As one of the largest pieces of furniture in your living room, your sofa is an automatic focal point. Not only that, but its placement within the room often dictates where your other furniture will go, and finding the right balance can be tricky.
At Good’s Furniture, we understand that you need to arrange your sofa within the space you have, while maintaining both the function of your living room and your unique style preferences. No matter what type of sofa you have, our expert tips will help you create a living space that you’ll love spending time in.
Consider Size and Shape
It’s frustrating when you imagine your ideal living room configuration, only to have size and shape limitations ruin your plans. That’s why it’s important to start by measuring your living room and your sofa to understand what you have to work with.
If you have a small living room, you will get the most out of a simple layout with a single, unified focus. Your sofa will likely be the largest piece of furniture in the space, so your other pieces should be arranged around it. If you’re struggling to fit everything in the room, a sectional sofa, while space-consuming in itself, can create a stylish focal point with flexibility, reducing the number of other pieces you need. Remember to keep 3 feet of walking space around the room.
A more generous living space can be split into two or more zones, which gives you more options when it comes to arranging your furniture. Your sofa can be the focus of the room’s primary seating area, but you can also have another zone with a few smaller chairs around a charming table, near a bookcase, or by a piano, depending on what you like to have in your space.
Identify Functional Priorities
No matter how beautiful your living room looks with your sofa in one particular spot, it’s essential that the space works for you and your lifestyle. After all, different functions will benefit from different layouts.
A quiet living room space used primarily for reading and relaxing should offset the sofa with a well-balanced, secondary focal point — such as a fireplace or a window with a beautiful view. This will give you an intimate setting for your unwinding time, while keeping your living space functional for livelier occasions.
If you want to have frequent get-togethers with friends and family, pull your sofa away from the wall, face your armchairs towards it, and place a coffee table in between. This will facilitate conversation and the enjoyment of light refreshments, while ensuring a warm and inviting feel.
Living rooms that regularly host viewing parties for sports games or movies need to provide everyone with a great view of the television screen. Place your sofa in a centered location in front of the TV, and arrange your other seating options on either side of it. You can place your coffee table between your sofa and your TV, or scatter small tables between your furniture, so everyone can access their refreshments no matter where they’re sitting.
Plan Your Room in a Virtual Space
The best way to decide where to put your sofa is to view your different options, but dragging your furniture around is hard work and takes a lot of time. That’s why we created our virtual Room Planner tool.
With this tool, you can develop an accurate plan of your living room digitally by adding the walls, windows, doorways, and other features in their correct proportions and dimensions. Once you’ve built your virtual space, add your sofa and other furniture. Whether it’s a piece you already own or simply one that you’re considering, each item is accurately presented in size and shape. What’s more, you can move each piece around the room easily and instantaneously until you find the layout you like the most.
When you’re satisfied with your layout, you can save, print, and share your room plans for future reference. You can even bring your layout to the store with you if you’re shopping for a new furniture piece. This method is a fun way to experiment without physically moving your furniture, which saves wear-and-tear on your sofa, and saves you from moving it around the room multiple times.
Contact Good’s Furniture today for more inspirational advice on how to create your ideal living room.