Most people agree that the room they spend the most time in is the living room. The wonderful aspect to living rooms is that they can be anything you want them to be. Use the space as a formal setting, with decorative wall hangings, luxury couches and a curio cabinet. Or, let your living room be more casual, complete with a flat screen television and kids' toys. In general, the living room is the place where families spend their time relaxing and socializing. Since everyone has different interests, deciding what should be placed in the living room is entirely up to you, your lifestyle and your budget.
There are a few pieces of furniture that a living room wouldn't be complete without, however. The most important living room furniture is seating: Couches, loveseats, sectionals and chairs. Buying new couches is a big decision, as you want to choose furniture that is both decorative and functional. A couch and loveseat is the most common and practical, although many families enjoy large sectionals that wrap around. Reclining chairs are also nice pieces that serve as additional seating. If you have guests visiting often, consider a pull out sofa that also serves as a bed.
Another feature to consider when selecting living room furniture is the type of fabric the couch is made from. Some are upholstered with soft fabrics, while others are made from leather. While there are advantages to each, what you choose will be based on your own lifestyle. Upholstered furniture is generally less expensive, easier to maintain and available in a wide range of colors. It's preferred in families with children, especially if you select a microfiber that is both soft and stain resistant.
However, some can't deny the warmth and beauty of leather furniture. Although more expensive, this furniture is elegant and sophisticated, and leather tends to wear well with age, so you can enjoy leather furniture for an extended period of time. It does require maintenance and can be scratched, so it may not be a top choice for those with children and pets. If you do purchase leather, ask for those that have been dyed all the way through so that scratches will not show a different color.
Other things you'll want to look for in the seating include the comfort, the supportiveness of the cushions and the construction of the frame. Going to the store will allow you to do some investigating, so be sure to sit and lie down on the couches as you would at home. Test the springs and make sure they are close together and firm. Ask the salespeople about the inner construction of the cushions, as some are made from polyurethane foam, while higher end sofas have high-resilient foam. The frame should be made from a durable wood and should be secured using wood dowels or brackets instead of staples and glue.
Once you have your seating in place, it's easy to choose the rest of the living room furniture. A coffee table is functional, but not necessary. It's a great place to store magazines and books, as well as keep remote controls and gaming consoles within reach. Matching end tables offer the same features and bring additional character to the couches. Place an end table on either side of the couch and add a lamp or potted plant. Make sure that the couch and end tables go on the longest wall of the room, as this will be the focal point of the living room.
Since many families spend time relaxing in their living rooms, a television may also be important to you. Choose a TV stand or armoire that will decoratively store your television and gaming devices. Some entertainment centers come with additional built-in storage that can house DVDs and CDs. Although these pieces may be more expensive than a traditional TV stand, you won't need other furniture to store these belongings. Entertainment centers also look very decorative in the home can store plants and picture frames. In fact, many families agree that entertainment centers are the best option, as the cabinet doors keep kids out and valuables can be displayed on the top shelf.
Once you have your living room furniture in place, you can add in the other details that will pull the room together. A large area rug will look lovely underneath the coffee table and help draw people in to the warm and inviting space that you have created. Lamps will add character and light to the room, while throw pillows will draw in color.
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