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« on: August 21, 2010 09:27:26 PM »

As you can tell the bedroom is small. In its current layout there's about a foot between the end of the bed and the dresser. The problem is I have no idea what to move where!  I know I do love the simple art above my bed and would like to keep it in the room somewere. The closet is empty excpet for my other dresser (I have a big wardrobe).

The bed and closet

View from the door

The living room:
I hate the way my living room is laid out. The problem is that I only have 3 walls since the dining room is attached to the kitchen. I also hate the half black tv stand, but paint comes comes right off (its coated particle board). Im up to any ideas you may have. I would love to have this chair    somewere where I can hang my flute rack above.
Living room:

tv stand of dooM!

whole living room

the tricky layout

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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2010 12:20:37 AM »

Bedroom: Don't be afraid to put the side of the bed against a wall. That immediately opens up the floor plan. Lighter, brighter, and/or bolder colors (instead of the dark brown) will make it seem bigger as well.

Possibly consider trading the low, wide chest of drawers for a taller, thinner dresser or two. A tall, thin dresser often has about the same amount of drawer space as what is pictured here, but has less of a floor footprint. Also consider removing the dresser from the closet and putting in some sort of drawer or shelving on the sides. Think that when you open the closet door and reach in, your hanging clothes are directly in front of you and the things that were in the dresser are tucked to either side on shelves or in taller, thinner drawer units.

Living room: The TV stand can be fixed with either a rough-up with sandpaper - just enough to get the smooth lamination off of the particle board so the paint will stick - or use some paintable wallpaper. I've used both methods, and the wallpaper is more expensive but works wonders!

To get a fourth wall: use a fabric screen or put up a bead wall.  Possibly put the tv stand in front of that, or use the tv stand itself as a wall and hide the back of the stand with fabric (use velcro or something similar to make it removable for washing, or to make it easier to move the electronics around). Scoot the couch closer to the sliding doors, and use the wall where the tv is now as a back for the black chair, and hang your flutes over that.

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