Living room dimensions?
Our house has 3 rooms on the main floor - kitchen and attached (one wall open) dining room and the separate living room. When you walk into the house, you see the space between the dining room and kitchen, you don't see the opening to the living room at all.
When people come to visit, they walk into the kitchen, but since there is nowhere to sit in there, they end up sitting down at the dining room table. I don't mind having people around while I'm flitting about putting the finishing touches on dinner or whatever, but I find it stressful to have everyone plunk themselves down at the table and looking like they are waiting to be served. On the other hand, when people do actually end up in the living room, it's a bit of a pain to have a conversation if I'm going back and forth to the kitchen.
All this to say...we're finishing our basement, and will be moving our living room furniture down there and replacing it when we're done. At that point, we're considering flipping the dining and living rooms. This will give us a nice big dining room with a fireplace (and room for a buffet/sideboard, piano and maybe small sitting area) and a smaller seating area open to the kitchen. My only concern is that the "new" living area will be too small (it's 10.5 feet wide, 12 feet long on the outside wall with a patio door, 7 feet long on the opposite wall adjacent to the stairs)
I think we'd be looking for seating for 4-6 and will change the kitchen island to have a bar-style overhang where people could sit too, but I've been wondering if the size of the room is realistic to do this. Currently the dining room houses a 60-inch square dining table (seats 8) and corner bookcases we use as a china cabinet. Pulling out the seats near the bookcase is squishy.
What are the dimensions of your small living room (or other seating area), what furniture do you have in it and how functional is it? Showing your layout would be greatly appreciated! Many TIA.