Furnishing an oddly-shaped room can be like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Where do you place the furnishings so as not to block traffic patterns? How can you ensure everyone has a place to sit comfortably? While you may feel at odds with the room staring back at you, an unusual floorplan can actually be quite visually-appealing and interesting.  Here are some helpful tips to furnishing that quirky room that will save you a whole lot of headache and confusion:


  • Find the focal point of the room. For many living rooms, the television, entertainment center, fireplace, or picture window is usually the focal point. This is where you will want your furniture to orient. Keep furniture from blocking the focal point or placing a couch with its back to the focal point. 


  • Lining up furniture against the walls may seem like the obvious choice, but it’s not very adventurous and quite overdone.  When possible, consider pulling the furniture away from the walls to create a conversation and seating area. 


  • Keep in mind the proportions of the room and use the longest wall or most spacious portion of the room can provide placement for the longest pieces of furniture. Pay attention to doors that cannot be blocked, and areas that require access. Start with the largest piece of furniture and work on the placement of your furnishings in order of decreasing size. 


  • Use mirrors creatively to make areas appear more spacious, and assist with small, odd-shaped portions of the room. Mirrors can also help to create the illusion of symmetry where it does not exist.
  • Embrace the odd shape of the room and let your personality and character shine through! There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to where to put your coffee table, or side tables, or couches, so ignore the traditional furniture placement and focus on creating a balanced look that you enjoy and works for you functionally.
  • Don’t be afraid to try new things and adjust as needed and have fun! 

Need more inspiration? Check out our Houzz Photos for more ideas and unique ways to use your space; here is our spin on a uniquely shaped home office, where we made the fireplace work for balance and to create the focal point. The placement of the desk brings in a warm, inviting feel for conducting business.