When I first moved into my apartment I didn’t have a single piece of living room furniture other than my desk, and the media console I inherited from the previous owner. I’m coming up on my two-year anniversary and I’ve managed to accumulate a bit more furniture since move-in day, but it’s all been placed in the room in a rather unimaginative way – up against the walls. I’ve tried to imagine different room layouts, but the idea of moving all my big furniture around only to realise what worked in my head doesn’t in reality has stopped me from testing my out my wonder woman powers.
While trolling the internet one day looking for some more lighting for my living room I spotted something intriguing on the Urban Barn website. It’s an application called ‘The Make room’ planner and it allows you to try different configurations until you find the best layout for your space – all with barely lifting a finger! The application, which is online, allows you to create your own layout, and then add all you furniture and lighting elements. The application comes pre-loaded with all of Urban Barn’s products, but because most homeowners buy from various sources you can add custom sized elements to represent furniture you already own. I don’t own any furniture from Urban Barn so I measured and created all my furniture on the program. Once you’ve got all your items gathered you can move them around and save different layouts for viewing again later.
I played around with it for a while, and I came up with some layouts that could work, but I need some help deciding which I should risk straining a muscle to recreate in my living room, and I’m hoping you might help (BTW – Urban Barn has no idea I’m writing this post. I found the tool and though it was neat so I’m sharing it).
Here are the furnishings I’m dreaming of moving around:
This is my current furniture layout:
As you can see, it’s not very imaginatively laid out. And it’s a bit of a lie – those chairs are usually sitting up against a wall as I still haven’t managed to refinish them. Also my desk isn’t that clean – it’s currently covered in piles of papers. I don’t watch a huge amount of TV, but when I do the sofa isn’t oriented in the best way to do so.
Here are the layouts I created online. They are in no particular order.
What do you think? Would any of the options above work better than my current furniture placement? Are there any I haven’t thought of?