional surface.bird's eye view gray sectional living room

Ground With a Sectional

While this living room layout focuses on TV watching, it’s anchored by a floating sectional and chaise that everything is around. The furniture layout is guided by how large and the style of the sectional (left or right arm chaise), so pick one that’s proportional to the room. From there you can add accent seating nearby or anchor the back of the sectional with a console. And because the sectional is for TV watching, be sure to choose one that’s deep with plush cushioning.

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Add a Multipurpose Zone

A bar table behind the sofa with tall stools provides the perfect surface for eating or drinking while watching TV or socializing in the space. It can also be a desk for both work and Zooms, functioning as a home office in the living room. If you have children, this is also a great setup for kids who want to watch tv and eat but aren’t allowed to sit on the upholstery while eating!

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Balance With Sumptuous Accents

With a TV and media stand along with a plush sectional in a small living room, you’ll want to balance the overall look and feel of your room with equally sumptuous accents. Consider an armchair in a rich material like leather or suede and fewer but bolder accents, such as large graphic art pieces. The key is to work in a few elements that add a comforting vibe to the living room rather than overwhelming the space with tons of small accent decor.

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Layout Guide: Two Ways to Tackle an 11’x13’ Bedroom Layout Design

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to lay out a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got! Here, we’re showing different ways to arrange a 11’x13’ bedroom furniture layout.

The Space: A 11’x13’ Bedroom

The Challenge: Coming up with a bedroom design that maximizes the shape of the relatively small space, which includes a window nook and a wall occupied by the main door and closet.

When working with bedroom layouts that have awkward corners and recesses, we like to look at these spaces as opportunities for adding function to the room. They can turn out to be the perfect spot for your bed, made into a stylish seating area, or simply anchored with a bench that works as a catchall for pillows and shoes. With any small bedroom layout, it’s about making the most of the interior quirks that come with the space. (You can check out our Small Bedroom Design Tips for more ideas and hacks.)

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Once you’ve assessed the shape and space you have to work with, you can start mapping out where your larger furniture pieces will go. Decide if your bed will go against a wall or be tucked away in a corner or the window nook. Then carve out a spot for your dresser and storage pieces. Finally, see if there’s room to add a living or work space into your room, be it a desk for a workspace or a conversation area with two chairs. It’s all about approaching all your bedroom ideas one large piece at a time so you have the best furniture layout.

To give you some layout inspiration, we’ve broken out two different ways to design this space below. Read on for tips on the essential furniture pieces for each layout, and get our easy small bedroom ideas along the way.

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Layout #1: The Formal Bedroom Lounge

If you’re looking for a classic interior design look, this approach provides a formal small bedroom design layout that’s stylish and practical. The bed is the main focus in this bedroom design and it’s set against the far wall, which opens up the rest of the room and the window nook, leaving plenty of walking room and giving the space an open, airy feel.

This layout is one of our favorite small bedroom design ideas because it’s a tried-and-true setup that always looks balanced, cohesive, and functionally thought out.
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Set Your Bed With Symmetry

A symmetrical bed area is the easiest way to bring cohesive style and a relaxed feel to your bedroom. The queen bed here is framed with two matching nightstands and table lamps that play up a tailored and balanced look. The art above the bed helps direct the eye to the bed as the centerpiece in the room. It all gives the bed area a focused style and look.

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Combine a Dresser and Media Stand

Double up on function and entertainment by topping a dresser with a TV across from the bed. It’s perfect for those who enjoy walking TV in bed but also offers all the practical storage needs for a small bedroom. Keep the wall area above the TV spare to minimize visual distraction.

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Add Small Living Moments

A good way to liven up the bedroom is to fill out any small corner areas. Here, a sitting chair in one corner can be used as a seat to put on shoes, a catchall for clothes and extra pillows, or a moveable perch for reading and watching TV. The tall plant in another corner adds height and a pop of color while leaving the windows unobstructed to flood the room with lots of natural light. bed in front of windows neutral color scheme

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Layout #2: The Live-Work Bedroom Space

For a multipurpose small bedroom design, this layout has it all. It has a function-first approach to the interior design of the space, meaning it’s all about creating practical use out of every wall, nook, and corner of the small bedroom.

The bed is not the main focus here but part of the overall design. And by tucking the bed into the window nook, it leaves tons of space in this bedroom design for a dresser, bookcases and a desk. You can also swap the bookcases and desk for any number of design ideas that can work in those extra open areas, such as a conversation area with seating or a dressing area. If you want more use out of your bedroom, this layout approach is great for you. bed in front of windows natural textures

Get Cozy With Your Bed Set Up

An easy designer trick for arranging a bed is to tuck it into a recess or nook if you have one. Here, the windows stand in as a headboard for the bed while providing a backdrop of natural light. The small side tables and hanging pendants above help frame it all as a cozy bed nook.

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Make Room For Spacious Storage

With extra space in the bedroom, you can choose a full-size dresser that offers the most storage. In a functional live-work bedroom like this one, you’ll want as much storage as possible for any additional items that you want to keep within easy reach, such as personal files and tech gadgets. Use the top as a display and dressing table to the storage piece a stylish touch.

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Use Bookcases as Art

Instead of filing large empty walls with art, try adding bookcases that let you display art and also store bedroom essentials. The bookcases here are wall mounted so they don’t take up a lot of floor space but offer ample storage for books, photos, and baskets for extra clothing and linens. neutral color scheme home office with beach artwork

Create an Instant Workspace

With WFH being more of a norm, the bedroom is an easy place to add a mini home office. The desk setup in this bedroom feels stylistically like part of the overall bedroom design, but it checks all the boxes for a practical workspace. It has drawers for office storage, a comfy desk chair, a clean surface for laptop work, and soft rugs that keep the feet comfy for hours on end. A little art and wall decor brings in just the right amount of color, texture, and inspiration.

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Two Functional Layout Ideas for a 14×14 Living Room With Multiple Windows and Doorways

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to layout a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got!

The Space: A 14×14 living room

The Challenge: Finding the right furniture arrangement with all of the architectural constraints of this 14×14 living room.

Sometimes the architectural elements of a space dictate the layout or furniture arrangement. That’s definitely a factor in this space. This living room has two walls with two windows each, along with three openings to different parts of the house. This makes it almost a pass-through space, with people likely walking through the space regularly to get to other parts of the home.

The combination of the architectural elements and the high-traffic zone means arranging furniture can be a challenge. But we didn’t want these challenges to keep us from creating a cozy, comfortable living area that a whole family can enjoy. So, some artful space planning was required. We landed on two living room layouts that work with the flow of the floor plan and maximize the possibilities within the space. Read on for these two creative living room design ideas.

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Layout Idea #1: Living Room with Bistro Table Seating Area

In this living room layout, we created two distinct seating areas, using the living room furniture to make the most of the space. The sofa is tucked between the two windows on one of the window walls, creating a sense of symmetry to ground the main seating area. This is more of an open living room layout, with the sofa and accent seating facing out, toward the openings that lead to other rooms.

But there’s also enough space in this living room to create a secondary seating area along the solid wall. Overall, this furniture layout optimizes seating without blocking the openings and doorways into this space.

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Create a Conversational Main Seating Area

The sofa along the window wall anchors the main seating area of this living room. And putting accent seating adjacent to the sofa creates a conversational layout. Since it’s open to the rest of the room, it creates a sense of welcome to anyone passing through the space.

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Use Accent Furniture to Maximize the Space

The coffee table and side tables in this living area help make the most of this high-traffic living room. Since this space connects with so many other rooms in the house, you can expect a lot of coming and going in this living room. Opting for a round coffee table makes it easy to walk around the seating area (no fear of bumping into sharp edges!) while providing ample surface space for anyone enjoying the main seating area. And a C-table rather than a traditional side table adds surface space for a laptop or beverage to the far side of the sofa without blocking the doorway on that side of the room.

Bonus Decorating Idea: Use large plants to visually fill out what would otherwise be an empty corner! It’s one of those simple but impactful decorating ideas that doesn’t take up much space but makes a big difference!

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Add in a Secondary Seating Area

The addition of a bistro table and pair of wingback chairs adds another comfy place to sit in this living room. And the chair choice was intentional—rather than placing dining chairs with this table, we chose comfy, upholstered chairs that could be enjoyed for hours. This seating nook is a great place to play board games or cards, enjoy breakfast or a casual dinner, or for an easy work-from-home space. It also brings some versatility into this living room, as the chairs can be pulled into the main seating area when more seating is needed.

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Layout Idea #2: Entertainment Area with Bonus Home Office

This approach to the 14×14 living room was more about creating an entertainment area where TV and movie nights could be enjoyed. In this living room layout, the main seating area faces inward, toward the window wall. The chaise sofa divides the room almost in half, creating a designated seating zone and a walkway to easily move through this space to different rooms in the house.

In terms of functionality, you could leave it there. But, lo and behold, there is room for a little something extra—a desk behind the sofa! This bonus home office area lets you get a little more function out of this space.

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Create a Cozy Seating Area

Give your family a cozy place to lounge by opting for a chaise sofa. This gives you extra space to spread out, and the chaise helps create more of a distinct zone for this seating area. The sofa is accented with a round coffee table and an accent chair for additional seating and comfort.

In terms of TV placement, a media stand sits opposite the sofa for optimal viewing. We positioned it squarely between the windows to create some symmetry within the space.

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Squeeze in a Workspace

Since the sofa is floating in the middle of the living room, it’s nice to have a piece of furniture behind the sofa to help anchor it. You could go simple with a bench or console table—but you can also maximize the function of this living room by adding a writing desk. The combination of the desk, chair, and lamp serve a similar function as a sofa table while giving you a workspace to pay bills, work from home, or sit your kids down to do their homework. This creates multiple uses to the back area of the sofa, which would just be a pass-through area otherwise.

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Use Rugs to Establish Zones

Rugs play a huge part in helping create two distinct zones within this living room. A large and colorful area rug grounds the seating area, while a simple jute runner zones the walk-through space and provides a soft grounding for the desk and chair. Essentially, the way these two rugs are used offer a visual cue that there are two uses within this living room.

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Layout Guide: Two Ideas for a 12×15 Bedroom Layout

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to lay out a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got! Today, we’re exploring two different 12×15 bedroom layouts.

The Space: A 12×15 Main Bedroom

The Challenge: Squeezing all of the essential bedroom furniture into this smaller room size without it feeling cramped.

With the average main bedroom size coming in around 200-300 square feet, this 12×15 bedroom sits at a smaller 180 square feet. It’s not an impossibly small space, but it does require a bit more intentionality in the layout to make the most of it.

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When dreaming up bedroom design ideas, the size of bed you choose plays a big role in how you layout your space and what else can fit in it. Does your dream bedroom have a king size bed? Own it and make other bedroom design decisions around that. Don’t mind a queen size bed? You’ll have a little more flexibility in your bedroom designs. So landing on that detail is a great place to start when designing a smaller bedroom.

From there, you can start exploring layout options and overall bedroom designs! To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve designed two 12×15 bedroom layouts for this main bedroom to show you how you can arrange a space of this size to suit your needs.

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Layout Idea #1: A Queen Bed and Seating Area

With this bedroom layout, we started with a queen size bed to allow a bit of extra floor space in the rest of the bedroom. There’s just enough space to tuck the bed and two nightstands along the shorter wall, in front of the windows, leaving plenty of space on the other half of the room to create one of those cozy bedroom seating areas.

This layout creates a functional but relaxing space that doesn’t feel cramped. (There’s even space at the end of the bed to roll out a yoga mat so you can sneak in some quiet, meditative moments!)

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Create a relaxing sitting area:

The main reason we chose this layout was to have the space to create a sitting area. Since this is the main bedroom in this home, we wanted to add a slight sense of luxury with an extra place to sit and relax. We love the idea of enjoying a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine in this relaxing space. The martini table next to the chair gives you a place to set your drink, while the floor mirror adds style (it “frames up” this vignette) while also adding a practical element to the bedroom.

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Don’t be afraid to cover up some of your windows:

When you have tall and long windows, like this bedroom does, your instinct might be to keep furniture away from them. You don’t want to block natural light, after all! But that leaves you with only one viable layout for this bedroom. Since these windows are so tall, you can get away with blocking some of them without losing the benefit of natural light.

We opted for a taller headboard to make this look like even more of an intentional design choice. (A platform bed without a headboard or a short headboard would almost look like you’re apologizing for covering any of the windows!) The solid headboard and curtains help frame the windows—making the whole arrangement look polished while keeping the windows functional.12x15 bedroom layout

Choose matching bedside tables:

The trio of windows combined with the bed centered along the windows calls for matching nightstands and table lamps. This gives the whole setup an appealing look of symmetry and balance.

Rather than traditional nightstands, we actually opted for console tables, which are a bit taller than the average nightstand and also not as deep. This saves some floor space, since they’re thinner, while still giving the look of a nightstand. With the height, these tables can also serve as a mini desk for writing cards or letters. (We placed a stool underneath one for just that purpose!) The rustic wood finish and marble top add a lovely stylistic touch to the bedroom, and there’s still a single drawer for bedside storage.

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Add additional storage options:

This isn’t a huge bedroom, so it’s great to sneak in extra bedroom storage where you can. Rather than a traditional dresser, we opted for a display cabinet for storing not only folded clothes but also linens, books, and baskets for other essentials. You can get away with this, because this bedroom’s closet is quite large and there’s likely space to hang extra clothing or even show extra folded clothing. The upholstered bench at the foot of the bed also offers additional hidden storage options.

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Layout Idea #2: Upgrade to a King Bed

If you prefer a king size bed in your main bedroom, this is the layout for you. It offers plenty of space for a king bed, two nightstands, and a dresser without the room feeling cramped. However, some people may feel like this is too small of a space for such a large bed. But pulling this off is all about choosing the right bed frame. There are so many different types of bed frames, but we opted for a lower profile style to save space and keep it from overpowering the space. (However, there’s still plenty of visual interest with the ebony and caning finish!)

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Don’t overfill the space:

When you put a king bed in this size of room, you want to make sure you don’t overfill the room and make it feel crowded. While this 12×15 bedroom layout is full, with large bedroom essentials throughout, we didn’t add additional furniture. This keeps the room uncluttered. As a result, there’s plenty of space to navigate around the bed and walk around the room, with additional open space for getting ready.

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Balance out the size of the bed:

King size beds are large—so it’s important to balance out the proportions with larger nightstands. These nightstands frame in the bed and at 32 inches wide are substantial enough to offer that sense of balance. They also offer plenty of storage space—both the hidden storage in the two drawers and the surface areas on the top and lower shelf for lighting, baskets, boxes, blankets, and more.
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Create a “getting ready” space:

This layout offers plenty of space for a large dresser, giving ample room for folded clothing storage. The mirror above the dresser adds a touch of practicality (and style!) so you can do your getting ready right at your dresser, using the top as a vanity. The bench next to the dresser offers a place to set while you put on your shoes—or even a place to set out your clothing the night before! It also simply adds some visual contrast and texture to this side of the room.

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Layout Guide: 1 Living Room Dining Room Combo, Styled 3 Ways

When it comes to designing an open living room and dining space, there are more than a few essential moving parts. There’s lots to consider, from furniture style and color schemes to the specific layout and flow of the space.

If you’re not sure where to start, our guide to common living room dining room combo layouts will help kick things off. For added inspiration and guidance, we’ve designed one open living room dining room combo space and reimagined it in three different ways that are each as stylish as they are practical. Read on to see the three takes on the room and all the possibilities for an open living and dining room, and steal ideas for your own space!

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living room dining room comboLayout #1: Casual & Conversational

In this layout, the living room and dining area are delineated into distinctive zones that are separated by the sofa back and a console table. Nonetheless, the two spaces work together side-by-side and form a versatile layout that maximizes seating in both spaces—chairs and ottomans can be easily pulled from and into each area. The result is a living room dining room combo space that perfectly balances casual and formal in a visually cohesive way.

living room dining room comboFurniture pairings keep the living space versatile:

The matching tables, armchairs, and ottomans not only make for foundational living room decor, but they also bring symmetry and balance to the space. They’re also super versatile accent pieces that are easy to dress up and down as needed. The tables and chairs can be separated and rearranged into a more casual living area setup or lined up together, like they are here, to create a more intimate yet laid-back conversation space.

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living room dining room comboThe high-low furniture mix delineates the vibe in each space:

One way to decorate a living room with a fireplace is to arrange conversational seating around the hearth, such as poufs and chairs that are easy to move around along with a clean-lined sofa, which add up to a casual-chic atmosphere. Meanwhile, a classically elegant console table lining the back of the sofa not only provides convenient storage, it also sets the stage for the slightly more formal dining space.

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living room dining room comboThe dining area nails the relaxed-refined balance:

With a large communal dining table that seats six or more, the dining area is designed for intimate family dinners and entertaining big groups alike. Along with the mix of slipcovered chairs and rustic wood seats, this space reflects the same versatile elegance and ease as the living room.

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living room dining room comboLayout #2: Classic & Formal

With this living room dining room combo layout, symmetry rules. The parallel sofas in front of the fireplace make way for a straight view through to the kitchen, emphasizing a sense of openness in the room. It’s a seamless flow between the living room and dining area, with no furniture dividing and delineating the two spaces, which adds to the overall airy feel and creates a cohesive look in the room.

living room dining room comboThe living area arrangement has a natural, elevated look:

Arranging two facing sofas with matching side tables is one of our favorite living room layouts because it instantly establishes a sophisticated formal look. Plus, they frame a fireplace mantel or window perfectly in the room, rounding out the space with a balanced look and polished appeal. A rug is also key to centering and setting apart this living space.

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living room dining room comboA mix of materials is key and adds depth:

With a formal living room approach, combining different materials will warm up the space as well as continue the elevated appeal. Polished materials, such as mirrored finishes and brass lend a touch of glamour while rustic woods and a woven patterned rug will even the sleekness out with a hint of earthiness. The idea is to allow all the varying textures—smooth, grainy, woven—to shine and provide both visual and tactile elegance to the space.

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living room dining room comboTraditional dining furniture doesn’t have to be formal:

Rounding out the room is a dining space that’s anchored by a classic pedestal dining table and classic slipcovered dining chairs. While the arrangement is definitely more formal in style, the openness of the space and the ample walking room all around helps ease up the traditional appeal of this dining area. An ornate bar cabinet off to the side helps anchor this formal space by giving it some visual cohesion as well. In the end, this well-dressed dining room living room combo layout adds up to a space that’s designed for seamless entertaining.

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living room dining room comboLayout #3: Communal & Family-Friendly

If it’s comfort, coziness, and a fully casual vibe you’re after, this family-friendly living room dining room combo layout is for you. With a big sectional, relaxed side chairs, and a communal dining setup that includes a farmhouse-style table and fuss-free benches, this is our idea of a living room and dining space that’s made for some major R&R. Not to mention, it’s perfectly geared toward entertaining big groups, be it a dinner for family and friends or a kids birthday party. This is a space that lets you do it all in comfort and with ease.

living room dining room comboThe U-shaped sectional creates a framework for the living area:

Between a sofa and a sectional, the latter is definitely the winner for this living space layout. Opt for a relaxed U-shaped sectional design that is low enough to not block sight lines throughout the open room. It also subtly divides your living and dining spaces into distinct areas. Think of it as the foundational piece that everything else will be arranged and decorated around, including your dining pieces.

Additionally, not only does the sectional accommodate lots of people, it’s also super kid-friendly. Pair it with a round woven coffee table for another kid-proof design that gives you lots of surface space to work with. Ground it all with a natural-fiber rug that’s layered with a soft patterned one to add both durability and style.

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living room dining room comboKeep to moveable seating that works across the entire room:

Make sure to have some extra living room seating—be it a pair of laid-back ottomans or airy rattan chairs, like the ones here. The idea is to keep these as moveable pieces that can travel between your living and dining areas as needed. For instance, you can flank the fireplace with them to create a conversation pit in your living area, or you can pull them into the dining space as additional chairs at both ends of the table.

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living room dining room comboThe communal table brings major outdoor vibes indoors:

What sets this dining area apart from the previous layouts is that it captures a truly casual aesthetic that brings to mind picnics outdoors. The x-based dining table and bench have a relaxed look and are perfectly designed for entertaining big parties as well as kids, since there’s no formal seating protocol. This is the best option if you’re looking to create a living room dining room combo space that’s all about casual everyday living and bringing people together.

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10 Ways to Add Extra Seating to Your Living Room

Designing your home is all about making sure it’s cozy and comfortable for you, your family and guests you have over! Even if we’re not entertaining much these days, living room seating is still an important part of your overall home design—extra seating always comes in handy! Whether you are having a laid-back movie night with the fam, game night with friends, an unexpected visit from relatives or just enjoy having a variety of seating options when you’re lounging at home, comfy and cool living room seating is always a bonus. Here are 10 ways to incorporate living room furniture for extra seating that will make your living space even more fabulous and fun!

Super Soft Sectional

We love the look and feel of this plush living space! Instead of a typical sofa, use a sectional sofa—it adds a ton of extra seating for family and friends.

Sectionals are great for lounging and stretching out—they can even double as guest sleeping spaces! You can go for smaller sofas or very large versions. Options include L-shaped sofas, chaise sectionals, U-shaped couches, and more. If you’re pondering sectionals vs. sofas, it’s good to know that sectionals are great for larger living rooms or for maxing out seating. And it’s a perfect living room furniture option for families that need space for kids or cozy TV watching areas.

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Stools tucked away

One of our favorite tips for small living room design is having small stools tucked away under other furniture. In this look, they are tucked away under a console table so they’re not in the foot path but still easily accessible to pull out and sit on as needed. Decorative stools like these look great as part of the design and also add practical living room seating. They’re perfect for small areas because they don’t take up much floor space. This trick also works for an entryway or hallway near the living room—it’s also a smart design trick for spaces you entertain in, etc.

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Poufs tucked away

Another one of the best living room design ideas for a small space is floor poufs tucked under a shelf or media cabinet. They are easy to pull out for extra living room seating or tuck away for more floor space. They are soft and safe for kids and pets and work wonders in casual spaces and households w/ little ones. Plus, they are super versatile and can be used elsewhere too—pull them into the office, dining room, etc.

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Window Bench

We love the look of this window bench as extra living room seating! If you have a built-in bench, just add pillows, cushions, throw blankets, etc. Or you can bring in a free-standing bench for added effect! This type of living room furniture works great for a sunny spot or a good view—especially in reading nook designs! You can easily turn an awkward or unused window nook into a seating area that’s perfect for reading/studying, etc

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Upholstered Ottoman

If you want living room seating that’s kid-friendly and still stylish, try using an upholstered ottoman. It does double duty as both a coffee table and side bench. You can design it with a tray as for a cool coffee table or stack pillows on top for extra seating. This look works great for homes that need a coffee table and added living room seating. And with the soft corners, you don’t have to worry about kids bumping into them!

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Designer Bench

Adding a bench opposite chairs and sofa adds extra seating that doesn’t take up much space and rounds out this living room design. It’s a great look for an open living room—the bench can be moved around so it’s super versatile and you can use it for seating whenever you need. It’s good for a casual living room seating option when you need a little extra space to hang out.

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Floor poufs

If you need extra seating but don’t want to invest in a ton of bulky furniture, consider placing poufs across the living room floor. It’s a very casual look and poufs are easy to add to any room—it’s also one of our favorite bedroom seating ideas! They are easy to move around and also super lightweight and soft. This option works well for households with kids and babies—you can use poufs to hang out, play on the floor, seat a few extra folks, etc.

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Small Benches

For a look that’s smart and stylish, line one or two benches in front of the fireplace. They make a great addition to the overall design and can work well in both formal or casual living rooms. Benches help create a u-shape seating arrangement—a great setup for conversation. They can also be pulled closer for chatting/games/tv watching and more.

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Group of Chairs

A simple fix for extra living room seating is to add a set of chairs for an additional conversational seating area. They can either be part of the living room arrangement or set off to the side to create a separate space. This look works for larger living rooms or oddly shaped ones with a nook to place chairs. It’s a good setup for entertaining or morning coffee, etc

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Bench Behind Sofa

Adding a bench behind the sofa is another smart and simple way to add extra living room furniture without overtaking the space. A bench like this one subtly divides the space but also provides extra seating and a polishing touch. It’s good for opening living/dining rooms or multipurpose living rooms and can be pulled into the living room for added seating. This is also a handy option because you can easily move it to different areas for kids to sit on, make room for extra guests, etc.

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Layout Guide: A Rectangular Living Room Done Two Ways

rectangular living room layoutIn our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing a rectangular living room layout with limited space. 

The Space: A tiny living room with a rectangular shape and one wall-to-wall window.

The Style: Industrial Minimal

The Challenge: Designing a rectangular living room layout with limited space that is stylish, fun, and functional.

One of the best ways to make a home feel both elegant and inviting is designing a living room layout that works for your space. If you have a rectangular living room, the right layout helps to create space to entertain guests, kick back with your family, or comfortably enjoy games and activities at home.

With two walls longer than the shorter walls, a rectangular living room can easily start to feel narrow and claustrophobic. But with a little strategic planning, you can overcome this challenge and make a rectangular living room layout feel warm, welcoming and friendly. Here’s our guide to designing a living room layout that makes the most of a rectangular space.

rectangular living room layoutLayout #1: TV-Viewing Living Room

Living Room Layout #1 is all about creating a casual, family-friendly spot where you can lounge, kick back and watch TV. The sectional sofa is placed directly across from the television for optimal viewing and extra seating. And the room feels open and airy with plenty of room to navigate around furniture.

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The Key Elements in This TV-Viewing Living Room Layout

Plenty of Seating: The large sectional sofa is a great choice for a rectangular living room layout because it offers enough space for your whole family to stretch out. The armchairs provide extra seating and can be easily moved for TV viewing or conversation. And the pouf acts as a footrest but can double as a chair when needed.

Prime TV Setup: In this design, the seating is geared toward watching TV so you won’t have to crane your neck or miss any of the action while you’re lounging! The sectional and chairs create a cozy space for chilling with a good movie or binge-watching your favorite show.

Extra Storage: The dresser against the back wall offers tons of extra storage to tuck away all your clutter. There’s also a stylish bookcase for vertical storage/display next to the TV. These storage options help make sure you can keep the room uncluttered but still have access to the things you need.

Warm and Livable: The industrial minimal style makes a great balance between fun and functional. The neutral palette with high-contrast accents is streamlined but not cold and the dark accent wall makes the space immediately cozy and inviting.

Will a TV-Viewing Layout Work in Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Need a cozy, family-friendly space to lounge.
  • Have a family that loves TV and movie time.
  • Like a sparse, stylish look that’s still warm and inviting.
  • Want extra seating on hand in case friends drop by.

rectangular living room layoutLayout #2: Conversational Living Room Layout

This rectangular living room layout makes the most of the space by creating two distinct areas in the same room. The main space set up for easy conversation and entertainment, with plenty of room to navigate around furniture and seating options you can move around as needed. This layout also leaves room for a full dining setup in the back with a dining table and four chairs.

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Why This Rectangular Living Room Layout Works

Ample Seating: The key to fostering conversation is proper seating that is centered around interaction! This layout features a cozy sofa placed on one of the long walls directly across from two comfortable armchairs along with a stylish bench in front of the window. There’s no TV in the room and the circular seating setup creates a warm conversation circle for guests.

Small Space Hacks: Every small room can use a few optical illusions! This layout features a large, circular mirror above the sofa that helps to make the room look much bigger. Likewise, the sconces on either side of the mirror are a great lighting alternative because they don’t take up floor space but still offer tons of light. And the bench and coffee table are open-base to avoid any visual heaviness in the room.

Sleek Style: Industrial minimal style is perfect for a small room because it is visually light and uncluttered. This room makes great use of clean lines and abstract art, neutral tones, and vibrant pops of color to create a super sleek and sophisticated look.

Dining Area: Not only does this living room layout create a cozy convo space, it also offers a cool dining area. The grey area rug helps to distinguish it as its own separate space and the metal chairs and white table create a visual lightness so it doesn’t feel too crammed with furniture.

Will a Conversational Layout Work in Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Are more into chatting and interaction than watching TV.
  • Prefer seating options you can move and shift around the room.
  • Love a minimalist, stylish space.
  • Want a dedicated dining area in your home but don’t have a separate dining room.

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