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The Ultimate Living Room Design Guide

Our editors select 39 best living room sets, for every budget and style.

1) Classic Living Room Furniture Set | 2) Poundex Bobkona Colona Mircosuede 3 Piece Sofa | 3) Furniture of America Leather Match Recliners Set | 4) Classic Ultra Living Room Sofa | 5) Signature Design by Ashley Darcy Living Room Set | 6) Signature Design by Ashley Darcy Sofa Chaise | 7) Flash Furniture Signature Design by Ashley Commando Set | 8) Divano Roma Classic Bonded Leather Sofa | 9) Poundex F7855 Bobkona Aria Sofa | 10) Poundex Bokona Miter Bonded Sectional | 11) American Eagle Furniture Living Room Set Sofa | 12) Serta RTA Copenhagen Collection 73″ Sofa | 13) Cream Leather Living Room Miniature Set | 14) DHP Charleston Vintage Futon | 15) Signature Design by Ashley Darcy Living Room Set | 16) Epic Furnishings Sofa Sleeper Bed | 17) Poundex F7858 Bobkona Aria Sofa and Loveseat Set | 18) Wynn Black Leather Sectional Sofa | 19) Homelegance Nail Head Accent Sofa | 20) Poundex F7857 Sofa and Loveseat Set | 21) Poundex F7878 Bobkona Shelton Sofa and Loveseat Set | 22) 5 Piece Living Room Furniture Set | 23) Dorel Living Marley Sofa | 24) Poundex F6904 Bobkona Windsor Loveseat Set | 25) Poundex Bobkona Colona Chair Set | 26) American Eagle Furniture Living Room Leather Sofa Set | 27) Baxton Studio Callidora Sectional Sofa | 28) Flash Furniture Purple Velvet Sectional | 29) Poundex F6903 Bobkona Sofa and Loveseat Set | 30) Poundex Bobkona Sherman Sofa and Loveseat Set | 31) Modern Two Tone Bonded Living Room Set | 32) 3 pieces Faux Linen Sectional Sofa | 33) Poundex Bobkona Viola Chaise SECTIONAL Set | 34) Light Grey Aspen Leather Loveseat | 35) AC Pacific Crystal Collection Living Room Set | 36) Outsunny 4-Piece Patio Furniture Set | 37) Poundex 2 Pieces Faux Leather Chaise Sofa | 38) Divano Roma Classic Living Room Furniture | 39) Modern Convertible Sofa Bed Chair Furniture Set |

Having the ultimate living room is something that many people dream about. After all, it’s the place where you hang your head after a long day at the office, and it’s the place where you gather with family and friends on special occasions or just because.

Having the ultimate living room requires some work, though! You’ve got to make a killer design that speaks to your aesthetic; while at the same time providing you all the form and function you could ever want.

In order to assist you with your decision-making process, we’ve assembled this ultimate living room design guide. It goes over all of the key things you’ll need to pay attention to, and if you follow the advice herein, you should be able to approach the entire process like a pro interior designer! We cover everything from approaching the space of your living room and picking furniture, to dressing up your fireplace and selecting the right flooring

So, if you’re considering a living room design, we encourage you to read on! And, be sure to check out the links at the end, as these are further resources that you can use to drive your living room design inspiration!

Getting Started

As with any other design project you’ll undertake in your home, your process should begin with your needs and not with your wants. Think about your living room, and what you’ll need it to do.

For example, if you have a burgeoning family, then you’ll need your living room to function equally well for children and for adults. Alternatively, if children aren’t a factor and you’re into entertaining, you’ll want to design a living room that’s conducive to that.

Whatever your needs may be, make a list before you begin the design process. Ultimately, you want a living room that’s as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing, and this will only be possible if you design the space in such a way as to address all of your needs.

If you need a pullout couch for guests, then that needs to be on the list. If someone needs an office area in the living room, that needs to go on the list, too! Consider everything from the start, and you’ll thank yourself later.

Now, if you’re designing a living room for a new home build, then your options are only limited by your home’s square footage and how much you want to allot for your living room.

But, if you’re remodeling an existing living room, you’re going to be dealing with the space allotted – unless you start knocking down walls, of course! If you’re going to be knocking down walls and doing in-home construction, make sure you’re up to speed on all the local building codes and that any contractors you hire are, as well.

Assuming you’re not dealing with a new space (or a completely remodeled one), any living room design needs to begin with measurements. You need to know exactly how large the room is, as well as how long each of its walls is. This is important because the size of the space will necessarily guide all of the purchases you make, from couches and chairs to tables and décor. What you purchase needs to be able to fit comfortably into the room.

You’ll also need to measure more than the living room itself. A lot of what you may purchase is going to be quite large, and you’ll need to make sure you can actually get those larger pieces of furniture through the doors and hallways that lead to your living room. So measure them, that way you’ll know if that perfect couch you find will actually be able to fit into your home!

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