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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.