Ideas for Living Room Furniture Arrangement?

Ideas for Living Room Furniture Arrangement?

Aaron Able
Mar 12, 2010

Q: I am having a really hard time with layout of our furniture in our military issued housing and I am hoping that some Apartment Therapy readers may be able to offer up some suggestions. Obviously the home is temporary and we will most likely only be there for another year and a half, maybe 2…

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…It's techinally rental property so any permanent changes are out (i.e. knocking out a wall or moving the windows like I would love to do). We lucked out in that we got a brand new house and that it was a clean blank canvas to start — but the hospital look just wasn't working for us. We have done some work painting the main rooms we spend our time in and trying to make it as cozy as possible to stick it out for another year or so. Most of the furniture we have is hand-me-downs from my grandparents/parents or thrift store/craigslist finds and most of the artwork is original from my grandmother or other unique sources. With that being said, I am having a lot of trouble with our living room layout and this is where I seek the advice.

The structure and window placement has made it really difficult to arrange our furniture the way I would like and as much as I hate the idea of it, the only thing that seems to work is to push all of the furniture to the perimeter of the room. We're really at a loss as to where the big TV should go and where the sofas and chairs should be placed in order to create a cozy environment that suits itself to everything from entertaining large groups, to snuggling and watching a movie, or curling up with a good book. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!! Please also note that there are still some unfinished projects in these photos (i.e. the wooden chair with fabric draped over it will hopefully be covered soon and then the teal chair I am in the process of finding a good reupholsterer to re-cover it in a neutral fabric. I am also updating the throw pillows with different fabrics that just haven't been photographed yet). Thanks so much!

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