How To Arrange Furniture In A Long And Narrow Living Room

Last updated on April 1st, 2022

Placing furniture the right way doesn’t just make a room look well put together, but also helps facilitate easy conversations and unhindered movement around it. But what does one do, when the space you have to do up is way longer than it is wide? How can you make it not look like a long, narrow tunnel?

Here are a few things you can do to make your long living space, look less narrow. Read on for some sound advice.

Leave A Clear Walkway On One Side

How does one create a space for easy conversations in a room which has limited width, without having people tripping over furniture or needing to zigzag their way through the room? Simple, just have all furniture to one side and leave a walkway on the other. After all, movement through the space is as important as comfortable seating.
If your room isn’t allowing this, no matter how many arrangements you try, you will need to create a path diagonally across the room. You might have to make do with a corner arrangement, but that’s better than people tripping over things while walking, right?

Place Furniture Pieces At An Angle

Having said that, to avoid your living room from looking like a bowling alley, put some of the smaller furniture pieces at an angle to break up the straight lines.

Invest In Curvy Furniture

With a long room, you will need to break the straight lines up with curvy furniture and fixtures. If you can’t quite convince yourself to get a curved couch, think of getting a circular coffee table or round side tables. And get a round, hanging pendant light, while you’re at it. These can work wonders when it comes to counteracting the tunnel effect of long, straight spaces. And while they do all this hard work, they’ll also make your space look bigger. Blame it on the wonders of optical illusion!

Exploit The Height Of Your Room

As far as possible, take attention away from the long, narrow room by drawing the eye upwards with floating shelves and sconces. As a plus, they don’t need any floor space and won’t make your room look cluttered in any way.

Cramming the room with too much furniture is the last thing a long and narrow space needs. In the interest of functionality and form, both working in tandem, get furniture pieces that can do more jobs than one. Like storage cubes that can be used as ad-hoc seating, footstool, or even surfaces to set plates, etc. down on, when there’s company.

Hope we’ve been able to narrow down (no pun intended) your options!