Well, unless you love the ambience of a bowling alley, the following tips for furniture arrangement in long, narrow spaces will give you rooms that are functional and don’t look like a tunnel. This condo’s main living areas are one long rectangle with tall ceilings that made it feel even more narrow. It is really annoying to have a rug hit halfway into a pass-through area so that you need to walk through with one foot on and one foot off the rug.
In this living room, the door opens right into one side, and a console table keeps you from walking straight down that side. Instead, consider double-duty pieces like the ottoman in the above photo which can work as seating when extra people are there. By using loveseats instead of a longer sofa, they were able to place them perpendicular to the length of the room with space left for a pass-through area down the side of the room. To reduce the feeling of tunnel vision, try an arrangement with some of your furniture on an angle. Fortunately, the doorway into the room is in the middle of one side, so we didn’t have to allow for foot traffic through the room. If you can position the mirror across from a window, all the better — the mirror will reflect the view outside, giving the impression of an extra window. Along the perimeter of the room, try a small chest of drawers or a small credenza instead of a console table to boost storage options. In an open-plan space, sometimes the best position for the sofa is not on the wall but in the middle of the room. Like wallpaper and mirrors, plants are a wonderful way to add depth to a small living room. In a truly small space, it may not be possible to have as many seating options as you would like. This stylish, petite living room has a wood-frame daybed (which doubles as a guest bed), a little upholstered settee and a window seat, offering an array of seating options without a single traditional sofa or armchair in sight.
Whether your lounge area is grand or cozy, we have seating and storage options in the right sizes so you can tailor your proportions exactly how you need them. Our living room furniture collections also include plenty of storage and organization options so you can make your living room look as polished and neat as you’d like.
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One of the main difficulties in arranging furniture for a long, narrow room is where to have people walk through. The hearth is flush into the floor, so you can also stay off the carpet and walk through without crossing the carpet. Keeping an open space to one side of the room effectively creates a hallway with the living areas to one side.
They were wise to avoid trying to put another chair in here, which would have made the pass-through too tight a squeeze.
In this room, if they had placed a long sofa facing the fireplace, by the time you put a coffee table in front of it, you would have to walk right through the sitting area to get by.
Without the loveseat in front of the big window, it would feel like the room just didn’t stop, exaggerating the long, skinny feel. But it is much longer than it is wide, so it could easily get that bowling-alley look with the wrong furniture arrangement. Creating bookshelves up high on this wall instead of having a bookcase standing on the floor allows the daybed to be placed next to the wall. If there’s room, you could work in an extra (small-scale) chair or two across from the love seat in this arrangement. It’s a bit counterintuitive, but if you have a small corner living room space, sometimes going with the largest piece of furniture possible can actually make it feel bigger. A backless sofa is a very chic alternative and can be used from both sides — quite a bonus when seating options are limited. Instead of letting lots of small pieces of furniture (a bookshelf here, a chest there) eat up space, bite the bullet and devote one entire wall to storage.
Eames lounge chair has been slipped in front of the media wall without blocking the storage.
For added flexibility, make the coffee table a tray-topped ottoman that can be used as a seat, or add a pouf or stool to the arrangement.