How to Design a Room Around a Sofa with a Chaise

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How to Design a Room Around a Sofa with a Chaise
Position the sectional so the chaise does not impede foot traffic. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

When designing a room around a sofa with a built-in chaise, the main thing to keep in mind is that you do not want to add too much additional bulkiness to your space since the chaise itself already takes up a lot of floor area. However, you want the room to look complete at the same time. Select other furniture to balance out the size and scale of your sofa and remember to incorporate your personality into the space.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Place your sofa in the exact area where you plan to have it permanently positioned. Consider the layout of your home, and place it against the wall, in the centre of the room or in any location that it does not encumber movement and so that it is facing the direction that best suits its intended use (i.e. facing the TV).

  2. 2

    Position an area rug partway underneath the sofa if you have hardwood floors to define the sofa as its own distinct seating area in the greater room.

  3. 3

    Place a small coffee table or ottoman in front of the seating area and within arm's reach of the chaise. Ensure your coffee table is the same width as the couch portion of the sofa or smaller to avoid having it extend beyond the far edge of the sofa, which creates a visual imbalance in the room; most sofas with a chaise have a couch area the width of a traditional loveseat or smaller.

  4. 4

    Place a side table on each end of the sofa. Choose tables that match the style of the sofa and the coffee table.

  5. 5

    Place a matching armchair or recliner opposite the chaise to form a visual "square" in the room and balance out the bulk of the chaise, but only if you have adequate space and it does not make the space feel too cluttered.

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