Ideas for Different Living Room Setups

Depending on how you plan on using your living room space, there are many different approaches to designs and décor. Below are tips for setting up your space for three different living room uses.

Entertainment Zone

Whether you are single or have a growing family, many people use the living room setting as a primary place for entertainment, including TV-viewing, sports-watching and music-listening. If entertainment is your main goal, here are your must-haves:

Flat-screen TV

From streaming movies to watching your favorite shows, the TV is one of the most important buys you’ll make when setting up this entertainment space. In fact, it’s likely to be a focal point of the room. For help deciding which one to buy, consult our TV buying guides by size and type.

Ample seating

From sectionals and recliners to coffee and end tables, you’ll want to make sure your entertainment space has plenty of seating and places to put food and drinks.

Great sound system

Not only do you want your TV audio to be clear, you’ll likely want to stream music in your main entertainment area. Consider investing in quality sound equipment including a soundbar, docking system and speakers. You can also read our blog post to find tips to create the ultimate home theater.

Sitting Room

If you prefer to keep the TV and music in a family room and keep your living room as a more formal space, you’ll want to create a comfortable, circular seating arrangement. The circular arrangement offers conversational seating while creating movement and great lines of sight. The must-haves for setting up your living room as a formal space include:

Comfortable, stylish seating

You want to create a functional and fashionable look with your furniture. Consider modern sofas and loveseats to achieve the look.

Tasteful decor

From wall art to decorative bowls and candlesticks, choosing a few signature home décor items will add color and sophistication to the room.

Accent pieces

Turn your living room space into a conversation starter with accent cabinets and rugs.

Family Space

For families, most living room setups will need to factor in the little ones. To keep the kids happy, consider these ideas for living rooms:

Streaming media devices

From Netflix and Amazon Instant Video to and online movie rentals, streaming media can be a parent’s savior. Keep the kids entertained and enjoy family movie nights together.

Kid-friendly furniture and storage

When choosing furniture, think about how it will work with your family – or plans for a family – over the years. A glass table with sharp edges might not be the best choice if you have a toddler learning to walk, but you may decide a circular coffee table with a bottom shelf does the trick. Plus, you’ll want to think about the storage you might need when purchasing furniture pieces.


Children love tablets. And parents like them, too. Not only do they keep kids’ attention, but they can also provide educational fun and help your little ones with letters, spelling and more. The living room is the perfect place to keep a tablet on hand for hours of learning and entertainment. Check out our list of top tablets for kids.

Once you’ve decided on the purpose for your living room space, the real fun can begin. Shop at hhgregg for the latest home furniture and fill your room with pieces that match your style. Moving into a new home? Read our article on how to move on a budget.

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