Sometimes, it feels impossible to land on a layout for your space—especially when you’re trying to squeeze extra function into your home, as so many of us have been doing this year with shelter in place. The furniture doesn’t seem to fit. There’s not enough wall space. What’s the focal point? How can you break up an open layout?
But for all of these problems, there’s one secret trick that (more often than not) always works: floating furniture.
What does it mean to “float” your furniture? We don’t 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, but it can be the best thing that’s ever happened to your space.
Floating furniture is a great way to optimize your room, especially if it has an untraditional layout. It’s also a great trick if you’re lacking wall space. It can even help create more intentional pathways and traffic flow in your room, and establish “zones” in open spaces.
Ready to learn more about designing a space with floating furniture? Keep reading for our guide on how to float furniture in every room. And be sure to check out our guide to staying in for more design tips that will help you optimize the function of your home!
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!Shop This Room
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 mail when you arrive back at home. With this approach, a round table is best so there are no hard edges to bump into.
To keep it from becoming a cluttered catchall, 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.Shop This Room
In the Home Office
There’s no reason your home office desk has to 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 don’t allow you to place a desk against the wall, such as a fireplace or built-ins.Shop This Room
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—creating two distinct spaces. And as an added bonus? It adds storage to your space—which for most studio apartments is at a premium!
Just be sure that you opt for an open-back bookcase so that your shelving looks beautiful and is functional from both sides.Shop This Room
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.
We love this as bonus seating, especially in front of a fireplace, because it doesn’t block the view of whatever it’s sitting in front of so it won’t feel like it’s taking over the space. If benches aren’t your style, you could also try a pair of poufs or stools for the same effect!Shop This Room