There are many solutions, ideas and tips for arranging a narrow and long living room and, although they are all good, you must choose the ones that suit your living room and your needs.
Well, although a narrow room is a narrow room here and in Japan, each of us has specific needs, requirements, and specialties, right?
That is why I prepared these 15 narrow, long and short rooms, some small, others large; so from among all the solutions they have adopted for successful landscaping and furnishing, choose the one that really suits your needs.
Still, we will see these 15 solutions for arranging and furnishing a narrow living room.
Give preference to sofas
Photo by Marie Lyne Quirion
The sofa is the most important piece of furniture in the living room or in most of them. If this is the case for you, buy or choose a sofa first.
A couch where you feel comfortable and cozy, even if it eats the ground.
Think that if you are one of those who use the sofa a lot, if you put a small one that does not suit your requirements and in which you do not feel comfortable, you will have a more messy but uncomfortable living room.
Therefore, if you want, need and love a large sofa, bet on it. Of course, keep in mind that, when giving preference to sofas, you will probably have to make other sacrifices, among other examples, such as a smaller TV cabinet or without it.
Look at the room above these lines. It has a large, comfortable sofa where you can watch TV, sleep, gather friends or family, etc. But the rest is mini.
Also, even if you choose a wide sofa with more seats, try to choose it as unobtrusive as possible. There are visually relatively small 4-seater sofas, followed by 4-seater sofas that look like buses. See below:
Light sofa with 4 seats:
Large 4-seater sofa:
What would you say to the bigger ones? Another sofa, right? Actually the first one is 40 inches longer than the second one, but the second one seems a lot bigger and heavier, right?
I don’t want to say that the first couch is better than the second. This is an example so you can see that even if you want a large sofa, a four-seater, for example, you don’t have to buy a sofa that looks like a cistern.
There are large light-cut sofas, which are ideal for small narrow rooms.
Use the corners and architecture of your living room
Design and photography by Jacquelyn Clark
If we place the furniture following the natural lines of the interior architecture of the living room, we will make it more fluid, more harmonious, making everything look as if it is in its natural place.
Look at the room upstairs. The large corner sofa is set in a corner and fits perfectly into it.
It is not always possible to do this, but if you can, try to adapt the furniture to the natural lines of your living room, taking advantage of the corners, corners or any other features that your living room has.
Let’s look at another solution for furnishing and arranging a narrow living room.
Don’t put on tv
Design and photography over the years much better
This space-saving advice or solution in a cramped room only works if you’re not watching TV.
There are many people who do not watch television, but since the collective idea of a telecentric living room is so widespread, when it comes to furnishing their living room, they always put on a TV and TV furniture, even if they do not use it.
If you do not use it, you can completely without it, as well as with a TV cabinet, and get space to place, for example, a fireplace, as we see in the narrow living room above these lines.
Or a library, or a dining table, or anything else you’ll use instead of a TV.
Something that works very well to integrate furniture into small or large spaces is to paint the walls the same color as the furniture, making it blend in with the walls and, visually, make it brighter.
You just have to look at the narrow living room upstairs with white furniture and white walls to realize that what I am saying is true and that it works.
This advice comes in handy if you already have furniture, especially in light tones and want to change your narrow living room without a lot of spending: Paint the walls the same color and you will see a change.
Let’s look at more solutions for narrow rooms.
Do not place a TV cabinet
Design and photography by Studio Dotti
If you need a TV in your living room, you can get space without a TV cabinet or make the living room look more messy.
Today, almost all of us already have flat-panel TVs that we can mount on the wall with TV mounts at a very affordable price.
So, if you only use a TV cabinet to set up the TV, and you don’t need storage space, you could consider discarding the TV cabinet.
They did not set up a TV cabinet in the living room upstairs, and they hung the TV on the wall and, as you can see, the result is a narrow but light and messy room.
If you need a TV cabinet or want to have one, you can make the following idea:
Install the shelf
A shelf as a TV cabinet will allow you a surface to place the TV, as well as a little storage space on the shelf itself, for example, freely or in a box.
But since it’s a shelf, not a piece of furniture, the living room won’t lose depth because the eye, even when the shelf is on, sees the entire wall and doesn’t seem so overloaded or narrow.
Let’s move on to another idea:
Remove the curtains
As long as you don’t use them for practical purposes, like regulating the lights or privacy at home, I’m for removing curtains in small spaces.
They make the rooms look bigger, brighter, and in the case of narrow rooms that have a window at the end of the room, like the one we see just above, they make them wider as well.
Do you have curtains?
Take the test. Take them off. Get out of the house, have a beer, and when you get home, you’ll see what a difference and impact it makes to see a room without curtains.
And if you need curtains …
If you put curtains, to be light and, if possible, not to occupy the entire wall, as we see in the upper room.
If they occupy the whole wall, and the eye does not see that part of the wall, everything will look smaller, narrower.
However, if the curtains are light and allow the wall to be seen, the eye sees continuity with the other walls, and the space does not seem so narrow or so small.
Something as “small” as the type of curtains you put on can largely define how you see your living room. So pay special attention to this element because a lot can be learned from it.
In addition to curtains, you can also use blinds, if you need to put something on the windows. They are generally lighter and have less visual weight than curtains.
Pay attention to the architectural details
Design and photo by Apezinho by Nathy
It is not always possible, but if you are going to reform or your living room has extraordinary architectural details such as double ceiling heights, pits and light fixtures, use them or place them in a renovation that you will do, to gain visual richness and decorativeness.
Notice in the room above how small and narrow it is. In addition to being very well decorated, it is the ceiling with lamps and built-in double height reflectors that make this room a modern and unique design that gives it a lot of personality and a lot of style.
Make use of vertical space and heights
The whole IKEA set
If you need a living room with furniture to store many things, no matter how small, you will always have walls to add furniture and thus increase storage capacity.
In this room we see just above IKEA we see several Billy shelf modules installed next to the window and another one above it, making great use of the vertical space.
Let it be flirty, let it be beautiful
Design and photography by MeuApartamentinho
Think about each piece before you add it, how it will look, how it will look with itself and with the other elements.
Everything you add to beautify the whole.
Look, but in the room above, how narrow and small it is, and yet it betrays a personality, it is perfectly decorated, it is beautiful, flirtatious and charming. No missing details!
Communicate the interior with the exterior
To implement this solution for narrow rooms it is necessary to carry out a reform, since the idea is to install a window instead of a door in the wall that provides access to the terrace.
Many floors have access to the terrace through simple doors.
One of the ideas for visually enlarging the living room and enlarging it is to communicate with the terrace or balcony, through a large window, without walls, in such a way that the living room seems to extend outwards.
Then it is in your hand or not, to add curtains. If you don’t add them, the feeling of depth and connection of the outer and inner space will be greater.
Do not force furniture
Design and photography by Centsational Style
In general, we all want space for sofas and another to eat in the living room. That’s how we got the classic dining room of our lives.
And that’s fine until it’s forced. If you have space in the kitchen to install a dining table, but not in the living room, it is better not to put it with a shoe and use the area where you set the table to add other elements.
In the living room upstairs it was decided to add a seating area that completes the sofa area and does not saturate the space, and the result is, to say the least, charming.
All this as long as you have room to eat in the kitchen, of course.
Do not add more decorations than necessary
Design and photography by Casinha de Brinquedo
Only with the necessary and honest furniture can you achieve a room with magazines, no matter how narrow it is and how little furniture you have.
As long as you add them cleverly, with prior planning and study of your space, you will achieve a truly charming atmosphere.
The upstairs room shows us this idea in its purest form.
It has matching furniture and decoration for a small space, but each piece looks on its own, and the whole set makes for a very nice and complete living room. He doesn’t need anything, nor is it enough for him.
Beware of visual effects when painting
Design and photography Rose on the Row
This upstairs room is well decorated, although it could have been used more and made it look wider than it is.
If you notice, the walls are painted black, except for the window area which is painted white. This makes the living room visually look even narrower than it is.
If you don’t want to go wrong with painting, take a look at these tricks to transform a space with color.
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