Furniture Placement Dilemmas

Furniture PlacementQuestion:

Dear Ballard,

I dearly love your catalog and designs. We recently moved into our new home and decorating has been more of a challenge than I ever anticipated. We have an open concept design with our family room opening into our kitchen with a big u-shaped bar separating the space. We have struggled with the best furniture placement in our family room. It is a 15′ x 18′ room. Any of the furniture can be changed. Our goal is to have a comfortable, inviting space with the maximum amount of seating. I would really appreciate any advice you may have for me.

Thanks in advance,


Dear Bobbie,

Thank you for your recent Design Dilemma. We know how difficult open spaces are when it comes to furniture placement. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. We are providing you with a floor plan that should solve your problem.

Furniture Floorplan

Yes, we did place a sofa a few feet from the arched opening. As long as there is a walk space from the back of the sofa to the arch, you are okay. We suggest two Baldwin Sofas in Celery Twill Piped Slipcovers. Our Baldwin Slips are great because we have many colors that are custom designed so you can change them as often as you like.

In between the sofas we selected a 30” Terrific Trio Table covered in our Nomad fabric for a touch of drama. Lighting is essential, so we selected the Gevaudan Balustrade Table Lamp to set between the two sofas. On the far back wall, we chose our Morgan Double Wide Low Shelf in Rubbed Black to place under the mirrors. If you need additional lighting in that area, the Bronze Chartres Buffet Lamps will work well. In front of the sofas, the Morgan Coffee Table not only looks great but will provide great storage for reading materials and remotes. We love your rug and your leather chair – they provide great texture and style. We did add a small Dunstan 3 Shelf Side Table in Distressed Black to finish off the look.

We do hope that our suggestions will help you close the gap on that open space, creating a warm and inviting environment. Please let us know your thoughts; feedback is important to us. Send some pictures of your completed project.

The Style Studio Team

Posted 2/3/09

Furniture Floorplan

Featured Products:
1 Baldwin Sofa
2 Baldwin Celery Twill Piped Slipcovers
3 30” Terrific Trio Table
4 Gevaudan Balustrade Table Lamp
5 Morgan Double Wide Low Shelf
6 Bronze Chartres Buffet Lamps
7 Morgan Coffee Table
8 Dunstan 3 Shelf Side Table
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    catherine krueger

    July 24, 2016

    I am at a loss on how to decorate my living room! I subscribe to several decor mags but cannot see how to place furniture in any of them. I have the front door on one side ( North) and a fireplace on the opposite side (south) with a wall on windows (west) and a small 10 ft full wall and an arched opening to dining room and the rest of the house (east). The living room is a pass through to the rest of the house so I am not sure what to buy: chairs, chaise or sofa and where to place it. Sofa/chairs facing the front door and back to the fireplace or the reverse??? feng shui says never to put your back to an entry…..???? I used to have a sofa against the wall facing the windows and could not put a table unless i wanted the path to be obstructed or make a loop around it to access the rest of the house! Thanks for any insight

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 29, 2016

      We totally get how challenging room layouts can be! We actually have a free service that will help you layout your room, choose the best furniture pieces, and add finishing touches. You might be interested! Just submit photos of your space using this form, and our Design Solutions Team will create a plan for you!
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    August 11, 2015

    Hi I have a 24 by 12 foot living room. It has 2 large windows on each 12 foot wall & one of the 24 foot walls have 2 seperate sets of windows & opposite that I have a entrance & a half wall where steps are located. I’m having trouble figuring out where to place furniture & what size to get. The only thing that needs to stay is a 55″ tv

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2015

      Hi Hope,
      Our Designs Solutions team would be happy to help you with the layout of your living room. This is a free service we offer to all of our customers. Simply complete this form and our Design Solutions team will reach out to you. Be sure to include photos of your space so we can give you the most helpful advice and tips!
      The How to Decorate Team