Furniture, that is. Winter has settled in and we’re using (and loving!) the new fireplace. Because of this, I had an urge to rearrange the family room furniture. To make the fireplace more of a focal point. This room has been difficult for me to arrange. One wall has a door and two windows, another a door to the living room and stairs, a fireplace on the third and then an opening to the kitchen. Here’s the arrangement we started with.
The black lines at the top are the walls in the room with a door leading to the stairs. Couch facing the fireplace, chairs and a table perpendicular to the couch and fireplace. Big open space in the middle. Initially, I really had my heart set on moving the couch, which keeping the group centered on the fireplace, like this:
I tried it a few nights ago (moving furniture by myself while Ben was at work), but our sofa is three feet deep, so it took up much of the walkway (the blue dotted lines). Right away, I knew it wouldn’t work. But the fireplace isn’t centered on the room. We’ve got about a foot more space by the windows (the blue boxes at the bottom). Perhaps the couch would fit better there?
So I pivoted the couch over there. It wasn’t terrible, but it had a few problems. Little space between, not enough for a coffee table. The walk space behind the chairs was small, which Ben hated.
But my biggest reason for nixing this arrangement: it made a long, narrow (narrow when factoring in walking paths) room feel, well, longer and narrower. Oh, and then there’s this oddly open floor space in the breakfast nook that was only accentuated by the placement.
Back to the drawing board. It seems the best place for the couch was the original position. How about moving the chair and table group opposite the couch, in front of the fireplace?
Um, not my favorite.
I like the lightness of the chairs in front of the fireplace, but I don’t like the hard lines and how closed off it made the fireplace feel.
Maybe setting the chairs at an angle, with a round table between?
Ahh, that opened up the fireplace nicely.
So far, this is my favorite layout, for a few reasons. One, the couch separates the family room from the breakfast nook and kitchen.
Secondly, the group is still centered on the fireplace, while making it a focal point. And we’ve still got room for a coffee table.
Last, it keeps walkways open, keeping traffic a-flowin’.
I just moved the furniture to this arrangement this morning, so Ben hasn’t seen it yet. We’ll see what he thinks, because he’s oddly picky about furniture placement. Heck, if he had his way, the room would look more like this:
Couch pushed up against the only wall. Not my idea of an inviting and functional room.
Now that I’ve spewed, um, shared, the layout options, I want to hear your thoughts. Which grouping did you like best? Or maybe you’ve got an idea for a different layout? Do you have a tricky room to arrange?