5 Practical Things To Consider When Floating Living Room Furniture

Posted on: 25 April 2022

Do you want to float your living room furniture? Moving furnishings away from the safety net of the walls — commonly called floating — is often a path to a more comfortable and larger feeling living room. However, before you move or buy anything, take into consideration these five practical elements of the furniture you plan to float. 

1. Viewing Angles

What does your furniture look like from behind? Many items, such as couches or chairs, have spent many years hiding their backsides against a wall. But now that the rear views will be visible, make sure they look attractive and project the image you want for your living room. 

2. Stability

Not only do walls provide a visual backing for furniture, it also provides a physical support mechanism. If your kids jump on your old couch without the wall behind it, what will happen? How stable is that cute little table when kids are running around or someone bumps into it? Don't overlook the precariousness of certain floating placements. 

3. Height

How tall is all your furniture? Tall bookshelves, plant stands, television stands, and chairs look great up against a full-length wall. However, they may block views and stand out oddly once you move them more to the center of a room. Instead of tall furnishings, you generally want wider ones or paired sets that offer the same volume in different ways. 

4. Size and Slimness

Of course, to achieve the right floating look, you'll need the right size furniture. Your overstuffed sectional in a small living area may be hard, or even impossible, to place anywhere but against the wall. You may need to replace larger furniture with more flexible group sets or slim down its appearance with different design options. 

5. Purpose

Once you move furniture around with this new approach to interior design, you may find that not all your furniture serves the same function as it once did. You may need a television support where once you mounted it. Rugs — used to tie together a floated furniture grouping — may be the wrong size or color. And your sideboard might become a sofa table. Plan to have some pieces that no longer fit your needs and new needs that emerge. 

Where to Start

Ready to start assessing your existing furniture and new pieces with a view toward the practicalities of floating arrangements? Tour the inventory at a living room furniture retailer in your area today.