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Need help furnishing layout for small kitchen/living/dining area
January 4, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Hi everyone!

I am having some trouble figuring out how to furnish my new place. I do not have a formal dining room area and I am trying to fit living room furniture and a dining table + chairs in the area. Another challenge is that I want to make sure I have a nice clear walk way into the kitchen area. I've attached a couple pictures so you can see what I mean.

The area is very small and you can see that I've taped off some of the area for possible furniture. I am thinking that the couches would go in front of the fire place
and the dining table over by the window. Both of those areas are about 11x11' each but I think there is some wiggle room for bigger furniture if I need to (?) Or let me know if you think the area I taped off is just way too small.

Picture 1: View from the front door
Picture 2: View from the kitchen island/counter
Picture 3: View from the window by the front door

Here are a couple links to layouts that I thought would be best for me to replicate, given the space constraints. Does anyone have any ideas on whether this would be the best set up or if I should go another route?

Possible Layouts:
Hilldale Residence
Jane Lockhart Interior Design
Distinguish great room

I'm very new to this so any ideas are very much appreciated. Thanks so much!!
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Dexter Sykes
January 4, 2013 at 2:17AM   
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Thanks for the link...
January 4, 2013 at 4:21PM   
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January 6, 2013 at 8:20PM   
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It might help to make a scale drawing of the room on paper and than make scale pieces of the furniture. This way you can move things around without straining your muscles. With the right furniture you should be able to fit what you want. Your dining area could expand or contract depending on how many are eating--this flexibility is valuable.

Search for idea books on small spaces for ideas.

I suggest that you purchase furniture that is on the small side--especially no wide arms or wide back because these don't add comfort but take up real and visual space.
January 6, 2013 at 10:41PM   
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Find a wonderful large rug you love then plan from there.
January 6, 2013 at 10:49PM   
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