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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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The Problems

Traffic travels between the doorways, dividing the room into two separate conversation areas. The arrangement is static and doesn't take advantage of the view out the window.

The Solutions

Slide your main conversation grouping, the sofa and club chairs, over by the picture window for a better view. Place the sofa perpendicular to the window so that it blocks neither the window nor access to the other side of the room. Across the room, float a single chair in the corner for solo pursuits. It can also be easily pulled into conversation. For balance, move the game table to the corner opposite the sofa. The game chairs can also be rotated and pulled in to join the sofa. For details, scroll down below the plan.

1. Slide a table behind the sofa to hold a lamp and to center the sofa and chairs by the window. 2. Reserve the center of the room as a walkway for traffic. Keeping it obstacle-free. 3. Angle a chair by the electronics cabinet for quiet enjoyment. Provide a lamp for reading. 4. Angle the chairs for closer conversation. The lamp balances other light sources in the room. 5. Drop a large rug between the sofa and chairs to soften and define the conversation area. 6. Balance the room's weight by sliding the table to the opposite corner of the sofa.

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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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