Creating The “Guest-Friendly” Layout

One of the great things about owning a home is the ability to entertain several guests at a time. Having a large living room becomes essential for those of us who like to have people over to sit around and converse.
The worst thing that could happen during your conversations with friends is the easy distraction of another walking through and getting in front of you. That is why designing the proper layout is ever so essential. Most people know of the perfect layout, often referred to the “conversation circle.”

This layout is often found in living or family rooms. You accomplish this layout by setting up a sofa with two chairs on the flank, or perhaps a loveseat. Then you may put a television in front of the sofa on the wall. A chair may be even angled next to the television set. Another way to go about all this is by having two sofas face each other with a coffee table in between.

You want to set up the furniture so it allows for multi-functionality. This way guests have an easy time, say, to set their food and drink, flip through a photo album placed on a table. Set it up so there is a multiple of ways to form entertainment.

A new layout catching popularity is having four larger-sized and comfortable chairs circled around a circular cocktail/coffee table in the middle. This allows for activities such as a board game or puzzle while socializing. Pottery Barn has been showcasing this layout lately in their catalogs.

Other areas where you may need to create a conversation-supported layout are dens, dining rooms, studies, or possibly even an oversized bedroom. Don’t forget to bring the conversation circle layout outside and on to your patio for those beautiful days. Follow the same basic layout and maybe add a fire pit nearby for some added warmth on those cooler summer evenings.

How do you all go about preparing layouts that are guest-friendly?