How to Set Up a Living Room to Accommodate a Large Family

Homeowners with large families but limited space need to come up with creative living room arrangements. This way, they are able to ensure the comfort of their household while maintaining the functionality of their living space.

Setting Up a Living Room to Accommodate a Large Family

Living rooms are usually the most commonly accessed section of the house aside from the kitchen by every member of the house. This being the case, choosing an appropriate layout and furniture arrangement needs to be done carefully to accommodate the needs of a large family.

Here are some exciting styling and arrangement ideas you may want to consider for your living room. 

Open Space

One major issue that comes in large families is a feeling of being overcrowded when everyone is sitting together. This is typically because, in an effort to bring everyone together, too many chairs and seats are crowded close together regardless of the actual space of the room.

While it may seem counterintuitive, the best option is to spread things out to create as much open space as possible. Doing this allows everyone elbow and leg room and makes it easy for everyone to see one another from where they are seated. With enough open space, a lot of people can comfortably converse together without feeling overcrowded and overwhelmed.

De-Clutter and Create a Center

One major issue that comes with a lot of people sharing a single space is clutter. Clothes get left on the couch, shoes fill up the floor space, and magazines cover the coffee table, and everyone feels like there is little space for the family to gather.

The best thing to do is to organize this chaos into something that can be maintained easily. Have a place for everything to be dumped away from the sitting area (a laundry basket and coat hangers for clothes, a basket for magazines and mail, etc.) and create a center around which everything is arranged.

This center typically composed of a coffee table in the middle of the room and an opening in the seating arrangement where you have the focus of the room. This can be an opening facing the patio, a large window, or an entertainment center. Having this focus in how the room is arranged helps create a sense of balance and order that encourages comfort.

Using Sectionals

Sectionals are typically U-shaped sofas designed to provide your living room with the maximum seating capacity while maintaining a sense of intimacy among members of your household. However, they can also often be rearranged in l-shapes, or even just one long bar.

They are especially useful for filling up unused corner space with a cozy and comfortable seating area. With these sofas, you can create enough space for family members to sit together, and they often come with sections that resemble armchairs without the need of a separate armchair space. This means more seating area while taking less space, and a way for family members to cuddle and sit close during movie nights. 

Open Concept

What has historically been popular and is somewhat coming back is open-concept layouts. This typically involves the living room and dining area being connected without a wall in between. This means that family can be split between both areas but still see and converse with one another comfortably.

This is especially useful for smaller homes with smaller living areas and dining rooms, where a wall taking up space makes less sense.This also helps a lot with teenage kids who don’t like eating alongside the rest of the family, but may be comfortable eating on the couch in view of the family.

The same thing goes for infants and toddlers who can sit by themselves but need supervision while the parents are working in the kitchen. This system doesn’t work for everyone, especially if the living area is already large enough on its own, but it is a good option to consider when the family is feeling cramped.

Choosing furniture arrangement and living space arrangement is easy when there is enough room to work with. However, with limited space, you may need to get creative with how you use that space. Keep these options in mind and look at where space may be being wasted in your living area, or where clutter may be making an otherwise comfortable space less friendly.

About the Author

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.