How to Arrange Furniture in a Square Living Room
Find the focal point.
This is usually a fireplace or television. Then, place a large rug in front of the focal point. This will define a conversation area.
Position the sofa on the edge of the rug so that it is facing the focal point.
Your sofa should be about 10 feet away from the focal point and not touching the back wall of the room.
Place a loveseat on one of the short ends of the area rug.
This placement will allow you to position a television on the wall across from the loveseat, if the focal point is a fireplace. Put a floor lamp or end table between the loveseat and sofa.
Set a coffee table or ottoman in the middle of the rug, centered in front of the sofa.
Whether you choose a coffee table or ottoman will depend on your personal preference and the other furniture in the room. If you don’t have any end tables, you might need to add a coffee table instead of an ottoman. However, many ottomans can act as coffee tables with tops that can be flipped over, offering a hard, flat surface.
Add a chair.
Arrange a chair and another end table or floor lamp at the corner of the area rug on a diagonal opposite the loveseat so that it is facing the loveseat and sofa.
Try creating a cozy reading corner next to the fireplace or focal point with some bookshelves, a floor lamp and a comfortable chair. Or, put a round table there for playing board games.