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8 Dorm Room Layout Ideas for Single, Double, and Triple Dorms

For many college students, it has been a year of navigating non-stop changes and learning how to learn at home with family members around. Now finally, they can slowly and safely head back on to their university campuses. And for many students, that also means returning to college dorm life, where they’ll be sharing rooms with friends and classmates.

As much as dorm living is a rite of passage, so is decorating a dorm room. It’s about finding a dorm room layout that works for everyone in a small space. While most dorms come with the usual suspects of college furnishings (desk, twin XL bed, dresser, and a bookcase or dresser), there are endless ways to personalize and arrange the space so that it’s comfy to live, relax, study, and sleep in.

For some inspiration and guidance, in this special edition of our Layout Guides series, we’re breaking down the best dorm room layout ideas that do it all while making the most of a compact shared space with roommates. Read on to get our tips for designing a stylish and functional college dorm room for one, two, and three people.

Can’t decide on your dorm room furniture? Check out our roundup of dorm room decor ideas. Also see our studio apartment layout ideas for the best small-space tricks, along with our design tips for small apartments for more inspiration.

Single Dorm Room Layouts

If you manage to score a dorm room all to yourself, lucky you! While it’s all yours, these rooms are usually smaller so it’s just as important to maximize the space. Here are two layouts ideas to do just that!

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Single Layout #1: Classic Dorm Room For One

This typical college dorm room layout divides the space into two optimized sides: One with the bed and the other with a desk and dresser for function. It’s a setup that allows for maximum floor space while still leaving room for underbed storage and a nightstand that provides extra room for essentials.

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The Key Decor Elements

  • Storage boxes and lidded containers that can be neatly stowed away underbed is essential since you can’t hang or add any additional bookshelves.
  • A fuzzy rug is great for bringing in a touch of color, texture, and comfort. It will also help unify the separate sleep and work areas.
  • Draperies are often overlooked in college dorms, so hang some up yourself to add privacy and control the amount of daylight you get in the space—especially after those all-nighters!
  • For a single dorm room, personal touches, like plants and artwork you love, can make it feel more like your own studio apartment.

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Single Layout #2: A Live-Work Dorm Room for One

For a college dorm room with a slightly more grown-up feel, consider this layout, which has double the floor space and incorporates a small living corner. The lofted bed opens up the space in two ways: It allows for a desk and “study zone” to be created underneath the bed; and it frees up the rest of the room, making it possible to add a small seating area.

The Key Decor Elements

  • A lofted bed definitely has its pros and cons, but in a dorm room, it’s definitely worth the climb into bed every night if it means more overall space. Place it in a corner (versus floating it) to make your sleep space feel cozier up top.
  • Consider a sleeper loveseat instead of a sofa. It will come in handy when friends from study groups need to sleep over during midterms and finals.
  • Round out your seating area with moveable pieces: A small pouf, floor cushions, and a low table. They’ll complete the corner as a place for relaxing, studying, and hanging out.
  • Decorate your walls with art, garlands, and other hanging decor that reflect your personal style.

Double Dorm Room Layouts

These are the most common dorm room configurations. A dorm room for two people means double the furniture with almost the same space as a single room. Depending on how you and your roomy plan to use the space, here are some stylish and practical layouts to choose from.

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Double Layout #1: A Symmetrical Dorm Room Setup

The most popular (and practical) layout, this is the standard university dorm room for two people. It’s the perfect layout for dividing a space up evenly, so both roommates have their own sleep and work areas.

The Key Decor Elements

  • A patterned rug that extends across both beds not only adds comfort but it also helps define the sleep zone from the rest of the room.
  • Layering in luxurious accents, like a pouf and a cowhide rug can help make the space feel less like a college dorm room and more like a studio apartment.
  • Make existing furniture do double-duty, such as using a dresser for a shared nightstand between the beds and footing the beds with the desks to maximize space.
  • From paintings to colorful pillows, balance out the cookie-cutter college dorm room setup with small personal touches from each roommate to make it feel more homey.

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Double Layout #2: A Zoned Dorm Room For Two

For a more focused dorm room setup for two, try this layout that sections off each side of the room for a purpose. A bunk bed along one wall delineates the sleep zone, desks against the window serve as the study and work area, and the dressers lining another wall function as both storage and a display area. The result is a room with good flow that also still has lots of space.

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The Key Decor Elements

  • If provided the option by your college, a bunk bed can be a great space-saver that lets you and the roomie add a lounge corner dressing area, or a bookcase.A floor mirror can change the look in a dorm room instantly and give you a changing zone. Choose one with an eye-catching frame or design to offset the dormitory furniture.
  • Two dressers placed side-by-side makes for practical clothing storage while also providing a wide surface that’s perfect for all those college textbooks or setting up a TV.
  • An easy way to set apart each roomie’s space is to bring in distinctive pieces to your respective spaces, like different table lamps that reflect their respective styles.

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Double Layout #3: A Study-Optimized Shared Space

This approach is similar to the typical college dorm room layout for two, except this has lofted beds that provide more floor space. Now each roommate has a dedicated study nook under their beds, which they can use for storage or lounging—it’s up to them! This layout also makes the most use of every wall and corner, and every piece of furniture fits neatly into a spot while serving a function.

The Key Decor Elements

  • The lofted beds are arranged to face opposite directions, which helps to differentiate the two sides of the room. This setup brings a bit of visual interest to the layout.
  • A rattan hanging chair can make for a statement piece that introduces a new focus to the standard dorm room setup and it will also help even out all the wood furniture.
  • A pair of poufs and two layered rugs offer both visual balance and added comfort to both sides of the room. They ground the room and draw the eye to the center.
  • The nearly facing dressers at the end of the beds lets each roommate have their own storage area that can also double as a changing corner with two floor mirrors.

 

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Triple Dorm Room Layouts

For most university dorm arrangements, three is usually the max number of people in one room. It’s also the tightest use of space, so you have to really be considerate with your layout and furniture arrangements. Here are three layouts to help you set-up a three-person dorm room!

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Triple Dorm Layout #1: A Highly Personalized Setup

For the most space-saving approach, this lofted bed approach gives everyone their own study, storage, and sleep space. The lofted beds are placed in three corners of the room, freeing up the entire room for use. Here, the open space is turned into a seating area for everyone—or you float the sofa and set up a TV against the wall for a full entertainment area.

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The Key Decor Elements

  • With all the open floor space, there’s plenty of room to add in an extra storage cabinet or armoire where the sofa is to hold college sports equipment, laundry detergent for all, and other living supplies.
  • There’s lots of room between beds, which is perfect for adding a bookcase or, in this case, a cabinet with a coffee bar that makes for a mini kitchen counter.
  • The common area helps define the entire room, with the rug, futon sofa, and poufs being the central focus. This makes for an easy flow both visually and physically.

Triple Dorm Layout #2: A Sectioned Sleep-Work Space

This dorm room layout is all about smart division of space. The bunk bed functions as a room divider that also separates different desks and study areas. Similarly the single bed is separated from the entrance by the desk being used as a divider. This configuration also allows for the common seating area to get tucked away into a corner for a cozy hangout spot.

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The Key Decor Elements 

  • The mix of a single bed and a bunk bed means it’s actually trickier to make the space work. Using them as anchors along walls and as room dividers is the best way to make the most of these functional pieces in a room for three.
  • Make each dresser surface work, as a catchall, as a display area, and even as a coffee bar. It will make their freestanding arrangement feel less random and more purposeful.
  • With the space divided up into many zones, each area offers more privacy for each person, even the common area, where the futon can easily flip into a bed for friends!

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Triple Dorm Layout #3: A Free-Flow Arrangement

This one breaks out of the standard college dorm room the most. With a layout that feels more aesthetically and spatially balanced, this configuration has a more open concept living space vibe to it. Still, it does factor in all the college needs, with a stylish work area, a tucked away seating corner, and smartly positioned beds for comfortable TV watching.


The Key Decor Elements

  • The double desks flanking a dresser with the coffee bar is an efficient use of wall space that also creates a productive and functional office area.
  • With two lofted beds, a tall floor lamp, large painting, and other wall decor will help even out the focus of the room, drawing the eye up. It also balances out the height of the TV on top of a tall dresser.
  • More like the living room in a home shared by three good friends, the shared use of all the furniture, from the dressers to the desks, and the sofa, makes this a great layout for best friends or people who want to invest in a slightly more grown-up dorm room setup.

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6 Examples of How to Design a Living Room With 2 Entrances

We’ve covered off on many different types of living room layouts—from awkward living room designs to large open rooms that maximize space by floating furniture. Now we’re tackling living rooms with a uniquely awkward conundrum: The living room with 2 entrances.

A common design feature in homes, a living room with two entrances can be a tricky floor plan to furnish. In addition to figuring out the right living Room furniture, you also have to consider the traffic flow in the space room based on the doorways and where they lead.

To inspire you and provide some guidance, we’ve broken down six rooms with double entrances to show you different ways to make it work.

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1. An L-Shaped Living Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: An L-shaped living room with two entrances. One entrance is an opening that leads to a dining room; the other is a door that connects to the outdoor patio off the living room.

Additionally, the room also features a fireplace that’s directly in between the two entry points. The L-shape design of the space also provides a small nook that acts like a separate room.

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How To Make It Work:

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Arrange conversational seating. A conversational seating area set-up works best in this room. The two chairs face a sofa, and the arrangement is centered in front of the fireplace, which creates a more balanced look and flow throughout the space.

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Zone it with a rug. The seating area is also set off as a focal point with a rug. All of the furniture is on the rug, making it clear that is the main seating area. The rug is also pulled up close to the fireplace, which creates a path on the other side with good flow and lots of walking room.

Add other functions. Making the most of small spaces within the room will help make the room feel more spacious. The floor mirror in one corner reflects light and gives the illusion of more space, while the office corner brings added function to the room and makes it feel larger as well.

Designer Tip: Use furniture with lower profiles and open designs, like the leather accent chairs, to keep the line of vision open from the entrance to the outside door. This will play up a more open look and feel in the room.

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2. A Narrow, Rectangular Living Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: An 18×11 foot rectangular living room with two entrances on opposite ends. One is an open archway that leads to a hallway; the other consists of double doors connecting to another room.

The double doors can be shut to give the space a more formal room-like look and feel. Additionally, the room also features a large window along one wall that lets in unobstructed light.

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How To Make It Work:

Arrange furniture along the walls. Given the long and narrow shape of the room, this set-up is ideal. The sofa along the window wall, the bar cart across from it, and the armchair in the corner keeps the layout feeling open and maximizes the room’s flow from entrance to entrance.

Make the sofa the focal point. With a narrow room, centering a sofa along a wall is the easiest way to bring symmetry and balance to the space. You can then decorate and build the room with the rest of your furnishings from there.

Have moveable pieces. Having pieces that are easy to move is good when you have entrances that require doors to open into the space. The rolling bar cart, ottoman, and low coffee table can all be moved around as needed for entertaining or to make more room.

Designer Tip: In a long and narrow space, captivating art on the walls and a patterned rug on the ground are key. They’ll keep the eye moving and also distract from the room’s compact and narrow shape.

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3. A Large Open Living-Dining Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: A large square living room with an open doorway and a narrow entry. The large doorway leads to the dining room and kitchen; the narrow one connects into a small hallway.

The two entrances occupy two of the living room walls. Another wall is taken up by a pair of large windows. And a last wall in the room features two more windows flanking a fireplace, which sits directly opposite the opening to the dining and kitchen area. All of this leaves little to no wall space for furniture to be placed around the room.

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How To Make It Work:

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Float all your furniture. Given there’s very little wall space to work with in this open living room, this approach is the most functional. By floating a sofa, coffee table, ottomans, and armchairs, you get a seating area that’s comfortable with plenty of walking room.

Partition with a sofa. Make the sofa the focal point in front of the opening to the dining and kitchen area. This centers the sofa across from the fireplace, and it also subtly acts as a wall that sections off the living room as its own space.

Keep your hallway open. By placing accent chairs and ottomans opposite the wall with the hallway entrance, you’ll maximize the flow in the space with a clear path into the living room as well as the dining and kitchen areas.

Designer Tip: With a random opening or an awkward entrance in a room, you want to de-emphasize its odd placement. To draw attention away from the narrow entrance in this room, a series of artwork flanking the doorway offers balance, symmetry, and a bold decor element.

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4. A Formal Living Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: A very long rectangular room with openings at each end to other rooms in the home. The living room feels almost like a giant thruway sandwiched between two entrances.

Along one wall, double doors and windows open to the outside. So, technically there are three ways to enter this living room. A fireplace also occupies another wall at one end of the room.

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How To Make It Work:

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Arrange multiple functional areas. Keeping the seating layout off to one side instead of floating it in the room can help the large space feel more intimate and cozy. This also leaves room for a seating area near the fireplace as well as a console area on the other end.

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Create a TV focal point. The TV mounted on the wall is flanked with sconces, which makes the whole display a focus in the room. This also helps to center the room’s seating arrangement and gives a sense of visual balance to the overall space.

Maintain a triangular flow. The overall flow and walking zone in the room is a triangle shape that goes from the entrance to double doors behind the sofa to the opposite entrance. Be sure to keep this path clear to maintain the flow. It will make the room’s layout feel more intentional.

Designer Tip: Low-profile furnishings are a great option for long rooms with low ceilings, like this one. The large sectional here makes for a substantial piece but isn’t super tall so it keeps the line of vision open from each entrance, while also giving the room an airy feel.

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5. Small Living Room With Two Entrances

The Layout: A small 12’x12’ living room with two entrances on the same wall. There is also a window on the wall opposite the entrances. This creates two focal points in the space, making the layout of the furniture limited and a challenge.

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How To Make It Work:

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Make the most of corners. Arrange furnishings in corners and along walls to optimize space. This setup invites you ‘into’ the room, with the sofa lining one wall and the TV and bookcase directly across from it—which creates a relaxing TV and reading zone.

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Keep furnishings on one side. In a small room with smaller archway entrances, it’s best to keep the space open and not put anything in the way that blocks or makes the entrances tighter and harder to get to. Here, the entry areas and seating area are directly opposite each other.

Designer Tips: The focal point in this small room is the arched doorway by default. Complement its unique shape by decorating the vertical space around it with art and a standing bookcase, which will make it feel more like a part of the room rather than an entrance.

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6. Living Room With 2 Adjoining Entrances

The Layout: A long living room with two side-by-side corner entrances that lead into other rooms. They’re also accompanied by a corner fireplace, which makes one side of the room with all the architectural elements the main focal point in the space. On the other side, built-in shelves and a large picture window offer a second focal point.

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How To Make It Work:

Center a floating seating area. By floating and centering the seating area, it gives the room an inviting feeling and opens the space up to all the entrances. The sofa faces the fireplace and the entrances to the room, which visually invites you into the space.

Zoning with a mix of rugs. A mix of different style rugs help delineate the different areas in the room. A large rectangular rug sits under the main seating area, a hide rug marks the fireplace with an accent chair, and a smaller rug defines one of the two entrances to the room.

Designer Tip: In a long space with multiple focal points, the key is to maintain a cohesive look throughout. This keeps the space feeling balanced. For example, the fireplace and area between the entrances is decorated with furnishings to balance out the other side of the room

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Two Layouts for a 12 x 14 Bedroom

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to lay out a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got! Here, we’re breaking down all the ways to master a 12×14 bedroom layout.

12x14 bedroom layout

The Space: A 12×14 Bedroom

The Challenge: In this light-filled bedroom, two large windows and a walk-in closet have to be factored into the bedroom layout, which needs to include a place to sleep, additional storage, as well as a small dressing area that needs to double as a reading corner.

What’s also challenging with this 12×14 bedroom layout is its size. It’s not exactly a small bedroom, but with several big essential furniture pieces that need to be worked in, it can feel like you’re packing too much into a small bedroom layout. So what’s the best approach for a bedroom that’s functional, stylish, and feels spacious?

First you’ll want to make the most of any windows in the bedroom—more daylight means a more airy look and feel. Then optimize your bedroom layout with furniture that double up on function, like using dressers for nightstands or a chaise that works as a reading chair while also setting apart a dressing area. Finally, opt for bedroom accents that use vertical space instead of taking up floor space, which will help open up your bedroom layout.

To help you design an ideal bedroom layout, we’ve rounded up some quick and easy tips below that are sure to inspire you. From stylish and functional bedroom furniture to simple ways to arrange your pieces, read on to get some of our favorite bedroom layout ideas.

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Bedroom Layout #1: The Functional, Clean-Lined Bedroom

In this bedroom layout approach, the space is optimized for sleep and storage. The centerpiece is the large-scale bed, and it’s paired with a range of storage pieces with lots of drawers and shelves. The concealed storage helps minimize visual clutter throughout the bedroom. It gives a small bedroom layout feel that’s cozy rather than crowded.

Despite the bed’s large size, it’s placed in between the windows, which help keep it from feeling oversized in this bedroom. The proportional nightstand dressers also help balance out the look and feel of the bed in the overall bedroom layout.

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Additionally, compact furnishings help round out this bedroom layout with more function, such as the ladder bookshelf and the hanging mirror paired with the ottoman in one of the bedroom corners. A mix of graphic and modern black-and-white art also add to the streamlined look of this bedroom, which keeps the space from feeling like a small bedroom cramped with too many large furniture pieces.

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Add Bedroom Function Like A Minimalist

One of the best ways to maximize any bedroom layout is to place a minimalist-style dresser along the entry wall to leave an open walkway from the entrance to the bathroom door as well as all around. With the dresser also directly across from the bed, this creates an open flow in the overall bedroom layout. Not to mention, a minimalist wooden dresser also easily does triple duty as functional storage, a display surface and vanity, and a statement piece all on its own in any bedroom.

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Also, in this bedroom layout the floor length mirror alongside the dresser makes for a practical dressing corner in the bedroom that saves a ton of space. Likewise, the ottoman is the perfect compact bedroom accent to pull into the dressing corner as a moveable seat and footrest.

12x14 bedroom layout

Opt For A Scenic Backdrop

The king-size bed placed in between the two large windows also helps to play up an airy and open look in this bedroom layout. The placement adds an open backdrop behind the bed’s high headboard, and the windows—along with the curtains and nightstands—also help frame the sleeping area and create an overall balanced and symmetrical bedroom layout. The wall art above the bed also helps establish the spot as the main focal point in the bedroom.

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Lean Into Vertical Space

To further maximize vertical storage and display in this bedroom layout, a pair of leaning bookcases next to the bed offers an optimal place for books, accents, and additional bedside essentials, all while taking up minimal floor space. The tall bookcases also fill up the large blank wall and narrow space alongside the bed with a practical purpose. They also play nicely into the bedroom’s overall clean-lined and minimalist modern style.

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Bedroom Layout #2: The Restful, Dressed-Up Bedroom

With this bedroom layout design, the focus is on creating a multipurpose bedroom space with a seating corner that also functions as a dressing area. The key to this bedroom layout was merging the different areas and various furniture styles so that the overall bedroom looks and feels cohesive.

Also important was pulling in bedroom furnishings that evoked a sense of comfort and cozy throughout. The result is a palette of neutrals and soft tones that elevate as well as ease up the look and feel for this bedroom layout.

Finally, to warm up the modern pieces in this bedroom layout, we layered in lots of textures, from the rugs to the pillows and light woods and brass accents. These chic details helped fill out the room with a coziness you would only get in a small bedroom. To bring visual balance into this bedroom layout, modern artworks in gold frames draw focus to the moody-hued walls.

12x14 bedroom layout

12x14 bedroom layout

Opt For Elevated Storage

Instead of a dresser, save on floor space with a tall wardrobe or armoire that’s elevated in height and style. This standing wardrobe fits perfectly between the big bedroom windows while also adding concealed storage to hang clothes. It’s a great option if your main bedroom has a large closet or a walk-in and you don’t need tons of extra storage. Given its minimal footprint, a slender armoire is also a great option if you’re working with a small bedroom layout.

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Set Up A Lounging Nook

The easiest way to instantly warm up a bedroom layout is to carve out a bedroom seating area or reading nook. In our bedroom layout, we opted for a chaise lounge near the window and paired it with a C-table and a floor lamp, creating the perfect reading nook and lounge corner. It’s great for reading, relaxing, and just laying down and resting after a long day, but we also designed it to easily function as a dressing area for this bedroom layout. To ground this space and set it apart from the rest of the room, we layered a sheepskin rug on top of the larger bedroom rug to connect this space with the bed area.

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Balance Your Bed With A View

With a wall that has two large windows and a seating corner, the bed placed along the opposite wall was the perfect way to balance out this bedroom layout. We also flanked the bed with matching nightstands and tall table lamps, which bring in a bit of symmetry that balances out the overall bedroom layout since the seating area is already off center. Finally, not only does it keep the bedroom feeling open and spacious, it also frees up the windows to let in lots of daylight as well as a nice view that can be seen from the bed.

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Layout Guide: Two Options for a 12 x 12 Living Room

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to lay out a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got! Here, we’re breaking down the essentials for a 12×12 living room layout.

12x12 Living Room Layout

The Space: A 12×12 Living Room

The Challenge: This small living room design has to factor in big windows, a square floor plan, room for functional storage, and comfy (and compact!) furnishings for lounging and entertaining.

But how do you arrange a 12×12 room? What fits in a 12×12 room? Is there a way to make a 12×12 room feel bigger?

First, consider your lifestyle needs and how you see yourself using the room every day. From there, think carefully through your furniture layout—a clever use of functional pieces is key when working with any small space. Finally, get specific about the color palette and style aesthetic you want to play up in your 12×12 living room.

To inspire you and provide some guidance, we’ve come up with two different layouts for a 12×12 room that are, each of them, stylish, practical, and insanely comfortable. Scroll down to see our layout ideas along with tips for bringing your own small living space to life!

Also, don’t forget to read this square living room layout guide and check out our living room checklist for tips on finding the right small-space furniture. Want more inspo? Explore our gallery of living room design ideas!

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Layout Idea #1: The Cozy All-Purpose Den

In this layout approach, the small living room is a combo lounge, family room, and guest room all in one. The layout optimizes space with furniture placed along the walls and moveable accent pieces floating in the middle of the room. With a sleeper sectional, a console cabinet, and a set of chairs and table lining three walls, the space feels open yet inviting and extra cozy.

This layout approach is a great way to create a ‘formal’ living room that can still be used for casual lounging or hosting overnight guests. It’s high style and high function for a small home.

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How To Make It Work

Aim for a double-duty sectional. A large sectional that pulls out into a sleeper bed is a stylish way to make the most of a small 12×12 living room. Sleeper sectionals have an extra comfy look and feel, so they’re a great option if you want to play up a cozy vibe in your living space. At the same time they’ll also turn your living space into a multipurpose den. It’s a win win!

12x12 living room bistro seating area

Add in moveable accent pieces. To balance out a large sectional in a small living room, you’ll want to pull in versatile accent pieces. The two poufs in this layout act as a coffee table, footrest and extra seats for kids but can easily be moved when you need to pull the bed out of the sectional. Similarly, the bistro table and chairs near windows provide a stylish spot for entertaining, enjoying coffee or cocktails, or setting up a laptop for work, but can easily be rearranged to make more room if needed.

12x12 Living Room Layout

Create a focal point with storage. Combining function and style is key in a small living room. Here, the long console cabinet offers tons of hidden storage for extra blankets for guests and everyday living room essentials, and the round mirror helps open up the room and reflect light. Together, they make for a captivating focal point in the room while serving a practical purpose.

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Layout Idea #2: The Relaxed Rec Room

With this layout approach, the small space is divided into two zones using living room furniture that’s carefully arranged. At one end of the room, a TV with a media stand anchors the space; and opposite of that, a floating sofa and settee define the main seating area for lounging. Additionally, to optimize floor space, a tall standing cupboard behind the sofa offers storage while making use of vertical space.

With this zoned approach, you can have a practical TV viewing rec room in a small space without it feeling closed off or cluttered, both visually and physically.

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How To Make It Work

Think small-scale, big function. To keep a small living room feeling open and airy, try floating an apartment-size sofa (under 80” in length). It’s the easiest way to zone out a seating area without it overwhelming the space. Then, mix it with other moveable pieces, like poufs and side tables. They’re light and easy to move, so they can be pulled up to the sofa as a surface for a drink or as a footrest whenever you need them. With a small living space, it’s about grouping functional pieces together to create a comfy seating space.

12x12 Living Room Layout

Ground your space with a rug. When creating different zones in a small space, you’ll want to unify your furnishings and designs visually with a rug. Try using a neutral rug or a natural-fiber one across your TV stand and sofa as a grounding element. Here, the rug also helps with the flow of the room by keeping the walking space behind the sofa feeling open.

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Streamline focus with storage. Small spaces can feel cluttered quickly, so keeping extra items concealed is essential for a calming environment. So opt for a long and low TV console with closed storage that lets you easily store cords, books, and other living room accessories out of sight but still within easy reach. This will help minimize the visual clutter in the room. To add to the clean-lined look, keep the walls around your TV minimally decorated also.

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Layout Guide: Three Layouts for a 20 x 20 Living Room

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to lay out a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got! Here, we’re tackling 20×20 living room layouts.

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The Space: A 20×20 Living Room

The Challenge: This spacious square living room has to incorporate lots of windows and doors, an opening to the kitchen, a wall of built-in shelves, and a corner fireplace.

This is a common large living room design found in many family homes and suburban houses. But while a large living space means more design possibilities, it can sometimes be trickier to land on a living room layout. With three walls lined with windows, doorways, and built-in shelving, coming up with a functional living room furniture arrangement is more challenging. Also, you’ll want to make sure your layout suits your lifestyle and how you want to use the room.

Keep scrolling for three different takes on furniture layout for this 20×20 living room, and get our tips for decorating a large space in your own home. From a layout optimized for TV watching to a design focused on formal entertaining, each of these living room layout ideas offer practical and stylish takeaways you’ll be able to bring into your own home.

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Layout Idea #1: A Living Room For TV Viewing

For a large living room layout where family entertaining and TV viewing is the main purpose, anchoring the space with a comfy seating area is key.

In this living room furniture layout, we optimized the design for function with seating in the middle, a dedicated TV space off to the side, a fireplace corner that’s inviting, and leaving lots of walking room all around. The result is a cozy living room with a fireplace and a TV layout that’s practical and maximizes every square inch of space while still feeling open and airy.

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How To Make It Work

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Frame your seating area with a sectional. To ground the living room with a main seating area, a large corner sectional sofa is a great anchor piece. It adds ample seating and faces the room’s entrance and welcomes people in. This also leaves room for armchairs that offer extra seating. Together, the sectional and chairs form a U shape that’s perfect for family TV watching.

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Be sure not to block your windows. With walls of windows, use them to the fullest for natural light. Keeping the windows unobstructed with curtains or lighting in front of them allows light to stream in throughout the space, making the living room feel even more airy and bright.

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Zone your space with layered rugs. In a large living room, creating zones for different purposes will help with the flow. The layered rugs under the seating area help frame the main lounging spot here and set it apart from the TV wall and fireplace. Additionally, the two rugs placed on top of each other also provide extra padding underfoot that protects the floors.

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Set up a functional TV wall. In this living room, the TV is large and takes up an entire wall off to the side to maximize viewing. Because the TV is so big, it’s comfortably in view from every seat on the sectional sofa as well as the armchairs, which can also be turned to face the TV.

To round out the TV wall, we brought in a media console that’s proportionally larger than the TV to balance out the look of the screen and anchor and ‘zone’ the entire wall space.

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Layout Idea #2: A Living Room With An Office

With homes working harder to be multipurpose these days, a living room layout that includes a home office is a gamechanger. In this living room furniture layout, the space serves multiple functions, including a work area, but maintains an open and cohesive design style that makes the space appear as one large room instead of an office and a living room that feel separate.

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How To Make It Work

Modern coastal living room with white facing sofas

Try a formal sofa arrangement. The heart of this living room is a cozy conversational seating area with two facing sofas. It’s a slightly more formal furniture layout, but the style of the sofas help ease things up for a casual look and feel. It’s the perfect sofa arrangement for an approachable living room layout that’s equal parts conversation-friendly and laid-back.

Modern coastal living room with two white sofas facing each other

Leave lots of walking room. The biggest challenge with a large space is making it feel cozy while still keeping the layout spacious and open. To create a sense of comfort while allowing for lots of walking room and flow, the seating area is minimally furnished with an open-base coffee table and moveable ottomans, which zone the space without making it feel closed off.

Modern coastal living room with white facing sofas

Float furniture to define your space. Floating furniture, aka. arranging large pieces away from walls, is a great trick to add function as well as zone a living room. Here, the console table behind the sofa is at once a display surface, a catchall, and a room divider that anchors and separates the living space from the entrance.

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Incorporate a home office corner.

There’s no better space to carve out a home office than a large open living room. The office space here is off to the side and transforms the empty wall into a practical work corner. It’s also perfectly positioned near the built-in shelves, which also makes practical sense.

To ensure the office feels like a part of the living room, a neutral cowhide rug extends out and connects the desk and seating area. Additionally, the light-wood desk and chair have a versatile look that matches the casual feel of the family-friendly sofas, coffee table, and ottomans.

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Layout Idea #3: A Living Room For Formal Entertaining

If a formal living room layout is what you’re after, this stylish and elevated approach is for you. With a grand piano taking center stage, this living room furniture layout serves multiple uses with three different areas that are all dedicated to entertaining. Moreover, the furniture all have a more tailored look that complements the sophisticated look of the piano.

Large living room layout with grand piano

How To Make It Work

Traditional living room with corner fireplace and bar cart

Carve Out A Comfy Nook. One of the best ways to make use of a living room with a corner fireplace is to create a comfy seating area next to the hearth. The upholstered bench in front of the fireplace becomes an instant reading nook and lounging corner for cozying up.

To play up this fireplace corner even more, we added a moveable bar cart to make it the perfect drinks station for entertaining and serving cocktails.

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Spotlight unique pieces. With a grand piano, give it the spotlight it deserves in a large living room. We placed the piano in a corner of the room and paired it with a large round rug to set it apart as the main focus. Surrounded by the windows, it’s the perfect spot for entertaining guests with some music or for kids to practice while parents relax in the seating area nearby.

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Go for big upholstered pieces. 

A formal living room layout looks best with upholstered pieces that are sumptuous, large-scale, and provide major comfort. The wingback chairs here not only ground the seating area with a lot of presence, they’re also the perfect tall seats to add a sense of warmth to the overall room alongside the corner fireplace.

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Make for an intimate seating area. 

With large-scale furniture and upholstery in a large space, grouping the pieces closely together in one area is the best way to instantly create an inviting look and feel.

The seating area here is centered between the fireplace and built-in shelving, which makes it an instant cozy spot for lounging, curling up near the fireplace, and all kinds of conversation and entertaining.

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Layout Guide: Three Ways to Arrange Your 11×18 Living Room

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. We show you different ways to lay out a space—because we’re big believers in working with what you’ve got! Today, we’re exploring the layout possibilities in an 11×18 living room.

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The Space: An 11×18 Living Room

The Challenge: An open doorway, large picture windows, and a set of doors limit where furniture can be placed. And, since this is a longer room, it can be a challenge to figure out how to make the best use of the full space.

In the average American home, an 11×18 living room is medium-sized. Not too big, not too small. However, since it’s more of a long rectangular shape vs more of a square, the challenge lies in making good use of the full space in a way that feels natural.

With the length of the room, this space can easily be multifunctional. But it can also be arranged in a conversational layout that makes use of the full space. What you choose to do with a space this size depends on your family’s needs and what you have going on in the rest of your home.

Ready to take a look at some different layout options? We created 3 designs for this 11×18 living room to show you the different directions you can take in the layout of a living room this size!

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Layout Idea #1: The Family Room

This living room layout is a true family gathering place. Two-thirds of this space is devoted to seating while the other third is a kids play zone. This layout is perfect for families with young children or for those who have limited space and need to bring a play area into a main living space.

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How to Make it Work

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Use rugs to create zones. The large, rectangular area rug helps define the two spaces in this room and keeps the floor cushy for kids.

  • This rug sections off the main part of this family room, encompassing the sectional and TV-viewing area. This zone is great for movie nights, watching TV, cuddling up to read books together, or as a space to host friends and family.
  • Meanwhile, a small round rug creates a specific zone for the play area, helping it feel a bit more like its own space.
  • Bonus: the TV is centrally located for easy viewing from either zone.

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Maximize floor space for the kids. A corner sectional, tucked into the corner, allows the room to be open and helps this substantial sofa take up less floor space. This, in turn, gives kids extra space to play and spread out.

11x18 living room

Keep things organized with some hidden storage. The biggest risk of including a play area in a main living room? It can easily become a dumping ground for your kids’ toys. Keep things organized (and keep yourself sane) by incorporating some hidden storage.

  • This media console includes 12 pull-out baskets that are the perfect place to conceal books, games, and toys.
  • The coffee table (which doubles as an ottoman) also has hidden storage, along with its soft woven top.

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Layout Idea #2: The Lounge Living Room

This living room layout is focused on lounging, relaxing, and reading. But, with an accent chair and bar cart, in addition to the sofa, it can easily be used for entertaining small groups as well. The open and bright layout is great for minimalists who want a simple, uncluttered living room.

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How to Make it Work

11x18 living room

Focus on coziness and comfort. If your living room is focused on lounging, a comfortable sofa should be the foundation of your layout. We placed the sofa in front of the window so it acts as an anchor to the living room, and flanking side tables offer a surface for additional lighting and beverages. The swivel armchair, paired with a floor lamp and pouf, is the perfect cozy reading corner.

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Make the “thesis” of the room clear. A large bookcase spans the far wall and makes a visual statement in this space. It creates space for plenty of books (and decor), helping establish this as a reading-focused room.

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Add some practicality. Bar carts are a great way to add a practical touch that helps a room double as a space for entertaining. Since it’s on wheels, it’s easy to move it around, using it for beverages, snacks, or anything else you need.

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Layout Idea #3: The Living/Dining Room Combo

This space works double duty by being both a living room and dining room. If you don’t have a separate dining area in your home, an 11×18 living room is long enough where you can certainly fit functions in the space. It’s also a great layout for those who entertain or want an extra eating space, since the two zones are open to each other but distinct.

Living room layout with dining space

How to Make it Work

11x18 living room

Use a rug to establish a distinct living area. The living room seating area is zoned to one side of the room, using an area rug to designate the area. The sofa faces two accent chairs, creating a casual conversational area. But you could also easily turn the chairs to talk to people at the dining table when entertaining.

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Maximize the small dining area. A round dining table helps make the most of this small dining area by eliminating hard corners. This improves navigation around the table and gives you the option of squeezing in an extra person or two around the table when necessary. The addition of a tall bar cabinet offers some open and concealed storage to this space.

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Opt for “open” furniture. Since this is a more “full” layout than the other options, we chose furniture that feels a bit lighter. Choose furniture pieces with open bases, which makes the layout feel more open. This style of open metal coffee table, as well as the tulip dining table, have a similar effect.

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Layout Guide: Designing A Rectangular Studio Apartment Two Ways

In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Finding the right layout for your room can be the trickiest part of interior design! This week we’re looking at two different ideas for a rectangular studio layout that’s, as many apartment designs are, a bit shy on floor space.

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Studio apartments are notoriously tricky spaces to design. It’s a tough situation to have to fit all the functions of a home into one room—including a living area, sleeping space, dining nook, home office, entryway, etc.! If you have a studio, you face the unique challenge of how to fit all those functions and make them feel like distinct spaces. Not to mention that you also need storage space and a layout that ensures that your home doesn’t feel stuffed to the brim!

So how do you go about arranging furniture in a studio apartment? It really depends on the function you want and the shape of your space! The good news is that with a little creative thinking and a few apartment design hacks, you can come up with a number of options for making your studio space feel homey and comfortable. Here we designed one rectangular studio layout two unique ways to show you the possibilities. Check it out and get some ideas for your own studio!

studio layoutLayout Idea #1: The Open Studio Apartment

Our first studio layout idea is all about creating a space that’s open and inviting. All spaces flow into one; the bedroom is open to the living room which is open to the working space. You can see the living room when entering from the doorway—but the layout keeps the bedroom a bit more private from the kitchen area.

An open layout like this serves a double function: the living room is front and center so the TV can be seen from the bedroom, sofa, kitchen, and working area. And the bedroom + living areas are subtly separated by rugs so you have some separation between your lounge space and your sleeping space.

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studio layoutThe Key Layout Elements:

An Open Layout: This layout features a low sofa centered in front of the TV. This setup serves to anchor the space and allow for TV watching/gathering in all areas of the studio.

Tall Furniture: A tall desk in the corner keeps space visually decluttered—plus it leaves space underneath for a file cabinet and baskets for organizing. The bookcase is also tall! If you’re sensing a theme here, that’s because tall furniture takes up vertical not horizontal square footage.

Distinct Spaces: The reading chair adds additional seating and can also be used as a separate reading nook with the bookcase. A queen bed adds a cozy touch with full nightstand and dresser—plus you can take advantage of the view out window from your “bedroom.”

Smart Storage: It’s not always enough to have storage in small spaces. Sometimes you need sneaky storage ideas. Here, the large media cabinet allows for lots of storage—but it’s also low so you can take advantage of the surface space!

Savvy Seating: The living area doesn’t have room for a coffee table, but we used pouf ottomans as another space saver. They work great as coffee tables/ottomans/seats and can be easily moved for open floor space.

studio layoutWill this studio layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Want one big living space and don’t see the openness as a lack of privacy.
  • Like lower furniture to keep the lines of vision open across your studio.
  • Need multifunctional spaces—i.e. sharing the TV space with the bedroom space and vice-versa.
  • Are a couple or live solo.

studio layoutLayout Idea #2: The Divided Studio Space

Our second studio layout idea is ideal for someone who wants a more separated space. With these multi-use design hacks, you can still have designated areas in one open room. It’s a great way to create privacy in both the bedroom and living room even though your space is wide open.

To get this look, see how the different spaces in our studio apartment are designated for different functions. The living room is just for TV viewing and lounging (but it can also function as a guest room with a sleeper sofa). Then, you have a separate bedroom and dressing area. This layout also leaves room for a desk in bedroom area, but it’s vertical so as not to take up much square footage. The handy room divider separates the living room/bedroom but still allows natural light through so it doesn’t close off the space. It can be easily moved so you can change up the flow of the space as needed. Bonus: it provides extra shelving/storage—essential for any studio apartment!

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studio layoutThe Key Layout Elements:

Split Up the Space: The room divider is the key to this studio layout. It is an architectural piece that adds lots of visual interest to the apartment at the same time as creating two distinct living and sleeping spaces. It also allows light and provides shelf storage so you can keep your space tidy and clean. This also means that the TV can only be seen from the sofa to give you even more of a true living room space.

Functional Furniture: In a studio apartment, it’s much easier to make the space work if your furniture offers both form and function. The sofa acts as a sleeper for guests, the coffee table doubles as a bench for extra seating, and the poufs can double as seating or slide underneath the bench to get out of the way. A chair in the corner provides reading nook as well as seating for conversation—plus all the furniture pieces are easy to move around as needed.

Lots of Storage: The bedroom in this layout idea has a full dresser for lots of extra storage space! A floating nightstand helps keep floor space free and the mounted plug-in wall sconce allows nightstand to be less cluttered (aka more room for books and midnight snacks!).

Use of Vertical Space: A wall desk like this is great for homes that are short on square footage. It provides storage vertically and its sleek design doesn’t visually clutter the space—a great space-saving design hack for studio apartments. And the eating area in the kitchen is a tall tabletop peninsula with barstools so you don’t have to have a big clunky table taking up space.

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Will this studio room layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Want to keep living and sleeping spaces separate.
  • Work from home or work a lot at desk and need it separate from your living (TV viewing) area.
  • Are a couple who loves privacy.
  • Often have overnight house guests (put that sleeper sofa to work!).
  • Love to entertain—this design has plenty of seating for all your friends.

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Designing a Round Room? Here Are 5 Ways to Make It Work

round room designThere’s no way around it—a round room is one of the trickiest spaces to design. Finding the right furniture and layout can be a daunting challenge because of the shape and size of the room. Not to mention, placing things against the wall is nearly impossible in a rounded space.

Thanks to its unique curves, a round room can often leave us scratching our heads when it comes to planning a layout. If you’re struggling to design a round room, here are five ideas for five different functions.

office Round Office Design

Planning to use your round room as an office? This is a great idea that can open up a variety of possibilities. We suggest floating the desk in the middle of the space so your work area feels centered and balanced. Mounting a bookcase against round walls might be precarious, so we recommend sticking to lower, enclosed pieces of furniture. A credenza is a great choice for a round room.

The curved shape of this desk echoes the organic nature of the room. We tucked a bench along the wall near the entrance for some extra seating, too. The dark wall color here helps to create a cozy vibe that strikes a bold contrast against the colorful rug.

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bedroomRound Bedroom Design

A round room can be a trickier space for a bedroom because the large, imposing shape of the bed might limit functionality in the space. Our room only had space for a bed and not much else, but we were able to fit a queen-size option with small, low-profile nightstands on either side. We also tucked in a small dresser and doubled it as a TV stand to make the most of limited space.

A C-side table is a great small space hack and alternative to a full-fledged nightstand. These sleek designs can snuggle up close to the bed, provide ample surface space, and take up less floor space.

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dining tableRound Dining Room Design

A dining room is one function a round room might be perfectly suited for! Similar to the office design, here we floated a round dining table in the middle of the room to give it plenty of space to breathe. This also allows room to move around the table and doesn’t create awkward spaces like fitting a table against the wall would do. In this layout, we even had space to tuck in a credenza for storage with two flanking side chairs in case extra guests come over!

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living roomRound Living Space Design

This round room lends itself nicely to a living room lounge type of escape. A more bohemian style allows for a casual, flexible layout and allows for a cozy, homey feel. We used a sofa and two accent chairs to provide plenty of seating, while the fun patterns and decorative accents make the room feel like a cozy escape. And an upholstered ottoman can serve as a coffee table or even extra seating in a pinch. This is a great idea if you want your round room to offer a sort of retreat from the rest of the home!

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living roomRound Playroom Design

Our final idea is to turn your round room into a play space for kiddos. You can throw all of the traditional interior design rules out the window and just embrace the fun of this awkward space. We filled our playroom with toys of all kinds, like oversized stuffed animals, a mini kitchen play space and even a hanging chair! This will be a fun escape for kids where their imagination can go wild—so let yours go wild while you’re designing it!

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Layout Guide: Small Bedroom With a Curved Wall

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Designing a funky shaped bedroom can be a challenge. Beds are big can leave little to no space for anything else in a small room. A curved bedroom wall can make it tough to get the most out of a space and still ensure that it feels serene and relaxing, like a bedroom should.

That’s why we’re exploring two different ways to tackle the oddly-shaped bedroom. It can be an exciting challenge that forces you to get creative with a small bedroom layout! Check out these two layout ideas for designing a curved bedroom that’s functional, comfy and stylish.

The Space: An 8 x 17 awkwardly-shaped bedroom with a curved wall.

The Style: Colorful and eclectic

The Challenge: Designing a small, oddly-shaped bedroom with a curved wall to fit essential furniture items without making the space feel cramped or claustrophobic.

bedroomIdea #1: Simple, Solo Living

Layout Idea #1 prioritizes space and comfort. The bed is placed along the wall in front of the curved corner to allow room for a queen-sized option. This means you’ll have plenty of room to stretch out and luxuriate. Plus, it is the best placement to enjoy the view out the window from the bed.

The setup is all about making the space feel open and uncluttered with an angled rug, easy use of tight space, and minimalist decor. Furnishings help maintain a sense of openness in the space and a well-placed mirror helps make the room seem even bigger. 

 bedroomWhy This Bedroom Layout Works

Placing the bed against the curved wall means you can fit a queen bed for maximum relaxation and rest. The bed also gets a stellar view right out the window and this placement leaves room for a nightstand on one side.

In the back corner behind the bed, we filled in the awkward space left by the curved wall with a plant. We used a faux option because watering back in that tight space would be difficult. But this way you get all the looks and lightness of plant life without the maintenance.

The dresser at the foot of the bed makes perfect use of that skinny strip of wall space. A tall dresser is great for smaller spaces as you can get more storage vertically without taking up valuable floor space.

And the angled rug under the bed offers more floor coverage for bare feet and takes attention away from the awkward shape of the room. The mirror visually opens up the small room and makes it seem bigger and also has posts on top for hanging towels, purses, etc.

bedroomThis Is Great If You…

  • Are a young adult living solo.
  • Prefer simple, uncluttered spaces.
  • Love to daydream and watch the world outside from your bed.
  • Want a bedroom that’s purely a space for resting and relaxing.

officeIdea #2: Extra Functionality

Layout #2 aims to pack in as much function as possible into the oddly-shaped bedroom. But we also wanted to make sure it didn’t feel cluttered or overcrowded. You still want a space where you can feel peaceful and relaxed, so it’s all about finding balance.

This layout option expands the functionality of the small room with extra storage and a mini desk. We swapped in a twin bed to this design, which allows for more open floor space and incorporated other furnishings that would help maximize functionality without overtaking the room.

bedroomWhy This Bedroom Layout Works

The twin bed in this design leaves more open floor space to play with so our layout choices aren’t so limited. This is a trundle option, which is great for a kiddo’s room if they like to have sleepovers. You could also do a bed with storage underneath instead.

To maximize space and functionality along the curved wall, we placed a mini desk setup. This creates a great spot to do homework, read a book and enjoy the view outside the window. Having the desk pulled away from the wall a bit is okay because you can use the space in the curved corner to house a trash can or even put a footrest for a more comfortable workspace.

The wall-mounted bookcase also expands available storage space by using the wall vertically instead of taking up further floor space. To give the room a super cozy vibe, we layered rugs for extra coverage and use dark wall paint for an intimate and relaxing feel.

deskThis Is Great If You…

  • Need a workspace at home and don’t have room elsewhere in the house.
  • Like a cozy space where everything you need is in reach.
  • Want a comfy, sleepover-ready bedroom for a kiddo.
  • Need extra storage in a bedroom.
  • Want to have a guest area that’s equipped with everything they’ll need!

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