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Layout Guide: Three Ways to Design a 10×10 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 tackling 10×10 living room layouts.

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The Space: A 10×10 Living Room

The Challenge: This small living room has the constraints of including an entryway and a doorway into another room, which limits where you can place furniture.

This is a commonly sized living room in smaller family homes and apartments. But the fact that it includes a window, an entryway, and a doorway into another room can make landing on living room layouts more challenging. Plus, the layout you choose will depend on how you want to use this space.

Keep reading to explore three different ways to approach this 10×10 living room layout—along with some small living room design tips—to help you explore the possibilities in your own home! Bonus: despite the small footprint, each of these three living room ideas includes all the essentials in our living room furniture checklist.

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Layout Idea #1: 10×10 Living Room with a Home Office

Just because you have a small living room doesn’t mean you can’t make it work for multiple purposes. In this living room furniture layout, we not only included a seating area with a sofa and accent chair, but we also made room for a small desk for someone who has to work from home but doesn’t have a separate home office.

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How to Make It Work

Include a small desk for an at-home workspace. To utilize the small wall space between the entryway and hallway, we chose a desk that perfectly fits along that wall. It’s not a huge workspace—but the desk is just big enough to house a laptop, and it includes an internal drawer for storage.

The floating shelf above the desk provides additional storage for the work area without taking up floor space. And, pairing the desk with a clear, acrylic chair helps to reduce visual clutter in this small space.

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Work in some hidden storage. Since this living room layout doesn’t leave space for any storage furniture, we opted for a coffee table that offers some hidden storage inside—a favorite small space storage hack that tops the list of our small apartment furniture checklist. It’s also round, making it easier to walk around by eliminating sharp corners.

Reduce clutter (but not style!) by keeping decor to your walls. In terms of decor, the accents are mostly on the walls, so as not to clutter up the few surface spaces in this living room.

  • The floor mirror helps to reflect light around the small space, giving it a sense of openness and airiness.
  • The tall floor lamp illuminates light upward, helping to further open up the room.
  • And a piece of statement wall art, as well as a patterned rug add a stylish, chic point of view to the space.
  • We also included a hanging plant to bring some texture and greenery into the space.

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Layout Idea #2: Living Room With TV Viewing

This living room layout is centered on TV-viewing, reading, and just lounging and relaxing. The sectional sofa adds a comfortable place to lounge, and it faces the television, which is perfect for movie nights. But there’s also plenty of space for storage, organization, and other activities.

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How to Make It Work

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Choose an artfully placed sectional for optimal lounging. The sectional has a smaller footprint than some, and by having it nestled in a corner, it doesn’t take up as much space in the room. But it’s still big enough for several people to lounge on while watching a movie.

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Incorporate plenty of storage to maximize your space. The media stand is stylish, while also providing ample hidden storage. And a wall-mounted bookcase takes up less floor space and provides open storage while utilizing vertical space in the room. (No matter the room, wall-mounted bookcases are among our favorite small space hacks for the storage they offer while taking up minimal floor space!)

10x10 living room with a workout space

Give yourself the flexibility to embrace a multifunctional space. The open rattan coffee table is airy, keeping the space visually open. It’s also very lightweight and easy to move around. We love this living room idea, as it allows you to shift the coffee table out of the way for at-home workouts, whether they’re self-directed or a group class you’re streaming on your TV!

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Layout Idea #3: Conversational Lounge Living Room

This living room layout is geared toward entertaining, conversations, and lounging. With multiple seating options and a bit more space to spread out, this layout is perfect for game nights, happy hours, and long conversations.

How to Make It Work

Establish a conversational layout. The deep sofa fits several people, with the lounge chair facing it for a conversational layout. We also included an extra ottoman next to the sofa, which can be used either as a side table or a makeshift extra seat, depending on your needs.

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Make use of vertical space. The wall-mounted bookcase is the perfect way to utilize wall space and ceiling height in this living room. We styled it with decor and books—but also a mini bar set-up housed on a few of the shelves, which is perfect for entertaining.

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Keep the energy flowing. The oblong coffee table provides ample surface area for snacks and drinks without being bulky or impeding on walking space and flow throughout the 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.

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

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.

studio apartment layout guideIdea #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 guideWhy 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.

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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 floating 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.

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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 guideThis 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.

Explore More Studio Apartment Layout Ideas

Back by popular demand, we’ve rounded up more of our best studio apartment layout ideas for 2020 and beyond!

studio apartment layout ideasLayout Ideas for an Open-Concept Studio Apartment

Designing an open-concept studio? Explore two ways we designed this space—one as an open live-work-sleep space, and another as a divided studio layout.

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L-shaped studio apartment layoutLayout Ideas for an L-Shaped Studio Apartment

Another common studio apartment layout conundrum? The L-shaped layout. We came up with two different layout solutions for this space that serve two different purposes. So whether you want a queen-sized bed, an office space, TV viewing, or a designated dining area, this layout guide has you covered with studio apartment layout ideas galore.

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studio apartment design tipsGet All of Our Best Design Tips for Studio Apartments

From how to maximize your square footage to hacks for making your small space seem larger, get the full scoop on all our best design tips and tricks for studio apartments.

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