input on LR in small home remodel

prospect711March 3, 2013

Looking for ideas on how to arrange the LR/media room.

We've remodelled the kitchen and main bath in our small house. Now we are moving on to the rest of the house. I've included a layout for the whole upper floor of the house (including a revised LR plan).

Current LR futurniture is a hodgepodge and will probably be replaced. There are only two of us (DH and I), kids are grown, my mom visits frequently. we plan to replace the cruddy old carpet with wood (either hardwood or engineered wood), replace the giant projection TV with a flat panel, and put in sectional seating. (The projection TV and old sofa will probably go to the basement which has a rec room that is currently used as a storage area stuff that has to be moved due to remodelling).
We'd like for the room to be comfortable for TV,reading, and socializing. Please help!

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camlan

What is the piece of furniture that is on the wall shared with the kitchen? I can't tell if it is a chair or a table.

Is the front door the entrance you use the most? If it is, since it opens directly into the living room, I'd try to create the sense of an entry way there. A console table for the key bowl, the mail and the other stuff you drop off as you enter the house. Maybe a place to hang coats and stash gloves and hats. A mirror for checking your appearance before leaving the house.

If you want to read in the LR, then you need good task lighting, either table lamps or floor lamps. I'd also want a table for a mug of tea and the books.

I think you would have more furniture placement options if you swing the sectional around 90 degrees so that one arm of it faces the windows and the back of that side faces the kitchen wall. That would help to create a "hallway" behind it, and allow you to add in a chair or two to the living room. You could move it closer to the TV and create a reading or game area behind it, or leave it pretty much where it is and and a chair and end table along the window wall.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 10:24AM
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prospect711

The house is a raised ranch with the garage underneath. We primarily come and go through that entrance.
I agree that there should be a small hall tree or table near the front door. (That's what the mysterious piece of furniture is supposed to be). We use the hall closet for our coats/hats/gloves but it would be nice to have a place for guests things.
i'll try turning the sectional like you suggest and see how it looks.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 6:46PM
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