The living room is a central space that brings family and friends together; it acts as a venue for everything from birthday parties and family game nights to entertaining and even quiet nights in, and you’ll find an endless array of furnishings available to create a perfect living room design.
Most living room furnishings fall into one of two categories: seating and storage. Seating is a must in nearly all entertaining spaces, and seating options are as varied as the living areas they occupy, from individual sofas, loveseats, chaises and recliners, to gorgeous coordinated living room sets in just about any style you could want.
When it comes to storage, media chests and TV stands offer two different solutions to taming the cords, consoles, cable boxes and movie collections that take over most living rooms. TV stands provide a pedestal that sets the TV at the ideal height for viewing, while media chests offer a space for the television that are more centered around storing movie, game and music collections.
For general storage, bookcases and étagères both provide a large amount of usable shelf space for storing books, board games collections and throw blankets. The open shelves of an étagère are great way to display photos or keepsakes. Of course, not all storage options require shelves; coffee tables, side tables and ottomans all offer a flat space where you can rest a tray, set remotes or place lighting (in the case of end tables). Some tables and ottomans also offer internal storage with drawers or a lift-up lid, so no matter the size of your space, you can always fit a bit more functionality.