Small room fails to live up to its big potential

  • Elissa Bettcher of Batavia is perplexed about how to best convert an unused room into a place to relax, watch TV or listen to music.

    Elissa Bettcher of Batavia is perplexed about how to best convert an unused room into a place to relax, watch TV or listen to music.

  • The England Cole sectional offers a number of configurations and will work in a smaller room.

    The England Cole sectional offers a number of configurations and will work in a smaller room. Photos Courtesy of O'Reilly's Furniture

  • A tall, narrow, Amish-made media cabinet offers storage to keep the look clean and clutter free.

    A tall, narrow, Amish-made media cabinet offers storage to keep the look clean and clutter free.

  • A TV turntable swivel stand will optimize your viewing experience.

    A TV turntable swivel stand will optimize your viewing experience.

 
By Elissa Bettcher of Batavia
Posted11/10/2019 6:00 AM

This is a room off my dining room. It may have been a bedroom at some point but doesn't lend itself to one now.

I'd love to turn this into a living room and media room. Presently, it's just used for storage of furniture. I don't know what to do with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

I need help. This is an odd addition continuing off my dining area. This room is in a townhouse I love so much.

Design by O'Reilly's Furniture

Expert: Michael Walsh, owner, oreillysfurniture.com

This is a small space that really only has two walls, one of which has windows. The goal is to create a comfortable space without overcrowding the small room.

Suggestions

• In order to create the "media space," we need to dedicate one wall for the TV. So in looking at the photo, this would be the full wall to the left of the window wall. I am suggesting a taller, narrower Amish media cabinet that offers storage to keep the look clean and clutter free. Positioning this more toward the left side of the wall allows clearance for the nearby door and gives more options for TV viewing. This media cabinet comes in six types of woods and in 10 finishes. Place the TV on top of the cabinet on a TV turntable swivel stand, so you have the ability to adjust the TV position for optimal viewing.

• Now that the media is in place, we need to find appropriate seating that offers comfort and the scale needed for this smaller room. By placing a smaller sectional sofa on the window wall, you can look at customizing a section to fit that space. The England Cole sectional offers a number of configurations. The sectional we are suggesting seats up to four and can be customized with more than 400 fabrics or leathers.

• Add the Cole cocktail ottoman for greater function; use it like a coffee table or slide it up against the sectional for more lounging room.

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