How To Lay out A Narrow Living Room

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Hilary Sontag Living Room Redesign Design Plan White as well as Wood Opening Photo

Living rooms are like bodies – We all wish we had “perfectly” shaped ones. Often they are unique in size as well as shape nevertheless they might need some finessing. Meet the narrow living room – America’s most pervasive living room problem. Our Design Agony client, Hilary wrote to us asking for help with her narrow living room as well as here’s how we solved the idea:

I’m struggling with the design of my living room, which is usually very narrow (like, 8.5′ wide coming from the wall to the fireplace surround). the idea serves as a main traffic thoroughfare through our house, as well as the idea’s tricky to make a cozy, welcoming design that will you can also walk through.

We’re truly fortunate to have inherited a pretty amazing vintage modern furniture collection as well as some of those pieces are currently in that will room – nevertheless I don’t know if they truly work in there. We’d love to use as much existing furniture as we can, nevertheless might be open to purchasing a fresh couch. I’d also love to tweak the shade scheme to include more blue as well as/or bright pink, so I’m open to purchasing all fresh accessories, including drapery as well as rugs.

In addition to that will, her husband was also interested in adding a sectional to the room, so they wanted to see a couple of design options of where that will could go within the space.

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You can see coming from the photos above, that will the room is usually VERY long as well as narrow with quite a few doorways as well as openings, which meant we had to carefully consider the furniture placement within the room. Although the fireplace is usually centered within the room, the idea is usually not quite centered on the back wall.

With the fireplace slightly off center the idea created a little nook for a credenza, nevertheless that will meant that will if you want to have different furniture in there, you can’t truly position the sofa directly opposite the fireplace. that will is usually definitely not a design catastrophe or the end of the design world as we know the idea, nevertheless some people like symmetry in their space. With all of that will in mind, Ali came up with several different layouts as well as we whittled them down to 6 different options – 2 of them including a sectional which we sent off to Hilary with our input below.

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OPTION 1
We don’t feel the womb chair is usually working where you currently hold the idea. In that will design, we suggest moving the idea into the corner as well as then placing either a smaller chair or one of the Wassily chairs in its place. Because of the tubular frame of the Wassily chair, the chair feels low as well as light as well as might be better suited on that will side of the room. We also like the oval shape of the coffee table as well as feel that will design is usually a not bad fit for narrow spaces. However, we did suggest one that will is usually a bit larger in a tulip Saarinen style (see furniture options). Because of the size of your living room, you will most likely have to go with an 8′ x 10’ rug, unless you did something custom, which might be the best option for the space.

OPTION 2
Another idea if you want to keep your existing sofa as well as chairs, is usually to flank the sofa with the two Wassily chairs. Again, because these chairs feel lighter, they might help stop the space coming from feeling overcrowded. We don’t feel the pendant light within the corner is usually working as well as feel the idea might be better suited as a light fixture in a dining area. To fill the corner, we might replace the pendant light with either a plant or an arc style lamp as shown on the furniture options.

OPTION 3
If you did want to invest in some fresh pieces of furniture, we might suggest purchasing two smaller arm chairs as well as placing them against the window wall which has a smaller accent table in between (possibly in a nice brass shade). You could then place another chair opposite these chairs as well as leave the sofa as is usually.

OPTION 4
Another piece of furniture to invest in might be a loveseat. The dimensions against the window wall are perfect for a smaller sized loveseat. We even like the idea of doing something in a lighter leather to help bring some warmth into the space. that will option might also help to provide more seating within the space. To fill within the corner, we might again suggest an arc style lamp.

OPTION 5
We know you have considered a sectional within the space so for the last two options we are suggesting two different style sectionals. The first option might keep things a little more open coming from the living to the dining area. With that will design, we might suggest putting either the Womb chair or maybe even the chaise lounger within the corner by the windows.

OPTION 6
The last option might have a sectional within the corner. You might have to make sure the dimensions were the right fit. We might suggest one that will has the shorter side up against the window wall, as well as the longer part of the sectional against the long wall opposite the fireplace. You could then do one larger chair, or two smaller chairs opposite the sectional.

Hilary Sontag Living Room Redesign Furniture Options White as well as Wood

Sectional Options
1. Dunham Down-Filled 3 Piece Sectional | 2. Hamilton 2 Piece Upholstered Chaise Sectional

Love Seat Options

1. Hamilton Leather Loveseat | 2. Retro Wing Settee | 3. Everett Upholstered Loveseat

different Sources: Lippa Oval Coffee Table | Paul McCobb Brass Side Table | Lippa Wood Side Table | Mid-Century Upholstered Chair in Salt + Pepper | Granby Drum Accent Table

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Existing Items: Wassily Chair | Bantam Sofa |

Corner Options: Overarching Acrylic Shade Floor Lamp | Womb Chair as well as Ottoman | Beachcomber Large Basket

Along with the design, we gave Hilary some options of additional furniture pieces that will could work with her existing furniture. that will way she could pick as well as choose as well as add pieces as as well as when she wanted.

In no time at all Hilary got to work on moving around the furniture pieces as well as sent us a very sweet note back.
Wow – that will is usually so much more than I was expecting! Thank you! I’ve already tried one of the design options (#1) as well as the idea feels much better than how I had the idea.  I may explore buying a few fresh pieces to try one of the different layouts. right now I just need someone to style as well as professionally photograph the idea so you could use the idea as Website content, LOL!
Thank you again – I’m truly happy with the final product.

She also sent us a few progress shots.

Here are a few “semi-after” photos, in case you end up blogging about the project as well as want to use them.  I still want a fresh, lighter colored rug as well as a fresh coffee table. nevertheless that will is usually the progress – as well as the idea’s already made a huge difference! My four year old as well as I right now compete on a daily basis for the womb chair spot…

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Just by moving the womb chair as well as ottoman to the corner, the area feels like a cute as well as intentional reading nook. The womb chair was starting to create a heavy divide between the living room as well as dining area.  Unless you have a larger space where the chair as well as ottoman can float happily by themselves, or which has a side table by their side, they truly are best suited to a corner area like that will.

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Keeping the credenza/console just to the left of the fireplace like you see in these photos is usually the best solution because you can’t truly add a chair here, you could do a smaller bench there instead nevertheless then that will area might be overcrowded with just seating alone.

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Hilary is usually still looking to swap out the coffee table as well as rug, as well as we do feel that will an oval shaped coffee table might be great for in here.  the idea’s organic, long as well as allows for easy flow.  The Saarinen might be an ideal choice because its pedestal might give the idea some grounding without feeling overly heavy.

Whilst writing that will as well as looking at the pics again, we might suggest swapping out either the mirror or the piece of art over the fireplace to a circular mirror (like that will one or that will one). There is usually some extra advice for you Hilary 🙂 An option might be to simply swap out the mirrors or move the art over the console as well as then put the mirror above the fireplace. the idea will just break up some of that will boxiness on the back wall.

We’re excited to see where Hilary takes the room next as well as what pieces she’ll bring into the space, nevertheless so far the idea is usually looking great in these progress shots – a big thanks to her for sending the pics. the idea is usually always so much fun for us to see what you guys do after we send through proposed plans.

Client Testimonial: Overall, the service was so much more than I was expecting.  I was expecting one design option, as well as the designers provided me with SIX!  I also loved that will the designers happily worked within my tough parameters – weird room design using mostly existing furniture. I might definitely recommend the service to anyone!

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