The Art of Arranging Furniture in Long and Narrow Spaces

Is your living room so long and narrow that it looks like a bowling alley? Here are some tips for arranging furniture in a long and narrow living room to create a functional space that doesn’t look like a tunnel.

Circulation area on one side to arranging furniture

One of the main difficulties in arranging furniture for long and narrow spaces is the circulation area. One thing to avoid is placing a chair or table in the area so that it blocks your space.

Proper placement of the carpet can also ensure a circulation area that is wide enough to let people walk on it. If the carpet blocks half the circulation area so you have to step on it when you have to pass, it must be really annoying, right? If necessary, place a custom rug for this purpose. Like the picture above, the circulation area is separated specifically by the layout of the carpet and furniture, which adapts to the unique ceiling design.

This space uses the same principle, but this time the furniture has its back to the circulation area. You’ll need a little more space for this purpose. Maintaining an open circulation area on one side of the room effectively creates a hallway with a living room on one side.

Arranging furniture : Corner arrangement

Place the furniture in a corner arrangement with space left for the circulation area. The placement of this corner separates the special zone of the living room from the circulation area so that people will not pass by around it. The glass pane on the wall also provides a nice touch in a narrow space because it can visually change the shape of the room to be more spacious.

You can also place the furniture at an angle like this picture. The door opens on the left and people walk freely in the circulation area. Avoid adding too many seats so as not to block the circulation area.

Want to try another idea with the corner principle? In this space, the furniture is placed in a corner behind the circulation area. This method allows people to freely pass through the circulation area without disturbing guests who are visiting.


In this room, the furniture is placed perpendicular to the length of the room, with the remaining space for the circulation area, making this room look spacious.

The placement of two chairs, plants and a painting at the end of the room helps to limit the length of the room so that this room doesn’t seem too long and boring.

Tilt layout

To reduce the impression like a tunnel, try arranging some furniture with a certain angle of inclination. This arrangement can limit the length of the room so it doesn’t look like a long boring hallway

Placing a sofa with a certain slope on one side of the room will make the room look more spacious and not seem long. This principle also helps to delimit the different functional areas.

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Placing a loveseat with this beautiful custom design will help break the impression of a tunnel in this long living room.

Pay attention to the placement of the love seat on the other end. In addition to creating a different functional area, the arrangement of two sloping chairs facing each other makes the room feel more spacious.

You can also apply the principle of this sloping layout to the dining room. In this room that accommodates a sitting and dining room, a dining table with chairs arranged at an angle can help reduce the impression of a long and narrow space.

Choice of the right table

Maybe you don’t have room for a round table. This rectangular table is perfect for tight spaces so you won’t take up much space.

Small stools, ottomans, square tables or short cocktail chow tables are perfect choices for tables in tight spaces. Pay attention to the use of an ottoman bench that can also function as a table. This idea is great for all small spaces.

Wall-mounted shelf

Use the top of your walls to maximize floor space for furniture. Place outboard shelves that are high enough and you can take advantage of the space underneath.

If you need regular storage cabinets or shelves, place them at the far end of the room to prevent the impression of a smaller room. You can place a special tufted chair to relax or read.

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