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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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Layout Guide: A Large, Rectangular Living Room With a Fireplace

Arranging furniture in a living room floor plan may not be the most glamorous aspect of interior decorating, but it might be the most important! When it comes to rectangle living room layouts, you might think you have it easy because they are such a standard shape. You have 4 walls, with two long sides and two short sides—pretty straightforward, right? Not always.

A rectangular room can still be a tricky space to design and comes with many of its own challenges. Some rectangular rooms are long and narrow, leaving an awkward shape to arrange furniture. Some have a fireplace that takes up one entire wall. Others also serve as the entryway in some homes or serve other functions in addition to being your main living space. And some open up to the dining room and need a layout that accounts for the back and forth flow. So, what’s the best way to arrange furniture to create the best rectangular living room layout?

ectangular living room layoutArranging Furniture in a Rectangle Living Room

There is no right or wrong way to arrange living room furniture because so much depends on the function you want! Start by thinking through how you want to use the rectangular room. Will you be having friends over often for formal entertaining or mostly kicking back and watching movies with the fam? Do you love a space where you can cozy up in front of your living room fireplace? Or maybe you want to incorporate a work area to serve as your home office? The list goes on and on.

Once you have a sense of what the function of the living room will be, it’s time to think about arranging furniture in the space. Sectional sofas are a good choice for creating conversational circles in open floor plan living rooms. Long and narrow living rooms can benefit from an arrangement with a sofa against one of the long walls and the TV mounted against the opposite wall. For a small living room, consider using ottomans and benches as extra seating that doesn’t take up much space.

Here we designed one large, rectangular living room two ways to show some of the possibilities and help inspire you for your home.

ectangular living room layoutLayout Idea #1: The Conversational Living Room

This long rectangular living room features a refined layout with traditional appeal and ample seating. It’s an open, beautiful space that creates a conversation circle as the focal point. It is spacious enough to allow for a large, functional coffee table and there is cozy seating by the fireplace. This layout is perfect for social gatherings and anyone who loves entertaining and showing off their beautiful home.

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ectangular living room layoutThe Key Elements

Having a large, sectional sofa pushed back against the wall creates space for additional furniture and maintains a good flow in the space. It adds additional depth to the room—and it has a great view out windows!

The room features plenty of additional seating options, too. The sofa, chairs, ottomans, and bench are all located in one section of the living room so that guests are drawn to the same area to mingle and converse. And low seating like the bench and ottoman are perfect furniture choices for this space because they don’t interrupt the view of the fireplace and window like some tall chairs would.

To make this living room layout extra primed for entertaining, it features a bar cabinet in the corner! An essential element of a good cocktail party, a bar cabinet also doubles as a handy place to store board games for game night. We also included a bookcase by the fireplace—who doesn’t love furniture that adds extra visual interest?  It also adds height and draws the eye to the fireplace area—plus, the display baskets also serve as extra storage.

ectangular living room layoutWill this rectangular living room layout work for you? Yes if…

  • You love any excuse to have guests over.
  • Your living room design has a fireplace and you want to take full advantage of it.
  • You are more into conversational furniture arrangements than staring at the TV.
  • You want the option of creating a small living room area for use as a den, study area or kids’ play zone!

ectangular living room layoutLayout Idea #2: The TV Viewing Living Room

We designed this rectangular living room as a space to watch TV and get comfy and cozy with your friends and fam. The living room is divided into two separate areas, but the transitional furniture and style across the whole space helps them blend together seamlessly. It’s a perfect idea for those who want a multi-purpose space to vege out with your favorite movie or cozy up by the fire with a good book.

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ectangular living room layoutThe Key Elements

The large, floating 3-piece sectional sofa is the heart and soul of this rectangular living room. Its three sides zone the entertainment space and then the area rug helps further define this part of the room. This furniture arrangement is perfect for movie nights or a celebratory TV binge with friends or family. The low arm of the sectional doesn’t block the fireplace and the circular coffee table makes it easy to slip into any seat on the couch.

In addition to the prime TV viewing area, there’s also a reading nook by the fireplace! Putting the armchair in the corner means you can enjoy both the cozy fireplace and the view from the window—and there’s plenty of light for reading. Two stools serve as extra seats in front of the fireplace, or you can pull one in front of the armchair as a footrest!

If your living room is doing double duty as an entryway, we added an end table by the entrance as a place to set mail and bags on the way in. Having a bench behind the sofa helps soften the visual effect of the long, blank sofa back and also offers a place to sit and take in the view out the window.

Will this rectangular living room layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Love an ultra-comfy chill-out place for movie nights, sports games and anything else on the screen.
  • Prefer furniture that lets your guests kick back and get cozy versus a more formal gathering space.
  • Love an old-fashioned reading nook by the fire.
  • Have a living room that is immediately off the entryway.

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Layout Guide: Designing a Living Room with Slanted Walls

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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 designing an oddly-shaped living room with slanted walls.

The Space: A 10×15 living room with a quirky, awkward shape with slanted walls that create lots of hard-to-handle nooks and crannies.

The Style: Modern and edgy

The Challenge: Designing an oddly shaped living room with slanted walls to make a comfortable space for lounging, working, playing and watching TV.

living roomIdea #1: Conversational Layout

Living room layout #1 is all about creating a space with flexible seating. Using a sofa + armchair combo gives you more versatility in your seating arrangement. It incorporates the TV with the sofa facing it for easy viewing, but it isn’t the main focus of the layout. Overall, the seating flexibility creates a cozy space that allows for an optional work area and room to entertain.

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officeHere’s Why This Living Room Layout Works

Ample Seating

Having both a sofa and an armchair means there is lots of cozy lounge space for getting comfy and watching TV. The two poufs offer even more flexible seating or easy footstools for kicking back and relaxing.

Space to Work

Instead of a side table next to the sofa, this design features a mini desk set up for a super sweet home office working space. The desk has casters so you can easily wheel it in and out of the room if you need more open space for entertaining.

nooksFills Out Nooks

This design uses one awkward corner as a place for plants to sunbathe. This not only brightens up the space, but also helps fill out the oddly shaped nook without drawing attention to the awkward angle. Having the armchair pulled out from the wall at a slant helps to better define and fill the space.

Clutter-Free

The wall-mounted bookcase adds extra vertical storage so you can stow various items without cluttering up the room. Open base furniture on tapered legs helps the room feel more open and airy, too.

This Is Great If You…

  • Want a comfy living room with plenty of extra seating.
  • Enjoy the option to watch TV, but don’t want it as the focal point.
  • Love to entertain guests and want a space that can easily make room for more visitors.
  • Like having a desk / workspace in the living room.
  • Love a clean, edgy and clutter-free space.

sofaIdea #2: Family-Friendly Layout

Layout Idea #2 puts the emphasis more on creating a casual, family-friendly place to lounge, play, and watch TV. The sectional allows for more room to sit in front of the TV and the remaining space makes a perfect play area for kids.

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sectionalHere’s Why This Living Room Layout Works

TV Viewing Space

In this design, the seating is super comfy and geared toward watching TV and lounging. The sectional sofa offers plenty of room in front of the television and the chaise part of the sectional helps divide the room and almost acts like a partition between two spaces.

Perfect Play Area

With the back of the chaise sectional facing a slanted wall, it creates a perfect play space for little ones! The triangular space makes a super cozy nook with a bookcase for easy toy storage. A playful elephant rug helps define and round out the space and also works well with the awkward shape caused by the slanted wall.

sectionalFunctional and Fun

The round coffee tables are a more kid-friendly option as there are no sharp corners to navigate. Your whole family also has plenty of room to stretch out on the sofa and space to move around. Plus, the arching floor lamp is a sleek way to add overhead lighting to the room if you don’t have a built-in fixture.

This Is Great If You…

  • Need cozy seating for TV viewing.
  • Want a fun play area for little ones.
  • Prefer a family-friendly space over an entertaining area.
  • Hate clutter and want a space that’s streamlined and easy to tidy up.

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