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Chairs in entry to living room

3 years ago

Hi all, I have a bit of a dilemma and I hope to get some advice. My living room is a rectangle shape with an entry on one of the long walls, and a large window in the opposite wall. Against the side walls there is a shelving unit (to the left of the entry), and a fireplace (to the right).

My sofa faces the opening to the room (which is ~5 feet wide), and I would like to add two chairs facing the sofa. However, I’m afraid the backs of the chairs would visually (and literally) block the entry and anyone walking into the room would have to squeeze by them.

I am adding a not-quite-to-scale drawing of the room so you can get an idea of what I’m talking about.

In your experience, how much room is needed at minimum for free circulation into a room? Should I forget the chairs?

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