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Room Arrangements for Awkward Spaces

Using smart floor planning to tame spaces in your home that seem too narrow, too boxy, too cramped or just plain awkward.
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Curing an Awkward "L"

The Problems

The love seat sits too far away from the sofa for conversation and the space allotted to the piano is cramped. The sofa arm rests only a few feet from the dining room table, leaving no separation between the living and dining areas. The table is proportionately too small for the dining room. With no element more than waist tall, the design lacks height.

The Solution

Group furnishings to create functional focal points. Increase the size of the dining table. Add new elements to create height and separation. For details, scroll down below the plan.

1. Scale the size of the table to the room by adding a leaf to it and resting it on a large rug. 2. Slide the buffet to the long wall and give height to the overall design with the addition of a china cabinet. 3. Use a screen as a movable wall to break up a long expanse of wall and separate the rooms. 4. Pull the love seat away from the wall to tighten the conversation area; slide a sofa table behind. 5. Eliminate one chair and rotate the other in toward the seating pieces for conversation. 6. Allow the piano its own space for easy access and separation of conversation and music time.

Comments (1)

dkdabillo1 wrote:
We have an awkward L shape livingroom that I am confused by how to arrange it. When you walk in the front door, you are immediately faced with a built in curio type cabinet, but that is a supporting wall, so it has to stay. Turn slightly to the left is the main room, on the left a huge picture window that takes up the entire wall. Then at the corner there is about a 6' empty wall berofe an 8' wide marble fireplace, then another 6' space. on the next wall, aprox. 6' before a wide doorway to kitchen, after the doorway begins the leg of the L, an area aprox. 20x20. We have a buffet and piano in there now, but it looks awkward. For furniture we have a couch, loveseat and recliner as well as 1 lamp table and a coffee table. We recently moved the 50" TV to the wall before the kitchen as it was hard for people on one side of room to see it. Any suggestions?

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