HELP!!! New Living Room and Couch Conundrum!

I just moved into a lovely, new apartment but my old couches just do NOT fit in this space! I've been looking for new seating, but I have no idea how to stage this room. HELP!
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Panorama from the Dining Room
My original idea: Use couches to cut the room into two spaces, a sitting area in front of the fireplace/tv and a work space behind the couches. The room measures 203" long by 100" wide.
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Looking forward from the hallway
The only sensible place to put the TV would be mounted above the fireplace. Then, we would want the seating area focused around this space.
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These couches are just too big and bulky; but, I like having so much seating (between two humans and two dogs, we need it! Any suggestions on how to stage this space? Or on what style of couches to look for?
  9 answers
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Oct 10, 2014
    Pull the larger sofa about 5' off the wall it is sitting against (since this distance is about 17', you would still have a 12'x9' TV room). Then place the loveseat with it's back to the kitchen. Look for a secondhand small desk to fit behind and butting up to the the sofa which will leave you room for a chair in that 5' deep space. Then put a closed cabinet...something like a second hand TV cabinet which are now cheap since people are going to flat screens... toward the corner for files. That way you can close off your files and it will still be pretty. Or a small book case with filing bins will work.

  • Anna @Annabode Anna @Annabode on Oct 10, 2014
    I'd recommend moving the large couch up to the middle of the room, orienting the coffee table the other way, and replacing the loveseat with a comfy chair. Then I'd put a desk on the far left wall. I don't know what your style or budget is, but Ikea just came out with some great pieces that still have the curved lines of your couches and are very affordable:

  • Shelly Shelly on Oct 12, 2014
    Put the sofa where the love seat is, position the loveseat facing the sofa, you now have a conversation area and can still see the tv. anchor it with a nice rug on the floor centered right under the two pieces. Now get your desk on the wall the couch is on and place some floating shelves with baskets to mimic the height of the fireplace, for balance. i would keep with the round arms of any sofa to give the visual appearance of a larger flowing room, but watch the seat depth. opt for your next set to have a more narrow cushion and the room will feel bigger. use light colored seat covers to lighten the two couches, if the spave between the two is too narrow for the coffee table, choose instead two small, rounded tables or even glass. i would only use a square end table to anchor my main sofa. hope this helps!

  • Susan Susan on Jan 11, 2015
    I would try to position the sofa directly across from the fireplace and the loveseat directly across from the window with it's back to the kitchen and add an area carpet. Good luck!

  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Jan 13, 2015
    Hi! I think it feels off because you have tucked the sofa behind the love seat on that far wall. If you flip them and put the sofa on the window wall then the love seat will fit on the opposite wall without overlapping. It's difficult to tell the scale, but if the love seat does not fit, then move that directly across from the sofa and add something interesting in between the two. Something fun to try: find a console table or desk large enough to slide the two dog beds underneath? That way they are in the room but visually don't take up so much of the space. Add an area rug to anchor the area and perhaps change the coffee table for something a little larger scale and less modern. Add some curtains and art and voila! A new room!

  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on Jan 13, 2015
    Here's my 2 cents...I would flip the love seat from under the window to the other side. Making an L-shape facing the window. Get a low table w/ 2 shelves place the TV on it & use the shelves to hold components & hide the wires. If you get too much sunlight during the day, get light colored curtains cream, light blue, or whatever works for you. To protect the back of the TV, & hide it from anyone outside. This will also give you the ability to move the love seat out to enjoy a fire & read a book. Turn the coffee table 90 degrees. You will want to move the side table to the opposite side of the couch. I'd move the dog beds to somewhere else & get 2 bar stools. As far as new furniture, I would suggest a couch w/ a thinner, less bulky profile. Instead of a love seat, I would get a couple of chairs. Maybe an ottoman or 2? That way you have more seating for friends & guests. Don't know what your style is but you could do an eclectic bo-ho style. Hope this helps.

  • Fran McCarty Fran McCarty on Jan 19, 2015
    I would put the love seat where the couch is and the couch across from the window...making an L shaped seating area. Place the coffee table in front of the couch. This seating arrangement will give everyone a view of the TV. A couple of small storage ottoman's under the window will give extra seating and storage. Another idea is to move the couch where the love seat is and move the love seat across from it. The coffee table with be between the two. Mount your TV on the wall where your sofa is now. This way you can use both the TV and fireplace. Again a couple storage ottoman's placed under the TV would give extra seating and storage.

  • Diane Nuckolls Diane Nuckolls on Feb 22, 2015
    Put your sofa where your love seat is Place loveseat across from the sofa. Put coffee table in the middle. have a small table with lamp by the love seat near the wall. You will now have a cozy seating area for you and your guest.

  • Susan Susan 4 days ago

    You could place the loveseat perpendicular to the wall. Place the coffee table between the two tables.

    The back of the sofa would give an entry-way look