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Layout Guide: A Square Living Room Gets 2 Multi-Purpose Makeovers

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout ideas and solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing a square living room to work for hanging at home and having friends over.

If you’re like us, you probably love hanging out in your living room. It’s often the number one space in the house for entertaining and it’s usually the go-to spot for kicking back and relaxing after work. Living rooms come in a variety of spaces, but square living rooms are definitely one of the most common shapes! Just because they are common doesn’t mean they’re simple, however! A square living room has lots of possibilities when it comes to interior design.

square living room ideasHow do I set up a square living room layout?

The easiest way to come up with living room ideas (square or not) is to decide what you want to do with it. Do you use your living room just for lounging and watching TV with the fam? Maybe you love having a formal space to entertain guests? Or are you interested in a combo live-work space? You can do any of these things and more—the sky’s the limit with square living room layout ideas! All you have to do is pick one that works for you.

To offer a little design inspiration and a few decor ideas for the living room, we designed a square living room with two layouts that make the most of the space. Read on to see our fabulous and functional square living room layout ideas with tips for designing your own!

square living room ideasLayout Idea #1: The Central Seating Square Living Room

This square living room layout is all about creating a welcoming space with multi-purpose central seating. We wanted the floor plan to work as a TV room design, entertaining, watching the kids play while you’re kicking back, etc. Living room layout ideas like this are all about flexibility—which is ideal for busy households because the space is easy to navigate. Living rooms should be a stylish spot where everyone can hang out at once without getting crowded.

The main goal of this square living room layout is creating a comfortable space to kick back and relax, whether you’re entertaining, watching a movie or just reading, napping and hanging with your family. We wanted to create a central and cozy seating area with a walking zone around groups of furniture pieces. With this floor plan, the living room can serve different functions—use it as is for conversation and leisure time or swivel the chairs around to face the TV for movie night! Plus, there’s a kids play area on the floor in the corner.

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square living room ideasThe Key Elements:

Long + low profile sofa: We love the gorgeous brown leather sofa in this square living room design. It is long enough to add ample seating for relaxation and you can still see over it to view out the windows and keep an eye on the kids. It’s subtle but still properly divides the floor plan and creates a border around the seating area.

Swivel chairs: Swivel chairs are a brilliant choice when it comes to small living room ideas. These chairs add stylish accent seating as part of the conversation circle—and they can easily flip around to face the TV. They also make for cozy reading spots and are near the bookcase if you need to grab a new novel.

Large area rug: A large area rug is key to creating a distinct conversation zone in a small living room. It pulls all of the seating together and anchors the arrangement around the coffee table. It helps create a smart floor plan even though all of the furniture is floating. A great rug can instantly turn a square living room into a cozy, intimate space to chat—and it also leaves room for a separate play area.

Will This Layout Idea Work for You? Yes If You…

  • Love multi-purpose living rooms where you can read, relax, entertain friends, or watch TV!
  • Need space in your square living room where you can monitor the kids play while you get some leisure time.
  • Like cozy, intimate seating circles that make for great conversation.
  • Have a busy household and need a floor plan with easy traffic flow (i.e. no sharp edges, coffee table to bump into, etc).

Layout Idea #2: The Conversational Living Room

For this living room layout, we wanted to create a live-work space with multiple functional areas. With so many of us working from home these days, it’s nice to have a desk in a comfortable hangout space, so putting an office in the living room was a no-brainer. This square living room checks all the boxes—the sofa provides plenty of seating and the floor plan is great for conversation, relaxing, entertaining friends and getting some work done.

Our goal was to create an open but cozy square living room for relaxing. The huge sectional sofa provides ample seating for you and your guests and there is additional flexible seating as needed. The open living room has multiple uses but there is a cohesive design across the entire space. And we love the contrast of the white sofa and yellow and blue accents against a taupe wall! With a small desk tucked in the corner, you also get to use the space for work without having to feel cooped up in an office.

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The Key Elements:

Sectional sofa: This look starts with a supremely comfortable sectional sofa. We went with a sizable option that makes the room feel warm and welcoming and offers plenty of seats to relax and gather people around. It also sections off the back part of the room, creating a kind of buried den so the desk feels more private.

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Conversation nook: The armchairs create their own conversational area. This layout works great for multiple conversational groupings in one open space—you can also pull the chairs in closer to sectional. Plus, you get to utilize the corner of this large space, which might otherwise go empty.

Ladder desk: This ladder desk is one of our fave decor ideas for a square living room because it creates a subtle working space. It’s mounted on a wall so the “office space” doesn’t take over any of the living room. Plus, the bookcase adds open book storage, which you can use for display items.

square living room ideasWill This Layout Idea Work for You? Yes If You…

  • Invite friends over often and need a spacious floor plan for casual hangs.
  • Need a home desk / workspace and prefer working in a shared space.
  • Love to curl up in a cozy reading chair with a good book!

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Layout Guide: 1 Narrow Living Room, 2 Perfectly Comfy Designs

In our Layout Guides series you’ll find layout ideas and solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing a narrow living room to work for lounging and entertaining.

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Narrow Living Room Layout Ideas

The Space:  A 12’ x 24’ narrow living room that gets lots of light and is the main spot for relaxing and entertaining.

The Challenge:  Maximizing the small and narrow space to accommodate a comfortable sofa for lounging and watching TV. There also needs to be a dining area for entertaining, but the two spaces should feel distinct from each other.

Idea #1: The Laid-Back Lounge Layoutnarrow living room

Layout idea #1 puts emphasis on a comfortable main living area with lots of small-space seating. The layout creates a lounge-y vibe inside the narrow living room and encourages conversation as well as TV watching. The design features lots of versatile pieces and can easily be rearranged for different uses. A compact dining set-up near the kitchen makes for a great spot for low-key entertaining with a few guests.

With this layout approach, entertaining is centered around the main sofa area while the mix of small space-friendly furnishings help create a cozy feel in the room.

narrow living roomWhy It Works:

  • The custom sofa fits perfectly along the shorter wall and makes the most of the narrow living room.
  • The round table is perfect for the small dining area right by the kitchen counter. This layout creates a natural flow that’s great for hosting sit-down dinners.
  • There’s lots of extra versatile seating that can be moved around. The petite side chairs by the windows are easy to rearrange and the poufs can even pinch-hit as footstools or cocktail tables.
  • It’s easy to create multiple focal points with art in the room’s different “zones.” Hang art and wall decor that go with each space and add major visual interest.

narrow living roomThis is Great If You…

  • Like a space with a more laid-back seating area that’s conducive to conversation and cocktail gatherings.
  • Prefer a living space where the main focus isn’t always the TV.
  • Usually only have a few people over at a time and enjoy smaller gatherings and dinners.
  • Need a space that’s compact but flexible with versatile furnishings that are easy to move around and swap out over time.

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Idea #2: The Formal Entertaining Layoutnarrow living room

Layout idea #2 takes lounging and entertaining into full consideration. Dedicated living and dining areas can comfortably accommodate a big crowd. The furnishings are arranged in a more formal manner with a very open flow that optimizes the narrow living room for TV viewing.

In this layout, the furniture setup gives the illusion that the space is larger than it seems since it includes a true dining space as well as a large TV console that fits perfectly across from the seating area.

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Why It Works:

  • We arranged the sofa along the longer wall, which gives the seating area a roomier feel and a more open flow.
  • The large glass-top dining table seats six and provides a formal entertaining space in the apartment — even if it’s slightly farther away from the kitchen in this layout.
  • We positioned the TV console directly across from the seating area here, making the space perfect for movie nights and lots of Netflix binges with friends.
  • Fewer but larger pieces give the space a more decorated look and feel.

narrow living roomThis is Great If You…

  • Are all about having friends over whenever you can for movie marathons and Bachelorette viewing parties.
  • Love long affair dinner parties that start with cocktails and move on to a multi-course meal.
  • Want a space that has a more grown-up aesthetic with investment pieces that have a timeless quality to them.
  • Like a space where everything has its designated place and purpose — but still looks stylish and uncluttered.

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Layout Guide: 1 Open Living Space, 2 Perfectly Family-Friendly Layouts

In our Layout Guides series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of finding open living space layout ideas that work for a kid- and pet-friendly home.

open living space layout ideasOpen Living Space Layout Ideas

The Space: A 18 x 20 open living space that gets lots of natural light and is the first space everyone walks into when they enter the home—which means it sees a lot of foot traffic.

The Challenge: Devising open living space layout ideas that are both kid- and pet-friendly. Don’t forget to include the fireplace and make sure the room can comfortably accommodate a big crowd for TV viewing.

Idea #1: The Open Flow Layoutopen living space layout ideas

Layout idea #1 focuses on a classic family-room setup. This layout makes the room feel open and encourages flow through the space. The furniture is arranged in a way that allows for comfortable TV viewing but also leaves floor space in between to accommodate lots of foot traffic (kids running around, pets lounging).

With this layout approach, it’s all about ease and versatility as well as working in lots of low, convenient storage.

open living space layout ideasWhy It Works:

  • The sofa and chair combo makes for a cozy but casual arrangement with two different seating options. This pairing also leaves lots of open space in the living area that provides a nice flow.
  • The leather sofa makes for comfy seating that’s both kid- and pet-friendly—any spills can be easily wiped off. It also stands up to wear relatively well and ages with a nice patina over time.
  • A graphic outdoor rug used indoor in this living space provides a durable foundation that’s easy to clean in the event of wine spills, spaghetti mishaps from kids, and dirty paws.
  • No sharp corners on the round coffee table makes it the perfect kid-friendly centerpiece. It also has hidden storage compartments for remotes, tech gadgets, and any extra toys.
  • Striped woufs (poufs for pets) create a designated spot for pets. Even better that these floor pillows can easily be moved around as needed.

This is Great If You…

  • Are looking for a layout that is more laid-back with an easy flow that connects the space to the rest of home.
  • Want to have a fuss-free hub in the home where your family can gather all the time to watch TV and relax.
  • Enjoy entertaining and having friends and family over for low-key movie and game nights. This arrangement leaves you lots of floor space for people to gather and lay out casually.
  • Want a space where your kids and pets can easily move around and play.

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Idea #2: The Parallel Layoutopen living space layout ideas

Layout idea #2 opts for a more formal furniture arrangement that makes it more of a conversation space. Matching sofas are placed facing each other, giving the living space a more structured layout.

This layout approach is designed for a space that has timeless appeal and is meant to last for years to come. It also keeps the TV from becoming the main focus of the space.

open living space layout ideasWhy It Works:

  • Two parallel sofas set this space up to be a conversation area with a formal layout that never goes out of style.
  • Sofas covered in kid-friendly fabric makes for pieces that not only look stylish, but are also practical and can stand the test of time. This makes them great investment pieces.
  • An indoor/outdoor rug ups the durability factor in this space. The pattern also helps keep the formal feel of the space.
  • Leather pieces, like the cocktail ottoman and a cowhide rug, are soft to the touch but can also handle some wear over time.
  • The plush ottoman replaces a coffee table for the ultimate kid- and pet-friendly piece.

open living space layout ideasThis is Great If You…

  • Are looking for a formal living space that’s clearly defined with a furnishings and a sofa setup that feels more grown up.
  • Enjoy a living space that’s not solely dedicated to TV watching but can be an entertaining space for family and friends.
  • Don’t need too much storage in your living space and would rather use it as a place for reading, lounging, and having conversations.
  • Have kids that are no longer toddlers but still jump on the couch and run around (hence the kid-friendly fabrics).

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sofa or sectional

Layout Ideas: Deciding on a Sofa or Sectional For an Open Living Space

Often the trickiest part of designing a space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. From the square-shaped to the narrow to the just plain awkward, this is your one-stop shop for layout ideas that work.

sofa or sectional layoutThe Homeowners: A couple with a two-year-old son.

The Space: A 22’ x 25’ open living space used everyday and for everything.

The Challenge: Designing a kid-friendly space that’s also stylish, and figuring out what couch/seating layout would work best for the space – a sofa or sectional.

sofa or sectionalIdea #1: The Conversation Ring Layout

Layout idea #1 opts for a sofa with extra chairs sprinkled all around. The space feels more decorated is perfect for entertaining and conversation. This layout also helps shift the focus away from the TV as the main feature of the room.

Why It Works:

  • The sofa is perfect for low-key family nights but it can still easily accommodate lots of guests when entertaining.
  • Pulling in standalone chairs makes for a flexible layout. Easily reconfigure your layout for game night or pull a chair to another room in your home as needed.
  • The sofa frees up a lot of walking room in and around the seating area.
  • A round table checks the box for a super kid-friendly centerpiece.

sofa or sectional

sofa or sectional

This Is Great If You…

  • Enjoy having people over for drinks and conversation as opposed to movie marathons.
  • Prefer a living room that’s more open and has a slightly formal and designed look to it.
  • Want a living space that doesn’t revolve around TV-watching.

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sofa or sectionalIdea #2: The Viewing Corner Layout

Layout idea #2 opts for a sectional. This helps to define the living area as a cozy corner where you can totally lounge out. the sectional also helps turn the space into a TV lounge area with a casual atmosphere.

sofa or sectional

sofa or sectional

Why It Works:

  • The sectional helps clearly delineate the seating area from the rest of the space, making it feel like a room within a room.
  • A huge tiered coffee table provides practical storage space for you to stash remotes and other tech gadgets out of sight.
  • The bigger the sectional the more pillows you can have. Pile them on for lots of cushy support!
  • This layout factors in lots of extra lighting as well, which means you can set the mood as needed.

sofa or sectional

This Is Great If You…

  • Want to have a clearly defined living space that doesn’t face the entry area.
  • Mainly use your living space for watching TV and movies with family and friends.
  • Enjoy a more laid-back and relaxed living room where you can lie down and stretch out your legs.

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