Small living room layout Examples

Use small-scale furniture to balance long pieces.Use small-scale furniture to balance long pieces.

A small, long living room can easily turn into a crowded and awkward space. But if you make a plan and understand simple design principles, this unusually shaped room can be an oasis. The key to achieving a successful balance is to know where to start, determine where your focal point and functional areas will be located and how to arrange your furniture. The best layout is one that feels spacious and comfortable and allows for easy flow through the space.

Where to Start

Begin by measuring your living room’s width and length, taking into consideration where doors, entryways and windows are located. Then measure the furniture to determine if it will fit, where it will fit in the room and if it’s to scale. For example, try to use small, sleek, low-back pieces of furniture versus large, bulky pieces. An example of an ideal piece of furniture for a small, long living room is a simple, low-back club chair versus a big, overstuffed leather recliner.

Find a Focal Point

After you make your measurements, determine what your focal point will be. The three focal points most often used in a living room are media, fireplace or conversational grouping. You may choose one focal point or incorporate all three; for example, place a flat-screen television above your fireplace and arrange your furniture around it to prompt conversation.

Create Functional Areas

Long, narrow spaces can be split into zones, or functional areas; for example, one half of the room can be used for conversation while the other half is used for dining. These areas, or zones, can be separated with furniture. For instance. use an elongated sofa to separate a conversational space from a dining space by placing it so it visually divides the long room into sections, with a table and chairs behind it. Other secondary functional zones you may want to consider are an office space or child’s play area.

Furniture Layout Options

A couple of furniture arrangements are commonly used when laying out small, long living rooms. These arrangements are based on the use of asymmetrical balance and scale with your furniture and decor. The first option is placing long or large pieces of furniture against the longest walls in your room and adding two or more small pieces of furniture along the short adjacent walls. For example, position a long sofa against one of the longest walls and two chairs or end tables at a 90-degree angle on both sides of the sofa. The second option is to use a contemporary sectional sofas, especially an L-shaped design, since you can balance the room by adding a couple of decorative chairs or end tables on the other side of the sofa. There are many variations of these arrangements, but the key element to remember is to balance your room by using smaller pieces of furniture to match the scale of larger pieces.

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