Room Arrangements for Awkward Spaces | Midwest Living

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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Dull and Boring

The Problems

This plain boxy room needs livening up. The two focal points, the fireplace and the TV armoire, rest side by side, pulling too much attention to one side of the room. The game table overpowers a small corner, and the bookcases are lost in a sea of wall space. Traffic must negotiate a maze of furniture. Seating pieces are too far apart for easy conversation.

The Solutions

Use diagonals to relieve the monotony. Create separate focal points. Tighten up the furnishings, and straighten traffic pattern. For details, scroll down below the plan.

1. Place functional furniture, such as a bench or a storage piece, near the entry. 2. Nudge a rug up to the chair to bridge upholstered pieces and to balance the color flow. 3. Place furniture to direct traffic around the conversation area and toward the focal points. 4. Tuck a desk in the corner clear of the sliding doors for a cozy little work nook with a view. 5. Balance big elements -- a fireplace and TV armoire -- on different walls. 6. Soften and balance the TV armoire with a fabric-covered screen, a rug, and plants. 7. Keep walkways free of furniture; allow at least 36 inches for easy flow of traffic.


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