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When it comes to the living room in Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), careful consideration of the layout and design can make a significant difference in maximizing space and creating a comfortable and functional area. In ADUs, where space is often limited, it’s essential to optimize every square foot of the living room. The best layout for an ADU living room typically involves a thoughtful arrangement of furniture and efficient use of wall space. To make the most of the available area, consider using multi-functional furniture such as a sofa bed or storage ottomans that can double as seating. Utilizing built-in shelves or wall-mounted units can help maximize storage while keeping the floor space clear. Incorporating light, neutral colors and natural lighting can also help create an open and spacious feel.

When designing your ADU living room, there are some “do’s” and “don’ts” to keep in mind. Here are a few recommendations:


1. Choose furniture that is appropriately scaled to fit the space. Avoid oversized or bulky pieces that can make the living room feel cramped.
2. Use mirrors strategically to create an illusion of a larger space and to reflect natural light.
3. Incorporate versatile storage solutions such as floating shelves, wall-mounted cabinets, or hidden storage compartments to keep the room organized and clutter-free.
4. Opt for multi-purpose furniture like a coffee table with built-in storage or a TV stand with shelves for additional functionality.
5. Use light-colored paint or wallpaper on the walls to help reflect light and create an airy atmosphere.


1. Overcrowd the space with too much furniture. Keep it minimal and ensure there is enough room for comfortable movement.
2. Block windows or sources of natural light with bulky furniture or heavy drapes.
3. Choose dark or heavy color schemes that can make the room appear smaller and less inviting.
4. Neglect proper lighting. Adequate lighting is crucial to create a welcoming ambiance. Consider a combination of overhead, task, and accent lighting to illuminate the living room effectively.
5. Forget to add personal touches and decor that reflect your style and make the space feel like home.

By following these guidelines, you can create a stylish and functional living room in your ADU, making the most of the available space while maintaining a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

Cindy L.

June 6, 2022


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