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Arranging furniture in small living room

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I moved into a townhouse recently and am having trouble deciding where to place furniture, mainly the large sectional that I bought, in my living room. I really love it, but am now realizing it's a bit big for the room, which measures 18'4" x 12'6". What causes a problem is that I currently have the longest part of the sectional against a wall that extends out an extra foot or so at about the midway point (see attached image - I can't explain it that well). I think the sofa looks odd hanging out like that, but can't really figure where else it could go.  I have thought about putting the shorter side against the wall with the wall-mounted gas fireplace, in effect rotating the sectional 90 degrees.  The fireplace is high enough on the wall that it would still -for the most part - be above the back of the sectional. BUT I don't know how i feel about having a sofa in front of the fireplace - it'll probably look a bit strange.I'm frustrated because I really like the current layout below, but that one wall just makes things look off-kilter, plus I don't like how the windows are obscured by the sectional.  Getting a new piece is not an option right now, as I just shelled out quite a bit for the sectional and I do really love it! Oh, and the TV pretty much has to stay where it is, as the only cable outlet is on that wall.  Does anyone have any suggestions for how to make this space work better?  Thanks so much!ImageImage

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mellybean's picture

gmcauley wrote:
is there any way to store that chaise end piece for the time being? 
Unfortunately, the chaise is not separate.  The sectional is comprised of three sections: the main part with arms on either end, a second part with only one arm (as it attaches to the corner piece), and an ottoman which serves to create the chaise. I would separate the sectional, but as I said, the one piece only has an arm on one end, so that idea is a no-no!I believe I'm going to move the sectional 90 degrees just to see what it looks like before the fireplace. With it being summer, I won't be using it anyway.  I'm just concerned with how it will look in the room. We'll see.

gmcauley's picture

Hello mellybean,

I agree with Northern Miner ... is there any way to store that chaise end piece for the time being? It would open up views through the balcony window, and it seems like the sectional is large enough as it is without that chaise part? Or yes, you could flip it 90 degrees under the fireplace, but then you can only enjoy the fireplace from one side of the sectional. Tricky. I would take out the chaise if possible.

Good luck!

Gwen McAuley (gmcauley at

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