Living Room Furniture Buying Guide


The living room is often the heart of the home; it’s the place where family and friends gather at the end of the day or on weekends to relax, enjoy each other’s’ company, watch movies and celebrate the traditional holidays.

This places quite a bit of responsibility on your living room design. Not only does it have to be stylish, it also has to offer comfortable seating options for all.

Fortunately, a single visit to the right furniture showroom and you can accomplish both goals. You’ll be able to find ready-made furniture using high-quality materials and craftsmanship, or you will also have the ability to custom design your furniture and furnishings to suit your unique style, using the woods, finishes and upholstery options you select.

Let this Living Room Furniture Buying Guide assist you as you navigate the myriad of options available to you.

And, of course, you can always contact us or schedule an appointment for more personalized assistance.

1. Measure your space

It’s really important that you and the customer service representatives at Millbank Family Furniture know the exact dimensions of a living room space.

When we say, “exact,” we mean it! For example, furnishing a 20×20 living room with three sets of patio doors, a double-door entry from the dining room and a single entry from the foyer is entirely different than furnishing a 20×20 living room space with only a few picture windows and a single entrance, or one that is part of a completely open floor plan.

We recommend using a sheet of graph paper so you can draw a scaled representation of the room (include the surrounding living spaces if you have an open floor plan). This will help to determine your furniture selection and placement.

2. Select the style(s) you want

What is your general style? Are you a hard-core traditionalist who prefers the look of family heirlooms over anything else? Do you like the clean, streamlined and low-profile aesthetics of a modern home? Or, does your family like a little of both – a comfortable, oversized sectional sofa with a nice rough-hewn reproduction antique armoire as an entertainment center? This input will help you select the furnishings that will best complement your family’s style and lifestyle.

3. Pick your furniture pieces

Typically, a living room will have a couch, at least one or two armchairs, end tables a coffee table and an entertainment center. However, there may be unique features that require additional pieces for you. Perhaps you have a perfect corner window that can be used as a reading or conversation nook with two chairs and a table in between.

If you have an open floor plan, you may want to consider arm chairs or wingback chairs with a swivel option to keep the conversation flowing between living spaces.

4. Accessorize

Your living room’s style doesn’t stop with the larger pieces of furniture. In fact, it’s often the smaller accents and accessories that help to make your living room design complete. Will you be replacing your window coverings? How about lighting fixtures? Do you have area rugs or are you planning to buy some?

You will want these accent pieces to work cohesively with the finishes and upholstery selections you decide on for your living room furniture.

5. Select your stain and upholstery fabric

One of the best things about working with a furniture maker who can customize your look is that you have complete freedom when it comes to selecting the woods, finishes and fabrics for your furniture pieces.

This ensures that everything complements everything else without having a matchy-matchy overkill effect that can happen when you order complete furniture sets from a catalog or showroom floor. We can help you mix-and-match unique pieces for a much more natural aesthetic.

Ready to move forward with living room furniture that will look beautiful and be every bit as comfortable as you and your guests deserve? Contact Millbank Family Furniture or come in and visit us so we can get started selecting the “just right” pieces for your new living room design.

About Us – A Furniture Store You Can Trust


The furniture is all handcrafted by the local craftsmen. We also offer custom made furniture. In addition to our 10 Years Limited Warranty on any Construction Defects. The owner Raymond has built furniture for 15 years and has been in the industry for over 25 years so he has an eye for quality. Learn more about us here.

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Millbank Family Furniture
4044 Perth County Line 72
Millbank, ON
N0K 1L0
Phone: (519) 595-7105
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