Sometimes, it feels impossible to land on a layout for your space—especially when you are trying to squeeze extra function into your home, as so many of us have been doing this year during the course of Covid-19. The furniture may not seem to fit. There’s not enough wall space. What is the focal point? How can you break up an open layout?
But for all these problems, there is one secret trick that often always works: floating furniture.
What does it mean to “float” your furniture? We do not mean a sofa that levitates off the ground but rather the act of pulling your furniture away from the walls and letting it “float” in the middle of the room. And while this may feel strange at first, it can be the best thing that has ever happened to your space.
Floating furniture is a great way to optimize your room, especially if it has an untraditional layout. It is also a great trick if you are lacking wall space. It can even help create more intentional pathways and traffic flow in your room and establish “zones” in open spaces.
Are you ready to learn more about designing a space with floating furniture? Keep reading for our guide on how to float furniture in every room.
In the Living Room
Great for larger spaces, a floating sofa in your living room can help define a focal point and create better flow through the space. Some people do this because they lack wall space, to create seating areas if furniture is up against the wall. Others prefer this method because it creates an intimate seating area geared toward conversation.
Whatever your motivation, a floating sofa is a furniture arrangement that creatively divides up your room and establishes walkways that help direct traffic flow. This is a perfect option for your living room layout if you have an open floor plan and want to create distinct living and dining areas. Just remember to anchor the seating area with a rug, and do not forget to incorporate different décor elements that make your space your own.
In the attached images below, we have a L-shaped sofa that is floating. This in turn divides the kitchen from the living room, as well as creates an intimate zone in the space. Anchored by a beautiful textured rug and complimented with an organic coffee table, woven stools and a standing light – this floating area is sure to make a statement in any home.
For an Intentional Entryway
Have a large foyer space? Install a floating entryway table! (Grounded by a rug, of course.) This furniture arrangement will help define an open entryway space and offers a quick and easy place to drop keys and place a cup of coffee when you enter or leave your home. With this approach, a round table is best so there are no hard edges to bump into.
To keep it from becoming a dumping ground for all your bits and bobs, give it a designed look. Consider adding a vase with branches, some coffee table books, or even a small group of decorative objects. Adding a mail organizer and a bowl for keys will keep this table purposeful and beautiful.
In the Home Office
There is no reason your home office desk must be pushed up against the wall. Opt for a floating desk for a more “executive suite” style in your space. Yes, it gives your office a more formal air. But perhaps that will just inspire you to take on your projects with the confidence of a seasoned CEO? This is also a great design option if you have other features in your office that do not allow you to place a desk against the wall, such as a fireplace or built ins.
In order to emphasise this executive style, a beautiful light will be sure to compliment your floating desk, as well as center the space. Add some artwork, other design elements, and rug to really ground the workspace area.
In a Multi-Purpose Space
If you have a studio, your kids are doing remote learning, or otherwise need a functional multi-purpose space, consider floating a bookcase as a simple room divider. This helps partition your space into zones, which creates two distinct spaces. And as a bonus it adds storage to your space, which for most studio apartments is at a premium!
Just be sure that you select an open-back bookcase so that your shelving looks beautiful and is functional from both sides. To emphasise this functional yet beautiful room divider, make sure to add some design elements such as coffee table books, vases and vessels, baskets, and any other décor you see fit.
For a Few Extra Seats
Looking for some creative seating in your space? Try a floating bench. Place one in front of a fireplace or use it to break up a large living room into multiple zones. It can also be used as your coffee table!
We love this as bonus seating, especially in front of a fireplace, because it does not block the view of whatever it is sitting in front of therefore it will not feel like it is taking over the space. If benches are not your style, you could also try a pair of poufs or stools for the same effect!