Plugging In: A New Lease on Life – Living Room Space Planning

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

We need your help! My husband and I are moving into a new apartment this Saturday, and one of the first things we’re going to need to know is where to set up the furniture in the living room, which is also the main hub for all of our electronics. I’ve listed what we have for furniture after the jump, and need your suggestions for the best possible layout.

Furniture/Items for Living Room:

Couch – 93″ x 43″ (that’s about 7.75′ x 3.5′)
Loveseat – 70″ x 43″ (that’s about 5.75 ‘ x 3.5’)
Ikea Lack TV bench – 59″ x 22″
West Elm Coffee Table (in Green) – 36″ circle
1 Floor lamp
TBD – end tables, lamps, speakers
Expedit Bookcase – Will either go horizontal or vertical on the bathroom wall to serve as a landing strip.

Here are the considerations:

  • The cable outlet is in the lower left hand corner of the living room (indicated by the TV box on the floor plan), so if we move from that corner, wiring of some kind will be involved…but so will it also be with speakers, at least until we buy a system to make our speakers wireless

  • The heat source for the room is the baseboard on the wall with the window, so putting our electronics along that wall is asking for trouble

  • The wall that divides the kitchen from the living room seems like a good place to put it, but does seating work that way?

  • J loves to sit closer to the TV, because to the apartment to create a home office of sorts. In my mind, I keep picturing the corner near the cable outlet, placed on a diagonal and facing towards the room. Don’t know if this is realistic.

Please forgive the poor quality of the picture. I took it on the fly for my own reference and wasn’t thinking about posting it here at the time; I’m including it to help you get a feel for the room. We’ll get the keys tonight, so better pictures will be forthcoming.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)