LIVING ROOM DIMENSIONS | An Architect Explains

To allow for comfortable  arrangement of furniture, spacious feel and easy movement in a Living room, some minimum basic sizes should be followed as suggested here:

  1. In small sites though it is difficult to have wide living rooms, one should  at least have the bare minimum width of 11’0″. If this can be increased to 12’0″ or at least 11’6″, then it will allow for the comfortable arrangement of a furniture group along the width of the Living room.
  2. A comfortable width for a Living room is  13’0″.
  3. A luxurious width will be about 15’0″ or even more, depending on the size of the site and  budget.
There are certain minimum sizes for the length and breadth of a Living Room

  1. In a small site, the length of a Living room can be a minimum of 15’0″, in order to have a reasonably spacious feel and to arrange two seating groups.
  2. A comfortable length for a Living room will be at least 18’0″, as this allows for spacious arrangement of seating groups, easy movement space as well as comfortable distance for TV viewing.
  3. A luxurious length will be 20’0″ and above. This solely depends on the site size, budget, and how often and how many people have to be entertained. It also depends on whether there is requirement for additional furniture like a Piano, or a Game table for cards etc.


So to summarize, the Living room dimensions can be as follows:

  1. BASIC MINIMUM11’0″ x 15′0″ and above.
  2. COMFORTABLE – 13’0″ x 18’0″ and above.
  3. LUXURIOUS15′0″ (and above) x 20’0″ (and above).
A luxurious sized Living room

The Location of a Living room depends on factors like the main Road, the Foyer, the main entrance door, orientation etc. For Vastu tips on the best location for a Living Room go to:

The correct placement of furniture determines whether a living room looks spacious, aesthetic and un-cluttered. It also decides whether the room becomes a relaxed place for entertaining and family time. To know more, read my post on the correct placement of furniture:

When in doubt, you should always turn to the experts. Look for inspiration on Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram, and other interior design outlets to get an idea of what a professionally designed living room should look like.

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One thought on “LIVING ROOM DIMENSIONS | An Architect Explains

  • December 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I have just browsed through
    Liked specification and standard mentioned for each item of interior design.

    I would like to know do you take up any interior work for small homes 2BHK. (800 sq ft)?

    I am located in Pune, Maharashtra.

    Archana Rajaram Patil

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