Consider Traffic Patterns
Sofas can be placed in the living room to create a seating area, or they can be used as additional seating when there is not enough room for guests. Placing a sofa along the traffic pattern in your home will ensure that you and your family members have quick and easy access to it at all times. This also helps if there is not enough space for everyone to sit on the sofa, so people will naturally rotate through it.
Whenever possible, try to place your sofa so that the traffic patterns of your room areas unobstructed and free-flowing as possible. This is generally the easiest to accomplish if you have a room with only two doorways or entrances, such as a living room. To keep from getting overwhelmed when trying to place your sofa, stick with large pieces of furniture that work well with a simple, straightforward design.
It’s best to have an idea of the type of sofa you’d like to purchase before you shop for your living room. Use this as a guide for choosing the right type and size of sofa for your living room. If you already have a style in mind, it’s going to be much easier to maintain the balance of decor throughout your room with similarly styled furniture.
Consider Your Vantage Point
If you’re sitting on the sofa, don’t position it so that a window or a TV is blocking your view. Conversely, if you’re watching TV or looking out the window from the sofa, make sure you can see what’s going on in front of it (this will allow for viewing space when people are standing up).
Breathing room depends on the size and shape of your living room. Generally, the more room you have, the bigger and softer your sofa should be. If you have a small living room, limit the size of your furniture to make it feel less crowded.
Your couch should also consider that you may want to sit on it while eating or playing games with friends or family. Choose seating arrangements that will allow for this activity without taking up too much room.
It is recommended that the sofa be placed in front of a window. This allows for the most comfortable and unobstructed viewing and allows the room to look more spacious. However, it is also worth noting that most people will not sit in front of a window facing an outside view because of either privacy concerns or additional seating.
Across from a window is another good option. This allows for enough privacy and natural light while also providing a great view of the outside world. A sofa that is placed in front of a window will still allow people to sit on it, but they may have to get up to move around the room, and they may not be able to relax or eat comfortably if they are facing a window.
Depending on where you place your sofa, you could also set up a coffee table between or next to it for additional seating. Across another sofa is another good option, but it may not be as comfortable to sit next. It’s also a good idea not to place the sofa in a corner because it will take up too much of the room and will make you feel closed in.
To give your living room an open and inviting feel, you want to leave at least three feet of space between sofas and other pieces of furniture. This allows people to walk past furniture comfortably without feeling cramped or uncomfortable.
If you have a living room with only two ways in and out, you’ll have to be very careful about the placement of seating. Ideally, you want to place seating so it’s close enough that people can easily get up and move around for meals or playing games with their friends. For this reason, placing your sofa against a wall is not ideal. A mantel or fireplace can also be used, but if you choose to do so, place the sofa not to block this view of the fireplace. If you already own a mantel or fireplace, keep this in mind as you choose your furniture.