Design Solutions: Furniture Placement With Long and Narrow Spaces
Clients often encounter space planning issues when there are too many windows, no defined entry or very narrow spaces. In this article, the third of a three-part series, we will provide solutions for long rooms.
So, how can you create a functional seating area when your room is really narrow?
Floor Plan 1
Maximize space and create an open and airy feel by placing furniture adjacent to the walls. Utilize a round cocktail table to make it easy to move around the furniture.
Utilize swivel chairs to incorporate additional, multi-purpose seating. These can be turned towards the main seating area or turned towards one another for more intimate conversations.
Break up the space by using a large area rug filling approximately two-thirds of the room, leaving the remaining floor exposed. This expands the main seating grouping, while the exposed floor establishes another smaller seating area. Resist using two rugs.
Floor Plan 2
Start by setting up a main seating area with a pair of matching sofa’s facing each other. Also, place a rectangular cocktail table between the sofas to keep the space open.
At the opposite end of the room create interest with a lounge grouping. Use a low, round cocktail table flanked by four club chairs nestled in the corner to maximize floor space. Or, substitute the lounge grouping with a game table and swivel chairs.
To offer additional interest anchor the seating lounge/game grouping with a fun,
free-form area rug to prevent the room from becoming too predictable or too rectilinear.
Long and narrow spaces can be very challenging. To create plenty of seating without cramping your style carefully select furniture to enhance the illusion of space.
Contact Terry Davey at our Austin, Texas location to help you with interior design and space planning solutions, along with furniture, finish and window covering selections.
Terry Davey, Registered Interior Designer (RID)