Should sofas be placed against the wall?

When arranging a living room, it’s often best to place the sofa first. Where will you put it? For years homeowners and renters have been setting up their sofas against the wall. It seems like such a natural spot! But there are designers who say that sofas should “float” and that placing one against the wall is a rookie mistake. So what’s the best arrangement? Well, that might depend on your preference and space.

Keep these considerations in mind when choosing the perfect spot for your sofa.

The room’s size

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Photo credit: Pinterest

If you have a large, spacious living room, placing your sofa in the middle can keep the room from looking bare. A small living room, on the other hand, might appear larger with the sofa placed against the wall.

Your home’s layout

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Photo Credit: Hemingway and Hepburn

With open-floor layouts, it’s important that each room is clearly defined with furniture. If you don’t have walls separating rooms, float your sofa to create one. You can also use your sofa to create a clear walking path and direct traffic.

Living room activities

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Photo credit: Apartment Therapy

Sofas can also be used to define areas within the living room. If you want to use one half of your room for movie watching and the other half as a game room for the kids, use your sofa to divide the two areas.

Wall decor

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Photo credit: Home-Dzine

A long unadorned wall can cause a room to look incomplete. If your wall needs that something extra to keep it from looking bare, push your sofa against it. You can also float the sofa just a little bit off the wall for a similar effect.

Other living room furniture

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Photo Credit: Cote de Texas

Sometimes a sofa can look great both off and against the wall; if this is the case in your space, then its placement is a matter of personal preference. What is important, however, is that you don’t push all of your furniture against the wall. People often do this, not realizing that it looks uninviting to guests and makes conversing rather difficult.

What about you? Do you think sofas should be placed against the wall? Write a comment and let us know!

By Wendy Weinert

The top 5 interior design secrets no one has told you

Shh – want to know a decorating secret? How about five? In interior design, there are plenty of tips you can use when decorating your space, but some of the best tricks are still being kept secret. Such as…

The top 5 interior design secrets no one has told you

You don’t need to have a sofa

Most homeowners think there’s an unwritten rule stating you have to have a sofa in the living room – but it’s not actually a rule! If you want to set up a living room that’s intimate and encourages conversation among family and guests, use upholstered chairs or a love seat instead. This will also allow you flexibility when deciding on the arrangement of the room, as you’ll be able to move the upholstered chairs to meet the needs of different occasions.

The top 5 interior design secrets no one has told you

Wallpaper is a quick fix

Have a boring wall or a scratched closet door? Use wallpaper to cover it up. Wallpaper featuring a fun print or colorful design offers an easy way to hide any eyesores in a room. It’s also good for adding visual interest to a space and can be a great substitute for wall decor – especially in a small room.

The top 5 interior design secrets no one has told you

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Dining room seating doesn’t have to match

While it’s easy to buy a dining room table and chair set, you’re missing an opportunity to get creative and show off your unique taste! Instead of having only dining chairs, place a bench on one side of the table. Or, pick out two different chair styles that complement each other and set them up in an alternating arrangement.

The top 5 interior design secrets no one has told you

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The ceiling can be decorated, too

Think of your ceiling as a fifth wall and take advantage of the blank canvas to add color or design to your space. If your walls are a neutral color, paint the celing to be bold or use wallpaper to add texture.

The top 5 interior design secrets no one has told you

Real rugs can be used in the bathroom

High-quality rugs like Tibetan rugs are designed to handle wear and can even deal with moisture. Instead of using a bath mat, give your bathroom a more elegant look and feel with a real rug.

Don’t let these secrets stay secret any longer. Use them to enhance your home’s interior design and help you create a space you’ll love.

By Wendy Weinert