Living Room

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Basic Definition of Living room

The living room is referred to by many names, like the sitting room, lounge, family room, parlour, and lounge. It is a room that is used for gathering and leisure activities like sitting, reading, watching television, talking with family or friends, entertainment, etc. The living room is the most important home space where all family members gather and spend quality time together. It is generally furnished with a sofa, chairs, a television, lamps, wall décor, lighting fixtures, and other decorative stuff. [7]

The purpose of the living room includes the following:

  • Relaxation, social activities, and enjoyment
  • Children’s play area
  • Perhaps an occasional dining space (depending on the size and atmosphere of other dining areas) [4]

Suitable location of the living room

Inside the living room, there should be a friendly and informal atmosphere with good natural light and views, preferably over a garden and away from the surrounding noise.[4] A living area should be provided near the main entrance of the house.[6]

Location of the living room as per Vaastu

The living room’s preferred location should be in the north or east direction. North is considered the best direction for the placement of the living room. [8]

Types of living based on the layout

The standard dimensions of living room is 4200 x 4800 mm to 5400 mm x 7200 mm. [9]

The minimum width of the living room should be 3300–3600 mm. However, this space will be too tight; if possible, it should be at least 4200 mm.

The minimum space for a living room with no dining area should be approximately 16m2  but preferably around 18m2  [1]

The design/layout of a living room depends on the furniture arrangement and the size of the furniture you are using. We can divide it into two types of layouts: open and closed. A living room can be designed with all four walls enclosed or with an open design. Open designs give a greater sense of freedom, openness, etc. However, keeping the privacy factor in mind can be difficult in an open layout.

Layout of a living room
A layout of open living area

Design Considerations for the Living Room

The planning or design of a living room depends on the furniture arrangement and the space available in a dwelling unit in other areas of the house, the user’s economic status, and his or her lifestyle. [1] A great deal of wall space is required inside the living room for bookshelves, pictures, décor, and other ornamentation. A fireplace can enhance the beauty of the living area and also become the focal point of the room. In luxury houses, more than one living room can be provided, possibly both self-contained or divided by a double door. [4]

Orientation of the living room

The living room should be naturally lit and airy. The preferred orientation of the room is toward windows, doors, and other architectural elements. The orientation of the living room can affect factors such as natural light, airflow, heating, cooling, privacy, and a good view. That’s why it is necessary to consider the orientation of the living room while designing. It also impacts the overall comfort and livability of the family.

Natural light, cool air, and views can be maximized by installing full-height windows and providing greenery at the front.

Furniture Clearance inside the living room

To ensure adequate space inside the living room, the convenient use of furniture is preferred. The following are the standard clearances, which should be followed for good design and circulation:-

1500 mm space between facing seats

600-750 mm between the furniture for circulation

750-900 mm for using the desk or study table

900 mm for main circulation or activities

The distance between the television and the seating should be a minimum of 1800 mm.

Seating should be organized in a circle with a diameter of 3000 mm so that the user can hear themselves easily and clearly.

Convenient access should be provided to doors, windows, electric points, and other elements. [2]

Isometric view of living room

For more standard dimensions of living room furniture click here (You can also download these CAD Blocks, for free):-

Circulation inside the Living Room

Circulation should be separated from the other activity areas. It should be direct so that it doesn’t interfere with any furniture placements.

Good circulation inside living room

Ergonomics/ Standard dimensions related to living room

The ergonomics of the living room can be fulfilled by taking care of the basic facilities and comfort of the users. Below are some standard dimensions for furniture clearance and arrangements. The living room is a family space, and it should be designed in such a way that it meets all of the user’s comfort and needs. (Source: Neufert, Timesavers, Metric Handbook, etc.)

Minimum clearance inside living area
A isometric view of living room

Carpet dimensions in living room
rug dimensions in living room

Factors affecting the outdoor living area

Factor affecting outdoor living area

Avoid mistakes while designing the living room

Poor circulation

There’s nothing worse than not giving the user enough space to freely move around in any space. The circulation needs to be smooth; it should not collide with any furniture, and there should be good clearance from the furniture. A minimum of 600–750 mm of space is required for one person to move freely. Dimensions of living room should be considered for good circulation.

Ignoring the position of the window

The position of the window is a deciding factor in the good design of the living area because the window is connected to many benefits like view, air, and natural light. Windows provide a sense of connectivity to the outside world for a user. Good surrounding views, proper air with cross ventilation, and natural light are the benefits we get if the position of the window is good.

Choosing incorrectly sized furniture.

The furniture did more than just fill a space; it met our needs and provided numerous benefits. Wrong-sized furniture does not just affect the design; it all creates chaos for the user. That is for the standard dimensions of the furniture to be followed for a good environment in any space. A clear space of 900 to 1200mm is needed for using any furniture.

Decoration and ornamentation

A living room is a relaxing and gathering space where all the family members meet and spend quality time together. So decorating it well can give you a sense of belonging and connection to the space. It is critical to choose the best materials and décor for the living room.

Connecting the space to the outside world

Greenery should surround the living area; it is very beneficial to the user because it provides a great view and cool air inside. You can also opt for different indoor plants.

A Question from the Readers

Circulation pattern inside living room

Comment your answers below…

Raju Kumar (Asst. Architect)
Raju Kumar (Asst. Architect)

Raju Kumar is a talented 5th-year undergraduate student currently pursuing a
degree in architecture. With a strong passion for both writing and architecture,
Raju brings a unique perspective to the field. Holding a diploma in architecture,
he actively seeks opportunities to enhance his skills and broaden his expertise
as an aspiring architect.

Raju Kumar (Asst. Architect)
Raju Kumar (Asst. Architect)

Raju Kumar is a talented 5th-year undergraduate student currently pursuing adegree in architecture. With a strong passion for both writing and architecture,Raju brings a unique perspective to the field. Holding a diploma in architecture,he actively seeks opportunities to enhance his skills and broaden his expertise as an aspiring architect.

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