Our own living room (above) went through a few different variations until we landed on this layout–see the somewhat comical evolution here. In the end, this sofa with these two oversized leather chairs across from it worked so well with our large, open layout, defined the living room and allowed for lots of different kinds of conversation and hanging out. If you’re living room isn’t feeling just right–I’ve been there!–and often times it can be resolved with just a little rearranging (my favorite kind of free decorating!) or tweaking the furniture. For us, it was both!
Before we get to some amazing budget-friendly accent chairs (scroll down to see those!), I’ve put together a cheat sheet to make your living room rearranging a little more productive and maybe a little less labor intensive.
In the above renderings, I simplified it by just laying out sofas and chairs. Some chairs are smaller, some are larger, and some are even different in the same space–a tip I observed while gathering a few real-life examples of these layouts.
#1 is definitely the most popular layout I think, it’s our living room layout. (At the cabin, too!)
Alternatively, if your chairs are a little smaller and you want to keep a walkway between the chairs, go for a #11 like Simply Suzy’s home below.
I could look at living room layouts all day because the right, ideal layout will maximize the function of the space and look effortless. Not one of the other. Both! As I’ve started to put together some living room designs at smaller price points (similar to our bedroom post from last week), I realized a layout post is precursor. And I also noticed that often times getting 2 good chairs to complete your living room is more expensive than getting another sofa! So, I went down a rabbit hole of gathering up good accent chairs at a great price, too.
The 16 below can be doubled up in a room, or stand alone. Some are wider and substantial and others are smaller, but all of them are under $600 (all but 1 are under $500) and start at just $175! These, and a good sofa, are the building blocks to your future living room.
1. Bedford Rustic Wood Arm Chair: $175
2. Soriano Channel Tufted Chair Gray Velvet: $248
3. Jakarta Modern Arm Accent Chair: $254
4. Peacemaker Accent Chair: $319
5. Auburn Chair in navy: $349
6. Auburn Chair in gray: $349
7. Slope Leather Lounge Chair: $349
8. Howell Canvas Arm Chair: $349
9. Auburn Chair in green: $349
10. Mid Century Huxley Chair: $429
11. Hanna Chair: $479
12. Copenhagen Industrial Upholstered Accent Chair: $484
13. Fluted Petite Accent Chair: $498
14. Velvet Hillside Accent Chair: $499
15. Cue White Chair: $499
16. Classic Cigar-style Vintage Leather Club Chair: $613
And just because I’m curious, which layout design are you currently rocking? Is #1 the most popular like I think?
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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