What do you mean, float the furniture? When we’re pulling a room together, you want to make the best use of the space, and sometimes it feels like pushing the sofa up against the wall is the fail safe bet to the perfect living room. But when we float our furniture, we’re bringing it in and away from the walls.
There are many reasons why you might want to float your furniture. In a small space, you can sometimes create that illusion of extra space by this method. Or maybe you can double up the purpose of the room by creating separate areas for different tasks. In large open plan homes, sometimes we want to create separation where there might have been walls once upon a time.
Here are some reasons why you might want to try floating the furniture in your living room, along with some inspiration photo ideas.
1. Create a focal point in the room
This room is artfully rearranged to draw your attention to the middle of the room. By pulling the furniture back from the walls, and making a neat space in the middle our eyes can gaze upwards at this stunning light fitting.
2. Get cozy
With all the chairs brought closer together, you can create a more intimate space for your living room.
If we have our furniture all pointing in one direction, you might find that you have to strain your neck to really get chatting. So bring the furniture in, and make it a social occasion without constraint!
Bring your furniture so that it all fits onto one single rug, and you define the area.
3. Make walls where there are none
While the trend for open plan interiors doesn’t seem to be subsiding, it can sometimes be overwhelming to use the open space effectively. Float the furniture in clusters or sections to help define areas of the room; creating invisible walls where there are no walls.
4. You can take advantage of more surface space
If your sofa is tucked against the edge of the room, it’s not likely you’ll have an arrangement like this. The sofa in this room leaves a space to put a console table, which is great for lamps and vases. In smaller houses this is the perfect way to create an entryway where you otherwise might not have one.
This console table is a space saver, as it can double up and be used as a dining table. Tucked behind the sofa like this it creates an easy room divider, but it’s also easy to get to when you need it.
5. You can create other areas
The room has a whole new feel with this carpet and bookcase area tucked behind the sofa like this. I like the way that floating the furniture has given the room a different identity in this way.
By floating the sofa, instead of it being pushed up against the back, there is space for a desk area that stretches along the length of the wall.
5. Create better flow
How do you navigate the room? Are you constantly tripping up on something? Ground the area with a carpet, and you can easily see the flow around the room. Sometimes floating the furniture this way can be great to help with the movement in the space.
It helps to understand a space when everything has its place, and in these rooms the floating furniture help with the flow of the room by creating those corridors for movement.
6. Create the illusion of space
When you have a small living room and you want to make it feel like a large living room, you can float the furniture to give the illusion of space. Notice the way the chaise longue in this room doesn’t force itself in, but gives the room a bit of breathing space?
Instead of choosing lots of furniture, the armchairs are pulling inwards for a cozy relaxed space. It feels like there is more space, because they’re not rammed up tight against the wall. Instead we can see them navigating awkward corners with aplomb, turned to one side reader for you to settle in with your cup of tea.
The design of the legs on these furniture pieces are thin and slight, so as well as floating in the middle of the room they feel like they are lifting up from the floor; they too are giving us that magical feel of more space! It helps to have less bulky items and you can see the light is able to pass through.
7. Float from the floor
Couldn’t resist adding this floating furniture footnote! While we’ve been talking about floating furniture as the idea of bringing it away from walls, there are a range of items that look like they’re floating on the wall such as these cupboards which have no legs.
Many of the same ideas apply with this kind of floating furniture; you can make more space, give the area a clear flow and create different focal points depending on the way things are hung.
Of course there are many kinds of floating furniture! If you’re interested in hanging furniture check out our article on hanging chairs.
Are you brave enough to go for a floating bed?! What do you think of these rooms? How do you decide where to put the furniture in your living room? What kind of sofa do you like best? Leave us a comment below, and let us know what you think of “floating” your furniture.