Post # 1
So, we just got a new condo (yay!) Don’t move in until the first of the month and I’ve been trying to figure out where the furniture should go. It’s a weird shaped room with a lot of windows and Fiance really wants the couch to be directly in front of the TV (direct sight line), but that would mean that the couch would be either in the middle of the room or almost 20 feet away from the TV (neither the best options obviously).
I’d love anybody’s tips or advice on where things should go. Here’s a mockup of the space and we have a 6 foot couch, a 5 1/2 foot entertainment center, a 5 foot desk, a 4 1/2 foot square table. and various sizes of bookcases and end tables, and a coffee table that we’ve registered for 🙂 K is for Kitchen, B & L for Bathroom and Laundry area, and the other lines are the stairs, windows are blue, and the hash marks are the front door.
Post # 3
Hm. What kind of entertainment center is it? Is it big enough (but small enough so that the space will still feel open) where you can put it facing the window wall that is 10.5 ft? So that the entertainment center kinda visually separates the living area from the travel path of your front door to the stairs?
Then the couch backed up against the 10.5 ft wall?
Post # 4
I would first consider putting the TV on the 5 foot wall to the right of the door with the couch in the corner on the 17 ft wall. I would make the space near the kitchen (to the left of the door upon entry) the dining area and place the table there. I would then make an office space near to the stairs outside of the bathroom and put the desk there. As far as the smaller pieces, naturally the coffee table goes in front of the couch and maybe an end table goes near the couch? I would think about an end table/bookshelf near the door. Otherwise, play around with the book shelves, based on height and backing you’ll be able to decide if they can work as room dividers or not.
Out of curiosity, how was the previous owner’s furniture set up?
Post # 4
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Have you tried using floorplanner.com? You can design a room with your room’s dimensions, and then insert furniture using your furniture’s dimensions. Once everything is inout, you can arrange and rearrange to your heart’s content until you find the right set up. FWIW, I like couches that float in a room instead of being up against a wall. Just make sure you keep your pathways free so that you don’t impede traffic flow.
Post # 5
What if you put your sofa against the 10.5′ wall and put a new tv console like this Ikea one where it’s double sided opposite the sofa. You could put the dining room on the other side of the console and cover the wires, etc on the back with a painting. That way you get a bit of a seperation of space too. You could use the area over near the kitchen for a desk/small den space.
Post # 6
I’d put the tv against the 10.5 ft wall in front of the window. Usually I dont like the tv in front of a window, but I don’t really see any way around it! Then have the couch in the middle of the room. That would sort of define your living room area, and you could put a nice sofa table behind it for accessories and stuff.
Post # 7
The entertainment center looks kinda like this ↓ The bookshelves aren’t attached and can be moved elsewhere. I think the top portion can be removed as well though. Maybe I’ll remove the upper “hutch’ and then I’d feel better about putting it against a window. Oh and our TV is not that big! lol
@Gerbera: That is a good idea, though I don’t remember which direction the door opens and if the TV stand portion hung over that 5 foot wall (which it would by a couple inches) I wouldn’t want to do that if it opened up toward the left side of the room. Then you’d be tripping on it every time you walked in the door.
@slicey19: The previous owners had a small TV stand against the 43″ wall and a couch and loveseat against the 17′ wall and the 10.5′ wall. That might work, but then the TV is the first thing you see when walking in.
@pinkshoes: Yea, that’s another option, and what Fiance wants to do. I’ve just never liked rooms with the couch in the middle of the room. We’ll have to see how the space feels with our stuff in it. Sometimes having a large piece in the middle of the room makes the whole room look smaller. I’m not completely against the idea though.
Post # 8
I support @lovekiss:‘s idea. Using a website like this can save you immense time and trouble moving furniture around. Draw in the traffic areas and plan your furniture placement to avoid those paths.
Furniture placed away from the walls actually makes your space look bigger than if it is all placed against the walls.
In this case you mighty find it works to flip the spaces.
Have the dining table in the end with the windows,
– the entertainment center along other end of the 17 foot wall,
-the sofa facing the entertainment center perpendicular to the wall labelled 5.5 (next to the opening to the B/L room.)
– Add a couple of chairs on either side of the sofa that swivel to watch the tv or face the sofa for conversation.
-This will leave a walkway from the litchen to the front door .
-Place bookshelves etc next to the 9.3 wall and a desk/chair against the 5.5 wall near the door. This will give you a place to drop keys etc.