8 Living Room Essentials

Moving into your first apartment is tough. From moving your stuff to finding new furniture, there seems to be an endless list of things to do. While furnishing a living room seems easy – couch, coffee table, lighting, etc. – it takes a little TLC to get your living room to exactly where you want it. That’s why we’ve taken the liberty to write up a living room essentials guide to help ensure you’ve got your bases covered when it comes to your new living room.


The first living room essential you should nail down first is the sofa. As the largest piece of furniture in the room, the couch is paramount to setting the right tone of your space. Head to our sofa buying guide for detailed information on what to consider before buying a sofa for your space. Here are a few of our favorite affordable sofas

If you’re on the hunt for a cozy sectional for less than $500, this pick—which comes in 10 different colors—is a great option. Don’t you just want to sink into those fluffy cushions?

This velvet sofa is looks super soft and sleek—so it might surprise you to learn the back folds down to convert into a bed. It’s great for guests, even in a small apartment.

This microfiber sofa with its smoky gray upholstery is cute and quaint for only $450—and since it’s made by Serta, you know it must be comfortable

Coffee Table

Next up, you should purchase a coffee table for your living room. The coffee table will hold your coffee in the morning, your food in the afternoon and your personal items throughout the day!

Altra Carver Coffee Table brings chic style to your living room or family room.

Coffee Table is finished on all sides for versatile placement in your room | The table is made of painted MDF and laminated particleboard, with matte black paint and distressed wood grain accents that bring charm and sophistication to any room

This industrial style coffee table combines rustic pine wood with gray-finished metal elements for an industrial style aesthetic. There is also a storage shelf to display trays, magazines, and books, etc. One needs to assemble/attach the legs and bottom shelf of the coffee table before use, which can be done using an Allen wrench and a screwdriver

Modern and fashionable, this rectangular lift-top coffee table is made of manufactured wood in a classic black finish. It has a hinged top used to lift up the top to create a spacious work surface, while also revealing hidden storage. There’s also a partitioned lower shelf ideal for storing your favorite books and other things

Media Stand

If you watch TV or Netflix, then you’ll need a media stand or media console to hold your television. Make sure the style you choose fits in with the rest of the room.

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The stylish and affordable Ameriwood Home Carson TV stand is perfect for contemporary living rooms, coming in a variety of sleek colors and designed for 50-inch wide TVs that weigh up to 60 pounds. It’s built with three open shelves and has two additional shelves behind both closed doors, allowing enough space for cable boxes, gaming systems, DVD/Blu-ray players and more. The stand is laminated with a particleboard that’s accented by its silver metal tubes.

Keep clutter at bay with the South Shore Adrian TV stand, which boasts ample storage, including a wide shelf specifically for a soundbar. More inexpensive than other options, it will offer plenty of space to stash books, movies, and gaming equipment. There are five open storage spaces as well as two spaces behind decorative glass doors with adjustable shelves. Each of the glass doors features a metal handle in a black matte finish. For easy wire management, there are holes in the back of the unit

A definite conversation starter and space saver, the Atlus Plus is one of the only TV stands that don’t touch the ground. The console mounts easy to your wall at any height with its innovating hanging rail mounting system.The Atlus Plus may seem unsteady, but the 16 x 58.2 x 16.8-inch off-the-floor console holds flat-screen TVs up to 60 inches and is strong enough to handle up to 165 pounds

Accent Chairs

You should have at least one accent chair in your living room to balance out the space and provide extra seating. Accent chairs, when placed next to the sofa help create a cozy corner for chatting with guests

Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Tufted

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Not only sitting but you also can lay your back down on this elegant accent chair. The design is so elegant that it looks like mid-century accent chair. It gives a very comfortable seat with soft linen upholstered and constructed of thick seat padding. Natural wood legs have the responsibility to maintain seat and also complete an awesome look for the chair itself. There are 5 colors available for your choices. Most reviewed by customers had written that the chair is super comfortable and gorgeous.

Zipcode Design Donham Lounge Chair

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If you’re hunting for an upholstered chair that comes in a wide variety of colors and works in nearly any space, we love the Zipcode Design Donham Lounge Chair. This modern armchair is upholstered with a polyester blend fabric and comes in a whopping 27 different hues, making it a great choice if you’re searching for a specific color to match your space

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This one is perfect especially for women since the design is incredibly stunning. When you sit on this modern accent chair, you will receive a real charismatic vibe. It is made from 100% polyester and long-lasting wood frame with cherry finished legs. The wood legs can maintain weight up to 240LBS. This is so stylish that accessed with blend button tufting and nailhead trim. Dacron seat and English arm allow you to feel so comfortable.

Table Lamps

Adding table lamps to the sides of your sofa can offer targeted lighting when you want to read a book or magazine, for example.

Owners love the minimalist look and low price of this leather table lamp. With its squared-off base and shade, the lamp works well in modern or transitional homes, and reviewers say it looks much pricier than it really is

A touch-sensitive lamp is particularly convenient for bedside tables—there’s no groggy fumbling for the switch. Users say that’s one of the best features of the Aukey Touch Sensor Table Lamp, which turns on and off with a simple tap on its metal bas

The Chastain Table Lamp provides valuable light and a touch of contemporary style in your design. Display it in pairs flanking your bed, on your entryway console or at the end of you sofa for an extra bit of brightness as you catch up on your latest read.

Overhead Lighting

I definitely recommend selecting an overhead chandelier that has at least 4-5 light bulbs to ensure your living room is well-lit! If you have low ceilings, you’re better off going with a flush mount.

Flush Mount Lights Acrylic Novelty

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An essential to controlling the natural light that enters your living room.

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For something more opaque (and still less expensive than Restoration’s regular line), try this linen-cotton style, which has the same look as the curtains above, but with a blackout lining that offers full privacy and light control.

Cotton Canvas Bomu Curtains

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If you want to stick to neutral colors but crave a bit more personality, consider these cotton-canvas patterned curtains from West Elm that also come recommended by Mulhearn. She told us they “have a little sheen to them,” with a “subtle enough pattern to give your windows that ‘dressed up’ feel without being super flashy,” noting that they also block most light and help insulate windows.

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Decorist designer Katy Byrne likes experimenting with boldly patterned curtains because “unlike paint, drapes can add a lot of color to a room while being much easier to swap out with changing trends.” She recommends these ikat panels that she says “would add a fun highlight to a playroom or kids’ space.”

Wall Decor & Art

A bare wall can make a room feel heavy. Add an interesting wall decoration or piece of art to break up the large, blank space and add character.

Cora Niele's White Tulip Gallery Wrapped Canvas

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Add a touch of instant sophistication to your decor when you hang Cora Niele’s ‘White Tulip’ canvas print from ArtWall. This gallery-wrapped canvas print looks wonderful with or without a frame. Available in four rectangular sizes, this black-and-white image boosts your shabby-chic quotient in a big way.

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Focus all the attention to the center of your wall by hanging this large art piece showcasing an abstract floral-inspired design. This vertical art piece is made with high-quality canvas for enhanced clarity and longevity and features a wooden frame for a clean look and easy hanging.

Copper Grove Roozbeh Bahramali's 'Hope' Gallery Wrapped Canvas

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Whimsical and abstract, this gallery-wrapped canvas from Copper Grove is perfect for a creative space or yoga room. Artist Roozbeh Bahramali depicts a tranquil forest scene that is enhanced with bright light and a rainbow of colors. This serene piece comes ready to hang and is available in five versatile sizes.

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