With game day and the Oscars just around the corner, you might be thinking about hosting a viewing party. A great viewing party (of any kind) requires a TV (duh), enough places to sit, a spread of delicious snacks, and great company. But what if you live in a small space? Finding a small living room layout with a TV can be a challenge.
So while you focus on fine-tuning your guest list and adorning your space with Pinterest-worthy decorations, we’re rounding up some of our favorite TV viewing layout hacks. No matter if your space is large or tiny, these small living room layout ideas will make sure space is red carpet-ready before your guests arrive.
Read on to learn how to create your ultimate TV viewing party layout.
1. Maximize Seating
While “standing room only” might be great for a concert, ample seating is fundamental to any great TV viewing party. These tips will help you get the most booties in chairs without adding clutter.
Benches and ottomans are great ways to add extra seating to your small space without over-stuffing it with bulky furniture.
- Benches look great in a hallway or at the foot of your bed, and can easily be moved into the living room for extra seating when you need it.
- You can also use two ottomans to make a bench. Break them up into two smaller seats when you need.
Create movie theater rows:
Just like group photos, place lower seats in the front and taller ones in the back. This will help ensure everyone has a great view of the TV.
- Use bar stools to make a back row for your viewing party. Clear stools are especially great in small spaces, as they help reduce visual clutter.
2. Maximize Surface Area
Now that you have seating aplenty, you’ll likely want some surfaces to go with it. Instead of buying more tables, repurpose what you already have.
Two coffee tables are better than one:
In small spaces, having the flexibility to move your furniture is important.
Try two smaller coffee tables in your space instead of one large one (or consider if you need a coffee table at all). Keep them together for daily use and separate them when you host to accommodate more people reaching for popcorn.
We love poufs because they are super versatile. Use them as a footrest or a stool, or even a side table. Ensure your pouf can go the extra mile, and look for one that’s substantial enough to support a tray with drinks and snacks.
A console table hidden behind your sofa is a sneaky way to add extra storage to a small space. But for special TV viewing occasions, try relocating your console table to an open wall. You can use it as an impromptu buffet table where guests can help themselves to snacks and drinks.
Open bar (cart):
Who doesn’t love a good bar cart? If you’re in the market, consider one on wheels which you can use as a mobile drink station. Easily wheel it out of the kitchen to serve drinks, and slide it away when you need the extra space.
3. Final Tricks
A few finishing touches to make your small living room layout with a TV work for you.
Throw it on the floor:
Even your floor can be a nice seat if you add a little cushion. Floor pillows are a simple way to add seating and can be conveniently stashed away when you don’t need it.
Nothing like a large, reflective surface to make things look larger! Not great for your pores, but perfect for your living room.
Need a hand finding the right small living room layout for you?
You don’t have to cram a bunch of furniture into your home only to find you rarely use it. Our layout guide is for both before and after the party, because the size of your home shouldn’t dictate your design choices.