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Should you put a sofa in the middle of a room?

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Antonio Wedral
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Placing a sofa in the middle of a room can help you to create a sociable seating area and an attractive living space. Contemporary and practical, a floating sofa can work really well in large rooms, open plan homes and multifunctional living spaces.

A floating sofa can even look fantastic in smaller spaces. An easy way to define your seating area and create a focal point, a sofa in the middle of the room can help your interior to stand out from the crowd.

To help you decide if a floating furnishing is right for your home, we’re taking a closer look at this contemporary layout option.

How to float a sofa in the middle of a room

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Placing a sofa in the middle of a large room helps to define the seating area and turn a big space into a cosy, welcoming one. Bringing the sofa in, away from the walls can help the space to feel more intimate and make it easier for friends and family to relax, chat and have fun.

As well as large lounges, a floating sofa can work really well in multipurpose layouts. Having your sofa in the middle of the room will help to define your seating area and make it distinct from the other parts of the space. In many cases, sofas can be used almost as room dividers, to signal where the dining area or kitchen ends and the living room begins.

How to float a corner sofa in the middle of a room

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Like standard two and three-seater sofas, corner sofas can also be in the middle of a space. Floating a corner sofa in the middle of your room will create a cosy, sectioned off seating area and allow you to walk around the furnishing to access the rest of the space.

If you have a snug, placing a corner sofa in the middle of the room will help it feel even cosier and make a fantastic setting for movie nights. In larger spaces, a corner sofa in the middle of the room will create a generous, welcoming and intimate seating area.

Can you float a sofa in the middle of a small room?

While it may seem counterintuitive, floating a standard or corner sofa in the middle of a small room can actually make the space feel bigger. This is because having a sofa in the middle of the room allows you to make full use of the walls.

Float your sofa, and you can install built-in bookcases, sideboards and other useful storage solutions that will make the space more practical, more stylish and more versatile.

When not to float a sofa?

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If floor space is especially limited, a floating sofa may not be the best solution. Before positioning your new furnishing, measure the space carefully to ensure there would be enough room to move easily around the sofa if it were brought in, away from the wall. If there’s not enough space, you may want to consider a different layout.

A floating sofa may also not work so well in spaces that need to be open and easily accessible. So, if you have small children, are disabled or live with elderly people who need space to manoeuvre, you may want to think about pushing your sofa against the wall to free up as much floor space as possible.

So should I have a living room with a sofa in the middle?

A living room with a sofa in the middle can look stylish, contemporary and welcoming. As long as there’s enough room to walk easily around the sofa, and you don’t need to leave your circulation areas clear for any other reason, a floating sofa can look fantastic.

Leaving your walls free for other attractive furnishings and practical storage solutions, a floating sofa can make your living space more versatile and more useful. For 5 other ideas to arrange your sofas, and to learn more about the beautiful standard and corner sofas in our collection, explore our site or get in touch with a member of our team today.

Check out the range of 24h delivery sofas from Swyft, all flat packed for convenience. Modern, stylish, comfortable, and all made using easy to clean sofa material - it’s everything you need from a contemporary sofa. Also, if you would like help choosing the right sofa for your space, you can take a look at our sofa buying guide.

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