Tag: Arranging

Design Dilemma: Arranging Furniture Around A Corner Fireplace – Schneiderman’s {the blog}

K. Houvanian Homes via Houzz - Corner Fireplace furniture arrangement
Corner Fireplace – K. Hovanian Homes via Houzz

Finding just the right furniture placement that looks good, functions well, and fits perfectly can be tricky sometimes.  Especially if you’re dealing with a too-small (or too large) space, an awkward floor plan, or a design element that you’re not sure what to do with.

The corner fireplace can be one such element.  Even though some specifically choose to have them and love them, there are others that are frustrated and puzzled by them.

One of our readers recently asked if we could put together a post with some ideas on how to address the issue, especially when there’s a TV involved.

Of course there isn’t just one answer, because floor plans and furniture vary, but we’ll definitely get you started in the right direction.

Decorating around a corner fireplace (image source: interiorfun.com)
Interior Fun

1. Make a plan.

For a room that will look good and function well for

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Arranging Furniture in a 12 foot wide by 24 foot long Living Room

Some ideas for arranging furniture in a long and narrow living room with many entrance doors, archways and windows

Some ideas for arranging furniture in a long and narrow living room with many entrance doors, arch ways and windows

If you possibly are the inhabitant of a row house or town house that was built somewhere around 1890, you could now have a living room that measures about 12 feet wide by 24 feet long. Your living room, back in the day, most likely started out as two 12 foot by 12 foot rooms. One of the rooms was a formal parlor and the other one was a living room. Those two spaces were probably once divided by a non-load bearing wall with pocket doors, or there was an archway. In one or both of the rooms could have been, or still is a wooden or marble mantelpiece, which is a decorative non-working fireplace. I have found that many of my readers have rooms like that which also have

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9 Tips for Arranging Furniture in a Living Room or Family Room – Schneiderman’s {the blog}

Beautiful living room - arranging furniture around stone fireplace and TV.

One of the things that we suggested in our post on Furniture Shopping Tips was to measure your room and try out different furniture placement scenarios – either on paper or using a room planner – prior to shopping.

We still think that’s pretty great advice, but what if arranging furniture isn’t one of your strong points?  Or you’ve never had to do it before?

We’ve got some tips and general guidelines that will help:

ARRANGING FURNITURE:

1. Determine function.

Think about how you want this room to function. What activities will be taking place in the space (TV viewing, games, conversation, work, etc.)?

How many people do you need to comfortably seat?  Will your family always be sitting or will you need a spot to lay or lounge?  Or more than one?

Arranging furniture in a living room | Scarsdale Project - Elements of Style Blog
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Answering questions like these will give you a better feel for the type, quantity, and size

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