The Must-Haves For Your Great Room Furniture

When you think of great room furniture, what comes to mind? Is it a luxurious sofa and chair set that faces your grand fireplace? Is it a large, cozy sectional couch with an oversized coffee table for family game night? Great room furniture can be found in many shapes and sizes and can serve many purposes. To help you figure out which great room furnishings will work best for your home, we’ve created this guide.

The Process of Choosing Your Great Room Furniture

  1. Determine the size of your space
  2. Define the function of your space
  3. Create the design inspiration for your space
  4. Choose your great room furniture pieces

Size of Your Space

The first thing you must consider when shopping for great rooms furniture is the total amount of space you’re planning to utilize in your design. If you’re living in a condo or townhouse with limited square footage, you’ll want furniture with a smaller footprint. If you’re in a large home with vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows,  furniture pieces to match that scale are preferred. Determining the size of your space will help eliminate various furniture designs for your space while helping other options become more apparent.

How Your Space Will Function

The furniture pieces you choose are greatly influenced by the purpose of each piece. Are you designing a room that is more a study or a living room used less often? Or are you designing your family room that is the hub for your family? Your great room may serve multiple purposes, and your furniture may be used for multiple functions. When you can determine your needs, the choices you will be making for furniture may become more obvious.

Common Usages for Your Great Room

  1. Family gathering place
  2. Media/TV viewing
  3. Study
  4. Game table
  5. Reading area
  6. Playspace
  7. Dining area

Design Inspiration

Determining your design inspiration can be both engaging and overwhelming. Do you want an ultra-modern look? Or is a coastal cape-cod traditional look more your vision? There are so many options — too many if you’re unsure of what you’re trying to achieve. Your interior designer will help guide you through this process and bring out great items that match your style. Having a style guide to refer to will help keep your great room on the track for overall cohesiveness and impeccable design.

Choosing Your Must-Have Great Room Furniture Pieces

Now that you know the size, function, and design inspiration for your space, it’s time to start shopping for your great room furniture. These are key furniture pieces for your great room to consider adding to your space.

  1. Sofa
  2. Sectional
  3. Coffee table
  4. Chaise (freestanding or as part of a sectional)
  5. Accent chairs
  6. Game table
  7. Desk
  8. Lift top coffee tables (coffee table and desk combined)
  9. Side / accent table (s)
  10. Credenza or sideboard
  11. Benches
  12. Sofa table
  13. Lamps / lighting
  14. Swing chair

Choosing the right pieces to achieve your design and function is what will drive the success of your project. Being intentional about how a piece of furniture will function in your great room will help you decide which pieces are relevant to your design. 


Now that you have a guide to get started, how are you feeling? Inspired? Excited? Completely overwhelmed? If it’s the last one (or any of them!), give us a call. Let’s talk about how Nomad Soul Interiors can be the place where you shop for your pieces or the service that helps you design and furnish your entire room. Whatever your project or vision, we’re here to help make it your reality!

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