When choosing your family area furniture you will have some essential components while others that are more decorative, such as display items that are not essential, but nice to have. For sofas, chairs and example is often regarded as essential, while coffee tables and curio cabinets are functional, but not needed for a living room. Small living spaces can be furnished simply with seating and perhaps a smaller coffee table or two, while larger equivalents will contain more expansive selections 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 spaces. Naturally your choice will depend upon your individual preferences, and if you love antiques or figurines a curio cabinet can be of more interest than a cocktail cabinet or bookcase.