Corner fireplaces were a smart design solution back when TVs were boxy; they allowed you to display your TV without letting it take over the living room. The new sleek flat screens, however, have rendered corner fireplaces unnecessary and now, many homeowners are wondering what to do with theirs. If you’ve recently moved into a home with a corner fireplace, read our tips below to gather a few ideas on how to arrange your furniture and make your living room design work.
Embrace the angle
It’s best to work with your corner fireplace and not try to fight it. You can do this by angling your sofa so it’s parallel to the fireplace and then arrange chairs accordingly. In this setup, your fireplace becomes the focal point of the living room, which will be nice on those chilly days when your family wants to snuggle up by the fire.
Set up your TV close to the fireplace
One problem with making the fireplace your focal point is that your furniture is not set up for watching TV! If the fireplace is shorter, you might be able to get away with hanging your flat screen above the mantel. Most of the time, however, installing a TV above the fireplace forces you to strain your neck. One trick you can try instead is to set up your TV along the wall close to your fireplace. Your TV acts as the main focal point in this arrangement, but your fireplace will still look intentional, rather than ignored.
Set up two seating areas
If the first two strategies don’t work, consider setting up two separate seating areas in the living room. Your sofa and recliner can be angled for viewing TV, and next to the fireplace you can set down a couple of accent chairs for hosting conversation.
Corner fireplaces don’t have to diminish your interior design. With the right furniture arrangement in place, your living room still looks stylish, cozy and as welcoming as ever. Try out a few different setups to find the one that best works for your space and needs.