Sofa as a Room Divider: Here’s How It Works!

The typical place for a sofa is often with its back against the wall. This has efficient benefits but quickly makes a more extensive room look like you expect more significant dance events regularly. An empty centerpiece is often a waste of space.

With some skill, you can turn a sofa into a room divider that effectively utilizes the available space without sacrificing comfort.

The advantage of the sofa as a room divider

The following are the advantages of a sofa as a room divider, especially for an open living room consisting of a kitchen, dining room, and living room:

Small communication islands appear

Different residences are more clearly separated from each other and easily recognized

At the same time, various activities can be done in one room without interruption

This solution has a downside if the sofa is a classic, large-looking upholstered piece of furniture integrated into the center of the room: it quickly makes the room appear smaller and darker. Brighter, lower sofas tend to maintain the room’s open character.

Sofa for small rooms – also as a room divider?

In small and large rooms, a sofa as a room divider plays a role in making maximum use of space. With a well-selected and placed sofa for a small room, the center is no longer empty. A sideboard or chest of drawers can create additional storage space at the back of the sofa.

Can a sofa be placed in the middle of the room? Here’s how to find out!

The general rule is that the back of the sofa functions as a moving device in a room-dividing solution. If the back of the sofa in the living room and dining room is open facing the kitchen, then the lounge area is open in the opposite direction. On the other hand, should the people in the kitchen always be included? So, the sofa should at least face the kitchen with its seating.

Smaller seating groups of 2 and 3 seaters and armchairs should be grouped centrally around lower elements such as side tables. Carpets or rugs in contrasting colors also support the effect of a closed area in an open space.

Whether a sofa can function as a room divider depends on the circumstances and purpose of your room:

How do you separate the kitchen and living room?

An open living room consisting of a dining room and living room can be designed into a smaller and more comfortable communication island by using a sofa as a room divider. An open kitchen can also be better separated from the actual living area. So ask yourself: Which residences should be separated from each other?

How can you make a sofa more comfortable as a room divider?

The key: the right light! Matching floors or smaller lamps provide harmonious light when sunlight alone is no longer enough. If the sofa in the room primarily functions as a reading nook or place to rest in the evening, an additional light source is essential. When a sofa is placed indoors, the question arises of a suitable power supply and electrical wiring. Cables can be easily hidden under the carpet. Remember that they can be damaged without additional protection. Once everything is ready, this part of the room becomes a comfortable “island” thanks to the combination of matching carpet and sofa.

What is the best way to separate rooms?

Pay attention to the path when positioning the room divider. In practice, pedestrian paths must always be clear. The path between the terrace door and the kitchen area or between two doors in the connecting room is characteristic. The sofa should always be positioned so that the path remains clear! So ask yourself: Which walking routes should you consider?

Room divider with storage solution

Coupled with open shelves or a sideboard at the back of the sofa, there is plenty of space for books or storage boxes. Three solutions can be distinguished here.

If the sofa and sideboard are at the same height, then they form one visual unit and the room remains clear and open-looking.

A towering or floor-to-ceiling shelving system behind the sofa dominates the room. It reinforces the separation between different living areas.

If the sideboard is much lower than the upholstered furniture, plants or additional decorations can support the visual effect of the room divider.

Open shelving without a back wall will quickly look untidy if the shelf compartment is fully utilized. Individual memorabilia is well stored in the visible area above the sofa, while storage boxes under the visible area provide storage space.

Combined living room and work area

Sometimes, it is necessary to integrate the work area into the living room. Then, the table and sideboard can be placed behind the sofa. In the best-case scenario, the person sitting at the table does not have a door behind him.

The visual division of work and living space may be easier with a classic 2 to 3-seater design than with a combination of several sofas in the middle of the room and armchairs, some of which have seats facing the table. Carefully consider which needs in terms of usable space dominate:

It makes sense to make the seating area cozy and comfortable, particularly for occasional work and most personal use.

Suppose you use it frequently or especially for professional purposes. In that case, it is essential to work as distraction-free as possible, and the focus of the upholstered furniture should be away from the table.

Conclusion: Sofa as a room divider – the best choice for large and small rooms!

Indoor space is often wasted because sofas are traditionally placed against walls or in corners. If planned as a room divider, however, storage space and comfort can be obtained. A small communication island is created, and the open living room looks more comfortable. Browse our wide selection of sofas here, which are ideal as room dividers.