There’s one layout “quirk” common to most of the houses in the area that we’re moving to: the family rooms aren’t really ideal for televisions. Either TVs were a lot different in the 80s or the builders just didn’t care — the former is definitely true, the latter is certainly possible — but most of the houses we looked at made TV and furniture positioning a bit of a challenge.
Our future living room is no exception. If you walk into the family room from the foyer, the wall straight ahead is all windows overlooking the back yard. The wall to the right has the fireplace and a set of built-in cabinets in a recessed portion of the wall. The “front” wall is really just open to the foyer and stairs, and the wall to the left has some blank space plus a wide doorway into the kitchen. I’ve been playing around with Homestyler, so here’s a rough mockup:
I’ve only been able to come up with two realistic ideas, and they both have some pros and cons.
- Mount the TV above the fireplace. This seems to be the go-to solution these days and I know a lot of people who have done it. We would position our couch to face the TV/fireplace. All is well…except that I’m not really a fan of the TV-over-fireplace thing because of how high the TV ends up. Also, underneath the sheetrock, the chimney is brick the whole way up, which adds a degree of difficulty to mounting anything on it.
- Put the TV on our current media stand on the wall between the doorway to the kitchen and the stairs. We’d position the couch to face the TV. All is well…except now the back of the couch is in front of the fireplace. I feel like cutting off the fireplace — the focal point of the room — would look strange.
All the other options I’ve come up with seem worse. There’s no way I’m putting a TV in front of the windows. The staircase is open to the living room, and there’s not enough wall space there for a TV. And the built-ins include upper shelves as well so putting the TV there would block those shelves (plus I don’t want to shove the TV back in that recessed corner).
At this point I figure we’ll just have to move things around once we move in and just see what seems to work best. But in the meantime, am I overlooking any other possibilities?
p.s. Thank you to everyone who left moving tips on my last post! All your advice has been super helpful!