How do I arrange furniture in this room?
sashinka1
November 7, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Hello, I have a long room with a fire burning stove. We use it as a computer room, kids have their homework table in it and its a play room. I am getting rid of the big couch and getting sofa and love seat combo my mother in law bought. Piano will move to another room. Can I divide this room into three spaces somehow? I want to put tv where my computer is with sofa/love seat in a L shape in front of it. Any other ideas ?
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sashinka1
Please forgive the mess! We are reorganizing and will be moving everything out for floor refinishing.
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I think we can do it. There is so much stuff in the room, I cannot tell where your computer is. So, where do you want to put the tv?
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If you look at the first photo its on the left in front of the piano. So, I'll put the sofa where the piano is, then love seat next to in in L shape.
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I am sorry. I cannot see either a piano of a computer. But, if I understand correctly, you want to put a tv on the wall to the left of the window and you want to place a couch and love seat in an L, facing tv?

I would need more photos, but from what I can see, there is just way too much stuff in the room. You would have to move all the stuff out of that end of the room. Are you willing to do that?

Need more photos of the area of which you speak. Thank you.
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Just looking at the photos, I would say fitting a love seat and couch in that are would not work. You could do it, but it is going to look crowded.

One other other thing you can do is to take measurements. How wide is the room and how much space do you have on the wall across from the couch? Then what are the lengths of the couch and love seat?
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Thanks for your comments! I know, it's really cluttered and we'll be moving everything out. According to measurements sofa/love seat will fit. I am concerned its not going to feel right having a love seat facing the window there.
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It seems to me a lot of furniture in one space. On the other hand, the room is necessarily going to have to be divided into a couple of different venues.

You could place the loveseat against the window. I don't normally recommend this, but in this case, could be a good solution?

or

Can you use the love seat at the other end…..where the current couch is?

Are you going to be taking the love seat and couch anyway? If so, I wouldn't sorry about it. Take them and try them.
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sashinka1
Thanks! You are right. I am taking the couches anyway, so might as well have an poem mind about where to put them. I just want to be able to have this space serve three purposes: tv watching, play area and homework area (with computer space) . Going through different layouts in my head. Will be easier to just try it out.
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Once you clear out the room you will have a better understanding of your layout, so don't stress. I do think you should have a seating area by woodstove as just a place to sit for "quiet" time.
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I would highly recommend you move everything out before you attempt this. When you have all this stuff in the room, you just can't think clearly.

I think your best bet, with the stairs there, is to try the love seat in front of the window.
I am assuming the toy area will be in the middle?
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sashinka1
Yes, the toy area would be in a middle. I think the shelves that are on each side of the stove would go to either together next to each other (to the right of stove) or one where it is right now, the other one (the one next to the piano) could go to the opposite wall of the wood burning stove.
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I think they would look better together. Can they go both go on the wall where the couch is now? They are taking away from the fireplace as a focal point.
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They won't fit in front of the stove together. It might have to be both to the right of it, or one to the right, one in front.
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Renee
This isn't ideal but if you already have the sofa and love seat - could you put them facing each other at the far end near the window and then hang the TV above the love seat? Or, skip the love seat for two kid size comfy chairs that could be turned toward the TV. Kids play area and homework table at the other end with the bookshelves and your desk opposite the fireplace?
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And, paint the bookshelves black for some contrast. I love the hardworking demands of this room.
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sashinka1
Thanks, Renee. I like the idea of putting kids chairs near the couch instead of the love seat. I was also considering bean bags, but they don't look as nice.
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sashinka.

Can you please take more photos. We need a photo of both ends of the room and a closer photo of where the couches are going.
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Here are some more photos of the room.
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The opposite end
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Looking toward the french doors-
Measurements permitting, try the office bookcase under the pony wall, left of the low steps, with computer area to the left of the french doors, and run the carpet across the width of that space to define it. The second bookcase will keep the eye forward of that file area if you place it perpendicular to the right wall, in front of the same steps. Table placed center.
Facing back window-
Loveseat and sofa in L shape, but with a sizable corner table, and seating pulled forward enough to allow a window treatment to fall behind. TV on opp. wall, w nested coffee table duo, and an upholstered bench, or ottomans for the children, floating, as the 'fourth wall'.
Consider a larger mirror over the fireplace to bounce more light from the doors to mid-room, and use the opposite wall to frame some of the children's artwork into a gallery. A single piece of artwork over the sofa will give that area primary focus in the room.
Best of luck with you project.
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The pictures help a lot. Thanks.

You will not be able to fit both a love seat and couch on the tv end. Well, you might be able to shove them in there, but it will not look good.(unless they are much smaller than standard).

Couch on wall where you had planned/tv on wall where you had planned.

We will have to see where love seat fits. Possible ideas are floated, facing French Doors.

Another idea is under pony wall, with both bookcases across from it.

Third idea is love seat to right of fp. Then bookcases across from each other on walls.

Then there is the table. I do not see you being able to fit both the table and love seat. I really think it best if love seat is not in there. But, we will see.

Fireplace will be focal point and I would recommend art over fireplace.
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decoenthusiaste
I would prefer the play area at the end where the windows are. Is it possible that the two bookcases could be placed perpendicular to the walls, to create a more private space where the play chaos can be restricted from view? The one perpendicular on the FP wall can face the play area for toy storage and the other the sitting/TV/FP/computer end of the room with books and decor. You can upholster the backs of both with fabric and nailhead tacks. The back of the one facing the FP/sitting area will provide another "wall" for arranging furniture. Is it possible that the loveseat is the right size to back up to it? I think your long carpet might cover the sitting/tv/computer end of the space and the kid's area can have its own comfy play rug. Take some measurements and see if this solution could work for you.
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Thank you so much, everyone! I will try all of these ideas with the right measurements. This is a challenging room because it serves so many purposes.
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Nancy Travisinteriors
Remove the different rugs leave only one. Where TV goes. Are you thinking over firepl? At other end by window put desk, for computer and some baskets for toys. Add desk lamp. By TV sofa. Don't know if room for love seat?. A chair would have been better. Remove bookcase, just looks to cluttered in this small room. Add movie poster for art. Hang low over furn.
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Remove all small items on walls. Keep it clean lines. Add a bamboo dark brown shade to that window.
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Nancy Travisinteriors
You are trying to put too much in this room. Remove 1/3 of it.
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sashinka1, I think you realize that you have quite a task ahead of you, but it can be done. We will be here with you along the way. This is not the normal room rearranging because there is just so much stuff.

Even after all of the extras are moved out, I don't know that we will be able to keep both bookcases, 2 couches. It is just a lot.

Is there any way you could start moving stuff out now? This will take some organizational skills. Here is what I would recommend as a process for you;

1) Move any large pieces of furniture out that you can move out now. For example, you mentioned the piano, computer.

2) Start going through all the other papers, books, pictures and place them in 4) large bins:

A) Move to another room (place sticky on it as to what room it goes to)
B) Donate to charity
C) Trash
D) Must keep in this room

Once you do this, you will be able to think more clearly and see the possibilities. I hope this helps.
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Please keep us posted as to your progress. Would love to cheer you on and see pics of your progress!
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None of these rooms depicts exactly how yours will look, but thought they might serve as inspiration and/or ideas.

For example, consider placing floating both couch and love seat/one facing window/one facing french door.

Or consider a table against the pony wall for studying as opposed to a large table in the center of the room.

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This is the ceiling with skylights, by the way.
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Wow! The room really has a lot of assets.

I would recommend that you use 3 paint colors in the room:


1) wall and ceiling (all one color) lighter tone
2) fireplace second color (deeper tone)
3) skylights----could be in same tones or you could paint sky-blue

Notice how the eye is drawn up in these photos.

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skylights painted blue

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We did it! We finally cleared the room. It took a lot of work, but now I am excited! The floor guys are coming in today. We'll have a week out of the house and afterwards will bring in the furniture. Now image to figure out the best way for the furniture to work, so it can include space for tv (still leaning towards couch loveseat in a L shape in front if the window. I'd live to be able to fit my two kids' desks in here somewhere as well as my desk (thinking mine against the pony wall). Will keep you posted with picks, but would love to hear more ideas for furniture arranging :)
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Wow: congratulations!!!

Okay…..

-your desk on pony wall/kids desk on wall opposite pony wall.
-couch on wall next to window and tv across

I do not think you will be able to fit both couch and love seat.

I also don't think all of those bookcases are going to fit.

Would be nice to put a couple of chairs across from fireplace.
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