New Sofa, New Living Room Layout

I bought a new living room sofa yesterday! And within an hour, it was delivered to my house. Y’all, I LOVE immediate gratification!! 😀

Okay, let me back up a bit.

Y’all know how much I’ve struggled with my living room, right? In the six years that we’ve lived in this house, I’ve never once gotten that room right. And by “right,” I mean that it has never felt right to me.

One of the biggest issues I’ve had is furniture arrangement. There’s a wall with a doorway into the kitchen, another wall with two windows and a fireplace in between, and another wall with three windows side-by-side. And then there’s the end with the front door, which is all still in the same room, but I’ve wanted to create a separation between that end of the room as an “entryway” and the other end as a living room.

I’ve tried several different furniture arrangements in there. At one point, I tried placing the sofa so that when you walk into the front door, the back of the sofa is on the right, which created a faux “entryway” feeling. Here’s an old picture that shows that arrangement…

I tried that arrangement with a full-size sofa, as well as a loveseat, and it just seemed to close off the living room too much. You can kind of see the whole arrangement in this next picture — back of the loveseat or sofa visible upon entry into the house, two chairs against the front window wall, and another chair angled between the fireplace and the cased opening between the living room and the kitchen.

That just didn’t seem ideal to me. So my plan all along has been to basically swap the chairs and the sofa. I’d put the chairs where the sofa (loveseat) is in the picture above with a table between them, and put the sofa on the front window wall. My thought was that two chairs would feel a bit more open than one solid sofa/loveseat back.

That’s been the plan, but I wasn’t thrilled about it. That arrangement still didn’t seem welcoming for Matt, but I didn’t know what else to do. So while that’s been my plan for this room all this time, I haven’t been thrilled with it, which is probably why I’ve found it so difficult to get motivated to finish it.

Well, that has all changed! 😀 A couple of weeks ago, as I was sitting at Barnes & Noble, enjoying my coffee and flipping through magazines. I came across a living room that immediately caught my eye. It wasn’t the decorating that drew me in, but there was something about it that I couldn’t put my finger on at first.

I moved on, but kept going back to that picture. Then I realized that the reason I was drawn to it was because the layout was very similar to my living room, and they had used a furniture arrangement that I had never considered! Here’s the image I saw, from a recent HGTV magazine before and after issue.

HGTV magazine before and after - inspiration for my living room layout

Obviously, it’s not identical to mine, but it’s very similar! On the left wall, there’s a doorway that leads to another room. On the main wall is a fireplace flanked by bookcases where I have windows. And on the right wall, there are two windows with wall in between where I have three windows side-by-side. But overall, it’s very similar!

I had never considered putting chairs where they have the two chairs on the left, because in my mind, that would make that doorway into the kitchen useless, and completely inaccessible for Matt. But I was so anxious to go home and try it! So I did just that. I rushed home, dug my two disgusting chairs out of storage (the ones that I’ll be reupholstering), and put everything in place, and I loved the arrangement.

I asked Matt if he could live with it like that, and he loved it, too! He didn’t care that the doorway from the kitchen to the living room would be inaccessible to him because he never uses that doorway anyway. But he LOVED that this arrangement made the living room so open so that he could come and visit and join in conversation without having to navigate around any furniture. This was the ideal arrangement for him!

After deciding to stick with this arrangement, I needed to buy a sofa. I had planned on buying the sofa (actually, a loveseat) from Birch Lane that I showed y’all the other day, but every time I got online to buy it, I just couldn’t make myself hit that order button.

So yesterday after having lunch with my family, I headed to a local furniture store because I had seen a gray sofa on one of their Facebook advertisements and I wanted to see it in person.

Well, that particular sofa from the ad didn’t work out, but they had another one that I fell in love with almost immediately. It’s a medium silverish-gray chenille, and I absolutely love chenille. (I really dislike microfiber, but chenille is a close favorite right after polyester velvet.) But it was a full-size sofa, and I had convinced myself that a full-size sofa wouldn’t fit in that small room because I was determined to have end tables with my sofa.

I came home and measured, decided that I could live without end tables, and bought the sofa. And within an hour, it was delivered! And y’all, I love it!! I love the sofa, I love the arrangement, and I’m so incredibly excited and anxious to get this room done now.


Finally after six years, I feel like I’m going to finish this room and actually be thrilled with the outcome. Finally. Anyway, let me show you the sofa, the arrangement, and how the other fabrics will look with it.

First, here is the new sofa, which Peeve clearly loves. 😀 And I draped some of the pink drapery fabric over the rod to get an idea of what it will look like with the teal fireplace and gray sofa. And you’ll just have to imagine some bright and colorful pillows on the sofa.

New gray chenille living room sofa

And that sofa is so comfy! It’s 85 inches long, so I can stretch out on it with lots of room to spare. (I am, after all, only five feet tall. 😀 )

And here’s a picture from further back so that you can see the pink drapery fabric, gray sofa, and the raspberry velvet and colorful floral that will go on the two chairs.

New gray chenille living room sofa with the raspberry velvet and floral chair fabrics

And here’s an idea of what the view from the kitchen will look like. Again, imagine colorful pillows on the sofa…

New gray chenille sofa with pink drapery fabric and floral chair fabric - view from kitchen

This furniture arrangement will create two additional projects for me, but I’m really looking forward to these. First, I’ll need to make a custom-sized coffee table to fit between the chairs and the sofa.

It will be sized just right so that it’s skinny and long while still providing 18 inches between the edges of the table and the front of the sofa and chairs. I should have taken these pictures with my wide angle lens so that you could see all of the openness of this arrangement. These pictures make it look a little cramped, but when standing in the actual room, it feels very open and spacious.

Anyway, the chairs obviously have to be pulled away from the wall so that they don’t block the doorway between the kitchen and living room. And there’s plenty of space, especially going towards the fireplace wall, to walk through comfortably.

Living room chairs draped with new fabric - raspberry velvet and colorful floral

And since the sofa will be pulled away from the wall to mirror the placement of the chairs, that leaves this space between the wall and the sofa…

space between the wall and the sofa -- perfect for a long sofa table

Since I opted for a full-size sofa and lost the space for end tables, this space will be perfect for a sofa table. I already have a design in mind, and I’m very excited about building it.

So that’s the direction I’m heading in this room. And for the first time, I feel like I have a plan that will actually stick.

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