How to Arrange Your Sofa for Open Concept Living


Open plan living is increasingly popular. It makes the most of the space you have, creates opportunities to change things up and gives a greater sense of light and air. For the modern lifestyle, open plan living is just the most practical way to live.

When your main living space is just one room, though, it can be hard to give each area a sense of identity. The kitchen, the dining room, and the living room need to work together in a harmonious design that works for all the spaces. This is where the sofa becomes so important.

Because your sofa is probably the largest piece of furniture you have, it needs to be perfectly placed and arranged to suit the space. Whatever your style is, choosing the right sofa is crucial for the whole room to work logically and effortlessly.

Use it as a Room Divider

The most obvious way to use your sofa is as a room divider. When you have a small room, the tendency is to put everything around the walls and to leave a large space in the middle. This is fine for smaller rooms, but in one large room, this is impractical. For one thing, you are going to have a large amount of unused space and will quickly run out of walls to fill!

Try putting the sofa so that it juts into the middle of the room. This way, you divide off a ‘living room’ section but you can still enjoy the sense of everything being open plan. However, do make sure that you take good care of the back of the sofa as you will be now able to see it. If your sofa isn’t so attractive from the back, try putting low-level shelves in behind it. This will give you some extra storage as well as hide the unattractive back.

Use it as a Focal Color

Given how large your sofa is, you should pick the color very carefully. You could customize your sofa so that you can incorporate a few different colors into the design. This is a great way to avoid a huge block and to diversify your scheme. A company like Joybird is ideal for this kind of furniture and you can read some Joybird reviews to see how popular they are fast becoming.

A large block of a single color is fine, as long as you are happy with the scheme of the whole room to be centered around it. You can always break up a large expanse of a single color using contrasting and patterned cushions.

Use it for Smart Storage

One final advantage of the sofa is that many styles will also offer storage solutions. When you live open plan, clutter can quickly feel oppressive, but when you have a little extra space to play with, you can deal with this no problem. A sofa bed is also a good idea if you only have one bedroom. This will give your guests somewhere to stay over.


Featured image via Flickr:

About Heather Jones

I'm a coffee addict wife, "work at home mom", mother to two boys, blogging about the latest life hacks, recipes, DIY Projects and crazy "momisodes".

Heartfully Heather


This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me, Heather Jones. For questions about this blog, please contact me via the “Contact Me” link on the top menu bar or click here. This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

Disclosure Policy For Reviews / Guest/Sponsored Posts: 

The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content.

The owner of this blog is compensated to provide opinions on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner of this blog receives compensation for posts or advertisements, I (we) always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

To see more of my disclosure policy please click here.

Heather Jones

I'm a coffee addict wife, "work at home mom", mother to two boys, blogging about the latest life hacks, recipes, DIY Projects and crazy "momisodes".

31 thoughts on “How to Arrange Your Sofa for Open Concept Living

  1. I’d love to have an open floor plan, although, I have basic old fashioned rooms. My house is very old and remodeling just isn’t an option. I have looked at many beautiful open designed rooms. I like your coloring idea.

  2. This was a great idea. I am actuay planning to have an upgrade with my living room and this is so great that I found this.

  3. I love this idea, I always have such a hard time trying to get my sofa in the right spot, so I learned a lot from this and may have a re-jig!

  4. I would so do this but I don’t think our home is large enough! I do like how our sofa is set up though. It feels like the room has a lot of space still!

  5. I like the idea of an open plan living because it makes the house look bigger, depending on how you design the area. Sofas can definitely used to your advantage as well. Love your suggestions.

  6. Open Plan Living works well in both large and small spaces but really maximizes smaller spaces. Although it’s not a look that would work well in my home the way my house is configured, it’s definitely something that would be ideal for a small apartment or a dorm room.

  7. These are all great ways to use your sofa. Where we have ours right now, it works as the focal color point. We’re actually looking to get a new one soon.

  8. I will keep these tips in mind. We might think of rearranging the furniture before spring comes around and I like the idea of an open plan design.

  9. These furniture tips are so spot on. It is so important to invest in pieces that help you live your best life–for me, that’s organized with tons of storage solutions!

  10. It is hard to set up furniture with an open concept, these are great tips! I have used my sofa as a separation for a while now, my living room and family room are open to each other and it needs a visual separation for the two rooms to make sense.

  11. We used our sofa as a divider for so long, thanks to the awkward shape of our living room. I love open concept though, and I finally decided to put it on a wall to open up our living room with our dining room. I love it.

  12. Great ideas, especially since so many homes now feature more open plan living spaces. Using your sofa strategically can still give you the open concept, while also creating a clearly defined sitting area.

  13. I have always been such a fan of an open plan concept as in Madeira where my family are from the houses are very much open plan. I really liked your idea of using a sofa as a room divider which would be great for open plan living!

  14. Great tips, home decorating doesn’t come natural to me for some reason. I’m doing some decorating and I’ve been pulling ideas to use. I love an open floor plan type of set up.

What are your thoughts?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.