Good Questions: Coping with an Oddly Shaped Living Room?

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ATDC reader Loren wants help setting up a new home:

I close this Friday on my new apartment and am trying to decide what to do with the living room. It’s pretty big but is a sort of odd shape and I’m kind of stumped about how to use it best. I’m willing to buy some new furniture to make it work, though, if need be.

I need to have a seating arrangement that facilitates watching TV but doesn’t make the TV a focal point in the room when not in use. I’m thinking of going with a wall-mounted 32-37″ flat panel, but I’m flexible on that. I also need to have a bunch of storage space for books, and maybe a small desk if I can find a way to make it work.

I’d really appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

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Wow Loren- what a challenge! First of all, congratulations on your purchase. We would consider placing any desk/office area on the long wall shared with the bathroom. Then perhaps the couch on an angle between the two windows and the TV in the corner opposite (the wall shared with the kitchen). You should then be able to arrange a couple of chairs facing the windows to create a conversation area, maybe one anchored by an area rug.

We’re certain our readers will have other suggestions; please share your thoughts in the comments.