Layout Ideas for Challenging Hall/Office/Living/Dining Room?

Layout Ideas for Challenging Hall/Office/Living/Dining Room?

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Regina Yunghans
Jan 24, 2015
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Q: I recently rented a sunny 3rd floor apartment in Capitol Hill that still has its charm — wood floors, arched doorways, and big windows. I've tried to make my existing furniture work. Unfortunately, the layout of the living room must accommodate flow through the 3 arched doorways as well as the large window.

The other challenge is that looking directly out the window you look over an ugly rooftop. However, seating placed against the wall by the bedroom allows me look over the neighbor's pretty garden:

(Image credit: Dru)
(Image credit: Dru)

How would you lay out the space to accommodate traffic flow and take advantage of the view (I'm a law student, so good work space is a must)? I would really like to fit in a small dining table with two chairs since there is no space to eat or have guests in the kitchen and I miss entertaining. Would it fit? The only piece of furniture I have is an antique trunk that is too high to be used as a coffee table but is excellent storage. Do you think I can keep it? Do you have any suggestions on how to use this room to meet my living/dining/office/hallway uses?

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