More advice on living room layout
I posted a few days ago about my furniture layout difficulties in my living room, which is long and narrow, about 24' x 13'. I got some good suggestions and we have tried some different things. One possibility involved pulling the sofa away from the long wall and flanking it with two chairs. That gives a nice conversation grouping in front of the fireplace.
My husband didn't want to part with his books, and he basically won me over. I decided instead to embrace the books as a decorative element.(I will replace the rattiest paperbacks with better looking replacement copies.) We have two alternatives for the placement of the bookcases. One possibility would be lined up on the wall to the left of the fireplace. Another possibility would be to create a wall unit bookcase on the long wall behind the sofa. We envision two tall bookcases with a short bookcase in between. The stereo would stay on top of the low unit. I like that idea, but there is not that much clearance between the back of the sofa and where the front of the bookcase would be. That space would be about 26 inches wide. That seems a little tight for being able to find and take out a book from the shelves.
What do you think of this arrangement? Do you think there is enough clearance for a bookcase behind the sofa?
BTW, I would like to replace the wing chairs with a lower pair of club chairs. I think it would look much less forbidding as you enter the room.