Long, narrow rooms are the bane of furniture arranging. But there is a way to play up this awkward space to your advantage: Divide the room into zones. Arrange the conversation area in one zone, and place a desk along the back of the sofa to create a work zone, or place a small table and chairs in the area behind the sofa for doing homework or playing games. You can also place two small chairs and a side table along the back of the sofa for a smaller secondary seating area.
Long ago, we humans invented the hallway as a clever way to get from one side of the house to the other without having to walk through every single room. They're quite useful, but oftentimes not particularly exciting — long, narrow, windowless spaces sandwiched in the middle of a home. And they can be tricky to decorate, since often there's just not much space. If your hallway is suffering from a case of the blahs, here are ten things you can do to give it a little life.