Welcome to part four of small space living! You can start the first day here.
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!
But,there are 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.
But, 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
1. 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.
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. And 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 work better in a room that is more a a rectangle.
For instance, in this picture,it could make sense to put the chair at a right angle to the couch, however a window in that space makes it a hard placement.
2. But, 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.
It would be awkward if it was straight on, but by slightly pulling them forward turning them in slightly towards each other, it gives room to move into the room behind the chair.
What I like about this image below is it has a lot of great ideas for a smaller room.
The couch is in front of a window, but pulled out slightly and there is a really useful storage trunk!
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.
Though I wouldn’t necessarily do all chairs because now you are limited to only seating 4 people,total.
Here is a great image with a sofa and chair.
Furniture pulled from the walls and angled furniture.A loveseat could go where the stadium seat are, but it would block the door, Another chair actually could fit in that same space with out blocking anything.
This one is great too because it shows that an ottoman could also be used as extra seating.
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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