What Modern Furniture Fits a Long, Narrow Living Room

It is no longer surprising to see a long, narrow living room nowadays. It may, however, be challenging to find furniture that fits this shape. The best way to maximize this size of a living room is to create two seating groups. This will let you occupy the space without forgoing the regular furniture size. This also allows you to customize each area to have a different level of closeness or activity.

What to Do with a Long, Narrow Living Room

Create a large, formal seating space and a small, casual grouping with an ottoman as the centerpiece. The large area is great for a big group while the small area offers a nice zone for two or three people who wanted to have a conversation all by themselves.

Have two or three low club chairs to fill in the small space so it will not look it separated from the rest of the living room.

Modern Living Room Furniture Fit for a Long, Narrow Space

  1. Modern Sofa.

Depending on the length, you can incorporate two or three sofas. Although you are having two separate seating zones, make sure to have two matching sofas. It would look ridiculous if they are both different!

2. Modern Sectional Sofa Bed.

Opt to have a daybed. It can be your second or third sofa. Incorporating a daybed will make the seating groups more inviting and allows more views into the room.

3. Modern Coffee Table.

Choose a coffee table that matches the scale of the room.

4. Chairs

  • Wingback chair. If you plan to have a wingback chair, make sure it blends in with the room size. Adding a wingback chair creates a fascinating look so you have furniture pieces with different heights.

  • Portable Chairs. These are chairs that are easy to carry, lift, allowing anyone to move it whenever they want to join a group.

5. Floating Furniture.

Floating furniture in the middle of the room is great if your long, narrow living room has doorways in each of its far corners. It will provide circulation on both sides of your living room. Keep in mind, though, that these should be consistent in style and color palette so it will feel harmonious.

  • Console Table. Place a console table to separate seating groups from the bar & game area. Add upholstery treatments, matching rugs, and wood tones to unite the space so it feels like a single arrangement.

  • Bookcase or Bookshelves. Break the long space by adding bookcases or bookshelves. A large, long, narrow living room may look endless so you need to break it into small areas.

  • Comfortable Arm Chairs. You can still adopt the single grouping even if you have a not so big, long, and narrow living room. Set the table and chairs behind the longest sofa. Place a round table between two chairs – a great place for tetè-a- tetè while having tea.

  • Extra-long Sofa. Place an extra-long sofa if you want to have a single seating group. Have two matching coffee table next to each other. You can also have an end table instead of a coffee table.

  • Two Sofas. Have two sofas floating in the middle of the room. Place a console table between the sofas with the latter in a back-to-back position.

This S-shape sectional sofa is a contemporary alternative to having two sofas placed back-to-back. Let one side of the S-shape       sectional face the intimate, cozy seating group and the other side facing the more informal seating area.

What Else?

  1. Lighting.

To give more importance to a specific seating group, hang a chandelier.

2. Decorate the Wall.

Hang frames, photos, paintings, or mirrors to define the seating groups. The wall décor should be different for each seating group.

3. Observe 30 -36 inches space from the wall for traffic.

Who says a long, narrow living room is hard to design? Well, with the above tips you sure know there is more to this living rooms size. Your long, narrow loving can look fabulous if you know what modern furniture to incorporate and how to position them!

By Jackie Muzo (941 Posts)

I enjoy writing about interior design and trending furniture pieces. Furniture is fashion, styles are constantly changing!