Living Room Solutions: Back to Back Sofas

Anyone out there have an awkward living room?  Welcome to the club.  Ours is long and narrow with multiple doorways and no symmetry.  It has been a really, really tough room to figure out.  I think we may be getting close??  In a long (or perhaps very large/open) room, I love the idea and look of multiple seating areas.  It has a cozy feel, and it gives you the option to have a ton of seating when you have parties.  Back to back sofas are a terrific way to create two seating areas, and really work in a long living room like mine.  “Sophisticated” is the word that jumps to mind when I see this kind of set-up.

gianetti home

gianetti home

velvet and linen

velvet and linen

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elle decor

elle decor

I LOVE the moroccan stool at the end of this pair of sofas.  I wonder if there is one on the other side?!  Swoon.

Rue

Rue

And Sarah, I seriously love her.  Her shows are the only design shows I watch.  And I will even tell you a nerdy fact about me – the ring tone on my cell phone is the theme song to “Sarah’s House”.  (blush)

Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson

My mouth dropped when I found this photo.  What does this color scheme make you think of?

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A table in between the sofas allows for lamps to be placed in the middle of the room, and I like this look, too, although my living room is not quite long enough for this to be feasible.

phoebe howard

phoebe howard

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dick clark architecture

dick clark architecture

phoebe howard

phoebe howard

christina murphy

christina murphy

Then I discovered there is such a thing as a conjoined sofa.  Yes, you are reading that correctly.

oak ridge revival

oak ridge revival

Can you believe that thing?  How in the world do you get that into a house?  Can you imagine the size of opening you would need?!

Nevertheless, I found several lovely images of rooms with conjoined sofas.  Check ‘em out.

elements of style

elements of style

james howard

james howard

miles redd

miles redd

jeffrey bilhuber

jeffrey bilhuber

windsor smith

windsor smith

jeffrey bilhuber

jeffrey bilhuber

What do you think of conjoined sofas?  I like the rooms overall, but the sofas look a little strange to me.  Maybe I just need to get used to them?

I thought I would show you my old living room layout.  This worked okay, but then a pair of my chairs got drawn on, I couldn’t decide on a new fabric, I found another pair of chairs I loved, and then a pair of settees, and the rest is history.  In fact, a few of these pieces I have sold, and they are residing happily in their new homes now.  Oh, and this room is a different color.

You can see the sofas back to back here, and I know all of the inspiration photos show matching sofas, but I liked the difference in styles together.  If the sofas were different sizes, I wouldn’t have been able to pull this off.

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Although this layout worked for awhile and was pretty in many ways, it just wasn’t quite right.  I’m working on it!  And the settees I ruined?  They are back from the refinisher, and they are looking fabulous!  Can’t wait to show you!  I am working on finding the right fabric for them.

What do you think of back to back sofas in a living room?  Would it work for you?  Are you into the conjoined look?

Written by Grace

8 Responses to “Living Room Solutions: Back to Back Sofas”

  1. Tiffany February 26, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    I am thinking about doing back to back sofas in a condo space I’m designing for school, but I just can’t quite commit, I have to play around with it a bit more. I think the conjoined sofa looks a bit strange too, plus…if you ever wanted to change up a layout it wouldn’t really allow for that. Back to back leaves more room for play!

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      Hi Tiffany, yes, I totally agree. You are kind of pinned to a certain floor plan with that setup, and I still can’t figure out how you get it into a house! Good luck on your space, I’m sure it will be beautiful! xo, G

  2. Jennifer February 26, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    I love Sarah Richardson, too! In fact, I can usually talk Clarke into watching the Sarah’s House episodes with me, which is really saying something. Can’t wait to see how the living room turns out, and hope you’re recovering well!

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      Jennifer, this made me laugh out loud. Sarah Richardson over board games???? WHOA! Ha! xoxo, G

  3. Carrie February 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I actually feel very uncomfortable in a room with back to back sofas. The focus of the room gets divided. I prefer almost any other kind of arrangement. Love your blog though :)

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      Hi Carrie, I can see that actually. I think it depends on the angle of the room – longways vs. sideways, know what I mean? So happy you are reading, and I so appreciate you taking the time to comment! G

  4. Erin March 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    I’m with you on the conjoined sofas – they’re just odd-looking. A little on the “alien monster-furniture that wants to take over” side. Look forward to seeing all the new changes!

    • Grace March 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

      Hi Erin, HA! That description made me laugh. Yes, I totally see the monster effect. :) Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment! G