4 Floor Plans & Furniture Layout Ideas For A Long & Narrow Living Room

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I’m back at it sharing some more furniture layout ideas and floor plans!

If you caught my last post like this, I shared some ideas for large living rooms, but this time, let’s take a look at long and narrow ones. Think New York City, San Francisco style apartments, condos, and townhomes.

Yep, those.

I’ve had a couple of requests for this type of floor-plan, and I understand why… it can be tricky AF! There are so many different pieces of furniture to incorporate, and you want to make sure there’s a good flow throughout the space without it feeling awkward.

But don’t fret, I have some awesome ideas up my sleeve that I know you’re gonna love!

First, let me just preface this post by saying that there are a hundred different scenarios for this type of room and I decided to focus on ones that have a staircase.

But…even if you don’t have stairs, you can easily imagine each of these scenarios without them!

Images via Kaemingk Design & Kelly Hoppen

Before I get into the floorplans, I want to take a second and answer two frequently asked questions about arranging furniture in a long and skinny living room:

How do you decorate a long and thin living room?

Each room is different but in general…

  • Place the sofa on the largest wall.
  • Put side tables and lamps on either side of the sofa.
  • Place a narrow console table on the opposite wall of the sofa, if it’s available.
  • Next, place accent chairs around the sofa and/or sofa table. If there’s no room, try small stools instead!
  • Fill blank wall space with artwork, bookcases, shelves, and decorative tables.
  • And for those weird, empty spots that are leftover? Put a plant or decorative plinth there!

How do you make a narrow room look wider?

  • Place your sofa on the largest wall and place a mirror above it, it’ll give the illusion of a bigger space.
  • Pick out furniture that fits the scale of the room. i.e. If your living room is narrow, don’t buy a super deep sofa.
  • Opt for hanging as much as possible. Hang TV’s instead of using a media cabinet, and use shelves for books and decorative items instead of tables.
  • For extra seating, place small stools under an open console table.

Images via Stephane Parmentier & Rafael De Cardenas

NO. 01

12’ x 20’ Narrow Living Room with a Fireplace

Since the fireplace is centered with windows on both sides, I tried to mimic that arrangement with the furniture. I placed the sofa on the largest wall and then put an accent chair on both sides. If I placed the chairs closer towards the sofa, I would have been left with a couple of weird spots behind the chairs. Instead, I scooted the chairs out a bit further and used footstools to make the chairs appear longer.

NO. 02

12’ x 20’ Open Concept Living /Dining Room

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In this scenario, the living room is open up to the dining area, which then opens up to a kitchen (not pictured). I placed a sofa on the longest wall, facing the stairs, and then placed one armchair to the side of it. I opted for a round dining table to keep the flow as open as possible. You could also place a console table on the stair wall and put two small stools underneath (if you needed extra seating).

NO. 03

12’ x 20’ Narrow Living Room w/ One Window

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I started by placing the sofa on the largest wall and then put two side chairs and a table on the opposite wall. This creates two pathways to get through the room. Since there’s only one window, I placed a long bench below it, allowing the light to travel throughout the entire space. To finish, I filled in extra areas with plants and another small console table.

NO. 04

12’ x 20’ Long & Narrow Living Room w/ Two Windows

In this scenario, there are only two windows in the front of the room. I placed the sofa on the largest wall and balanced it out with two armchairs. To fill in the extra spots, I used side tables, bookcases, and lamps. Note: if the stair-wall was full-height, this scenario could also be mirrored, allowing more light to enter the room.

There you have it! Four floor plans and furniture layout ideas for a long and narrow living room.

I know there are so many variations and scenarios for long and narrow living rooms, but I hope that these floorplans gave you some ideas and a jumping off point for your own living room!

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  1. Felicity Walker-Pearce says:

    Hi Terra, I think I have the worst case scenario. Narrow living room like all the ones you’ve outlined above. Fireplace at far left short wall. A set of built in cupboards on the long right hand wall. A small window on the long left hand wall. Seprate entry and exit points from far right. Any ideas??

    • Terra Link says:

      Hi Felicity- that sounds like a tricky one! It’s a little hard for me to picture, but it sounds like the sofa should probably be in the center of the room. Have you tried that? I offer one-off services such as space planning if you need more help!

  2. Diane says:

    Hi, I have a room in my basement. It’s long and narrow. Windows along one side with bench seating. How can I place furniture?

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  4. Felicity says:

    Hello! My dilemma is I not only have a narrow living room (14-9x 12-3), but there are no solid walls. The closest thing I have to a solid wall has a stair case above it (at one of short ends) the opposite wall is a sliding door, the only long wall has 2 large floor to ceiling windows. I don’t know where to place the couch, if I should put a television in there. I really need help.

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