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Should Your Couch Touch the Wall? A Guide to Perfect Placement

Should Your Couch Touch the Wall? A Guide to Perfect Placement

April 28, 2023

Your living room is a focal point for your house, and likely the room that you – and your visitors – spend the most time in. So, it's important to get the furniture placement right.


It may seem like an insignificant decision, but it can drastically affect how the space looks and feels. Placing your sofa against the wall can make your room appear cramped and cluttered while placing it too far away can create a disjointed look.

According to a recentTikTok trend, if your couch touches the wall, you're "poor" and if it doesn't touch the wall you're "rich." Could that be true?

Well, while things like the size and layout of the room may influence your decision on how to position your couch, whether it is an indication of if you are rich or poor may be a bit of a stretch. 


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So, Should Your Sofa Go Against the Wall?


It's generally agreed by designers that sofas should not actually touch the wall. Even if they come close, you should leave at least a small gap between the couch and the wall.


Whether you should arrange your furniture in the middle of the room or push it back closer to the walls can boil down to personal preference.

Here are some tips to consider when choosing how to arrange your furniture in your living room, or even in other rooms throughout your house.

Consider the Size of the Room


For smaller rooms, pulling your couch away from the wall allows natural light to flow more freely and can create an illusion of space and can actually make a room appear larger than it really is. This can be especially helpful in small spaces where you don’t have a lot of square footage to work with.


Larger, more open rooms can also benefit from floating furniture arrangements in the center of the room as it can help the space feel more zoned and useful.

You may, however, consider pushing the sofa closer to the wall if you're dealing with a really tiny room like an office or a den. Having your couch against the wall in these spaces may just be logically necessary, but it will also free up extra floor space which can be used for other furniture pieces or even to create a cozy reading nook.


You can use pillows and throws to add color and texture to draw attention away from the fact that your sofa is pressed up against the wall.


With a little bit of creativity and effort, you can transform even tiny rooms into inviting and comfortable places.


And Also, the Size of the Sofa

When buying furniture for your space, be sure to look for something that fits the layout of your house.


Cramming a large sectional against the wall in a small room, for example, can be overwhelming and take up too much space. While it’s important to have enough seating available, the size of the sofa should also fit the size of the room.


The shape of your sofa is another important factor to consider when deciding whether it should go against the wall or not. A sectional sofa, for example, may look and feel better against a wall as opposed to floating in the center of a room.

Measure the space you have available and choose a sofa that fits comfortably in the room and would look good sitting in the place you have in mind. 


Symmetry and Spacing Between Furniture


To create a living room that feels balanced and inviting, try to bring symmetryinto the equation.

Placing furniture pieces at equal distances from each other will give the space a more organized and inviting feel and will complete the look.


And while you're creating symmetry in the living room, why not take into consideration the spacing? 


There is a 10-foot rule that many designers suggest abiding by that says all seating should be within ten feet of one another in order to create a sense of intimacy between the guests that are sitting in them.

By focusing on the distance between the furniture, you can make sure that all seating is optimally used and arranged in a way that both looks good and serves its purpose.


Think Centralized Space in the Middle

Another approach is to think about your layout from the center, not the walls. Rather than placing all of your furniture against the walls, create a centralized space in the middle of your room and use that as afocal point. You can even use the fireplace or TV as a central point to start with.

This will help to draw attention away from any awkward corners or areas where furniture can't fit, and instead focus on creating an inviting atmosphere for you and your guests.


Additionally, by organizing your furniture around a central point, you can create different seating arrangements for varying groups of people. Whether it be for entertaining and conversation or just relaxing at home with family, this type of layout will provide flexibility when it comes to seating arrangements.


Put Something Behind Your Couch


If your space isn't big enough to float your furniture in the middle of the room, but you want to keep your sofa from touching the wall, there is a solution! Put something behind your couch, like plants, sofa tables, or shelving.

Not only will this help to add visual interest and texture to your living room, but it can also give the illusion that your sofa is further away from the wall than it actually is.


Feng Shui and Flow

Some believe a properly placed sofa can have a positive impact on the flow of energy in your home.

If you want to ensure the placement of your couch is optimal forcreating positive vibesandimproving the overall energyin any space, keep theseFeng Shui tipsin mind:

  • According to Feng Shui, you shouldposition your sofa near a wallso that the solid wall can provide support. Make sure there is a small space between the couch and the wall to allow air and energy to flow freely and balance the space.
  • Position your couch in the "commanding position" which means in a spot that allows you to see the main door.
  • Avoid placing it directly in front of a doorway or a windowas this provides too much opportunity for unknown movement behind you which is a Feng Shui faux pas. 
  • Consider placing a rugunderneath your furniture to help create a more inviting space, or accessorizing the sofa with athrow pillowproportionate to the size of the couch.
  • Avoid lining it up under a ceiling beambecause they are considered a sign of bad luck and it is believed they can bring bad health.
  • Avoid L-shaped sofas.If you're concerned about Feng Shui, it's best to avoid a sectional altogether since large hard angles are not conducive to positive energy.


The Takeaway


The decision of whether or not to place your couch against the wall ultimately comes down to personal preference and the layout of your space.


While there may be some design rules to guide you, remember that your home should be a reflection of your unique style. That’s one of our core values at Esperanza Homes – we can build you the beautiful home you want, in the elevation you love, and customized to make sure it's as special and unique as you are!


So go ahead and experiment with different furniture arrangements until you find the perfect fit for you and your family. After all, a comfortable and functional living space is the most important thing.

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