Best Furniture Arrangement for Long Narrow Living Room?

Best Furniture Arrangement for Long Narrow Living Room?

Colleen Quinn
Dec 17, 2009

Q: We are moving this weekend and are looking for some amazing advice for arranging furniture for this narrow living room in a DC rowhouse. Among the obstacles -- a radiator below the windows, a fireplace dominating one wall, and the open wall for the entry way. We had wanted to create two sitting areas, one in front of the fireplace and one under the windows. However, we are slowly realizing that there may not be enough space for two sitting areas -- and a good chance that the space under the windows will become an unfortunate "dead" zone. We also thought of putting a round table and chairs next to the radiator, but are uncertain if there would be enough space or room flow. We don't want to create an obstacle course. Any thoughts?

Sent by Amy

Editor: Amy- what great bones! We love the window nook, the wood floors, and the yellow archway, but we can see the challenges you face in this space. How about a chair and ottoman in the window to create a comfy reading nook? It will look less crowded than two chairs and won't block too much of the heat coming from the radiator. Your couch can face the fireplace and create some separation from your entryway, and if you're having a party, the ottoman can always serve as additional seating. Readers, what advice can you share with Amy as she gets ready for a pre-holiday move?

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