Our New Living Room Layout

When I was growing up, I LOVED to rearrange my bedroom. I’d make sketches, I’d brainstorm new, creative bed locations, I’d measure walkways to make sure I had enough… I found the puzzle thrilling. I remember at one point I decided to add an “en-suite sink,” which I was convinced was so fancy. In reality, it was a Cool Whip tub filled with water, sloshing around my bottom nightstand drawer.

I find rearranging, now as a grown up, equally as thrilling. Especially when the only cost involved is possibly the back damage you cause your husband and dad from moving the couch all over the room. My living room was my latest victim last Saturday afternoon, mostly due to the new rug that arrived on the doorstep just minutes before.

Deconstructing the Living Room Sectional

When we moved into this house, we needed an affordable sofa and we needed one quick. I found a local one on eBay for around $500, bought it without hesitation (and without measuring) and sighed with relief, knowing we’d have a place to sit with our new babies who arrived just a few weeks later. It’s been a great sofa for a number of functional reasons, but the reality is, it’s totally the wrong type of sofa. It commits a lot of sins that generic sofas are infamous for, but the biggest crime might be its size. It’s absolutely ginormous. Too ginormous.

Moving Update Pt 1

Because of its size, the only fit that would work is this one—the longest side facing the fireplace/TV, with the two chaises jutting out into the space. While perfect for TV watching, it completely blocked access to the living room from the entryway, including the lovely view through our all-glass front doors. I also didn’t love seeing a long span of sofa back every time I walked inside.

Storage in the Entryway

Not great!

This rearrangement was an easy one to figure out. The sofa and one of the chaises were moved and centered to the front window, while the remaining chaise—now separated from its siblings—was placed in the opposite corner. Check out the new view from the entry way!

Deconstructing the Living Room Sectional

Deconstructing the Living Room Sectional

Deconstructing the Living Room Sectional

It’s not perfect and we now have a few missing sofa arms, but my goodness, what an improvement to the flow of this room!

I added an end table and lamp to one of the missing arm sides. The lamp is just temporary (too tall and too skinny), but it gives me an idea of what might help this corner look a little more intentional (instead of “hey, shouldn’t a piece of sofa go here?”)

Deconstructing the Living Room Sectional

It certainly does help me plan for the future and the type of furniture we need in here. It’ll be awhile before a new sofa is a reality, but this rearrangement has satisfied our appetite for new furniture for at least a few more years months. 🙂 I’ve started to save—I can’t wait to get something that looks a little more like us—but in the meantime, we’re loving this new change.

Also, the rug!—it’s called the Olga and you can find it at Wayfair. It’s #1 from last week’s post on six affordable 9′ x 12′ rugs. We added this felt rug pad and together the rug and pad create the best kind of living rug in my opinion: “sink your toes in” cushy with a little bit of pattern. Even the kids are spending more time on the floor.

Any other chronic furniture rearrangers out there? Maybe we should form a club. 🙂

That’s all for now! Happy Monday!







Join the discussion 8 Comments

  • Your cool whip sink — hahaha! 🙂
    I love rearranging too. There’s something so refreshing about it.

  • KIM WOODWARD says:

    I love that you used to rearrange your room and draw sketches. Too fun. I sort of go in spurts with rearraging. But once I find something that works, I typically leave it for longer periods. We have a sectional, which I love. But it really limits how I can make it work in the space. Wish you were closer and could come help me see different options in our home. 😉 New business – furniture rearranging.

    • Emily May says:

      Haha! That business would be relatively easy to get started. I’d need a notebook and some furniture sliders and be all ready to go. I used to show up at friends’ houses and rearrange their furniture for them all the time. I got permission first… sometimes. 😉

  • Jordan says:

    I love rearranging too! I’m constantly changing our living room around and have never really settled with it, but I like coming in a it feeling different without spending any money!

  • This looks great! I know what you mean about the sofa arm missing, but the stand-in table looks good there right now, and your room has such a good flow as a result of breaking up the big piece. Nice!

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