|layout living room for best TV viewing|
1) A maximum of 10' between each seat!
It's best if there is no more that 8 to 10 feet between each seat. This allows the best "cozy conversation areas". As for the TV, it should be no more than 15 to 18 feet away if possible. This often means pulling furniture out from the wall. If you feel it doesn't look right, know that a rug will often "ground it" (the section of furniture you've pulled out from the wall).
2) Add room darkening drapes.
This will allow you to watch TV on a lazy Sunday afternoon, with no GLARE!! If possible, make sure to put window treatments that open and close WITHOUT BLOCKING YOUR VIEW - when you can see out the window you won't get that closed in feeling! See photo
3) Consider a sectional!
A sectional seats lots of people for optimum TV viewing. The one shown in the photo below could have overpowered the room if the fabric selection was wrong. We made the sectional feel less "intrusive" by going with a neutral fabric that did not demand attention and by having a variety of sizes & textures on pillows. The customer had it on order in a NON durable fabric the day they hired us, fortunately they were able to change the order at the furniture store once we told them that their blend of rayon and cotton would not be durable!
Lots of seating for optimum TV viewing, window treatments to solve the glare on the TV
4) Place your TV above a console.
Yes, even if it's mounted on the wall, it's best to have furniture underneath it. It will help "Ground" that big black TV. Whether it be a console table or dark fireplace tile, etc., since the TV is dark, it's less intrusive if you ground it with dark items.
At first the Client felt that the tile needed to be changed. In hind sight, she actually grew to love the tile once the fabrics and art brought all the colors "together".
|Surround that is under the flat screen TV|
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For tips and photos on how to layout a long living room or a huge room, see below.