In every home, the living room plays an important role when entertaining guests or hosting get-togethers. With that said, it’s important to know how to lay the space out in order to keep everyone comfortable and keep the conversation going. For this purpose, sectional sofas are popular choices for their flexibility. But creating the perfect space for conversation doesn’t just stop at picking a good sectional.
When laying out a living room meant for conversations, you have to keep in mind how people can stay comfortable talking to each other. You may have noticed how some people tend to gravitate to the dining room when the living room isn’t comfortable enough for chatting. This is because the living room is sometimes laid out so people don’t face each other.
Sectionals are a great choice for households that enjoy having friends over. Unlike straight sofas, sectionals allow a more flexible space for people to fit into.
So how do you make use of your sectional sofas to create a comfortable conversation space? First of all, you need to learn how to strike a balance between creating a great place to watch TV and a good place to sit and chat with a friend. One way to do this is to lay out the seats so you create a U-shape.
While some sectionals already come with a gentle curve that resembles a relaxed U-shape, most sectionals are advertised arranged into an angled L-shape, which is okay for watching TV, but not the best when it comes to parties. As rotating the sectional to make the sides face each other will be awkward, it’ll be a better idea to close the L-shape by adding an armchair or a loveseat at the open end of the layout. You might even want to consider a chaise lounge if you’d like to keep the design flexible.
While it’s one thing to arrange sectional sofas into a great conversation space, it’s also a good idea to take into account how you’ve laid out the rest of the living room. A common problem is that furniture may be spaced too far apart, allowing other people to walk through the living room and disrupt the people gathered there. If the TV is placed too far from the seating, people might pass in front of it, which will get annoying, especially if your guests are playing a game.
If you’ve purchased other seats aside from the sectional sofas, make sure to keep them close together so people aren’t tempted to walk through the conversation space. At the same time, arrange the seats in a way that still allows people to come in and join the conversation and watch shows comfortably without others passing in front of the TV.