When choosing your family area furniture you will have some essential components among others that are more decorative, such as display items that are not essential, but nice to have. Not essential for a living room, though for example, sofas and chairs can be regarded as essential, while coffee tables and curio cabinets are functional. Small living spaces can be furnished only with seating and perhaps a tiny 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 of use in smaller to medium size living rooms. Naturally your choice will be based upon your individual preferences, and if you love antiques or figurines a curio cabinet would be of more interest when compared to a cocktail cabinet or bookcase.