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When you think of the living room, what comes to mind? Probably couches, chairs, tables, and lamps. But for your space to be truly functional, lots of other things are included in that mix. So here are 50+ living room essentials you’ll want for your living room. These can help set you up properly, whether it’s your first apartment or your dream home. 

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List of Living Room Furniture Essentials

Let’s start with the big items. These furniture items should be included in virtually all living rooms:

 

Sofa

Mr. Kate Winston Sofa Sectional, Light Gray Linen

This may seem obvious, but not everyone has a sofa or loveseat in their living room. If you plan to use this space to relax and socialize, having at least one comfortable place to sit is essential. A built-in couch will take up less space than an individually-purchased sofa or loveseat but will also be more expensive. So whether you call it a sofa, chesterfield, or couch when you have a large family, it’s a good idea to make sure this is on your new furniture list.

 

Love seat

Edenbrook Parkview Upholstered Loveseat with Wood Base-Two-Cushion Design-Contemporary Feel Love Seats, Misty Gray

This is where most people will spend their time relaxing with family members after work or school – so make sure it’s comfortable and fits your personal style. Plus, it should be able to seat at least two people. 

 

Armchair

Amazon Brand – Rivet Andrews Contemporary Chair with Removable Cushions, 40"W, Dark Grey

This is perfect for extra seating when entertaining and for another place to put your feet up. 

 

Recliner

Relax A Lounger Warren armchairs, 35.5" W x 37.8" D x 39.37" H, Chocolate

This is a timeless personal choice, as a good recliner keeps you comfortable for a long time. It can take your living room furniture to the next level. It also makes watching television and relaxing after a hard day so much more worthwhile.

 

Accent chairs

Signature Design by Ashley Copeland Distressed Rustic Accent Chair, Beige & Brown

An accent chair is an ideal spot for reading or relaxing with your feet up – especially if you don’t have room for a recliner. Plus, accent chairs add depth to a room. 

 

Ottoman

Amazon Brand – Rivet Ava Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Ottoman, 25.6"W x 15.7"H, Light Grey

An ottoman is a great extra seat if you find yourself always hosting large groups of people, and it’s also a good storage option for blankets or other small items that might get lost in couch cushions.

Upgrade to a Storage ottoman: You’ll be surprised how much this can hold, from blankets for chilly nights to remotes that are constantly getting lost during movie time. Make it easy for guests to find these items by adding a serving tray that can be used for chips and drinks. 

FIRST HILL FHW Storage Ottoman, Blue Linen

 

End Tables

BEEWOOT End Table, 3-Tier Side Table, Nightstand, Industrial Beside Sofa Table for Living Room, Bedroom, Stable Metal Frame and Easy Assembly, Rustic Brown TB01BB001

Side tables are great for holding lamps and other decorations. These come in handy since you can use them as an extra surface or as a place to store items that won’t fit somewhere else. Plus, they’re good places for decorating with candles and knick-knacks. 

 

Coffee Tables

Rolanstar Coffee Table, Lift Top Coffee Table with Drawers and Hidden Compartment, Retro Central Table with Wooden Lift Tabletop, for Living Room, Black

No living room essentials list is complete without coffee tables. This is another excellent place to add some warmth and personality, with different patterns and textures that bring the room together. Whether it’s just sitting on top of another surface or standing alone, this is an essential piece because it serves as a decoration and a place to hold drinks or snacks while watching TV. It also provides extra seating when needed. 

 

Area rug

Artistic Weavers Bohemian/Global Area Rug, 5'3" x 7'3", Beige

An area rug is the foundation of your space, so make sure it’s something that fits with your decor style. You can also add multiple rugs for an even bigger statement. 

 

Rug Underlay

Rug Gripper Non Slip Rug Pad Underlay for Hardwood Floors Supper Grip Thick Padding Adds Cushion Prevents Sliding Size 2 x 3

An underlay is critical if you don’t want your rug sliding all over your hardwood floors.

 

Drapery panels, valances, and swags

HLC.ME Penelope Faux Linen Textured Semi Sheer Privacy Sun Light Filtering Transparent Window Pocket Hole Thick Curtains Drapery Panels for Bedroom & Living Room, 2 Panels (54 W x 96 L, Charcoal Grey)

While these are typically used in bedrooms or bathrooms, you can also use them in the living room to dress up windows and provide privacy when needed. 

 

Curtain rods & hardware

Decopolitan 30409-BZ36 Ball Single Telescoping Drapery Rod Set, Medium, Bronze

You’ll need hardware like brackets, cord pulls, finials, and more to hang your drapery panels.

 

Curtains or blinds

Deconovo White Curtains, Blackout Curtains 84 Inches Long, Wave Print Grommet Light Blocking Curtain Set, Room Darkening Noise Reducing Draperies for Living Room (2 Panels, Greyish White)

If these aren’t already included in your decor, consider adding them to the room. Not only will it help decrease the amount of heat and cold coming into your home, but it will also provide you with privacy. 

 

Ceiling fan 

Honeywell Ceiling Fans 50603 Eamon Modern Ceiling Fan with Remote Control, 52”, Bronze

If there is no ceiling fan installed already, you will want one that functions in the summer and winter months. 

 

Media and Entertainment

 

TV stand

Walker Edison Wren Classic 4 Cubby TV Stand for TVs up to 65 Inches, 58 Inch, Charcoal

This is the place for your flat screen, as it helps with the organization and can serve as a focal point in the room. TV stands are more of a functional decoration than ever in living rooms these days.

 

TV console

TV Console Table with Storage for TV up to 55 in, Retro TV Stand for Media Cable Box Gaming Consoles, Mid Century Modern TV Stand & Entertainment Center Wood TV Stand for Living Room Bedroom, APRTS01

If you don’t have a TV stand and need a little extra storage space, this will do just the trick. It’s a great spot to put family photos or other decorations on display.

 

Video game or media console

Walker Edison Concord Classic Glass Door Storage TV Console for TVs up to 80 Inches, 70 Inch, Espresso Brown

If you have teens in the house who play video games, this is a good investment. Not only can it hold all of their equipment, but it also has drawers for storage and charging to keep things neat and organized. 

 

Streaming box

Xiaomi Mi Box S | 4K HDR Android TV with Google Assistant Remote Streaming Media Player

If you don’t have a Smart television, then you will need one of these to connect to your Netflix, Disney+, or Hulu account. A media console player is a must these days for being able to watch your favorite content.

 

Cable box

iView 3300STB ATSC Converter Box with Recording, Media Player, Built-in Digital Clock, Analog to Digital, QAM Tuner, Channel 3/4, HDMI, USB

For those who don’t have a streaming device, this is another option for watching basic cable. But if you’re cutting the cord, then this isn’t necessary. 

 

TV Remotes

Universal Remote Control for Samsung TV Replacement for LCD LED HDTV 3D Smart Samsung TVs Remote

It may seem unnecessary since you probably only need them for the TV and DVD player/streaming device, but having this many electronics in one room can result in losing crucial components if they’re hidden away. Keeping them all in one spot will save time and prevent your guests from getting snippy about not finding the right button. 

Upgrade to a Universal Remote Control: A universal remote control is an easy way to keep these little devices in one place and control them all from a central unit. 

 

Games

Scrabble, Monopoly, and Clue Vintage Board Game Bookshelf Collection

A family that plays board games together stays together, so make sure to stock your living area with all of the classics like Monopoly®, Scrabble®, Clue®, and more to keep everyone entertained.

 

Speaker system

Platin Milan 5.1 with WiSA SoundSend | Home Theater System | Space-Saving Wireless Surround Sound for Smart TVs | Feature 5.1 Channels of Uncompressed 24-bit 48 kHz Sound | WiSA Certified

Whether watching TV or listening to music, having a quality sound system will make your entertaining experience that much better. 

 

Movies

Best of Warner Bros 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures

You may not have a projector, but having a collection of newer and older DVDs on hand will give you a lot of choices when it comes to providing entertainment for your family.

 

Music

Imperius Set of 2 Portable CD Sturdy Storage Collection Bag/Moistureproof with Zipper and Carrying Handles/Easy to Carry/Total 96 CD's

CDs, Amazon Prime, or Apple Music are all great options for adding to your library of songs and creating a spot for them in your living room. 

 

Books

Jane Austen: The Complete Works 7-Book Boxed Set: Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Mansfield Park; Emma; Northanger Abbey; Persuasion; Love ... boxed set) (Penguin Clothbound Classics)

If you’re more of a reader than a watcher, then having an extra bookshelf or two is another way to add some storage to the room. If there’s no room on the wall, try stacking them to make it look like a little library. 

 

Charging station

SooPii Quick Charge 3.0 60W/12A 6-Port USB Charging Station for Multiple Devices, 8 Short Charging Cables Included, I Watch Charger Holder,for Phones, Tablets, and Other Electronics,White

Having a designated place for phones, tablets, laptops, etc., makes it easier to keep everything in one place, which also reduces the number of cords you have to deal with. 

 

Cord organizer

White Cable Clips, Cord Organizer Cable Management, Cable Organizers USB Cable Holder Wire Organizer Cord Clips, 2 Packs Cord Holder for Desk Car Home and Office (5, 3 Slots)

An easy solution is a cord box for those who are constantly trying to untangle themselves from their electronics. It keeps them out of sight and within reach while also keeping things organized. 

 

Extension cords

Amazon Basics 100-Foot 3-Prong Heavy-Duty Vinyl Indoor/Outdoor Extension Cord - 10 Amps, 1250 Watts, 125 VAC - 2-Pack, Orange

Having an extra couple of extension cords for the power strip is vital if you have many electronic devices to plug in. Some people even use USB hubs by plugging them into their TV to charge everything while watching movies.

 

Lighting

DLLT 30W Modern Dimmable LED Flush Mount Ceiling Light Fixture with Remote-14 Inch Round Close to Ceiling Lights for Living Room/Kitchen/Bedroom/Dining Room, 3000K-6000K 3 Light Color Changeable

Lighting is a crucial part of any living room. Large windows, natural light coming in are all great things, but come the evening, you will need lighting of some kind. So here are your lighting essentials for a living room. 

 

Floor Lamps

JOOFO Floor Lamp, Living Room Floor Lamp, Standing Lamp with Hanging Lampshade, 9W LED Light Bulb and 3 Color Temperatures Floor Lamp for Living Room, Bedrooms, Brown

These are good for providing task lighting near couch or chairs, but they also help to brighten up dark areas in the room. A floor lamp can create a soothing ambiance with the perfect lighting. You can even paint it to match other items in the room. You may need several of these as many old houses don’t have overhead lighting and rely upon lamps to keep a well-lit room.

 

Table lamps

Kenroy Home 20390NR Santiago Table Lamp, 30.5 Inch Height, 17 Inch Diameter, Natural Reed

The lamps should be placed on tables or counters where they can illuminate your room and entire space. 

 

Lanterns

JHY DESIGN Set of 2 Antique Grey Brush Decorative Lanterns Metal Candle Lanterns for Indoor Outdoor Events Paritie and Weddings Vintage Style Hanging Lantern

These are perfect for transforming any spot into an outdoor-like environment. Plus, they’re great for creating a romantic ambiance since they have a soft light that can be flattering. These are great living room decorations and can change the feel of the whole room.

 

Candles

Chesapeake Bay Candle Scented Candle, Balance + Harmony (Water Lily Pear), Medium

There are various sizes and types to choose from, but having candles in different places (not just on tables) is an easy way to set the mood for any occasion. 

 

Fireplace

SEI Furniture Jacksdale Faux Stone Accent Electric Hidden Media Shelf Fireplace, White

In colder months, a fireplace can become the coziest part of your living room. But if you don’t have one, you could always invest in a faux-fireplace that will give off the same effect. 

 

Mirror

NeuType Full Length Mirror Standing Hanging or Leaning Against Wall, Large Rectangle Bedroom Mirror Floor Mirror Dressing Mirror Wall-Mounted Mirror, Aluminum Alloy Thin Frame, Black, 65"x22"

While this isn’t technically part of the actual furniture, it’s still an essential item for any room since it helps make the space look bigger and brighter. Plus, mirrors are great for checking your outfit before heading out the door or applying makeup at home. It’s also a great way to improve natural light.

 

Living room décor

We’ve mentioned several must-haves for any family room, den, or living room decor, but you can always find more ways to decorate a new living room. Use your unique style and color scheme to pick out some great new items. First, however you find design inspiration, apply it to your personal decorative touches around the room.

 

Accent pillows

HPUK Decorative Throw Pillow Covers Set of 4 Square Couch Pillows Linen Cushion Cover for Couch Sofa Living Room, 18"x18" inches, Blue

These are available in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colors to match any design. You’ll want at least four for your living room. Of course, the cushions on your sofa can also be used for this purpose, but having a few extra options never hurts. 

 

Throw blankets 

Bedsure Cream White Throw Blanket for Couch, Knit Woven Chenille Blanket Versatile for Chair, 50 x 60 Inch - Super Soft Warm Decorative Ivory Blanket with Tassels for Bed, Sofa and Living Room

Create a cozy spot on the sofa with throw pillows that can be used for added comfort or decoration. Laying down with a cozy blanket is one of the most comforting things you can do, so make sure you have several in your living room.

 

Artwork

SIGNFORD Framed Canvas Home Artwork Decoration Abstract Mountain Nature Scenery Canvas Wall Art for Living Room, Bedroom - 24x36 inches

Your walls will tell a story about who you are – so make sure they fit your personality by adding artwork that’s meaningful to you. 

 

Frames

Picture Frame Set for Wall Collage - 10 pcs Farmhouse Photo Frames with Shatterproof Glass Including Two 8×10 Four 5×7 Four 4×6 for Hanging Wall or Tabletop Decor - Rustic Brown

These will highlight your favorite pictures and bring life to the room. Plus, they’re a personal touch you shouldn’t forget about – no matter how small or large your space is. 

 

Wall clock or table clock

INFINITY TIME 21Inch Real Moving Gear Wall Clock Vintage Industrial Steampunk Cog Oversized Metal Wall Clock with Arabic Numbers, Antique Bronze Copper

To add a finishing touch to your living room, consider getting a clock, it will almost inevitably be the last thing you look at before heading out the door. 

 

Coffee table books

Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life

These books will remind you of what’s going on in the world – and will also inspire conversation among guests who may pick them up and flip through them during their visit. 

 

Family pictures

Kiera Grace Family 10 Openings Modern Picture Collage Frame, Black

These are the pictures that will keep your history close by, so you can always remember your loved ones even when they’re not there to celebrate with you. 

 

Gallery art

Large World Map Canvas Prints Wall Art for Living Room Office "16x32" 3 Piece Green World Map Picture Artwork Decor for Home Decoration

If you don’t have a specific theme for your living room, consider getting artwork that can tie it all together and make it look like one big masterpiece. You can go minimalist or do a whole gallery wall (my preference) and show off all of your best moments to your guests.

 

Wall art

V-inspire Art, 24X48 Inch Impressionism Wall Art Modern Abstract Mural Romantic Night Hand-Painted Oil Painting Acrylic Canvas Art Living Room Bedroom Decoration Ready to Hang

Whether you’re into prints, frames, or just nice paint colors, the decor in your living room will help reflect your personal style. You can also use pictures that family members have taken as a way to display favorite memories. 

 

Storage

 

Baskets and Trunks

vidaXL Vintage Treasure Chest Wood Storage Trunk Organizer Box Side Stand

An important factor with all of these living room essentials is how to store them without looking messy. Baskets and trunks are known for their ability to store items – so they can keep your living room organized. While the trunks provide extra seating addition, baskets are great for storing games, controllers, and throws.

 

Hutch or cabinet

Modern Console Table 45 Inch Wood Sofa Table Entryway Storage Cabinets with Drawers & Open Shelf for Living Room, Entryway, Kitchen, Bedroom (Navy Blue)

Since these come with many shelves and cabinets, they’re ideal if you need more storage space in your living room.

 

Additional Items

 

Trays/coasters

LIFVER Drink Coasters with Holder, Absorbent Coaster Sets of 6, Marble Style Ceramic Drink Coaster for Tabletop Protection,Suitable for Kinds of Cups, Wooden Table,4 Inches

Having an extra coaster or two out for parties and family gatherings is nice; you should also make sure to have some on hand for everyday use as well.

 

Folding Table & Chairs

Stakmore Solid Wood Folding Chair, 2-Pack

While it’s not always practical or possible to have a dining room, you can still host dinner parties by bringing in an extra table and adding a few folding chairs to your living room. Plus, you can store them away when they’re not in use.

 

TV tables

Winsome Alex 2-pc Set TV Table, Natural

If you eat in front of the television, then having a set of TV tables is a great thing to make eating easier.

 

Trash can

Amazon Basics 50 Liter / 13.2 Gallon Soft-Close, Smudge Resistant Trash Can with Foot Pedal - Brushed Stainless Steel, Satin Nickel Finish

You’re going to have trash from time to time, so make sure you have one that’s accessible and visible enough for guests but not taking up too much space.

 

Living Room Essentials Checklist 

Once you have gone through our essentials for living room checklist, you will want to make sure you have all the items before you start arranging them. Make sure to download our whole checklist, simply enter your email in the box below.