When we moved into the Smurf House, we furnished the living room with the furniture we already had.
- The Hariston Sofa and Oversized Chair fit well in our previous loft with 22′ ceilings and a large living room footprint. In our current 15′ x 10′ 7″ living room with 8′ ceilings, the sofa and chair felt chunky and did not optimize seating.
- In our last apartment, we used a wood table we bought off of Facebook Marketplace as a catch all table (mail, keys, extra fruit, flowers, etc.). It is repurposed as a TV stand in the Smurf House. Like the couch and chair, it too has a large footprint but it places the TV at a nice height.
- The matching coffee table and side table are from Pottery Barn. I got them when I moved to North Carolina for Pharmacy School 7.5 years ago. While Pottery Barn no longer makes these pieces, this one from target is similar in concept – two levels with drawers on the bottom. It is really great for storage and we will have to get creative elsewhere when it is gone.
We use our living room to relax, watch TV, and entertain (think game nights). Because of this, we needed to optimize seating and incorporate a TV into the mix.
The first three layouts we mocked up had the TV on the East facing wall (left in the pictures below). Placing a TV perpendicular to a window reduces the glare so we were trying to make that work.
Living Room Layout #1
Layout #1 is a great option. It is balanced and symmetrical. I started getting really excited about finding a beautiful leather sofa to feature (like this one). When it came down to it, we could really only seat 4 people comfortably, maybe 5 if we added a pouf or ottoman, and that just wasn’t enough for how we wanted to use the space.
Living Room Layout #2
Living room layout #2 keeps the TV on the east wall to reduce glare but adds more seating options. Five or six people could gather here for some great conversation! Think about how much reading would get done in that cozy corner chair by the window.
We chose not to go with this layout because we wanted to keep the walking paths between the dining room (on the right side of the pictures, West in real life) and the living room open. We envision people hanging out in both spaces at once and don’t want a sofa to impede mingling.
Living Room Layout #3
Living room layout #3 is when we started to consider some sort of sectional for seating. We reverted back to layout #1 a bit swapping out the straight sofa for a sectional and adding a pouf. This added some more seating options and maintained open walkways between the living room and dining room.
Living Room Layout #4
For fun, I started playing around with the TV on the south wall (top wall in the picture below). Enter living room layout #4. We went for it with a full blown L-shaped sectional fit snug in the corner. With the two lounge chairs, 7 or 8 people could fit around that coffee table for a card game.
We would definitely need to swap out our current coffee table for a smaller round or square coffee table to make this layout work. Doing so would potentially decrease a good bit of storage which is not incorporated anywhere else in the room.
Living Room Layout #5
Living Room Layout #5 takes the optimal seating and open walking paths from layout #4 and adds storage along the TV wall. Winner!
We briefly considered adding built ins to the wall for architectural interest. It would look great but we are opting for a minimal aesthetic to match the general character of the house. We are still deciding whether we want to add open shelving on either side of the TV or keep some white space. What do you think?
As I mentioned in our 2019 Project Predictions, we scored 50% off the Urban Sectional from West Elm. Living room layout #5 was meant to be. Now onto designing the TV wall and sourcing a coffee table and lounge chair. Oh, and making a decision about lighting – weigh in on the lighting debate here.