CHI Good Questions: Sectional, Long Couch or 2 Couches?

CHI Good Questions: Sectional, Long Couch or 2 Couches?

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Janel Laban
Jul 11, 2008

Kate send us a good question and 3 possible floorplans: We recently bought our first home in the Chicago area--Forest Park. Before we got the house, I spent almost every spare minute I had designing the rooms with Google Sketchup. I love the program. It was tricky at first, though. I often download items other Sketchup users create, from the online 3D warehouse. Okay, enough of a plug for sketchup...

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The living room in our house is 14'5 by 12'9. It has two 5-foot entryways into it, and a radiator that takes up a bit of space. I would like to have comfortable seating for at least six people. Also, we want two places for lounging (movie-watching for me and my husband).

I've come up with three ideas, but am at the point where I can start looking for furniture. I need help deciding which route to go. Also, I'm open to new ideas altogether. The current options:

1. A sectional couch and a side chair. The couch I'm considering is Room and Board's Ian sectional. It isn't very deep, which helps for the small room. The picture doesn't represent the Ian very well, but it shows the basic idea.

2. A long couch (10 feet) and two side chairs. This would also be Room and Board's Ian sectional--but I would get two end pieces and create the long couch.

3. Two Room and Board Andre couches, in different colors and sizes (probably the black and the natural), along with a side chair.

Congrats on the new home, Kate and the admirable Sketchup skills. Here goes... AT design minds, which option would you recommend to Kate? Please let her know in the comments below and Thanks!

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