Living Room Furniture Buying Tips

When you’re looking to redesign your living room, it can be quite the task selecting key pieces of furniture to make it look good, and give it core practical purpose.

Before you can start adding ornaments or decorations, you will need to start selecting your furniture, as it will dictate the theme, feel and practicality of the space. The living room is where you relax and socialise as a family, so it’s important it’s a practical, attractive and relaxing place to be.

Here are some tips for buying living room furniture:

Already Assembled Or Assemble Yourself?

When you buy pieces like tables and shelves, you will choose between ready assembled and assemble yourself furniture. Both have their positives and negatives, so it’s important to consider both before you make a choice.

Ready Assembled:

  • PRO – No DIY needed, you just need to unpack and place.
  • CON – The furniture may be more difficult to get into your home if you have narrow doorways or the furniture is an unusual shape.
  • CON – Ready assembled furniture can be more expensive than assemble yourself.
  • PRO – You don’t need to worry about the furniture‚Äôs stability or assemble quality as a professional has put it together.

Assemble Yourself:

  • PRO – Assemble yourself furniture is often cheaper than ready assembled.
  • CON – Assemble yourself furniture can be fiddly and time consuming to put together.
  • CON – If you’ve only seen the furniture on pictures, it may look different to how you imagined it when you assemble it. There is also room for error with measurements.
  • PRO – Assemble yourself furniture is very easy to get into buildings.


The sofa is usually the key furniture feature of a living room, and will probably be the most expensive piece you have in that space. Choose your sofa before you choose any other piece of furniture, so you can then use it as a base for design decisions with other pieces. If you’re designing a room with a specific era in mind or style, ensure the sofa matches that era or style. You should also make sure you measure the space your sofa is going into, allowing room for any doors to open fully around it. With it’s colour or pattern, neutral is a good choice because it means if you chop and change your room colour scheme, the sofa will always work with changeable statement design choices. Of course you can choose a sofa that is a statement piece, just remember it will dictate your room design chooses.

Take time selecting your sofa as you’re likely to use it a lot over the next few years – it’s a big decision!


The amount of tables you have is dependent on the equipment you have and the space you have. You can choose from side or end tables, coffee tables, trunks, table nests or TV tables. Choose furniture to meet your practical needs as a priority, and try to buy pieces that meet several practical needs. For example; your TV table may have space for the TV, as well as shelves for games consoles, and draws to house DVD’s and console games.


Remember if you’re tight on space, shelves can be a really great addition to a living room adding additional visual and practical appeal. Shelves are no longer just horizontal lines like they used to be. Today you can buy curved shelves that snake down the wall, shelves to fit into corners, or even shelves that look like art.

Furniture Material

The material you choose for your furniture is important. Generally furniture can be solid wood, wood veneer, wood-effect, high-gloss, plastic and glass. However there are lots of different types of furniture material available, all which differ in their visual and practical appeal. Remember the following:

  • Try to choose furniture that is all the same material, or the same theme.
  • Think practically before visually – is it child friendly? Is it durable? Does it meet your practical needs? Will it fit where it is going to be placed?
  • If it’s already assembled will it fit through the doors of the house?

These are just some of the furniture considerations to make when buying living room furniture. Remember the more practical you are initially, the more fun you can have being creative later on.