My Pet Peeves For Living Room Arrangements & The Almighty Coffee Table Placement!

To some it may be trivial but to me it screams amateur design. Not because the living room layout necessarily looks bad, but because of its lack of consideration to function. Want to know what it is?

It’s floating a coffee table in the middle of a room like an island. Sooo many people do this! Even designers. The coffee table is meant to be functional. To serve as a place to rest magazines, books, accessories… as well as look good and compliment the room decor.

Most living room arrangements have a sofa, chairs, coffee table…all placed in a grouping usually around a focal point…we all know this. Here’s the thing, when you are sitting on your sofa, the coffee table should be placed in front of the sofa and close enough for easy access to that coffee table while allowing approximately 24 to 30 inches for access to the sofa comfortably. Who wants to get up to go get their drink or whatever it is you place on it? Why is it placed so far away in so many living room arrangements? I know why. It’s because they are trying to align it with the focal point, usually the fireplace, or they are trying to balance the furniture layout and they don’t pay attention to function, or function plays second fiddle. [An example of this would be a square room layout with a floating coffee table in the middle of it. As long as the coffee table is accessible it’s perfectly ok, but often it is not. ]  But wait, that’s not all…

And then to make matters worse I see many living room arrangements where that coffee table has a tiny rug that’s not in proportion to it under it , yuk!  Let’s look at some living room arrangements, shall we?

Here in this living room arrangement the coffee table ottoman is lined up with the fireplace. I would have prefered it be a tad closer to the sofa. By moving the sofa in closer and perhaps placing a slim sofa table behind the sofa would make it more functional and easy to reach.

Living room furniture arrangements for coffee table

Here is another example of trying to center the coffee table on the fireplace instead of paying more attention to function. The sofa needs to be moved in closer.

Living room furniture arrangements for coffee table In Front of Fireplace

The designer tried to compensate for the large space between the seating arrangement by placing a large coffee table that still doesn’t offer any convenience or easy access. The sofas need to be pulled in closer to solve the problem.

Living room furniture arrangements for coffee table in large room

Another classic example of centering the coffee table on the fireplace instead considering function. Living room furniture arrangements need to function well and be comfortable to live in not just look good. The sofa needs to be pulled away from wall because it’s too far away from the table..

Living room furniture arrangements for coffee table next to sofa

A beautiful room but the I think two coffee tables instead of one, or a bigger one, would have worked better here.

Living room furniture arrangements for coffee table centered on fireplace

and here

Living room furniture arrangements for coffee table in middle of room

Color Pops In A White Room

So Here Are Living Room Furniture Arrangements Done Right 

Living room furniture arrangements for coffee table in room

If you look closely at this furniture layout you will see that the coffee table was not centered on the fireplace which makes it accessible and functional.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again the designer does not try to center the coffee table.

 

Living room furniture arrangements for coffee table

Living room furniture arrangements even in a small space can still function well. For this arrangement, I would have chosen a round table, however.Living room furniture arrangements for coffee table

So go ahead and re arrange your living room and make it more comfortable. If you need my help, i’m just an email away! Thanks for reading, would love your thoughts!

Living Room Arrangements & The Almighty Coffee Table
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