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How to Arrange Furniture in Long Narrow Rooms

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Arranging furniture can be tricky enough in an average room but when your room is long and narrow it can be even more difficult. How do you create conversation areas and ease of movement in a room where space is at a premium? Here are a few tips.

Arranging Furniture

Before you try to arrange furniture in an awkward space make sure you understand the principles of arranging furniture. It's important to understand the rules before you start breaking them. Once you understand how to place things in an average room you can start tweaking things so they work in a small or narrow space.

Leave a Walkway on One Side

One of the trickiest things about long, narrow rooms is arranging furniture in a way so that people can walk through the room without tripping over things. You don't want people to have to walk around furniture pieces and zigzag through the room. Whenever possible keep the furniture arrangement to one side of the room and leave a walkway on the other side.

If this simply isn't possible you can arrange the furniture in a way so that there is a path crossways through the room. This can be a little tougher because you'll have to make more of a corner arrangement, but it's still preferable to having people bang their legs.

Put Furniture on an Angle

If your room is particularly long and narrow and you don't want it to have the 'bowling alley' effect try putting some of your furniture on an angle so that it breaks up the space.

Use Some Circular Furniture

A circular coffee table or large ottoman can do wonders for breaking up the straight lines of long rooms. Even circular side tables can help. They can really counteract the tunnel effect that can be hard to avoid in long, straight rooms. They also have a way of making small rooms look bigger. This also goes for light fixtures – a round hanging pendent can definitely help break up a long, narrow room.

Think Vertically

Like with any small or awkward room you want to make use of all the space you've got. Use wall space for shelving and lighting. Sconces are always a good idea since they don't require floor space and floating shelves can be installed on the walls so you can make the most of your space.

Edit Your Furniture

It can't be stressed enough – don't try to cram too much furniture into a small space. Know your limits. Rather than trying to fit a lot of pieces try to find things that can double as other pieces. For instance, opt for closed storage cubes that can be used as extra seating, footstools or as extra table surfaces when necessary.

Once you've got your furniture arranged be sure to read this article on where to place some of the most common accessories. Even in awkward spaces most of these rules still apply. While your room should always be full of items you love, where you place them can have a huge impact on the overall look of your space.

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