Need help my ridiculously narrow & awkward living room!!
Hello friends! This is my first time posting, but I've been lurking in the shadows on GardenWeb for over a year now. I can't tell you how instrumental everyone has been in helping me with my house renovations.
Though we're far from done, my husband and I are ready to start thinking about furniture. We've run into a major dilemma, though! Our living room is extremely narrow, and we technically only have two walls to work with.
A little background: the first floor of the house is basically a giant room with a half-wall dividing the space between the kitchen and the living room. We can't knock down the half wall at this point. The living room itself has three walls that we can use. The stair wall is 8'4", the long empty wall is about 17', and the fireplace wall is about 5'5". Right next to the fireplace is our backyard sliding door, and beyond that, the dining room. I'll attach some photos so everyone can see the room.
We have a piano (24" deep) that only fits in the living room. If we leave the layout as it is now, the sofa is pretty close to the TV (we'll be purchasing a 40"), and we can't really fit a coffee table and a side chair anywhere. If we move the sofa back towards the half-wall, then we create this mini-hallway between the two that's difficult to walk through; plus, it'll be hard to access the books that will go on the shelves that'll be installed on the half-wall. I have a lot of collectible books, so shelf space is needed. I know I need to replace the bookcases for floating or shallower ones.
We thought about mounting the TV; that would give us an extra foot and more space to fit a narrow coffee table. But are we still too close? The space in front of the TV would be about 5.5-6 feet if we did this. And I'm not sure how I would arrange the floating shelves around the TV to make it look nice. We also thought about moving the piano to the long wall, but it's takes up too much room.
Someone suggested we mount the TV over the fireplace, have the sofa directly across from it (in front of the piano), and push it all the way to the wall. Then we could have a coffee table and two small chairs on either side of the fireplace angling in. The fireplace won't be used, so we're converting the inside into a non-permanent cubby/shelving unit that can store peripherals. We know it's not an ideal spot for the TV, but we can play with the height of the mantel some. We'd also install floating shelves along the long wall and have a side table next to the piano.
If we put the TV over the mantel, I like that it opens up the space and brightens the room. I also like that traffic from the dining room and the main door isn't blocked by furniture. But is it weird to have the sofa right next to the wall and off center to the TV? The sofa is about 8' long. If we keep the layout as it is now, I feel like the sofa can't extend beyond the stair wall because of that narrow hallway issue. I don't even know what the focal point of the room should be.
Does anyone have any suggestions for us? Are these are only options? I'm hoping the geniuses of GardenWeb can come up with a layout!