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When you are blessed (or cursed) with a large, open space, how should you arrange the furniture? The typical L setup or placing sofas to face each other just doesn't utilize the space to its full capacity.
Try placing sofas back to back for a clever arrangement that makes an excellent use of space and doesn't block any gorgeous windows.
Placing your sofas back to back can create two rooms out of one without the space feeling choppy and oversize.
More ways with two sofas
Is there a living room with a fireplace right off your kitchen? Is it weird to hang out in that room when someone is cooking? Would you rather have a dining room in that space? Just do it — a fireplace in a dining room is a lovely thing, and it doesn't need to dictate how you utilize the space.
I told you so: Fireplaces are wonderful next to a dining table.
Is your formal parlor supposed to have a couple sofas and a piano? Not necessarily — ditch them for a dining room table. Does your long, rectangular table make the space feel cramped? Be brave and swap it out for a round version.
If you like to just invite a few friends over instead of large groups, arrange your living room to fit your entertaining style. Splurge on four luxurious, upholstered chairs instead of sofas in your living room — what a wonderful space for sharing stories with friends.
Use a long, narrow window bench to create the little breakfast nook you've always dreamed of. Bring in a full-size dining table and additional chairs to make this your dining room. Who says the breakfast nook can't be your full-time table?
Beds are usually to be lined up like soldiers against the longest bedroom wall. But what happens when twin beds won't fit lengthwise in the space? Try placing them headboard to headboard for a cozy, perfectly functional arrangement.
Whether you are reworking the typical placement of furniture, repurposing the function of a space or diverting traffic patterns with your designs, be bold and brave with your furniture placement.
You don't have to do things the way they have always been done; you just have to do what works.
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