NY Good Questions: How Should I Arrange My Furniture?

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Hello AT,

I need help figuring out where to put the furniture in my living room--I've been reading about flow in the AT book, but my apartment seems so fussy that I can't figure out how to translate the ideas in the book into my apartment...

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Everyone I know seems to have an opinion about where I should place the living room furniture, but none of us can come up with a good solution so I thought I'd send it to you and see if anyone at apartment therapy had any ideas.

I rent, so can't make structural changes, and I don't have a lot of money to buy new stuff--so I pretty much have to work with what's there.

The diagram shows one of the layouts I tried--I like the idea of a conversation area between the chair and the futon instead of everything facing the TV, but can't figure out how to make that work without essentially turning the other half of the room into a hallway.

My sister even suggested moving my bedroom into the living room, but the idea of having my bedroom right by the kitchen seems kind of gross, plus since the living room has no windows, it can get kind of hot.

Thanks! Nicole

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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