Arranging Furniture in Awkward Space


L-shaped rooms present some challenges because of the dimensions of the living spaces. Often one or both of the areas are cramped, but it’s not ideal to create a sitting area that encompasses the entire space because it’s too large. The solution involves creating smaller groupings for various uses of the room. Use one side of the L for dining with table and chairs. You can delineate this area with a large rug on the floor. In the other end of the L, create a sitting area with a sofa, loveseat, and chairs. To separate the two areas, use potted trees or even a fabric screen.

Small Dimensions with Two Entrances

Doorways in opposite corners of a small space present special challenges. It’s essential to maintain traffic flow between the two doorways. You will also want to carve out a conversation nook in one of the corners without a doorway. Place a couch and loveseat in this corner. In the opposite corner, situate a grouping of two chairs for a secondary seating area. Designate the traffic area to route between these two groupings. Round out the space with lighting positioned evenly, including both mood and task lighting.

Vast Expanse

Some dimensions are so large they seem to swallow up the furniture. In this case, it is important to pull the pieces away from the walls to make the area seem cozier. Create an overall conversation nook with large pieces, including a couch, love seat, coffee table, and overstuffed chairs. By arranging the furniture in an L-shape, you fill up important space in the middle of the room. Place a sofa table behind the couch for added interest. Adding a game table to a corner can be an effective way to use up space while providing the family with a convenient spot to play cards and board games.

Odd and Awkward Dimensions

Some rooms are filled with unusual niches that make furniture arranging a nightmare. When you have a bay window, built-in bookshelves, and odd corners, you will need to get creative in how you place your pieces. Instead of fitting items in around unusual dimensions, pull the pieces away from the walls into the center. Choose small pieces such as a tall cabinet or a narrow bookcase if you have odd spaces to fill around the perimeter. Fill empty corners with a potted tree or a grouping of potted plants on an occasional table.