Not every floor plan is designed to flow perfectly from one room to the next. Whether it's a lack of an entry way, a long and narrow space, a small area, or a room surrounded by doors and hallways, you can find yourself feeling like nothing short of a remodel can alleviate your woes. If you learn to maximize your space's functionality, you can create a contractor-free solution to living in your awkward floor plan.
Zone first, arrange later.
Awkward rooms are the bane of arranging furniture, but zoning will help you navigate your space. Start with identifying what purpose the space will serve – conversation, entertainment, receiving area, etc. After you set a goal of how you'll use the space, then it's time to navigate your layout and map out how you will walk the space. You might not create the widest or straightest path, but you can plan a route that doesn't take you in circles just to get to the nearest door.
Pick the right furniture.
Think of furniture pieces that provide balance and fill your needs according to your zoned space. Picking the right furniture is more than just choosing pieces you liked on Pinterest – if it doesn't fit your space, it won't work. If you need more mobility, opt for small and tight arms on your furniture. Alternatively, if you want a cozy set up you can place one lounge chair diagonally across from your couch. Aim for balance above symmetry. Remember to think of how your room will function. You might think skipping coffee or end tables to save space is a good idea, but you're still going to have to figure out where to put your drink!
Make it look good from all angles.
You want to achieve that "wow" factor every time you enter a room. Your space might look great when you open your front door, but how does it look on the way back from the hallway? Not every wall needs to be the focal point, but you can still make sure it's gorgeous from all directions. It's as simple as throwing a blanket over the back of a couch or adding plants to your end tables.
Create a nice focal point.
By creating a clear view of your focal point, you can capture your eyes' attention on the furthest wall for an open layout feel. X-benches, poofs, and chaises open up the room and make it easy to see past your first piece of furniture. They don't cover up great natural focal points like a mantel and they make it easy to spot doorways without feeling walled in. Your space should direct people where to look and how to move around the room.
Rethink single function.
You might not have the luxury of fitting in everything you want into your space. However, you can use items with more than one function so you have everything you need. An ottoman can be an extra seat for guests, turned into a coffee table with a tray, or become a footstool when you're watching a movie. Stools and poofs can be used as end tables or seating. Instead of one large coffee table, try two small coffee tables that you can break apart for end tables.
Give in without giving up.
Maybe you can't get everything you wanted out of your space. It doesn't mean you can't make it special. Whether you carved out a little reading nook or created a space barely big enough for a small conversation, design something you'll enjoy. If you can easily navigate and effectively use your home at the end of the day, then you've successfully defeated your awkward floor plan!