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Be Your Own Designer: 10 Flawless Ways to Lay Out a Living Room

Our living rooms wear a lot of hats: we watch TV, entertain friends, have conversations and spend time reading in them. Sometimes they double as home offices, playrooms for kids or even dining rooms, too. With all these considerations, it can be tricky to decide how best to arrange this area, but thinking about the feeling you’d like the space to convey in combination with how you’ll spend time there is a solid way to start. Here are 10 living room layout ideas to get those creative wheels spinning.

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Posted on Sep 20, 2017

Find Your Best Bedroom Layout with a Queen-Sized Bed — Layout Lessons

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In this space planning series, Layout Lessons, we’ll be exploring layout options for different bed sizes within various shaped bedrooms because things can get tricky sometimes. We tapped Eleanor Büsing, a contributing writer for Apartment Therapy and an interior designer in her own right, for her expert opinion on the matter. To kick things off, let’s start with the classic Queen.

We spend approximately one third of our lives sleeping, so it goes without saying that our bedrooms are an important room in our homes. They’re also storage areas and often working spaces as well, creating layout issues. Furthermore, not every size and style of bed works for every lifestyle, and neither do they necessarily work with the space in our homes.

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Posted on Sep 15, 2017

5 New Yorkers Who Made the Most of Seriously Small Apartments

I never fail to be impressed by the ingenuity of city dwellers living in itty bitty teeny tiny spaces. Especially now that I’m shopping for apartments in New York, and all I can think is… where do you put the furniture? Here are five apartments belonging to real New Yorkers who have solved that problem in creative ways, and managed to squeeze a lot of living out of a little space.

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Posted on Aug 24, 2017

These Unusual Kitchens Have One Really Good Thing Going For Them

We’ve written posts before dedicated to tiny kitchens, but this post is dedicated to a particular kind of tiny kitchen: the kind that only takes up one wall. It’s a departure from the average —a U, galley shape, or even an L-shaped kitchen — and while it abandons the traditional wisdom of the work triangle, it does have certain advantages. Besides occupying limited space, the one wall kitchen, because it hugs the wall, is a good option to avoid breaking up an open floorplan comprising a kitchen, dining space, and living room. And the space that isn’t occupied by extra cabinets is perfect for a dining table, or even a bar. Let’s take a look.

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Posted on Aug 21, 2017

The 10 Worst Things About Renting (And How to Deal with Them)

I just got the chance to see a friend’s new house, and the conversation during the visit turned to owning vs. renting. True to the “grass is greener” maxim, we each had bad things to say about our current situation. But while I complained about my white walls and tiny kitchen, her comments about the best parts of renting (namely, the fact that I’m not on the hook if the A/C breaks) gave me a little extra impetus to enjoy not owning a home for at least a little while longer.

Yes, there are a lot of bad things about renting, but there are just as many ways to turn it around and make the most of your apartment.

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Posted on Jul 29, 2017

Stylish Solutions for Awkward Spaces You’re Not Sure How to Tackle

Tight corners, the space under your stairs, the tops of cabinets—these awkward spaces are the great equalizers of design. We all deal with some or all of these things in our homes no matter what our budgets look like. Money may certainly give you more decorating options, but sometimes ingenuity is really all it takes to conquer these tricky areas. Here are some ideas to help you tackle your “dead zones”.

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Posted on Jul 27, 2017

Are You Making These Common Furniture Layout Mistakes?

Furniture buying is hard; even harder still might be where to put it all and how to arrange a room. You might be inclined to just throw everything up against the wall, or set up your stuff the way your parents did in your childhood home. And though it might not seem like rocket science, the littlest tweaks in flow and placement can really make a colossal difference in the way a room feels and how you live in it. Below, we broke down four common errors you might be overlooking in your own home (and how to fix them).

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Posted on Jul 14, 2017

10 Ideas for Dividing Small Spaces

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Small homes afford few ways to configure space, and it’s up to you to carve out designated areas that function differently, based on your needs. The goal is to find solutions that are flexible, and don’t take up too much valuable space. Here are ten ways to partition off parts of your home:

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Posted on Jul 6, 2017

Furniture Placement Ideas for an Awkward Living Room Layout — The Room Layout Doctor is In

If you’ve ever lived in an apartment, particularly a small apartment, this situation probably sounds familiar: you’ve signed a lease, you’re so excited about your new place, and then you realize—you have no idea where to put the furniture. And that’s where we come in. In this new column, we’re tackling the weirdest and most perplexing space planning solutions. Did the Room Layout Doctor do a good job of fitting everything in? You be the judge.

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Posted on Jun 26, 2017

Help! How Do I Place Furniture in This Strangely Shaped Studio? — The Room Layout Doctor Is In

One of the most perplexing things about moving into a new place, especially a small place, is where to put the furniture. This apartment, with its curving wall of windows, presented a unique challenge. How do you create both a bedroom and a living space (and maybe a dining room and a study, too) in a place that’s so small, and so unusually shaped? We went to the drawing board to come up with a few ideas.

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Posted on Jun 20, 2017

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