When you put together your living room you probably had an idea of the things you should start with — a sofa, coffee table, TV, rug, end tables, maybe a few lamps. But this post is all about encouraging you to break free of your pre-conceptions of what the living room ought to be and embrace the myriad possibilities of what your living room could be. Get rid of all your furniture and replace it with beanbags! Turn your living room in a ball pit! Ok, so these five ideas are a little less radical than that — but they'll definitely get you thinking out of the box.
1. Go couchless.
The couch is pretty essential to most people's conception of a living room — but do you really need one? If snuggling on the sofa isn't a big part of your living room activity, and you prefer to watch movies or read in your own cozy chair, you might consider replacing your couch with a grouping of chairs (as seen in this space from Domino). It's a much more versatile arrangement, and you may find it takes up less space than a sofa.
2. Get rid of your coffee table.
This is a bit less radical than divorcing your sofa, and easy to try out by simply picking up your coffee table and placing it in another room. You may find that your end tables are more than able to pick up the slack, and that removing the coffee table from the center of the room really opens up your space.
3. Make your sofas face each other.
Most people, when setting up their living room, arrange their seating in a sort of semicircle around the television, a little bit like an arena. Try this instead: set up one row of seating parallel to another. It's cozy, visually appealing, and great for conversation.
4. Embrace the daybed.
A daybed or chaise lounge is a wonderful, incredibly versatile piece to have in your living room: it provides extra seating without breaking up the room, so you can create all kinds of furniture arrangements that wouldn't otherwise be possible.
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5. Kill your TV.
As I mentioned before, having a TV in your living room often means that your TV becomes the center of the room, and you wind up with a space that's optimized for watching television, and not much else. Banishing your TV to another room of the house (or getting rid of it entirely) frees up your space for all kinds of creative arrangements. Once you're no longer worried about everyone being able to see the screen, you may find that you living room contains all sorts of possibilities you never imagined.