Organizing a narrow living room: 9 tips for hose spaces

Too little here, too much there: A long, narrow living room is a real challenge – but with these tricks you can manage it

What if the living room is rather long and narrow measuring 5 by 3 meters or even 5 by 2.5 meters? Under no circumstances should you despair! There are also solutions for floor plans that maximize space. We show you 9 tricks you can use to furnish your narrow living room harmoniously – from color accents, correct furniture placement, to optical illusions. This transforms any hose space into a comfortable and stylish retreat.

  1. Place wide furniture on the long side of the room

Sofas and cupboards or sideboards are one of the largest pieces of furniture that take up the most space in many family rooms. Even in long and narrow living rooms they must be accommodated. Place sofas, shelves, etc. on the long side of the room. They run parallel to the direction of travel and leave enough space for walking. This allows you to traverse the room comfortably without any obstacles in front of you. Wide furniture on one side of the front will make the narrow living room look even more squat.

  1. Create geometric variations

However, parallel rectangular furniture can appear oppressive in a long and narrow living room and always emphasizes the elongated direction. For small furniture and accessories, use contrasting shapes: a round, square or oval coffee table, or an asymmetrical cut rug will loosen up the arrangement.

  1. Choose minimalism

Less is more – this is also demonstrated by the narrow living room furnishings in this Berlin apartment. Think about which furniture you really need and which are just decorative accessories. Do you need an additional armchair? Maybe a book wall would look good in another room too?

  1. Choose furniture that is attached to the wall

With smart ideas you can save a lot of space for important furniture. A flat-screen TV with a wall mount, for example, eliminates the need for a bulky TV cabinet. If placed directly opposite the sofa, the furniture will take up too much of the already small space. Instead of a deep bookshelf, several shelves hung next to each other on the long sides are a good alternative. Wall mounting allows books and other items to be stored without restricting freedom of movement in tight spaces.

  1. Use niches and built-in furniture

If there are already niches in the room, they should definitely be taken advantage of. The boards can be installed up to the ceiling, making optimal use of the area not only in width but also in height.

Alternatively, long wall surfaces can be equipped with built-in cupboards at wall height that are not too deep. It is important to cover the entire surface of the wall so that the depth is not visible. This means it doesn’t appear to limit or interfere with the protruding edges as they traverse the room.

  1. Visually separate areas

Expert Steffen Ganzer from ArteFakt gave a great tip for setting up a very long tubular living room in answer to a user question in the community – he recommends, among other things, dividing the living room into several areas. By dividing it into separate functional spaces, such as a seating area and dining area, the length of the room is reduced. A coat of paint can help visually separate areas and create smaller units. You can also use a rug to combine several pieces of furniture into one unit, for example, and thus define a certain area.

  1. Provide sufficient lighting

Long, narrow rooms with front windows at the front allow corners at opposite ends to disappear into darkness. Therefore, adequate lighting is essential in the hose room. If you want to divide a room into zones, you should plan a separate light source for each zone.

  1. Add accents with wall color

If you don’t like the cave feel, choose light colors for a narrow living room that create an airy feel. A slightly stronger color on the front side allows the short walls to move into the room and eliminates the impression of a tube shape – but also eliminates depth. What about the horizontal lines on the front? They give the illusion of longer walls and visually expand the room.

  1. Insert the mirror

One way to increase the width of a narrow room is to use mirrors. If placed on the long side, they blur the boundaries of the room. In this Sydney home, two different mirrors are integrated into the wall design. Wall-mounted mirror surfaces and mirrors framed with decorative frames optimize narrow living spaces.