5 Clever Solutions for Awkward Living Room Layouts

When it comes to living room layouts, some spaces can be challenging to work with. It can feel frustrating when awkward nooks and corners can cause havoc when planning a space. We might start to feel frustrated that our lounge doesn't look like they do in Instagram or Pinterest!

However, with a little creativity and thinking outside the box, at Grandad's Shed we believe you can transform an awkward living room into a cosy and functional space. Here are some ideas for making the most out of a challenging living room layout.

Create Zones

This can be particularly useful for large or open-plan spaces, where you want to make the most of every inch whilst still creating a warm and homely space. 

So how do you achieve this? It can be as simple as clever use of furniture placement, area rugs, wall paint or lighting.

For example, you might create a seating area with a sofa and armchairs on a large rug, a reading nook with a cosy armchair and bookshelf, or a workspace with a desk, chair and practical lighting. By defining these separate zones, you can make your living room feel more organised, spacious, and functional - no matter the size or shape. 

Got a tired armchair or sofa that could do with a facelift? Discover our reupholstery services here.

Add Made to Measure Furniture

Adding made-to-measure furniture is a clever solution for awkward living room layouts. Custom furniture can be tailored to fit the specific dimensions and shape of the room, maximising the available space and creating a cohesive look.

Consider investing in a window seat or built-in shelving unit that fits seamlessly into the nooks and crannies of your living room. Not only will this add functionality to the space, but it will also elevate the overall aesthetic. They can truly transform a challenging living room layout into a unique and stylish space.

If you need a helping hand with picking out the perfect option for you, get in touch to chat with us or explore some past projects for inspiration here

Add Mirrors

Incorporating mirrors into your living room design is a simple and effective way to make the most of your awkward layout.

Mirrors can make a room appear larger and brighter by reflecting light and creating the illusion of depth. Try hanging a large mirror on one of the walls to create a focal point and draw the eye away from the awkward layout.

You can also place smaller mirrors strategically throughout the space to reflect light and create a sense of openness. What's more, mirrored furniture like our Puglia Furniture Range can add both functionality and style while further enhancing the illusion of space.

Play with Angles

If you're still struggling with an awkward living room layout, playing with angles can be a clever solution to create a more functional space. Try angling your furniture to create a more dynamic flow and open up the room.

For example, instead of placing your sofa directly against the wall, you might try positioning it at a diagonal angle for a more interesting and visually appealing layout. You can also play with the angles of your accent chairs, coffee table, and rugs to create a cohesive and inviting space. Don't be afraid to experiment with different angles until you find the perfect arrangement for your living room - especially if there's no such thing as a straight wall in your space!

Use the Walls

One of the best ways to deal with an awkward living room layout is to use the walls to your advantage. This means utilising vertical space with floating shelves, wall-mounted storage units, and hanging plants. You can also create a gallery wall with a mix of artwork, mirrors, and decorative objects to draw attention away from the awkward areas of the room. Explore our range of Pictures and Posters here.

Another favourite trick during our interior design services is to install floor-to-ceiling curtains to create the illusion of higher ceilings and a more spacious feel. It draws the eye up and add a perfect mix of drama and cosiness to the room.


I'm always excited to help clients make the most out of their spaces, no matter how challenging they may seem. If you'd like a guiding hand with your awkward living room, I'd love to team up! Please call Vicki Kress Interiors on 01759 306777 to arrange your Home Visit.

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