10 Ways to Arrange Living Room Furniture with a Fireplace and TV

Last updated on March 2, 2024

Do you have a room with a fireplace? Lucky you! Here are ten ways to arrange living room furniture with a fireplace and TV.

Having a fireplace in living rooms is a blessing, but you must ensure you arrange your furniture correctly if you have a TV too. In a nutshell, your room decor needs the focal point. When there’s the fireplace, it naturally becomes one. Unfortunately, so does the TV. Then, all your furniture has to be arranged around that focal point.

But how do you arrange the furniture, so the TV and fireplace don’t clash visually? Do it the wrong way, and you may experience discomfort that is hard to pinpoint.

The main keys you need to consider are the room’s design and the angle of the TV screen in the layout with the fireplace. Get these two things right, and you will solve this design conundrum regardless of the TV or room size.

We have ten ways to arrange furniture with a fireplace and TV for several different layouts. Let’s look at each layout and arrange furniture in each of them.

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An Electric Fireplace TV Stand

tv stand electric fireplace

In small spaces, this is the ideal solution. An electric fireplace that doubles as a stand can hold the TV and include shelves for storage. That way, you enjoy a cozy fireplace and still have the TV on top. This, of course, won’t work if you have a real fireplace in your room.

Small Living Room Layouts with Fireplace and TV

Basic TV Over Fireplace Living Room Furniture Layout

Let’s start with the most basic arrangement when the TV is over the fireplace. It’s the easiest way to arrange furniture in small spaces by simply directing seating to the center and toward the TV and fireplace. The coffee table is then located in the center of the room.

The TV and the fireplace share the role of the focal point in this arrangement. This example combines a modern ventless fireplace with a built-in TV console. This gives a clean, modern look in a classic layout.

You can also take note of the area rug placement in this room. It’s placed correctly by positioning the furniture halfway on the edge of the rug.

Living Room Layout with TV Over Fireplace

Next, we can talk about separating the living and dining room. If your space is big enough, you can easily do that by positioning the sofa in the middle of the room directed at the TV over the fireplace. This way, the rest of the room is left for the dining area, separate from the living area.

This layout also has an advantage for small space planning to achieve a more significant decor effect. The setup is ideal for a corner fireplace.

Living Room Layout with Fireplace and TV on Different Walls

This is an attractive layout so that the TV and the fireplace are adjacent to the doorway. In this case, you have to choose which one will act as the focal point. The fireplace is the focal point in this room. The TV, in turn, is blended in with a neutral TV stand and an accent chalkboard wall.

The furniture can be directed to both the TV and the fireplace at the same time. You can leave more free space around the furniture, making it much more accessible.

Living Room Layout with Fireplace and TV on Opposite Walls

fireplace opposite tv

This layout requires a little more space for the furniture to be arranged along the walls. In this case, the TV and the fireplace are on opposite walls, and only one of them works as the focal point at a time. Depending on your needs, the eyesight is directed either to the TV wall or the fireplace wall. This attention split can make a multi-functional room (family room vs. lounge area).

Layouts with TV by the Fireplace

TV by the Fireplace Living Room Layout

If you want to turn your fireplace into the sole focal point of the room decor, you can hide the TV altogether. The TV is set on a built-in bookshelf next to the fireplace in this example. This way, you can direct your furniture to the fireplace, and you will still see the TV.

If your space is big enough, place the dining furniture in the center and chairs with side tables by the walls. This layout is visually attractive and it’s very functional.

Narrow Living Room Layout with Fireplace and TV

Living Room with Open Kitchen

A lot is going on in this furniture layout. First, it’s an ample open floor plan space with a kitchen island. Next, we move on to the dining area, which is the natural extension of the area. It’s well accommodated with a large dining table with chairs.

Finally, we have a narrow living area, the standard layout with the TV over the fireplace. The classic fireplace with a molded mantel lends to stylish farmhouse decorating ideas. It is important to note how the furniture is arranged to keep the path open in this narrow space.

Furniture Layout for Rectangular Living Room with Fireplace

U-Sectional in a Living Room with a TV and Fireplace

The sectional sofa works only in rectangular rooms. In this case, all you have to do is direct the sectional opening to the fireplace. The TV has to be installed above the fireplace in this case.

Layout with a Chimney Fireplace

Living Room Layout with a Chimney Fireplace

The chimney fireplace sets the course for the room’s decor and furniture arrangement. You don’t have much other option than to install the TV above the fireplace. In this case, the furniture has to be directed toward the two. You also have enough room across the wall for display bookcases, adding more decor interest.

TV Mounted in the Corner

corner tv and fireplace

Making use of the corner space is ideal in small rooms. If you have a fireplace in a small living room, and it also has windows, there might be no more wall space left for a TV. What to do? Look for that unused corner space to hang the TV. 

In the ideal case scenario, the corner should be adjacent to the fireplace. That way, you get to enjoy the warm fire and watch TV at the same time.


Where do you put the console when TV is above a fireplace?

Ideally, you don’t need a console when the TV is above the fireplace — you can use the mantel instead. If you must have a console, put it against any adjacent wall where there’s space.

Should the TV be placed above a fireplace?

A TV can be placed above a fireplace, but safety measures should be taken. The distance above the fireplace must be enough, so the TV unit doesn’t get hot. The wall on which it is mounted must also not get hot. Electric fireplaces are ideal for this setup.

What size TV goes over the fireplace?

Ideally, the TV size should not be much bigger than the fireplace’s face (the opening). Otherwise, the wall will look lopsided.

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