Because it must be done (she says so), is there anything you can do to make the annual arranging of your furniture more fun? Of course there is! Throw a Living Room Furniture Party! Tell 5-10 of your closest friends (more if you have more) that you’re having a Living Room Furniture Party and three things are going to happen: Treats, Gifts, Rearranging, and Fun. (Don’t elaborate on those happenings in the invitation or they may politely decline.)

Here’s how it works.

First, make some holiday treats and lay in a supply of beverages (adult or not, your choice) to offer your guests.

Second, tell them they all get to bring a small gift to add to the decor of your living room. (This will cause them to jump up and down with excitement. Or some other emotion.) Make suggestions. Perhaps a small accent for your sofa, a knickknack (maybe a snow globe) for your fireplace mantel, or a decoration to enhance your Christmas decor.

Third, tell them they get to help you rearrange your furniture (more jumping up and down) to give your living room more space or create a cozier atmosphere by helping shift the end tables to balance your recliners or loveseat, or sliding that new entertainment center over (the one housing your new 43″ Samsung Plasma HDTV) a few extra feet to accommodate your Christmas Tree (and by the way, to improve your viewing angle.

Fourth: have fun.

Make Subtle Shifts for Warm and Fuzzy

One technique we like to use in rearranging is the subtle adjustment of angles. For instance, there’s usually a corner in most living rooms with a table topped by a decorative “reading” lamp that’s impossible to read by without the aid of a flashlight. It’s often guarded on the left and right by a sectional sofa, or sofa and loveseat or chair, but now your keen decorator’s eye tells you it could be the perfect corner for your Christmas tree. So make an adjustment. Shift the furniture down the wall a few inches to accommodate the tree, and turn the chairs a bit more outward to present a more welcoming look for visitors. Sounds crazy, but tiny changes like these can really make a remarkable difference.

Quick Fix – The Appearance of Big

Because we always have guests trooping in and out when entertaining over the holidays, we wish we had a bigger living room. But we don’t. So we resort to creating the illusion of having a bigger room, to make our guests feel more comfortable in it. For example: take that 40W corner “reading” lamp or the lamps on your end tables and replace the bulbs just before the holidays with something brighter (like a 60W if they can handle it). Better yet, replace the entire lamp  (and maybe even the table) with a taller, brighter one. The extra light will create a more open atmosphere, giving you and your guests a more comfortable feeling.

Buy New Living Room Furniture

While you stand there in your living room wringing your hands, trying to decide how to make it more attractive and more comfortable for the holidays, you may come to the inevitable conclusion that what you’ve got simply isn’t going to work; you need new stuff. Time to move out the old loveseat and maybe go with a more traditional sofa and two chairs arrangement. Get a smaller center table, for a more open appearance (especially when entertaining). Or maybe, just maybe, you need one of those new hotshot power recliners with a USB plugin, so you can keep your iPad charged while you languish in front of the TV (that new 43″ Samsung Plasma HDTV, remember?).

This is all possible at Mathis Brothers Furniture. In fact just about anything’s possible here. Where you can buy high quality furniture at prices that not only won’t greak your holiday budget;  they won’t even bend it. Come check out our guaranteed lowest prices on all your living room furniture possibilities, by names like AshleyBernhardtLa-Z-Boy and Lane including designer collections by famous names like HenredonMarge Carson and Rachlin Classics.

While we don’t claim to be on the same plane as Dorothy Draper, we’ve been through this enough to have some pretty good ideas about arranging, re-arranging, and buying living room furniture to make the most of it during the holidays (and in between). And if there’s anything we haven’t covered in this little article, come in and talk to us. Our talented team of professional designers and decorators is standing by.