Rectangular Living Room Layout

Rectangular Living Room Layout

One of the best ways to make sure your living room looks and feels inviting is designing a layout and floor plan that works for your space, not against it. The right layout allows you to entertain guests, relax with family, and do activities like watch TV or play games in comfort.
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Rectangular Living Room Layout

With two walls longer than the shorter walls at both ends of the space, a long or rectangular-shaped living room can feel narrow and claustrophobic. But with strategic planning, you can make this type of living room feel welcoming and user friendly.
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Rectangular Living Room Layout

Bold and contemporary Arizona living room. Browns, grays and blacks tie this living room together seamlessly. The perfectly suited set of furniture made this room worth saving, and Houzzers noted the well-designed layout as well.
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Rectangular Living Room Layout

“My living room is actually a long, narrow rectangular space,” says designer Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25. “Really think about how you will be using the room. Instead of just putting things in the room to fill the space, find pieces that are both fun to use and help create function.”
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Rectangular Living Room Layout

This minimalist, modern and beige living room sure is a perfect example for long living rooms. Sometimes, rectangular spaces are hard to decorate than squares, so, going minimalist is the way to go.
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Rectangular Living Room Layout

What do you think about the 17 Long Living Room Ideas? Here’s the thing though, if your room has multiple uses, divide the room into sections with clearly defined purposes. For instance, you can have a dining area with table and chairs next to a comfortable seating area with a writing desk and bookshelf at the end. Rugs of different shapes, sizes and colors can help you define each of the spaces and make an awkward shaped room work for you. Check the 15 Homey Contemporary Open Living Room Ideas for more inspiration on open design concept that can work for long living rooms too. Have fun!
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Rectangular Living Room Layout

Place paper representations of furniture on the floor plan. Cut small to-scale rectangles representing actual furniture, or use cutouts available online to represent possible purchases. Start with the sofa and orient it toward the focal point. For example, place it in front of the fireplace. Place the second most important pieces of furniture; such as the occasional chairs, in the space to the left or right of the sofa. If the rectangular shape of the room is exaggerated, the traffic flow of people through the room may force the furniture arrangement off-center. This is where the rules of design become the guidelines, and allow you to make decisions based on the room usage. A functional room is the goal; arrange the furniture to suit your family first.
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Rectangular Living Room Layout

Place Primary Furniture Place paper representations of furniture on the floor plan. Cut small to-scale rectangles representing actual furniture, or use cutouts available online to represent possible purchases. Start with the sofa and orient it toward the focal point. For example, place it in front of the fireplace. Place the second most important pieces of furniture; such as the occasional chairs, in the space to the left or right of the sofa. If the rectangular shape of the room is exaggerated, the traffic flow of people through the room may force the furniture arrangement off-center. This is where the rules of design become the guidelines, and allow you to make decisions based on the room usage. A functional room is the goal; arrange the furniture to suit your family first.
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Keeping the main walkway to one side of the room is the best way to create a space that flows easily, without people having to walk around obstacles or disturb people sitting and relaxing. With that, we will be showing you 17 Long Living Room Ideas that might make you plan your layout from the doorway and work backwards into the room from there. Take a look at the samples we have below.
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Furniture Arranging Made Easy No matter if your rooms are big or small, having the right furniture arrangement will make them more enjoyable. Check out these layout examples, plus tricks for living rooms, family rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms. Shop all living room furniture now!
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If a chaise is out of your budget, you can re-create the same idea with backless seats or benches. We love the color palette used in this living room and if you notice, like in some of the photos above, rectangular or slim item are ever present in the spaces.
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Thinking about the function of the room will help you make smart layout decisions. An open living room often serves as a hub in the house, so make sure any floor plan includes comfortable spots for everyday activities like watching TV, eating or socializing.
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Solution: Combine chairs, benches, and settees for an eclectic look. Duplicate the room shape with the table shape to maximize seating (for example, a rectangular table with the same proportions as the dining room will make the most of the space). Include storage, such as cabinets or bookcases, on the perimeter. Define the dining space with a rug that contrasts with the flooring.
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For long living rooms like this one, slimmer materials are best used. If you notice the rectangular TV console, area rug and the furniture are slimmer than usual.
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Room Usage Make a list of the activities that take place in the living room and the number of seats required for each activity. For example, if the living room is the TV-watching room and six people typically gather to watch, you need a TV, TV stand and seating for six people. You may need a coffee table or end tables, too. Give some thought to the current activities, and to what you would like to happen in the future. For example, perhaps you would like to add a reading nook with two chairs and a small table in front of a floor-to-ceiling bookcase.
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Fenimore believes adding a built-in bar, bookcases, shelving or even a workspace that are similar in style to your furniture can pull the look of a long living room together. Make sure to take note of doors, heaters, outlets and windows before you plan your layout — the location of these items can limit furniture placement and be problematic if not considered before final floor plan decisions are made.
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No-Fail Living Room Arranging Trick Face the View If your living room doesn’t have a fireplace, orient seating so it takes advantage of whatever view your room has to offer, whether it’s a TV or a bank of windows. Create your own focal point by hanging a large piece of art on a wall or create a vignette of favorite objects on a console or bookshelf. Shop decorative throw pillows now!
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No-Fail Living Room Arranging Trick Arrange for Conversation For face-to-face chats, place seating no more than 8 feet apart. In a large living room, use furniture to create comfortable islands. Face two sofas in the center of a room, and place a group chairs and side tables at one end to create a separate conversation area.
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Make a list of the activities that take place in the living room and the number of seats required for each activity. For example, if the living room is the TV-watching room and six people typically gather to watch, you need a TV, TV stand and seating for six people. You may need a coffee table or end tables, too. Give some thought to the current activities, and to what you would like to happen in the future. For example, perhaps you would like to add a reading nook with two chairs and a small table in front of a floor-to-ceiling bookcase.
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No matter if your rooms are big or small, having the right furniture arrangement will make them more enjoyable. Check out these layout examples, plus tricks for living rooms, family rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms.
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Nicholas Moriarty Interiors 3. Place some furniture perpendicular to the length of the room. In this room, if they had placed a long sofa facing the fireplace, by the time you put a coffee table in front of it, you would have to walk right through the sitting area to get by. Plus, the room would have looked longer and skinnier! By using loveseats instead of a longer sofa, they were able to place them perpendicular to the length of the room with space left for a pass-through area down the side of the room. I know wide-angle lenses used for professional photos make rooms look nice and big. But based on the furnishings, I estimate that this room is not more than 12 feet wide.
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3. Place some furniture perpendicular to the length of the room. In this room, if they had placed a long sofa facing the fireplace, by the time you put a coffee table in front of it, you would have to walk right through the sitting area to get by. Plus, the room would have looked longer and skinnier! By using loveseats instead of a longer sofa, they were able to place them perpendicular to the length of the room with space left for a pass-through area down the side of the room. I know wide-angle lenses used for professional photos make rooms look nice and big. But based on the furnishings, I estimate that this room is not more than 12 feet wide.