How To Find The Perfect Place For Your Curved Sofa Or Sectional

Dealing with furniture that has curved lines such as a curved sofa or sectional in a traditional setting like most living rooms raises a series of problems. The unconventional shape requires you to be creative when positioning the piece in the room. These five tips offer you five different ways to deal with the issue when organizing and decorating your living room or home in general.

1. Reiterate the shape elsewhere in the room.

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The sofa remains the focal point while the coffee table, lampshade and chair are just accents

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The delicate curve on the sofa is reiterated in the coffee table and mirror
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Although subtle, the round or curved details throughout the room stand out independently and as a group
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A multitude of smooth curves support the designs of the sofa and chairs
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Custom designs can include a curved sofa into a complex design also featuring similar characteristics
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Straight lines and smooth curves blend together in a perfectly balanced setting
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Draw attention to the ceiling by employing matching design details
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The shelf unit molds around the sofa which fits around the coffee table
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The easiest way to reiterate the curves of the sectional is through light fixtures

A curved sofa or sectional will look awkward and out of place if everything else in the room has straight lines and angles. You need to include a few other elements that feature similar designs or at least can relate in some way to your sofa if you want the room to look and feel harmonious. Try using a round coffee table or hanging a chandelier or pendant light with elegant curved lines. In general, you should focus on the usual accent details such as the wall décor, mirror, light fixtures and other accessories.

2. Include the sofa or sectional in circular groupings.

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You can have two curved sofas facing each other and a round coffee table in between
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To make the shape look less awkward, place the sofas at the center of the room
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A curved sofa and two chairs are just what you need to create a cozy sitting nook
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Two curved sofa can flank the fireplace, forming a separate zone
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Mix and match the pieces of your curved sectionals or sofas to get the shape you want
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The circular sitting area contrasts with the windows and pitched roof
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The sectional extends to form almost a complete circle and the chandelier completes the design

Arrange your curved sofa along with other seats in a circular grouping to take advantage of the curve and to also create a comfortable sitting and conversation area where everyone faces each other. It’s not necessary for the chairs to also feature curved elements as long as you arrange properly. In fact, you can take this opportunity to play with different shapes and to add visual interest to the room.

3. Place the sofa or sectional directly across a focal point.

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A great view of the garden or landscape trumps a fireplace
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A curved sofa that faces the TV is that much more comfortable than a regular one
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Make the fireplace your focal point and have the sectional placed in front of it
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This strategy sometime also allows you to use the sectional as a space divider

If you have your sofa or sectional placed directly across one of the room’s key features or focal points such as, let’s say, the fireplace, this allows you to better integrate its unusual shape in the room and its décor. You’ll be creating a comfortable arrangement and allowing those sitting on the sofa to admire the key feature you’ve chosen. If its the entertainment unit then everyone will be able to comfortably watch TV from their current position.

4. Align it with a curved wall

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A curved wall has no exact dimensions so the sectional can extend while still looking natural
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The round ceiling and rug give the room a harmonious and symmetrical look
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The curved wall here is merely an element that supports the overall design
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A unique layout such as this will most likely require custom made sofas
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The curved sofa fits naturally within the room thanks to the shape of the wall
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A difficult layout requires a creative approach and custom furniture

A curved wall or curved window would make a perfect fitting location for a sofa or sectional featuring the same shape. You can either align it with the wall’s curve for a perfect fit or center it in front of a curved window to create a cozy alcove. If possible, leave some space between the sofa and the wall to make the room look less cramped. You’ll still be able to send out the same harmonious message with this lovely pairing. Be aware however that curved walls are difficult to pair with anything but custom furniture.

5. Place it in a corner.

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Although it’s not a smooth curve, the wall creates a perfect corner space for the sectional
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There’s also the option to have the sectional face a corner in order to create a private nook
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The circle partition behind the curved sectional smoothes the transition to the corner
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The corner is almost unnoticeable thanks to the way the sofa was placed
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Place two curved sofas in two corners, facing each other to give a small room a sophisticated look

Curved walls are not exactly standard features in most homes so it’s less likely to have such a detail than it is to have a living room with empty corners. That being said, you can place your curved sectional comfortably in a corner, matching the curve with the junction of the two walls. It’s a very nice idea if you’re running short on space for example. By choosing this type of arrangement, you’ll still have some space behind the sectional and this gives you the opportunity to place a large planter or a floor lamp in that particular spot.