Asked on Nov 24, 2019

Can you help me with furniture placement in my living room?

Mindy Henderson
by Mindy Henderson

We are renovating our home and I am horrible with furniture placement! This is our living room and it's so awkward. There are two entrances to the dining area, an off centered fireplace and bay windows. Any recommendations???

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View walking in the front door

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view from in front of the fireplace

  13 answers
  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Nov 24, 2019

    The most awkward part is the off center fireplace. Would you consider moving it to the center? To figure out furniture placement, get some graph paper and plot out the floor plan. Measure all your furniture and also plot those pieces on graph paper and cut them out. Now you will have the floor plan in front of you and can "move" the furniture around to figure things out.

    Not knowing what you own, I would make a small reading area or a game table near the fireplace because of the doors to the d.r. Put the large couch/sectional in the area closer to the stairs.

    • William William on Nov 24, 2019

      How can you move a solid brick fireplace? Look at the photo. Chimney goes up to second level and through the roof. It's not a fake fireplace.

  • Kathleen Walker Kathleen Walker on Nov 24, 2019

    I recommend placing your tv next to the fireplace. Eventually built ins would be great. Then you can place you sofa and chairs or sectionals in the middle of the room facing the fireplace and tv. In the bay window I would place one or two comfortable chairs, depending on space, and a small table for reading.

  • Lucky Home Today Lucky Home Today on Nov 24, 2019

    I would do build in next to the fire place. Put the TV on the wall between the entrance and stairs. Couches and chairs opposite side of the windows. You might want to close off the entrance closest to the stairs.

  • Pamela Pamela on Nov 24, 2019

    Hi ! Ok , I don't mind the off center fireplace ! I don't particularly like symmetry , and things too matchy . I think the thing that I would change right away is the second entrance to the dining room . For a easy fix , I would sheetrock it closed on the living room side and on the dining room side I would put shelves in the arched area ! as an added bonus !!!! As for placing furniture ... If you don't stare out your window a lot I would put the sofa in front of the window , place a console table right in the bay window area , and put plants on it . I would put the t v opposite the sofa , and 2 oversized comfortable chairs facing each other in front of ( but not blocking !!! ) the fireplace . On the open wall area to the right of the fireplace is a place for wall art or architectural salvage piece , or a few floating shelves with visual items on them . Or grow a potted tree or bamboo .... Put bookshelves up on the wall with the tv ...

  • Emily Emily on Nov 24, 2019

    You live in such a beautiful, charming town that it must serve as an inspiration to you. Thanks for the pictures. The carpeting must be leaving right? You don't mention the pieces of furniture you do have so I will assume you will be buying all new . . . even if some of it is vintage or antique. I think I would hang a rounded top mirror between the two openings. Nothing under it. It will repeat that theme and maybe reflect the view from the windows. The room is awkward in that the main seating area should really be between the long wall and the windows but that is obviously a walk through so those spaces must be separated. I would have built in seating for the window bay (with storage in units) with fat cushions to sit on and plenty of pillows on back. Across from that have a nice display of paintings, prints, mirrors etc. Have a small table with lamp, between two comfortable chairs that are on casters so they can be drawn up to bay window if desired. The fireplace is tricky because you don't have any room on the left of it as viewed. What would work best is a nice upholstered bench in front of the FP and a lamp table and comfortable chair in the corner. If you need more comfortable seating, put a sofa across from the windows with a coffee table/hassock and the two chairs on either side of that. You would still have room for bookshelves either in stair corner or on either side of fireplace if they are wall hung. You do have a challenge and I agree with Robyn about the graph paper and furniture cut outs. Good luck!

  • Lois Weissinger McGarvey Lois Weissinger McGarvey on Nov 24, 2019

    I like the idea making the seating area by the bay window. You could have two love seats instead of a full size sofa facing each other with a large area rug to cover under the sofas. You could have a sofa table behind the sofa near the front door.( 2 loves eats are easier to rearrange if you want a change from time to time.) Plants in the window area. The large wall could have artwork filling the space. The fireplace area could have cabinets and selves built in from the dinning room door to the bay windows. Two or three really comfortable chairs in that area. Nice area rug in front of the fireplace. If you have family room put the tv in there. Have fun!

  • William William on Nov 24, 2019

    That is a lot of space. Obviously you don't have a basement. I would split it into three areas. Move the TV to the wall across from the bay windows. Either on the wall or an entertainment center. Sofa in the center of the room facing the TV. A sofa table behind the sofa. A couple of cushy chairs or recliners on each side of the sofa. Cocktail table and end tables. Two chairs and a small table in the bay window. A few chairs and some end tables facing the fireplace. A bookcase to the right of the fireplace. Another sofa table against the stairway wall. Eventually consider closing off the dining room doorway by the fireplace.

  • Mindy Henderson Mindy Henderson on Nov 24, 2019

    Thank you all for the great ideas! I think I can agree with most of them. Can’t wait to get started with this room and see how it turns out!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Nov 25, 2019

    My suggestion is to build some pony walls.

    • easier and less expensive to build than full height walls
    • will not block the natural light coming through the windows
    • will help create smaller more inviting areas for furniture arrangement
    • facilitates multiple separate activities going on at the same time
    • will help control the sound from rising up, improving acoustics.
    • electricity can be installed inside the walls for lamp placement, TVs, and mobile device recharging outlets

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Nov 25, 2019

    Ditto to William's suggestion about closing off one of the doors to the dining room. Do you feel that the two doors are required? Closing off one would enable furniture placement to create a cozy fireplace section of the room.

  • Rose LaRouge Rose LaRouge on Nov 25, 2019
    First what is the purpose for this room? Is it a formal living room? Holiday entertaining? There will be an area for the tree or trees, the Bay window would be perfect, Is there another room that with be the tv room? I agree with possibly closing up the extra doorway, the one near the fireplace, as people walking through and sitting there would interfer with each other. Area rugs are the best way to create zones, different sizes and shapes, but in the same colors. Some book cases next to the fireplace to balance the wall out.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 08, 2021

    Hello, you could close off one doorway with a bookshelf, the fireplace is intentionally offset to allow you to place furniture around it as a centerpiece. Place the furniture facing it , you have a lot of room to add lots of furniture. TV mounted on the wall will near the fireplace keeps the focus at that end of the room Hope this helps

  • Deb K Deb K on Sep 14, 2021

    I agree TV net to the fireplace, put your couch in front of the fireplace/TV behind the second opening to the dining room, place a chair on the wall to the right of the fireplace/TV and a chair in the bay window with a side table. Place coffee and side tables as you like