Living Room Decoration with Bulky Furniture
Guest Blogger | October 24, 2018

There’s a certain pressure about decorating the living room more than any other room in your house. It’s a common space that should feel like a comfort zone to every person in the house, and sometimes, also for guests. If you have bulky furniture, this might seem like an impossible challenge. Whatever the size of your living room though, it can be designed in a way to make bulky furniture look intentional and aesthetically pleasing!


In a large living room, bulky furniture can give the wide, open space some structure. While in small spaces, they can be the main feature that smaller pieces can work around with. Either way, bulky furniture has a place in any kind and size of living room. Play around with these tips to achieve the interior of your dreams in your living room.

Even people who couldn’t care less about good interior design do this subconsciously. People usually point the couch towards the television, which just seems logical, but it follows with other pieces of furniture too.

You can do this for any feature of your living room, may it be a different kind of furniture, appliance, or even a window. Decide on one main thing that you want to be the focal point of the room and arrange your other furniture and décor around that to give it some structure.

Creating a layout is mostly about planning out the placement of the furniture. Professionals use design boards, floor plans, and furniture layouts that involve specifics like fixtures and finishings, but if it’s not possible, you don’t have to go the extra mile for that.

However, it’s still helpful to build a layout so the bulky pieces of furniture are spread out across the room and not crowded in one area. It creates an awkward imbalance in the room that won’t feel too homey to be in.

Not all bulky furniture has to take up much floor space. The majority of the bulk can go vertical, so it takes up wall space rather than floor space. This is especially useful when you have a small living room but still, want the big furniture to give structure to the compact place. Tall and wide bookshelves are just one of the pieces of vertically bulky furniture that you can put in.

The living room is a commonplace that you always stay in and that guests see when they enter your house. That overlap makes it a suitable home for your unique and special collections. Some people have a thing for ceramics, antique glassware, or guns, to give a few examples.

You may be familiar with the intricate and majestic china cabinets that used to be in your grandparents’ house. Big shelves and other cabinets are no different from that. These are bulky furniture that acts as décor itself, so they’re really handy in terms of your storage needs and hankering for good décor.

Big pieces of furniture are going to take up space anyway, so might as well make some good use out of them other than just as a storage unit or a piece of decoration. Using them as room dividers intersect with the first tip of building a structure around the open space of a living room.

The immediate urge with big furniture is to put it flat against the walls so it doesn’t block anything if it stands in the middle. When you position furniture as dividers, you can go against this usual notion and have better arrangements for them.


Contrary to what people immediately think about bulky furniture, it’s actually nice to have plenty of these pieces from the start just when you’re moving in. As time passes, you collect little trinkets that over time will just be scattered everywhere. Big furniture, whether it’s a giant bookcase or antique wooden gun cabinet gives items a designated space and makes a more coherent appearance for an open space such as a living room.

This is a guest post by James Forrester from

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