Arranging furniture in the living room of a bi-level can be a challenge. The rooms in bi-level homes are typically small, and a lot of living room wall space is lost to an open stairway with a rail and at least one large window. Little room is left for furnishings. It is important to make the most of available space without creating a crowded, cramped area.
Use my ideas for arranging a bi-level living room with an open stairway, and give one of the most popular rooms in the home an inviting and stylish new look. It can appear larger than it actually is, and without eliminating the number of places for family and guests to relax. It will also look and feel far more comfortable and inviting.
Repurpose Over Sized and Unnecessary Furnishings and Clutter
In a small bi-level living room it is important to use space wisely. Most bi-level homes are designed with an open stairway and rail. Windows also take up valuable wall space. When wall space is used, floor space is also taken up. Choose furnishings wisely before arranging a bi-level living room with an open stairway. Opt for low profile upholstered furnishings, and get rid of any clutter. It is amazing how much larger a living room looks when it is not overfilled with extra side tables, freestanding shelves, magazine racks and more. Stylishly arranging the furniture can mean the difference between an impressive bi-level living room and a space that appears cramped.
Consider Arranging Plants Next to the Open Stairway Rail
Those lacking space sometimes choose to block an open stairway rail with a sofa or another furnishing. No one wants to see the back of a sofa when coming up the stairs. It closes an otherwise open and airy space. An open stairway rail is an architecturally stylish part of a bi-level home. Consider arranging plants next to the open stairway rail instead of using the space to hold upholstered furnishings or freestanding shelves. However, do not turn the area into a jungle. Choose plants and planters wisely. They should look great on all sides.
Expanding a Bi-Level Living Room with Careful Furniture Arranging
Careful furniture arranging can expand a bi-level living room in more than just visual ways. Consider placing a sofa or two chairs and a side table in between the living room and dining room or the other adjoining space. Opt for a smaller dining table, and move furnishings back. The living room is likely used much more often than the dining room, and even just a foot of extra space created through careful arranging can make a huge difference.
Source: Personal and Professional Home Design and Decorating Experience