Sofa In Front Of The Window?

Written by Kelly on April 24th, 2012


When it comes to rearranging the furniture at a client’s home, I always seem to have a hard time convincing clients to put the sofa in front of the window:


They are worried that the sofa will cover up too much of the window and block the view. But if you think about it, the average sofa is only 32″ inches tall and measuring up from the floor that is not going to cover much of your view or window.



I actually think it brings your eye over to the view and makes the outdoors the focal point of the room:



Here is a great example I found this weekend in my own home: When we first moved into our NH home a couple years ago, I placed the chairs facing the window to sit and look outside:

Makes sense right? But this weekend my new sofa came in (yay!) and against my family’s wishes, I put that sofa right in front of the window!:


It is amazing how much the room opened up and feels so much more welcoming. And I love sitting so close to the window and looking out (yes, the red rug is going).


So if you are thinking of rearranging your furniture in the living room, try putting the sofa back against the window to see if you like the look in your room. I am so glad I tried it. I really love walking in the room now because it feels so open and welcoming with a gorgeous mountain background.

Do you agree that the sofa looks lovely facing into the room? It is such a welcoming space now. I love it!

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23 Comments so far ↓

  1. Carri says:

    What are you feelings on putting some furniture like a desk in front of low long windows?

  2. Kelly says:

    But that is what I like Alice- I sit sideways and look out! I love being so close to the window to look out. Not when you have company of course!

  3. Alice Craig says:

    Only trouble with the sofa in front of the window is that when you sit on the sofa you can’t see the view!
    Sorry but it seems so obvious that that’s probably why no one wants to put one there. Having said that though, ours is in front of sliding doors in our living room!

  4. SandyC says:

    Seems like a no-brainer in all of your pictures including your own home. But I guess sometime the room configuration can make it challenging such as Sheila’s solid wall or, when I had my open floorplan home with a great wall of windows across the living room/dining room with one solid wall on either end, the entire area was too shallow. You walked in the front door into a and then right across the open tiled “hallway”, your were in the living room – a bit too in your face. But where it works, it’s very inviting and beautiful.

  5. Kelly says:

    Hi Beathe,
    The color is Ben Moore Honeymoon AF-345. Thanks for writing!

  6. Beathe Smith says:

    Ive always loved sofa in front of windows…looks great!
    What color of paint is on the walls, it looks like a gorgeous yellow, will you please share color name?
    Thank you,


  7. My sofa is always infront of the window. Its not artistic or anything I just dont know where to put it. I dont even move my chairs a lot. I am contemplating on redecorating but have no idea how to. Please help me.

  8. Kelly says:

    Hard decision Sheila! The flow in the room is better at my house too.

  9. This is an excellent post! I just did a staging last week where the sofa was positioned in front of the window – GASP! But what a difference it made to the flow of the room, and that first impression – it was either round the corner and see the 45″ TV blocking off some of the window , or round the corner and see a beautiful bay window with a lovely couch in front of it! Hmmm, what to do, what to do ;-)

  10. Kelly says:

    Thanks Kristie!

  11. Kelly says:

    You ARE coming to visit me this summer Linda! Can’t wait!

  12. Kelly says:

    I always make sure there is something of interest at the end of a narrow room to look at Sheila. Have you have tried a chair and table? Or a round table decorated? You are right, those rooms are harder to decorate!

  13. Kelly says:

    Thanks Connie! You are loving the white lately aren’t you? I am too more than ever. Are we just older or wiser? ;)

  14. Kelly says:

    Thanks Beth! It does call me to come and sit down. And it makes me smile everytime I look at it! Wait until I finish decorating!

  15. Beth says:

    I agree that a sofa looks wonderful in front of the window. Think of how lovely it would be to sit there on a sunny morning and read the newspaper as the light streams in from behind! And as a focal point to the outdoors (especially yours), it is perfect!!

  16. Kelly says:

    Hi Christina,
    It is Pottery Barn Buchanan sofa. It is a brushed canvas in natural. I love it too! I love to redecorate all the time so it will be very versatile to work with. Thanks for writing!

  17. Christina says:

    Love your sofa. Is it leather? Would you mind sharing the manufacturer and style name?

  18. Christina says:

    I love your new sofa. Is it leather? would you share the manufacturer and style name?

  19. I have my sofa in front of our big window too! To Sheila—If you have the room, just pull the sofa a little ways away from the window and you’ll have no trouble with heating/cooling.

    Kelly, what a beautiful view and what a beautiful room! I love the sofa in its placement :-) Can’t wait to see your new rug…even though the existing one doesn’t look all that icky :-)

    Thanks for sharing such inspirational pics too. I love those two white rooms…#2 and #4. I’m such a lover of white these days :-D

  20. ALEXANDRA says:

    I totally agree with you! You picked beautiful examples to make your point and the view from your home is you soon!

  21. Kelly,
    You are so right! People look at you like you’re crazy when you suggest putting a sofa in front of a window, but often it’s the perfect spot for it! Amazing view, by the way :)

  22. Linda says:

    wow, what a beautiful view Kelly! Hope I get to visit you one day. Oh, congrats of the new sofa..beautiful!!

  23. Sheila says:

    I like your sofa in front of the window in your home. I hesitate to try that in mine because my window faces a solid wall, making the window the focal point of the room; also, the in floor heat vents are right in front of the window. The room is a long narrow shape and I can’t figure out a better configuration for the life of me.

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