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Layout Guide: 1 Open Living Space, 2 Perfectly Family-Friendly Layouts

In our Layout Guides series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of finding open living space layout ideas that work for a kid- and pet-friendly home.

open living space layout ideasOpen Living Space Layout Ideas

The Space: A 18 x 20 open living space that gets lots of natural light and is the first space everyone walks into when they enter the home—which means it sees a lot of foot traffic.

The Challenge: Devising open living space layout ideas that are both kid- and pet-friendly. Don’t forget to include the fireplace and make sure the room can comfortably accommodate a big crowd for TV viewing.

Idea #1: The Open Flow Layoutopen living space layout ideas

Layout idea #1 focuses on a classic family-room setup. This layout makes the room feel open and encourages flow through the space. The furniture is arranged in a way that allows for comfortable TV viewing but also leaves floor space in between to accommodate lots of foot traffic (kids running around, pets lounging).

With this layout approach, it’s all about ease and versatility as well as working in lots of low, convenient storage.

open living space layout ideasWhy It Works:

  • The sofa and chair combo makes for a cozy but casual arrangement with two different seating options. This pairing also leaves lots of open space in the living area that provides a nice flow.
  • The leather sofa makes for comfy seating that’s both kid- and pet-friendly—any spills can be easily wiped off. It also stands up to wear relatively well and ages with a nice patina over time.
  • A graphic outdoor rug used indoor in this living space provides a durable foundation that’s easy to clean in the event of wine spills, spaghetti mishaps from kids, and dirty paws.
  • No sharp corners on the round coffee table makes it the perfect kid-friendly centerpiece. It also has hidden storage compartments for remotes, tech gadgets, and any extra toys.
  • Striped woufs (poufs for pets) create a designated spot for pets. Even better that these floor pillows can easily be moved around as needed.

This is Great If You…

  • Are looking for a layout that is more laid-back with an easy flow that connects the space to the rest of home.
  • Want to have a fuss-free hub in the home where your family can gather all the time to watch TV and relax.
  • Enjoy entertaining and having friends and family over for low-key movie and game nights. This arrangement leaves you lots of floor space for people to gather and lay out casually.
  • Want a space where your kids and pets can easily move around and play.

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Idea #2: The Parallel Layoutopen living space layout ideas

Layout idea #2 opts for a more formal furniture arrangement that makes it more of a conversation space. Matching sofas are placed facing each other, giving the living space a more structured layout.

This layout approach is designed for a space that has timeless appeal and is meant to last for years to come. It also keeps the TV from becoming the main focus of the space.

open living space layout ideasWhy It Works:

  • Two parallel sofas set this space up to be a conversation area with a formal layout that never goes out of style.
  • Sofas covered in kid-friendly fabric makes for pieces that not only look stylish, but are also practical and can stand the test of time. This makes them great investment pieces.
  • An indoor/outdoor rug ups the durability factor in this space. The pattern also helps keep the formal feel of the space.
  • Leather pieces, like the cocktail ottoman and a cowhide rug, are soft to the touch but can also handle some wear over time.
  • The plush ottoman replaces a coffee table for the ultimate kid- and pet-friendly piece.

open living space layout ideasThis is Great If You…

  • Are looking for a formal living space that’s clearly defined with a furnishings and a sofa setup that feels more grown up.
  • Enjoy a living space that’s not solely dedicated to TV watching but can be an entertaining space for family and friends.
  • Don’t need too much storage in your living space and would rather use it as a place for reading, lounging, and having conversations.
  • Have kids that are no longer toddlers but still jump on the couch and run around (hence the kid-friendly fabrics).

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Layout Guide: 1 Long and Narrow Room, 2 Comfy Solutions

Often the trickiest part of designing a space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. From the square-shaped to the narrow to the just plain awkward, this is your one-stop shop for layout ideas that work.

long and narrow room

If you’ve got a long and narrow room, you might feel like you’re stuck with only one layout option. And while it’s true that awkward spaces leave you with fewer design options, you’re far from out of luck! With a little planning, narrow spaces can have huge potential. This week see how we tackle a narrow family den with two clever and comfy layout ideas.

Long and Narrow TV Room

The Homeowners: A couple and their 9-month-old baby and family dog.

The Space: A 7×15 foot den that’s long and narrow with two walls of windows. It’s right off the entry, so it’s open on one side to the rest of the home.

The Challenge: Turning the long and narrow room into a comfortable and functional TV den that includes lots of seating and is kid- and pet-friendly. The catch: The TV only fits on one wall.

long and narrow roomIdea #1: The Tucked-Away TV Layout

If you don’t want Netflix binging to be the only thing you do in the space, use the long and narrow room to your advantage. Don’t stress about making the TV the focal point. Instead, create a space that’s perfect for reading, snuggling, and relaxing.
 
No one can say no to a large and comfy sectional, right? This one fits the long and narrow space to a T, giving the you extra seating galore!
 
If you enjoy winding down with a good book, glass of wine, or your favorite TV show, try this layout on in your space!

long and narrow roomWhy It Works:

  • The sectional perfectly fits the dimensions of the room, giving it an extra-cozy feel.
  • Instead of a coffee table, two poufs serve double-duty as footrests and extra seating.
  • There’s room to tuck in small side tables, which make up for the missing coffee table.
  • Tucking the huge credenza under the TV makes for a kid-friendly space packed with storage!

long and narrow roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Want a family room that’s comfortable and doesn’t feel stuffy.
  • Like to spend time catching up on your favorite TV shows, but don’t want to make it too easy to fall into a day-long binge session.
  • Like to host casual game nights for a big crowd.

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long and narrow roomIdea #2: The TV Viewing Layout

If you want a space that’s the real TV-viewing deal, face your sofa towards the TV. Because the room is so narrow, we swapped the sectional for a petite sofa that fits opposite the TV.
 
This swap turns our long and narrow room into a spacious gathering space. It’s great for watching TV and movies as well as hosting game nights or drinks for friends. There’s also a lot of flexibility to move furnishings around or bring in a few extra chairs.

long and narrow roomWhy It Works:

  • Tucking away the sofa keeps the space feeling open and airy.
  • The TV and the sofa make direct eye contact, which is the optimal layout for watching movies.
  • A round coffee table with hidden storage is both functional and kid-friendly.
  • The poufs make comfy footrests, but can also serve as places to put down a drink.

long and narrow roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Want a layout that’s flexible  — practice yoga, curl up with a book, and host friends for drinks all in this space.
  • Enjoy entertaining small and large groups and need room for people to move around.
  • Need a kid-friendly space with storage for all their toys.
  • Don’t want to get a neck cramp while watching your favorite Tv shows!

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Layout Ideas: Deciding on a Sofa or Sectional For an Open Living Space

Often the trickiest part of designing a space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. From the square-shaped to the narrow to the just plain awkward, this is your one-stop shop for layout ideas that work.

sofa or sectional layoutThe Homeowners: A couple with a two-year-old son.

The Space: A 22’ x 25’ open living space used everyday and for everything.

The Challenge: Designing a kid-friendly space that’s also stylish, and figuring out what couch/seating layout would work best for the space – a sofa or sectional.

sofa or sectionalIdea #1: The Conversation Ring Layout

Layout idea #1 opts for a sofa with extra chairs sprinkled all around. The space feels more decorated is perfect for entertaining and conversation. This layout also helps shift the focus away from the TV as the main feature of the room.

Why It Works:

  • The sofa is perfect for low-key family nights but it can still easily accommodate lots of guests when entertaining.
  • Pulling in standalone chairs makes for a flexible layout. Easily reconfigure your layout for game night or pull a chair to another room in your home as needed.
  • The sofa frees up a lot of walking room in and around the seating area.
  • A round table checks the box for a super kid-friendly centerpiece.

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sofa or sectional

This Is Great If You…

  • Enjoy having people over for drinks and conversation as opposed to movie marathons.
  • Prefer a living room that’s more open and has a slightly formal and designed look to it.
  • Want a living space that doesn’t revolve around TV-watching.

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sofa or sectionalIdea #2: The Viewing Corner Layout

Layout idea #2 opts for a sectional. This helps to define the living area as a cozy corner where you can totally lounge out. the sectional also helps turn the space into a TV lounge area with a casual atmosphere.

sofa or sectional

sofa or sectional

Why It Works:

  • The sectional helps clearly delineate the seating area from the rest of the space, making it feel like a room within a room.
  • A huge tiered coffee table provides practical storage space for you to stash remotes and other tech gadgets out of sight.
  • The bigger the sectional the more pillows you can have. Pile them on for lots of cushy support!
  • This layout factors in lots of extra lighting as well, which means you can set the mood as needed.

sofa or sectional

This Is Great If You…

  • Want to have a clearly defined living space that doesn’t face the entry area.
  • Mainly use your living space for watching TV and movies with family and friends.
  • Enjoy a more laid-back and relaxed living room where you can lie down and stretch out your legs.

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Layout Ideas: 1 Boxy Bedroom, 2 Smart Ways to Maximize The Space

Often the trickiest part of designing a space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. From the square-shaped to the narrow to the just plain awkward, this is your one-stop shop for layout ideas that work.

The Space: A 150-square-foot bedroom that is square-shaped with seemingly limited furniture arrangement and design possibilities.

The Challenge: Creating a layout design for a boxy bedroom that can accommodate a queen-sized bed, dressing area, and work space with a custom desk. All while keeping the room from feeling overcrowded or dorm-like.

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Idea #1: The L-Shaped Layout

Layout idea #1 uses what we call the L-shaped arrangement where furniture is lined up along two walls of a square bedroom. This creates a cozy corner, opens up the rest of the room, and makes the space feel less boxy.

This approach is about maximizing storage and vertical space to balance the unfurnished half of the room.

layout ideas

Why It Works:

  • The bed does not face face the door, which creates walking room and a nice flow. This layout follows the rules of good bedroom feng shui.
  • The desk by the door is the ultimate multipurpose piece. It functions as a catchall for keys and random little things, a work surface for sending emails, and a vanity for getting ready.
  • Mini dressers as nightstands give you lots of extra storage for books, sheets, and blankets.
  • Placing a bookcase in the corner makes use of vertical space for storage and takes up very little floor space.

bedroom layout ideasThis Is Great If You…

  • Are looking to design a guest room that’s more grown-up feeling. This arrangement gives the space a hotel-like look and feel.
  • Share this bedroom with another person. The layout provides enough storage and functions for two.

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Idea #2: The Long Layout

Layout idea #2 is all about a sectioned approach that clearly defines sleep and work areas.

Add a sense of spaciousness to the room by lining up the bed and the desk in a row along the same wall. This also helps create good flow as soon as you walk in the door.

In this layout, there’s not a lot of storage space, but also a dedicated office area that makes the room feel like a functional live/work studio space.

bedroom layout ideas

Why It Works:

  • The desk tucked away in the corner makes a stylish office corner. This placement also takes advantage of the natural light from the window right above.
  • There’s more room for a nice comfy chair. It can be pulled up as a desk chair or moved and used as a reading chair anywhere in the room.
  • You definitely get more open floor space in with this layout since it keeps one side open with lots of walking room.

bedroom layout ideas

This Is Great If You…

  • Want a studio that has distinct spaces for all your activities, rather than feeling like one open room.
  • Don’t need a lot of space to host people in your studio apartment.
  • Live with a partner and want a space where you can cohabitate with a little more privacy and space to do your own thing.

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Layout Ideas: 9 Ways to Arrange a Piano In Your Living Room

piano layout ideaOften the trickiest part of designing your space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout ideas for any space – from the square-shaped to the narrow to the just plain awkward. In this installment, we’re exploring all the stylish ways to arrange a living space with a piano.

Believe it or not, finding the right spot to place a piano in a living room is a common design dilemma our customers face. We totally get why! If you have a piano, chances are it’s either being used by you or your family regularly in a shared public space, or it holds some sentimental or personal meaning for you that makes it hard to get rid of.

Regardless of how often you play your piano, there’s no denying that it’s a substantial piece that can really only work in a few spots – or at least it might seem that way. We’re here to help show you otherwise.

Take a peek below for some inspiring ways to arrange (or rearrange) your space to accommodate a piano.

 

piano layout ideaFor a Pass-Through Living Room

If you’re living in a single-floor house or a home that has a series of small rooms, you might find yourself working with a square-shaped, pass-through living space that requires you to make use of every inch. Add in a substantial piece, like a piano, and it can get a little challenging to make everything fit.

 

piano layout ideaLayout Idea #1: Symmetrical and Focused

If you’re working with an upright piano that needs to go against a wall, make it the focal point in your square living room. Think of it almost as a stand in for a fireplace. This then lets you arrange the rest of your furniture symmetrically around it. You might think it sounds crazy to design a room around a piano, but in this case it can be a super stylish and space-saving approach.

Best For: If you like to play music for guests while entertaining, this lets you listen and lounge in total comfort. Also great if you’re a family of musicians that enjoys taking turns playing tunes.

 

piano layout ideaLayout Idea #2: Cornered and Composed

This approach is probably the most common when you’re working with an upright piano. By placing it flush against two walls in a corner, the piano doesn’t interfere with the flow of the rest of a square room but is still easily accessible. It’s a great way to carve out a perfect little practice area.

Best For: If you have little ones who are learning the piano and your home sees a lot of foot-traffic and commotion. This keeps your space open.

 

piano layout ideaLayout Idea #3: Grand and Balanced

With a grand piano, try making room for it by dividing your space into two areas down the middle: One side for lounging, one side with just the grand piano, which instantly becomes a statement and sculpture in the room. This is also a great way to play up a formal vibe in a small space – who doesn’t love getting cozy next to a grand piano, right?

Best For: If you have a grand piano that you want to show off in a fancy way.

 

piano layout ideaFor a Long and Narrow Living Room

A common room shape for apartments and city townhouses, you’ll find that these elongated spaces often have to serve multiple needs (living and entertaining, impromptu work area, TV spot) with tight square footage to work with. With a piano in the picture, some smart maneuvering is definitely required.

 

piano layout ideaLayout Idea #1: Keep It on the Sidelines

Many long living rooms end up having only one source of natural light from windows at the very far end of the space. This might be the best spot for setting up an upright piano if you need your space to function as an all-in-one living and gathering spot where you’ll be spending time watching TV or hosting friends and drink nights. This approach keeps the piano off to the side but it helps to anchor the room as it’s the first thing you’ll see.

Best For: If you like jamming out with friends but have a catch-all space that’s used for everything.

 

piano layout ideaLayout Idea #2: Blend It into the Decor

Why not simply make your upright piano a part of your living room decor by arranging it as you would a piece of furniture. By placing the piano opposite your sofa and adding chairs on both side, it immediately feels like a natural component in the room. We especially love how this also opens up room for a work desk. Talk about multipurpose!

Best For: If you’d rather play some ballads than watch TV. Or if your piano is an heirloom that you want to incorporate as a part of your daily life. This layout idea gives it the attention it deserves.

 

piano layout ideaLayout Idea #3: Set It Up Like a Stage

Place a grand piano at the end of a long room to give it a performance-stage-like set up that immediately makes your space feel polished and pulled together. We like to think of this as the high-low approach, where you can easily have people over for both movie night as well as a piano performance (even at the same time!).

Best For: If you’re a serious pianist who also loves having people over for recitals. If you ask us, we love a good sing-a-long hangout!

 

piano layout ideaFor a Large and Open Living Room

Often these open living spaces with a fireplace are found in family homes and multi-story houses. But just because you have more space to work with doesn’t mean finding the right spot for a piano is any easier.

piano layout ideaLayout Idea #1: Put Baby (Grand) In a Corner

Arrange your furniture to face one corner and put your grand (or baby grand) there so that it becomes the sculptural spotlight in the room. This set-up guarantees that your piano will be the centerpiece in the room. And whether you use it often or not, it’s bound to add intrigue and balance to your space.

Best For: If you have a formal sitting room where you like to host formal cocktail parties. Also, this is great if you have an eclectic mix of furnishings in a big space; the piano will help unify everything.

 

piano layout ideaLayout Idea #2: Use It For a Vignette

If you’d rather your grand piano be off to the side as opposed to part of the room as much, try to create a vignette with it as the centerpiece. Hang art on the walls around it and pull in few tall plants to make it a visually stimulating spot all on its own.

Best For: If your piano is more for display than use.

 

piano layout ideaLayout Idea #3: Make It Double as Display

Don’t forget that your piano can have uses beyond being just making music. That’s particularly true for upright pianos, which can also hold art on top. In a big space, try thinking of it as you would a bookshelf and slipping it into a corner with favorite art placed above it.

Best For: If your living room is for casual hangouts where you like to turn out some tunes.

 

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9 Ways To Arrange A Piano In Your Living Room

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Small Space Ideas: 1 Studio Apartment, 2 Clever Layouts

In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. We will feature a variety of rooms – from the square, to the narrow, to the just plain awkward – outfitted with two different layouts that work.

 

If you’ve ever lived in a studio apartment, you know that while space may be limited, your design possibilities are not. This week we tackle two layouts for a square-shaped studio with an open floor plan.

Explore the two studio apartment layout ideas below and steal a few ideas for your own studio apartment!

studio apartment layout guide

The space: A 450 square foot studio apartment with a corner kitchen and two walls of windows.

The Challenge: Designing a layout that included a desk, space for TV viewing, and dining area, all while maximizing the usability of the space to make it feel open and uncluttered.

Idea #1: The Open Layout

Layout idea #1 is all about creating flow inside our studio apartment, making the space feel open, airy, and uncluttered. This setup is great for those who like to entertain and have people over often.

studio apartment layout guide

Why It Works:

  • The furniture hugs the walls, maximizing open space to create a layout that emphasizes good flow.
  • The bistro table for two in the kitchen separates the dining area from the rest of the space. This is also a great way to combat a lack of counter space (a not uncommon problem in small spaces), as the table can double as a kitchen island.
  • The bench stands in for a coffee table, but can also double as extra seating when guests come over.
  • Poufs tuck neatly away under the bench, and also work as footrests, side tables, or perches for guests or pets.
  • A triple threat, the bookcase provides extra storage, acts as a room divider, and gives privacy to the bed area.

studio apartment layout

This Is Great If You…

  • Love to entertain and host small and large gatherings in your space.
  • Live alone or don’t need a studio apartment layout that maximizes privacy.
  • Hate clutter – there’s nowhere to stash a mess in this layout.
  • Want to take advantage of a layout that maximizes extra space – for yoga, dancing, or any other activity that requires a little extra breathing room.

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Idea #2: The Zoned Layout

By using furniture to section off – or “zone” – spaces, this studio apartment layout makes each distinct area feel like its own room. The best part is that the bed is totally tucked away in a cozy corner that feels secluded from the rest of the space.

studio apartment layout guide

Why It Works:

  • “Floating” the sofa in the middle of the room helps divide the space into distinct areas, like living/dining, bedroom and office.
  • Place the dining area by the windows to create a sunny breakfast nook vibe.
  • Tuck the bed away behind the desk area, to create a separate space with more privacy.
  • Plop the sofa directly across from the wall-mounted TV to make Netflix binges more convenient and comfortable.

studio apartment layout guide

This Is Great If You…

  • Want a studio that has distinct spaces for all your activities, rather than feeling like one open room.
  • Don’t need a lot of space to host people in your studio apartment.
  • Live with a partner and want a space where you can cohabitate with a little more privacy and space to do your own thing.

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Layout Solutions: Clever Design Ideas for Awkward Spaces

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Every home comes with a few quirks, be it architectural or spatial. You’ve seen them before—the strange nook off to one side of a room, a random recessed area that just serves no purpose, or a weirdly angled corner where nothing will fit. Naturally, these tricky spaces can be a challenge to figure out in a home.

It’s no wonder then that many homeowners come to Modsy asking for help designing an awkward space in their home. Read on to see how we helped a few Modsy customers come up with clever ways to put an awkward space to use.

A Small Bedroom Nook

When it comes to odd nooks, the design possibilities are actually endless. This window area in a couple’s bedroom had a pretty view but they were stumped when it came to furnishing it. So, our stylists came up with a few ideas that gave them a new perspective on the awkward space.

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awkward spaces

Idea #1: Office With a View

To make the most out of a small nook, look to maximize the space, vertically. Compact furnishings that don’t take up too much floor space are key; a wall-mounted fold-out desk with a slender chair easily turned this empty spot into a petite yet practical workspace.

Idea #2: Cozy Resting Spot

You can turn any nook into a quiet retreat from the rest of a room by simply adding an ottoman and a side table. Add a small rug, like this fluffy sheepskin, to help define the space as a resting spot where you can take a break with a book on the ottoman or leaning back on the floor.

 

A Tiny Living Room Recess

Awkward built-in architectural elements might be unavoidable in some homes, but with a little ingenious rethinking, you can put these areas to practical and stylish use! For a homeowner who inherited a living space with a tiny recess area, our stylists thought up a few ways to cozy it up.

Idea #1: Tucked-Away Bar

Bar carts and tray tables come in a range of sizes and can be just the pieces you need to transform an awkwardly tight spot. Consider these spaces an extension of your living area and an opportunity to add a function that’s missing in your room – such as this bar station or a mini library with wall shelving for extra books.

Idea #2: Comfy Cubby Seat

Similarly, recessed nooks in a room can make for comfy spots for lounging if you simply pile on some pillows and deck out the walls with display shelves. Think of it as a window seat for one, where you can snuggle up with a cup of tea wrapped in a throw on lazy weekend mornings.

 

Mini Alcoves and Corners

Most homes come with a few challenging corner spots that don’t allow for much decorating. But these actually make perfect spots for getting creative with interesting design pieces. For homeowners who were at a loss with strange corners in their homes, our stylists offered up some pretty and practical ideas.

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awkward spaces

Idea #1: A Quiet Reading Corner

Odd corners, especially ones with sloped ceilings, seem attractive in theory but can pose a huge design challenge. Rather than trying to find the perfect art to fill your slanted wall space, try keeping it bare for once.

Instead, turn a slanted space into a reading corner with designs that make a statement. This is your chance to get bold with a bright wing chair, a cool floor lamp, or an unusual side table, which will bring focus to the corner without it feeling empty.

Idea #2: A Versatile Workspace

There seems to always be that one, awkward narrow strip of wall that either goes unused or is too small to hang a painting or a mirror. Consider more modern and modular designs like wall-mounted shelving, which not only provides lots of vertical storage space but also provides a makeshift work surface if you simply pull up a chair.

 

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Layout Hacks: Our Favorite Tricks to Incorporate TV Viewing into any Living Room Layout

It’s a simple fact that for many of us, the main focal point in our living rooms is the television.

It’s also a fact that not all living rooms were designed with that purpose in mind. Some have fireplaces, floor-to ceiling windows, or strangely angled walls that don’t lend themselves nicely to a layout that makes watching TV comfortable.

So what’s a design-savvy, Netflix-binging person to do?

You don’t need to compromise between a space that looks nice and accommodates your favorite activities. To prove it, we pulled some of our favorite customer spaces to show off some of our favorite tips and tricks for TV-viewing layout solutions.

 

Use the back of your sofa to define the space

TV layout

Challenge: A living room that also serves as the entryway where people are constantly walking through on their way in and out.

Solve: Rather than placing the sofa against one wall and the TV against the other, try pulling the sofa several feet away from the wall, letting it float in the middle of the space. The back of the sofa can act like a wall, keeping the walkway behind it clear and creating an intimate living space for family time around the TV.

 

Try swivel chairs for an easy swap to TV-viewing

TV layout

Challenge: Finding a layout that allows you to enjoy the fireplace and watch TV, all without straining your neck.

Solve: Instead of facing your sofa towards the fireplace, try rotating your living room furniture 90 degrees. This makes for a great conversational area centered around the fireplace and lets the sofa face the TV, which is tucked out of the way, against the opposite wall.

Bonus: The two blue armchairs can swivel around, to face the TV, making for easy extra seating when guests are over.

 

Divide a large space into multiple zones

TV layout

Challenge: A large, open, and long living room that needs to accommodate multiple activities.

Solve: Rather than designing this room as one large living space, consider a layout that breaks up the room into two distinct areas – a formal living area and a more casual TV viewing space. A great way to visually separate the two “zones” is to use different area rugs. This will help the two spaces feel connected, yet distinct.

 

Place your TV next to the fireplace, on an angle

TV layout

Challenge: If you want to make your fireplace the focal point of the room, but also want to include a TV, you might think your only option is to mount your TV above the mantle.

Solve: A simple solve for this can be to place your TV at an angle on a credenza next to the fireplace. This allows you to enjoy both focal points, without the TV overwhelming the space.

 

Use your sofa to divide the space

TV layout

Challenge: Making an open floor work for multiple functions like a dining, living, and study space.

Solve: Use your sofa to divide an open space can be a great way to create separation between the different areas. Here, the sofa floats in the middle of the room, facing the only wall where a TV could be mounted and not block the windows. This allows for a small dining area behind the sofa and a desk by the windows.

 

Get creative and utilize nooks and crannies

TV layout

Challenge: An open living space with a lot of windows and no clear spot to place a TV.

Solve: Utilizing small nooks can be a great work-around for rooms with no obvious place for the TV. Rather than blocking a window, which can cause your TV to look backlit and block your view, try placing your TV in an otherwise un-utilized space, like this nook below the staircase.

 

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Seeing is Believing: A Layout Mystery Solved

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If anything were possible, we could all design a place to live that worked perfectly for our unique lifestyles. But, alas, that’s not the case. Most of us live in spaces that have at least one perplexing aspect, whether it’s an oddly shaped room, an awkwardly placed window, or a funny little nook off the kitchen whose original purpose is a complete mystery. And in many cases, we need to make use of every square foot, no matter how puzzling.

Enter Allie and Andrew, their new house in the lovely Montclair neighborhood of Oakland, CA, and a perfect opportunity for some Modsy magic.

This young couple’s first home is a true find – great neighborhood, lots of natural light, beautiful views and loads of charming details. Here’s the main challenge: A long, narrow space that runs from the front door to the back deck that needs to multitask as living area and ideally, dining area, while still leaving entry space. Oh, and another small constraint: it also has a variety of asymmetrically-placed structural elements along the way, just to keep things interesting.

Design challenge? Modsy to the rescue! First, we did a couple of renderings of the empty space so we could assess our strategy:

Modsy 3D rendered view of empty space, toward front door, empty

ModsyRendering_AAModsy 3D rendered view from overhead

Next: Identifying Allie and Andrew’s individual taste preferences with our style quiz and some initial concept boards. Here’s where their design ideals overlapped: a relaxed, inviting ambiance, calm neutrals, warm accents, natural and rustic textures with a touch of vintage and industrial elements. With this information we identified a furniture and decor collection just right for them. Now, the really fun part: creating more Modsy 3D visualizations of their space, this time with several furniture configurations to show them what was possible, and help them determine what best suited their needs. Three options – see what you think:

Option 1: Cozy sitting area by the fireplace, sun-filled sitting/lounging area with sofa that opens to the back deck.

ModsyRendering_AAModsy 3D rendered overhead viewModsyRendering_AAModsy 3D rendered front sitting area, by fireplaceModsyRendering_AAModsy 3D rendered back sitting area, near French doors and deck

Option 2: Dining area centered on fireplace; living area with sofa centered on two side windows with easy flow to outdoors.

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Modsy 3D rendered overhead viewModsyRendering_AA Modsy 3D rendered dining area in front, by fireplaceModsyRendering_AAModsy 3D rendered living area in back, by French doors and deck

Option 3: Centralized living area with loveseat and chair(s) that incorporates the fireplace but leaves plenty of entry space; dining area at back, with easy access to deck.

ModsyRendering_AAModsy 3D rendered overhead view

ModsyRendering_AAModsy 3D rendered living area in front, incorporating fireplace

ModsyRendering_AAModsy 3D rendered dining area in back, by French doors and deck

In addition to adding and arranging the furniture and accessories, we made a couple of changes that Allie and Andrew already knew they wanted: a soft gray wall color, and a silvery white paint to cool off the formerly smoke-blackened, brick-colored brick fireplace.


First Image: Original photo of wall color and fireplace
Second Image:  Modsy 3D rendering of new wall color and fireplace

These small color changes alone completely altered the feel of the room, providing confirmation to the couple that their instincts were right. But their biggest concern was having enough room to create living and dining areas – without the room feeling like a furniture warehouse. When they initially saw the house staged, achieving this goal seemed like a reach. Now, seeing the room in a variety of layouts, with furniture and decor that speaks to them, they have a roadmap and confidence about next steps.

Getting over the barrier of existing elements – or wide open blank spaces – opens a world of possibilities. Allowing you to see those barriers disappear, and be replaced with elements in your style, arranged in a way that fits your life is what we’re up to at Modsy. It’s a whole new way of designing a room.

Meanwhile, back in Oakland, when the moving van arrived, Allie and Andrew knew exactly where the furniture should go (Option 3, dining area near the deck). They’re also creating a prioritized list of new things to buy, well on their way to turning this house into a home. They saw it, they loved it, now they’re doing it.

Shop this Look: Rustic Modern

Pontus Sofa
Joybird, $1799

Jutte Lattice Rug
Pottery Barn, $129-$549

Foundry Coffee Table
Cisco Home, $1295

Deconstructed French Napoleonic Chair
Restoration Hardware, $1015


As Collective
One Kings Lane, $99

Fuchsia Stripes
One Kings Lane, $325 – $475

 

 

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