Layout Ideas & Sofa Styles?

Layout Ideas & Sofa Styles?

Janel Laban
May 21, 2010

Q: My new apartment in South Park Slope, Brooklyn has an open kitchen/living room with some interesting challenges. I want to put a small table and two chairs in the "kitchen area," but I am having a hard time configuring the living space. I'm on the second floor, but the windows face the very busy, two-way 4th Avenue. I am a little wary of sitting with my back towards the window, but at the same time I have an equally odd distaste for having my back to the entrance when on the couch.

I am in between getting a sectional like West Elm's Tillary, or a 3-seater couch that would go on the 12-foot wall, but I also need a TV bench (currently I have a white Ikea Besta Burs, but I am not tied to it), as well as a coffee table, an armchair (perhaps the Slipper Chair), and 1-2 small ottomans/pouffes.

Preferably, the layout would still be open by not having the sofa run perpendicular to the windows. I also love the couch and side table configuration in Paul and Rob's East Village House Tour.

So, Apartment Therapy, what would you do with my layout, and do you have any recommendations or inspiration for the couch(es)?

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