Over and over again I hear my clients tell me, "I would never have thought of moving the furniture around that way" Proper furniture placement and balance may at first glance seem a complicated task, but all it really takes is some common sense and learning to look at your room in a new way.
View your space with the following guidelines and see how much fun you can have thinking "outside the box"
Location of doorways: if there are 2 doors consider having the traffic pattern move behind the seating area, not through it.
Placement of major pieces of furniture: If your sofa is placed off the wall, leave a min of 2.5 feet of walking space behind it. A bit less space is needed between chairs and the sofa
Seating arrangement: If you have a long wall, establish your seating arrangement there with the sofa against the wall as an anchor. Traffic will flow around it.
Balance in the room: Is affected by both the placement of the furniture and the size of each piece. If all the big pieces are crowded to one side, it only makes sense that the room will feel off balance. If much of the furniture is either too bottom or top heavy, a room will be off balance vertically.
Reconfigure your sectional: If possible break up the sofa so that some or one of the pieces can be used as a long couch. Place this "new couch" against your longest wall. Doing this will help create a focal point for the room. Place the remaining pieces to the opposite side of the room or on angles facing the sofa!
If you take the time to follow any of the suggestions made here, your living room will have new life and new function, what better way to reduce the traffic wear pattern in your carpet.....