How To Arrange Furniture In a Long Narrow Living Room?

A long and narrow living room can pose serious challenges in the decorating department. Finding the right balance between comfort and style is not easy when dealing with such a difficult layout. But there are many ways in which you can use such a space efficiently.

An extra long sofa or a sectional can make a narrow room feel more inviting

All the functions in the room are organized around the sitting area

First of all, decide what the focal point of the room will be. It should be on the longest wall of the room. So let’s say you want the entertainment center to be the main attraction. Then it should go on the longest wall that doesn’t have windows on it and the sofa and armchairs should rest against the opposite wall.

Area rugs are great at delimitating spaces in a long room

You can also use contrasting colors to differentiate the areas

If you prefer stripes, avoid the horizontal ones that follow the length of the room

You should divide the room into two or more areas. For example, you can have a sitting area and a cozy reading corner or a workstation. The main sitting area should be organized around the focal point of the room.

Use a wall divider or desk to separate the sitting area from the kitchen or dining space

The focal point of the room could be a fireplace or a piece of furniture

You can divide these spaces with different area rugs. Use one rug to define one space. Avoid using long runner and opt instead for round or rectangular rugs or for a less common shape like a hexagon or a semi circle.

If possible, the sitting area should be in the center of the room

Symmetrical designs make narrow rooms feel more spacious

Make sure you don’t obstruct the traffic areas. Everyone should be able to get in and out of the room without disturbing anyone else. Also, avoid creating asymmetrical designs as they can make the room seem crowded and overly complicated.

You can choose to embrace and emphasize the shape of the room with long stripes



Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on March 21st, 2011

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