Where is the TV going to go? Will everyone be able to see it?
Where can I place the sofa ? How will I arrange my furniture in this long narrow space ? , I hear these questions all the time !
Narrow spaces can pose a challenge but, keeping a few guidelines in mind will help you figure out the best layout for your tricky space. Let’s pinch this random problem so you can get back to loving your whole house! Now it’s time to learn how to arrange your furniture in a small, narrow living room….
1 Measure your Space
You need to know the length and width of the space along with measurements of each wall segment all around the room. Firstly, this lets you know what kind of usable space you have so you know what will fit and where . Secondly,
you will have a reference to verify the actual size of the room by checking the overall measurements against the sum of your wall segments.
**Don’t forget to measure doorways, windows and ceiling height.**
2 Sofa Goes on the Longest Wall
Placing the sofa on the longest wall that has no constraints. Constraints are like doorways ,long windows(balcony entrance) , built up bookshelves , stairs , etc. .
That’s because the sofa is most likely the largest element in the living room . When you place your sofa (biggest element in the room) on a smaller wall it will look crowded and jammed in. If you’re looking for a comfortable layout, this is really the way to go.
3Use a Rug to Define the Space
Once you determine how large the space is, you have a very solid idea what rug size to get .
Rugs are the main pillars in your space .They help to define space: a seating arrangement, entrance , walkways , TV area , dining area, etc.
You need to be careful picking its size and color that is suitable to the room elements
4 Use your Vertical Space
Take advantage of tall walls and high ceilings in your narrow space .
This will bring your eye up and will over through the size and shape of the room. You can adjust the curtains and high bookshelves in your vertical space to blend the long room space
5 Consider the walkway or paths in your space
When we talk about walkways and room circulation , we need to think about how much space you need to set your furniture in. We also need to consider the flexibility in the movement of your space . You also need to think of the number of people using the room , their age , their mental situation (handicapped,etc) and putting in consideration the size of furniture,by the way its a must.
6 Place Something Perpendicular to the Length of the Room
Placing something perpendicular to the length of the room will provide contrast and symmetry to the long space. The thing to keep in mind is arranging it with a long piece of furniture . In my point of view , I prefer console table or side table or a banquet (side sofa) . By this , it will break the long dull space and help you to divide the room into several functions .
7 Remove unnecessary stuff
Distraction is our traitor . ‘Unnecessary stuff just get rid of it!’
A lot of stuff closes off visual lines and makes small spaces feel smaller. Take the time to edit your stuff and spread it around the room. I like to use the rule of 3 and 5. Take 3 items of varied heights and group them together. Layer the items by height and size. Don’t line them up, you want to vary the height and the lines and create a little scenario .
Tip 8 Create a Focal Point
In most living rooms , TVs are our focal point where every seat is suited according to its place .
The TV should be placed Infront of the longest element in the room, which is the sofa of course . If you don’t have a TV, I will prefer a beautiful view (portrait ,etc)
or a fireplace as your focal point in your space .
Tip 9 Divide Your space
In my point of view ,we need to break up a long narrow room with a divider screen(wood , stainless steel ,greenery, etc.)
because they give the illusion that there is more space behind them or depth to the room. Room dividers help bring definition to the long narrow space .
Tip 10 Placing furniture with round shapes and curved angles
I prefer to place furniture with round shapes and curved angles other than long rectangular or square pieces in a long narrow room to avoid the harsh straight lines. Place round sofas and seats in the living room .