Don’t be afraid to put your sofa in the middle of a room and use it as a divider – it also brings you closer to the television for film nights in your snug. It’s a misconception that putting it against the walls will make your room feel larger. Actually, that can just create a void in the middle of the room that’s more difficult to use, as we touched on in the bedroom. I usually put a slim, long console on the back, which is great as a surface for additional lighting or accessories and breaks up the large expanse of the back of a sofa. Not every sofa has an attractive rear view, so the console trick transforms it into a thing of beauty too. This idea also applies for a sitting room.
When you do move a sofa into the heart of a room, it’s helpful to bring a secondary one with it – if you can fit it in – or an armchair if not. By having two seating elements in the middle, it creates a comforting central zone that’s not only visually balanced, but makes the space far more sociable to live in. This snug really was snug, so I went for a tub chair angled to the side of the sofa in the middle of the room, with a tall, slim side table next to it. If you can have a walkway around all of your furniture then this is ideal, but if not, as was the case here, just make sure the flow around the room still works for you.
By moving your sofa to the middle of the room, it opens up other pockets, ready to be filled. A small, downstairs desk is a great place to keep household filing and a laptop if you don’t need to dedicate an entire room to a home office. Or welcome in a dresser or drinks cabinet – central furniture positioning is an open invitation to get more creative with what other furniture you have in the room. It really does make you see the room very differently.