When choosing your family area furniture you will have some essential components yet others that are more decorative, such as display items that are not essential, but nice to have. For sofas, example and chairs is often regarded as essential, while coffee tables and curio cabinets are functional, but not required for a living room. Small living rooms can be furnished just with seating and perhaps a compact coffee table or two, while larger equivalents will contain more expansive choices of furniture. Here, we shall discuss the essentials, and make some comment of the decorative items that might be useful in smaller to medium size living rooms. Naturally your choice depends upon your individual preferences, and if you love antiques or figurines a curio cabinet would be of more interest than a cocktail cabinet or bookcase.