Organizing your living room and dining room means determining which type of furniture will work best. Then, arrange your seating so that each piece of furniture faces the focal point of the room. A sofa, armoire, or console table can make a great focal point in a living room. In addition to these two choices, you can build a conversational grouping around a sofa. And when it comes to seating, make sure that you leave plenty of space between each piece of furniture.
If you’re moving into a new house, the first step in furniture arrangement is to sketch out a floor plan. Use a floor planner app or draw out a real-life magnetic board to help you visualize the layout. It’s the only way to know if a piece of furniture will fit in a space. After all, there’s no sense in rearranging the furniture if you don’t know the space for it.
Once you’ve drawn a rough layout of your living room, it’s time to plan the furniture. If you’re going to arrange the sofa and loveseat in one corner, write down how much room each item will take up. Then, use a drawing tool to map out the layout of the living room. Similarly, you can find online room planner tools at Pottery Barn and Urban Bean.