Most recently, our living room received an update in the form of a camel leather sofa. Total game changer for the space, per usual, that doesn’t make the room complete. Nope, it seems there’s always something. Since we’ve moved in, I’ve imagined a beautiful window seat with shelving on either side of the large front window.
With more pressing projects and complete rooms to finish, it has never been on the priority list, but now it’s nearing the top. To get a better idea of the space it would require and how the furniture arrangement would change, I did a little switcheroo. Pulling the sofa a foot away from the window left ample space behind for a two foot deep seat, plus two and a half feet of walking space.
Masking tape currently marks where the built ins would go.
But, pulling the couch forward left no room for the longer linen sofa. Instead, the club chair with a stump side table fill that side, while still defining the living from dining room.
Opposite the club chair, I pulled the metal and leather chairs (that were temporarily in our bedroom) to round out the seating group without adding bulk.
Living with the closer furniture arrangement hasn’t felt confined or tight 99% of the time. Our only sort of problem is the entertainment center to coffee table spacing, but only when drawers are open. Closed, the walk area is over three feet wide. Even with the drawer completely extended, there’s still a foot and a half of room to maneuver. I’m not sure it’s cause for a slimmer coffee table, but I’m not opposed to it.
A fringe benefit is the tighter grouping makes the 8 by 11 rug more appropriately sized for the space. Turns out, finding a plush enough wool rug, in the right colors and style in sizes over 8 by 10 aren’t easy to come by.
Knowing the rest of the room works well, I need to finalize my bookcase and seat plan before pulling the trigger on building. I’ve got the main idea, just tweaking elements until I have a plan I love. Oddly enough, much of the plan is hinging on a suitable curtain/window covering situation. I love that the green curtains match the dining sets, but a top down system might make better sense. Stay tuned for more info on that front.