Ideas For Small Living Room Furniture Arrangements

If you live in a small space, it is usually a problem to arrange the furniture. Oftentimes you can only find one way that you feel it will work.

Here are some ideas for furniture arranging in small living spaces...

In the case above, in the first photo, the furniture hug the walls. But by bringing the sectional away from the wall, you create the illusion of more space. And bring definition to the area, making it feel cozier.

If you're dealing with a long and narrow room, you may think that positioning the couch against the wall is your only option.

But wait...

Here is a different direction you can take furniture arranging in a long and narrow space. Divide the room into segments.

Here is a living space with a tight furniture grouping. It makes for a nice conversation area. And an area rug unites the space.

Some furniture stores are now focusing on helping buyers find the right furniture for small spaces. So check online for possible ideas to make your space work.

This arrangement places the couch underneath the window against the wall. But then the chairs are arranged in a slightly opposing placement. 

Putting a large plant behind the chair defines it and also softens the space.

Instead of using a traditional coffee table, choose an upholstered ottoman. It can also double as seating should you need it. 

Using mirrors also makes the room seem larger, reflecting space across the room.

If you live in a small apartment, perhaps a studio, you might need to utilize one large space to accommodate various uses. 

Though this is a very small area in terms of square footage, this arrangement works because it doesn't look too cluttered. The furniture is spaced apart pretty evenly, so there is no feeling of over-crowding.

Here's a similar situation. Choosing Lucite dining chairs visually takes up no space because they are clear in color.

The space is united with similar decor throughout, so it flows well.

A tip when decorating a small space is to use furniture with legs. This helps to visually open up the space.

Another tip is to bring the couch away from the wall, allowing room for a dining table or desk behind it, giving the room more than one use.

So here are ten rooms that show furniture arrangements that work in small spaces. If you live in a small space, I hope that one of these arrangements will work for you.


  1. I have always positioned my couch away from the wall, and when I get moved I have planned it that way with a desk or table behind it. It's a look I have always loved. xo Laura

  2. These are great tips. Sometimes we get in a rut placing the furniture one way and just by changing a few things around, you can transform a whole room. Nice examples!

  3. My living room is very small. Several of these amazing examples would work perfectly! Thank you, Brenda.

  4. I have the long narrow kind / the segment solution works best but oh boy did it take awhile to figure it all out when I first moved here! :)

  5. So good! This has been my biggest issue with our home...the living room is small and awkward with tons of paths to other rooms that need to stay cleared! Love these ideas.

    1. Hi Alice,
      How did you end up arranging things?? I have the same issue, and I' m at a real impasse. The weird placement of our front door and doorways to other rooms plus fireplace make otherwise great solutions not work for us. Thanks in advance for sharing! ��

    2. Dear Alice,
      Just curious, how did you end up arranging your room? I have exactly the same issue. With the awkward positioning of our front door plus fireplace plus opening to hallway plus the various foot traffic paths, most solutions that work in other small spaces just don't work for us. Thanks in advance for sharing!! ��

  6. I have a room where I would like to rearrange the furniture...and need to study these pics for help thanks for the ideas. Sheila

  7. I'm gonna send you a picture of my living room, then good luck with it. Hopefully you can come up with a better idea. My house is only 998 sq.ft and the living room is so hard for me to figure out.

  8. Good ideas. I have a small living room and a little hearth room off the kitchen in the house we're moving to soon. This is very helpful in thinking through the furniture placement there. Thank you!

  9. So many great ideas, Brenda. Love the image with the coral stools!!

  10. I have a small living area, and I really liked a few of these designs, they could actually work in my living room! Thank you for posting them!

  11. These are all great ideas! I think sometimes people THINK they only have one option when there actually might be more if they just tried a few things out. I've been surprised at the number of different ways I have found to arrange a room. :o)


  12. great tips, Brenda. Shows what a little creativity can do.

  13. Some really great ideas! I have huge problems finding the perfect arrangement for my living room!

  14. Any suggestions for a 17 x 11 living room with a front door near one corner that opens into the fireplace (door so close to corner that it can't be fully opened); raised, uneven brick hearth and proximity to front door make the entry zone unusable. Doorway to all other rooms forces a traffic path diagonally across room. Doorway being off center means the other long wall isn't usable for much either. It's almost 9' (but sofa awkward here unless one end partially in fireplace!), then almost 4' doorway, then a bit over 2' to the corner ( bulky heat vents along walls steal valuable inches!!). Other short wall is solid, but does have heat vents. Final long wall has a picture window looking out to front yard, but it's hard to arrange sofa to see said view without blocking foot traffic, or just floating awkwardly. I've already given away most of my furniture thanks to this dilemma! Please help- all suggestions appreciated!! 😊 thank you.


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