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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.
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!
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:
Each room is different but in general…
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.
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).
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.
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!
Until next time,