Hi everyone! I need help figuring out how to best lay out my family room. I have a huge problem trying to balance the corner fireplace with the MASSIVE TV we own AND the sliding glass doors (way too many focal points). And no, getting a smaller TV is not an option...haha. It is a 72" DLP which sticks out about 18" from the wall (it has a flat HD screen, but none of the flat compactedness most TV owners enjoy). It can't be mounted over the fireplace and I'm pretty sure I can't recess it into the wall it is on now (the other side of that wall has the sinks/toilet in the master bath). Not that recessing it into the wall would give me much more to work with, anyway. Demolishing the fireplace and/or the sliding glass doors are not options either =P To make matters worse, I have kindof an awkward amount of space to work within and the primary seating has to be AT LEAST 8ft away, ideally more like 9 or 10ft (you literally can't see anything and you get huge headaches if you're too close).
I've included a dimensioned layout of the space, to give you guys an idea of what I'm working with. I didn't draw the entire kitchen peninsula (that large rectangle on the right side); it angles off away from the family room toward the bottom, but it doesn't really matter for our purposes. What matters is that we have bar stools on the family room side of the peninsula, so there has to be space for seating there toward the bottom of the peninsula. Also, that 3'10" angled area is just a rough sketch of where everyone walks through the room. I think furniture can stick out a bit across the doorway at the top of the drawing and it's inevitable that bar stools will end up in that area at the bottom, but for the most part that walkway needs to remain clear. Also, where the wall at the bottom ends is where the dining nook begins, so basically anything in the bottom right corner is a void that is of no use to us for the family room. The sliding doors take up that entire bottom wall.
Previously, our couch was parallel to the wall on the left, somewhat out in the walkway. As you can see, that barely gets us 8 feet from the TV, if even (remember, it sticks out 18" from the wall). I always felt like the couch was in the way, so I tried moving things around a bit. Currently, the couch is set at an angle perpendicular to the fireplace, and I was hoping to try putting the TV in the open corner. This would get us much further from the TV, and it opens up the walkway more, but now the couch basically sits smack dab in front of the fireplace (we don't really use it, but it just looks weird with the couch in front of it). And with the addition of any side chairs, there is almost no room to get around the furniture to sit on it. And we only have a loveseat!