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Your Guide to Buying a Living Room Furniture Set

Our editors select their favorite living room sets under 1000$, for every budget and style.

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The first thing to consider when choosing living room furniture is the role of the living room in the household. Some families use their living room mostly for watching television, while others use it for reading, listening to music, and socialising with guests.

A single living room may be used for all of those purposes at different times. Watching television, playing video games, reading, and visiting with friends may each have to be considered when planning the furniture arrangement. An alternative is to choose furniture that can be rearranged easily.

Choosing a Living Room Furniture Set

Knowing what the living room furniture set will be used for can help to clarify exactly what needs to be included. For example, is it better to have two sofas, or a single sofa and two armchairs? Keep preferences in mind, thus making the search easier.

Prioritising Living Room Furniture Features

A family’s preference for sitting straight, sprawling, or laying on the furniture will affect the ideal size and softness of the sofas and chairs. If the living room doubles as a guest room, then sleeper sofas may be needed. Extremely soft, low to the ground sofas can be difficult to sit down onto and rise out of. If the living room is a place for guests as well as family, then perhaps the furniture should be neat looking and easy to use.

This can especially be an issue for family members and guests who are elderly or disabled. For easy rearrangement, consider smaller upholstered chairs and two-seater sofas. On the other hand, some families absolutely love a large, sturdy, cushy sofa that everyone can cuddle up on.

If meals are occasionally eaten in the living room, then careful consideration should be given to the placement of tables and the ease of cleaning the upholstery. If the living room is used for reading, then lighting will be an important consideration.

Finding the Right Fit

Of course, at some point the family’s ideal living room arrangement needs to be reconciled with the space available. It is a very good idea to draw up the living room on graph paper before buying furniture. Assign a scale, perhaps one square per six inches or one square per fifteen centimetres. Begin by measuring the room and drawing the outline onto the graph paper.

Then, cut out furniture outlines in the same scale from a second piece of graph paper. Create templates for the existing furniture first, and then make templates based on the size of the sofas, chairs, and footstools under consideration.

Move the furniture templates around on the room outline to check for fit and arrangement. Don’t forget to add non-upholstered furniture and accessories such as side tables, floor lamps, a coffee table, bookshelves, and an entertainment centre.

Not only is this a useful method for choosing furniture that will fit, it can be used to work out the room’s plan before the new furniture arrives. Rearrangement of the actual furniture will not be necessary.

Issues with Living Room Furniture Sets

There are a few practical things to keep in mind when choosing a style and colour for living room furniture. If there are or may soon be pets or small children in the family, then stain resistance and scratch resistance are factors to take into consideration. Will the colour of the upholstery make stains easily visible?

It’s best to avoid white and other very light colours when small children or pets are going to be around. Treating cloth upholstery with a stain resistant coating can help. Leather can be problematic to clean, and inexpensive leather living room furniture may deteriorate quickly under heavy wear. If there are cats or dogs in the household, it’s also a good idea to give some thought to claws.

Cats like to sharpen their claws on furniture, and dogs can tear and puncture upholstery by walking on it. Pet owners will find that a living room set with thick, sturdy, stain resistant upholstery is less likely to be damaged. When sofa arms and bases are upholstered, then cats often find them irresistible for claw sharpening. Cat owners are advised to consider living room furniture with wooden or metal arms and legs.

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