Often the trickiest part of designing a space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. From the square-shaped to the narrow to the just plain awkward, this is your one-stop shop for layout ideas that work.
If you’ve got a long and narrow room, you might feel like you’re stuck with only one layout option. And while it’s true that awkward spaces leave you with fewer design options, you’re far from out of luck! With a little planning, narrow spaces can have huge potential. This week see how we tackle a narrow family den with two clever and comfy layout ideas.
The Homeowners: A couple and their 9-month-old baby and family dog.
The Space: A 7×15 foot den that’s long and narrow with two walls of windows. It’s right off the entry, so it’s open on one side to the rest of the home.
The Challenge: Turning the long and narrow room into a comfortable and functional TV den that includes lots of seating and is kid- and pet-friendly. The catch: The TV only fits on one wall.
Idea #1: The Tucked-Away TV Layout
If you don’t want Netflix binging to be the only thing you do in the space, use the long and narrow room to your advantage. Don’t stress about making the TV the focal point. Instead, create a space that’s perfect for reading, snuggling, and relaxing.
No one can say no to a large and comfy sectional, right? This one fits the long and narrow space to a T, giving the you extra seating galore!
If you enjoy winding down with a good book, glass of wine, or your favorite TV show, try this layout on in your space!
Why It Works:
- The sectional perfectly fits the dimensions of the room, giving it an extra-cozy feel.
- Instead of a coffee table, two poufs serve double-duty as footrests and extra seating.
- There’s room to tuck in small side tables, which make up for the missing coffee table.
- Tucking the huge credenza under the TV makes for a kid-friendly space packed with storage!
This Is Great If You…
- Want a family room that’s comfortable and doesn’t feel stuffy.
- Like to spend time catching up on your favorite TV shows, but don’t want to make it too easy to fall into a day-long binge session.
- Like to host casual game nights for a big crowd.
See the layout idea #1 in 360!
Idea #2: The TV Viewing Layout
If you want a space that’s the real TV-viewing deal, face your sofa towards the TV. Because the room is so narrow, we swapped the sectional for a petite sofa that fits opposite the TV.
This swap turns our long and narrow room into a spacious gathering space. It’s great for watching TV and movies as well as hosting game nights or drinks for friends. There’s also a lot of flexibility to move furnishings around or bring in a few extra chairs.
Why It Works:
- Tucking away the sofa keeps the space feeling open and airy.
- The TV and the sofa make direct eye contact, which is the optimal layout for watching movies.
- A round coffee table with hidden storage is both functional and kid-friendly.
- The poufs make comfy footrests, but can also serve as places to put down a drink.
This Is Great If You…
- Want a layout that’s flexible —practice yoga, curl up with a book, and host friends for drinks all in this space.
- Enjoy entertaining small and large groups and need room for people to move around.
- Need a kid-friendly space with storage for all their toys.
- Don’t want to get a neck cramp while watching your favorite Tv shows!
See the layout idea #2 in 360!