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Expert Tips for Picking Living Room Furniture
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Expert Tips for Picking Living Room Furniture

When it comes to picking out your living room furniture, there are many options you can choose from. You have sofas, end tables, coffee tables, recliners, and ottomans. The list can go on and on, so how do you choose? Well, it all depends on the aesthetic you desire, the size of your family, the size of your living room, and more.

If you need help planning out your new living room furniture, follow some of these expert tips.

Know the Size of Your Space

The first thing you need to be highly aware of is the size of your living room. The last thing you want is for a sectional to not fit in your space. Then you would have to go through the process of returning it and starting the whole process over again. Even if the sectional does fit, it can make a small room feel even smaller

Be sure to measure the size of your living room so that you know what you're working with. Now you can create your floor plan. This will give you an overview of the different pieces you can fit in your space. It will also help you plan out walkways and utilize the entire space efficiently. Don't forget to measure your doorways to ensure that you will be able to get your new living room furniture into the space.

Understand Your Different Options

We already noted that there are so many different types of living room furniture out there so we decided to break it down for you so you're not too overwhelmed when you go to the furniture store.

  • Sofas:Sofas are the perfect place for a daytime nap, snuggling with your loved one, and an overall comfy place to sit in a living room. Sectional sofas tend to be much larger and are ideal if you have a larger living room and a larger family. This way everyone can snuggle up on the couch for a movie. If you're looking for something that has more of a luxury look, then consider a chesterfield or a cabriole. If you don't have much of a budget, then a futon sofa will be perfect for you. Luckily, there is a plethora of styles to choose from.
  • Coffee tables and side tables:A coffee table is a very practical piece of furniture. It tends to be in the center of the living room and is also always smaller than the sofa you choose. If the coffee table is too big for your space, you risk guests not being able to maneuver their way around. If you choose to add on a side table, you made a wise decision. They're the perfect addition when you need to set a drink down somewhere and you can set up a lamp for light. The goal with a side table is to have one on either end of the sofa. Don't have the room for it? That's okay because your coffee table will still serve that similar purpose.
  • Rugs: Rugs have the capability of tying a whole room together. You'll want to make sure to purchase a rug that is big enough. The goal is for it to fit underneath the furniture and still remain in the center of the seating area. The rug doesn't need to be completely under each piece of furniture, you just need the front two legs to fit under it. You can also unleash your creativity with the color and design of the rug.

Consider the Material

Each sofa has a different fabric, which can be the deciding factor in whether you're not you want to purchase it. The material you choose will also help determine the longevity of the piece. In fact, a sofa, on average, can last for seven to 15 years.

Natural fabrics tend to be a favorite because of their softness. Popular natural fabrics include cotton, linen, and wool.

If you're on the hunt for something that can withstand your children, consider synthetic materials. Acrylic, nylon, and polyester are the best ones for the job when it comes to longevity.

Leather is a great option for those with pets because it is much easier to clean fur. Leather, also a natural fabric, is known to be one of the most durable materials for your couch.

Don't Forget Accessories

The accessories you choose will help you finish off the masterpiece you call your living room. You don't want to leave your walls bare, so you should hang artwork, family photographs, or frame a cute saying. This is also your chance to get creative with lighting by adding lamps to your coffee table or floor lamps. There's also an abundance of window treatments you can add such as blinds, shutters, roller shades, and solar shades. That is determined by your preference and the amount of light you would like to keep out. The accessories you choose can be fun and be the finishing touches on your living room.

If you want your whole living room to match and have the same color and material, then living room furniture sets may be your best option. It also takes out a lot of the design work if that's not your forte. Now that you have an idea on how to pick out your furniture, head over to our living room furniture store today and we can set you up with items you will fall in love with.

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