12 Elevated Ways to Style a TV In a Small Living Room, Per Havenly Designers

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WORDS BY Jillian Jones

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Published on March 10, 2023

As anyone living in a one-bedroom apartment will tell you, small spaces come with their fair share of sacrifices, no matter how charming that pre-war apartment may be. And when you’re an avid binge watcher like the rest of us, one of those caveats is where to put the TV—specifically, where to put it without sacrificing your style (and space). 

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make your TV feel like a natural extension of your space, whether it’s framed with open shelves or nestled among your favorite objects. All it takes is a little creativity and clever maneuvering to keep it from sticking out like a sore thumb. Read on for Havenly designers’ favorite small living room ideas that will make your TV feel right at home. 


1. Go vertical

Small living room ideas with tv

Opt for a more minimalist look and take advantage of vertical wall space by mounting your TV. It helps keep your small living room from feeling too cluttered and gives your furniture some room to breathe (exhibit A: the above pair of conversation-friendly armchairs). 

2. Opt for open shelving

Small living room ideas with tv

Instead of a traditional console, try mounting your TV above an open table. It frees up some much-needed space for decorative baskets and open shelves filled with your favorite things, so your TV blends right into your living room instead of sticking out. 

3. Show and tell

Small living room ideas with tv

We love a bookshelf that doubles as a media console. Here, see-through doors show off an eclectic arrangement of stacks of books and pretty vases, making your TV setup feel like an intentional design moment (and less of an eyesore). 

4. Seamless storage

Small living room ideas with tv

When it comes to small living rooms, you can never have too much storage. Here, a TV fits effortlessly among books, objects, and storage bins in this open shelving setup. Pro tip: try not to overfill your shelves—with a TV in the mix, the look will feel a bit too crowded.

5. Pull double duty

Small living room ideas with tv

When your small space doubles as a living and dining room, this sleek floating console provides the right frame for a TV without compromising style and space. Round out the look with an area rug and patterned pouf to help delineate your binge-watching zone from your dinner spot. 

6. Seeing double

Small living room ideas with tv

When you put your mind and creativity to it, even the most narrow of spaces can become TV zones. Here, two chaise lounges take the place of a clunky sofa or sectional, while still allowing just enough space to kick your feet up and enjoy your screen. 

7. Let the light in

Small living room ideas with tv

In a small living room with lots of windows, sometimes the most fitting spot for a TV is above a fireplace. In this case, use it as a focal point to situate your seating area around. Matching sofas opposite one another help to ground the room, while a pair of airy accent chairs fill in the open space. 

8. Statement sofa

Small living room ideas with tv

If you’re lucky enough to have ample light in your small space, play it up with a statement sofa in front of your windows. And long, light-filtering curtains easily block out any glare when you’re turning to the tube. Complete the look with a pair of side-by-side armchairs that feel light and airy in comparison to this substantial Chesterfield-style sofa. 

9. Mix & mingle

Small living room ideas with tv

Love to entertain? We love the way this console also doubles as a stylish bar (and less like a media setup). Thoughtful decor like funky lighting and tall plants also divert the eye away from the TV, making for a small space that’s fit for a party. 

10. Create conversation

Small living room ideas with tv

Just because there’s a TV in the mix, it doesn’t mean you can’t have plenty of seating in the mix. Situate an accent chair (or in this case, a cushy recliner) opposite your sofa to help anchor your conversation area. That way, your TV doesn’t feel like the focal point of your space and your guests have plenty of spots to sit. 

11. Small sectional

Small living room ideas with tv

Having a small space doesn’t mean you have to say no to a sectional. In fact, bumper sectionals are practically made for them thanks to their cozy chaise with an open backless end. We love the way these styles provide the seating you need for binge watching, while still keeping your space feeling open. 

12. Floating chairs

Small living room ideas with tv

Don’t be afraid to float furniture off the walls in a small space, especially in the name of conversation and practicality. Here, the designer creates a cozy conversation nook and proper TV lounge by flanking the media unit with matching accent chairs. This layout makes the space incredibly functional without sacrificing style.

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Words by Jillian Jones