Layout Ideas for Challenging Living Room in a San Francisco Victorian?

Layout Ideas for Challenging Living Room in a San Francisco Victorian?

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Janel Laban
Sep 19, 2014
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My partner and I moved into SF Victorian cottage about five years ago. We've renovated the place room by room and have tried to make our existing furniture work as best as possible. Unfortunately, the layout of the living room has been bugging me for awhile.

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The room is relatively narrow and doesn't have a "long wall", which has placed some limitations on the space. I don't think we're taking proper advantage of windows and other lovely features of the room. It is our primary "hang out" room—so we want it to be comfortable and a place we can watch movies and entertain. I've trolled the internet for ideas (including past good questions), but I just am not sure what to do. A couple of "requirements" are:

1. This is the room we watch movies in. Therefore, a place for a TV is necessary.
2. I don't want to place the TV over the fireplace—for ergonomic or aesthetic reasons.
3. I'm kind of sick of having the TV at an angle.
4. My partner and I like to sit together with the family cat when watching movies—so a "chairs only" room wouldn't work for us.

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Should we get a small-scale sofa and place it on the longest wall we've got? Float an even bigger sectional in the middle of the room? Get a sectional that uses the longest wall and wraps in front of the windows (which means a gap between the window and the sectional)? How should we deal with all the doorways (if we do float the sofa, how much distance should there be from the doorway. I'm really stumped, so all ideas are welcome!

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