The Best Seating Arrangement for Your Home

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What's important to remember when arranging furniture is that it's not the size of a family room that matters, it's what you choose to do with the space you have -- because for you and your family, just one cozy spot in your home will make all the difference.

When arranging your seating area, here's where to start.

Keep chairs and sofas relatively close together -- no more than about six feet apart -- to encourage conversation, but not so close as to block the flow of traffic. Overall, furniture should usually be kept within an imaginary box that's 10 to 14 feet square.

Group your seating area around a natural focal point in the room, such as a fireplace or an entertainment center. Even if your room is not overly spacious, that doesn't mean you can't provide plenty of seating -- you may just have to pass on traditional upholstery offerings in favor of smaller-scale pieces, flexible sectionals, or sofas with a chaise at one end for an additional lounging spot.

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