Welcome to part four of small space living! Living in a smaller home can be cozy, but comes with challenges with things like living room furniture arrangement and keeping a good traffic flow in a room. Open concept can be a challenge and so can seating arrangement in windows and doors are oddly placed. You sometimes have to use a lot of creativity with furniture layout. This is a four part series, You can start the first day here where we talk about how we use our spaces.
One of the challenges of living in a smaller home is finding ways for furniture placement around windows and doors, and either the lack of electrical outlets, or outlets in the wrong place. According to the National association of home builders, in a house that is less than 2,000 square feet, the average living room is 256 square feet. My home is 1,100 square feet and my living room is 15 x 11. I am a bit below average by almost 100 square feet… as many of us are!
There are many creative solutions for living in a smaller home and getting all of your furniture in! The first thing is to live by the tape measure and really see what fits and doesn’t. A 9 foot sofa just isn’t going to leave much room in a 9 foot room to actually walk around. Though, sometimes were are jut stuck with the space we have, the furniture we have and have to work with it!
But there are a few things that you can do to help maximize your furniture placement, make your space look visually more appealing, and work around those things like pesky doors and windows.
A. Angle your furniture
B. Slightly pull it away (forward) from a door or window
C. Use chairs in place of a love seat
However, you can cheat space by angling furniture and pulling it away from the walls.
Just because we are in a small square/rectangle room doesn’t mean we have to have everything line the walls. In fact, having angled furniture can make a room look more visually interesting to the eye.
In this image from BHG it can not only can it make use of a dead corner, but it can give us a bit of hidden storage space behind it. I noticed those baskets which make great extra storage! The easiest furniture items to angle are chairs. It can make a window that is smack dab in the middle of a room not such an obstacle. Couches can also be angled, but many times sectionals work better in a room that is more a a rectangle for increased seating for that cozy living room feel.
By pulling the furniture slightly away from doors and windows in the below picture, angling the chair just to the side of the window and putting a small table underneath actually opens up the room a little.
By pulling the two settees into the middle of the room from Style at Home for the room’s layout onto the rug, it makes it feel cozy and useful and creates a focal point of the fireplace. It also creates a conversation zone.
3. Ditch the loveseat with your couch and use two chairs instead.
There is nothing wrong with loveseats. I have one I love, but when you are talking about seating in a smaller room they aren’t as versatile, that’s all. It sounds weird., but let me put it to you this way. You go to a friends house. They invite 5 friends over. You don’t know any one. There is a couch that 3 people sit on, then a loveseat. It’s you and some guy you don’t know. Do you want to awkwardly sit elbow to elbow with some one you don’t really know?Do you sit on the floor? Now picture the same scenario with 2 chairs instead which take up just as much space… Exactly. Chairs are much more space-friendly in a small room and much more guest-friendly.So if you are thinking about a furniture revamp for space, it’s something to consider.
4 club armchairs are a great option for arranging living room furniture in an adult setting in this image from BHG. It creates a nice conversational space for a living room layout. And the fireplace and mantel decor becomes the room’s focal point.
Here is a great image with a sofa and chair from HGTV with a great use of floor space. Furniture pulled from the walls and angled furniture. A loveseat could go where the stadium seat are placed in front of windows, but it would block the door, and I do love the addition of the way the stadium chairs look. Another chair actually could fit in that same space with out blocking anything.
This one from BHG is great too because it shows that a large ottoman could also be used as extra seating or storage.
Unless we custom build a home, we kind of have to work with what we have, windows and doorways don’t necessarily have to be so intimidating , we just need to use a few simple tricks to make it work.
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