Bradley’s parents bought new living room furniture, so we adopted a sofa and loveseat from them. They aren’t what I would pick out in a store, but he says they are really well made and they fit into our decor pretty well. The biggest thing is that they provide much needed seating when we have friends over. We sold our couch on CL and gave his parents the money, trying to feel a little less uneven about the adoption.
It was a tight squeeze, but we got everything back into the room. I lived with it for a few weeks, but the crowded, off-balanced feeling was driving me batty. I used my trusty graph paper method to play around with the layout. The only layout that appealed to me was removing the bookcases from either side of the tv and relocating them to the dining room as makeshift china cabinets.
Bradley was not excited about this solution because then the tv would protrude into the room like a sore thumb. Not being able to try the new layout was driving me crazy, so I made the old switcheroo while he was out of town on business. Usually, he can’t understand my visions unless they are right in front of him. And yes, the tv is awful looking now. And yes, the couches look 100X better! The loveseat fits (uncentered but I can’t have it all) under the windows and leaves room for an end table on either side. I moved the buffet from the dining room into the corner to try to balance the tv better, then I angled an arm chair next to the tv and put my two palms on either side of the tv to shield the sides the best I could.
It isn’t perfect by any means, and Bradley hates it, but in my crazy little head, I would rather have the couches balanced than worry about how the tv looks. We are now moving up our time table of getting a new tv for this room, so moving things around usually does cost something in the end. Hopefully we can sell our current tv and use any money I make at my yard sale next month to offset the cost.