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« on: June 01, 2014 04:19:59 PM »

Everything serves double duty, end tables hold blankets, coffee table gets eaten on, couch is a futon, trunk holds bedding for futon, tv stands all storage...
I hate how this room (er rooms?) is layed out. Its very open concept. THe only thing I dont wanna move is my entry bench. any ideas? its only 500 sq feet so storage is importatnt.

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2014 07:03:36 AM »

I think for such a small space, it is functioning quite nicely!

What exactly do you hate?

Perhaps shots of the actual space would help us...

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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2014 08:10:47 PM »

THe traffic pattern sucks. The end table is right next to the door and I smash my knees quite often. I also hate where the bench is cause everything gets shoved behind it. The tv is hard to watch from the recliner (which is my main sitting spot) and the futon bounces off the wall when you sleep on it. I also hate how the funiture dosent all land with a leg or so on the rug like it should (according to designers Huh). It just needs to be changed up. the only thing I like is the kitchen table placement. I really want to leave that one alone cause I drilled hooks specifically for candle holding vintage laterns. I didnt really put alot of thought into placement when I moved in. Oh and one more gripe... The cat box is behind my recliner......

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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2014 10:28:57 AM »

I don't know if this is feasible without measurements but have you considered:
- putting the couch in front of the window
- put the recliner with end tables on either side of it on the wall where the couch is (so one end table will serve the couch and the recliner)
- put the bench on the same wall as the recliner (where the couch is currently) or where the recliner is currently (if possible, you might want to replace the bench with a second recliner and have them both on the wall where the couch is currently)
- move the lamp to the wall where the couch is currently, next to one of the end tables
- cat box alternatives
  - if it fits, put the cat box under the bench
  - put it where the lamp used to be if it would still be reachable with the couch possibly in the way
  - put it in the bottom of the linen closet and take the door off
  - not design related, but i totally recommend this cat box for it's low odor and lack of litter everywhere - http://smile.amazon.com/Tidy-Breeze-Litter-Multiple-1-Count/dp/B001411SK0/

Another alternative:
- put the tv and lamp on the wall where the couch is and put the lamp that is currently next to the recliner on the other side of the tv
- put the couch, coffee table, and one end table on the wall where the tv currently is (end table goes in the corner not by the table and chairs)
- put the recliner where the bench is and the other end table next to the recliner
- put the bench under the window by the tv stand
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2014 08:58:15 AM »

A wall-hanging TV (versus stand) would definitely free up a bunch of space.  I was thinking if you had that and an articulating arm mount (that would allow it to be pulled out & angled appropriately), you could maybe hang it where the bench is currently, freeing up a LOT of usable area.  You could also do a line of shelves around the ceiling of a room (like what is shown here http://www.houzz.com/crown-moulding-shelf) and ditch bookcases that require floor real estate.

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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2015 12:39:34 PM »

Put the TV where the entry bench is.  It can overflow into the spot where the recliner is now, and also serve as landing zone for what's going in and out of the house.

Recliner goes in the back corner where the lamp and bench are now, angled toward the TV.

Couch under the window.

Bench or Entry bench on wall next to dining table, other one where the couch is.

Altar and trash next to each other???

and move the word "chairs"  it's blocking the kitchen entry. Smiley

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