What to do with an awkward living room? A few months ago I wrote about long and narrow living rooms which has turned into one of my most read blog posts. That post focused on living rooms where the fireplace is on the center of the long outside wall of the room with two doorways leading in that are not centered and the challenges of creating a floorpan centered around the fireplace. A few weeks ago, reader Kathy asked what to do when the fireplace is on one of the narrow end walls. So – here are my thoughts for an awkward living room layout.
In this example, the living room is approximately 11FT x 24FT L. There are still two off center entry doors – one from the front door entry and the other from a back hall.
In this scenario below, I’ve included a TV set opposite the fireplace, tucked in behind the rear door. On the plus side – there are two focal points that are easily viewed – the fireplace and the TV set. On the negative side – when entering from the front door of the house (left hand door below) the room is essentially blocked by the backs of the barrel chairs. Not very welcoming.
Moving one of the barrel chairs to the other side of the sofa would make entering the room easier and more welcoming – but does block the fireplace somewhat. (Pro-Tip: Swivel chairs are a huge bonus in these situations.) In reality – the clients whose house I based on this floor plan on (showcased here) never actually use their official front door of their house. Guests all come in a side door and nearly 100% of the time enter the living room through the rear door of that space. So keeping the front entry door closed at all times and effectively blocking it isn’t a terrible idea with the awkward living room space.
Here is another floor plan idea. In this case, I rotated everything 90 degrees and am putting the tv above the fireplace. (Personally, I don’t love tv’s in more formal living room spaces but most do like them so here it is!).Given the height of the tv, the sofa is pushed back so the angle isn’t so bad. The room is centered but it blocks the rear entry door. In this scenario, the front entry door would have to be the primary point of entry.
Pesonally, I don’t think this is as effective a solution for this space but I’d love to hear your thoughts?
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