Couch Not Centered with Window (Off Center Couch) – Is It Fine?

Updated: | Author: Brad Javernick | Affiliate links may be present.

The short answer is yes. But let me explain. Homeowners like you and I come across this problem because of our excellent eye for interior design. We’d like to plan our living areas just so, with every item specifically placed and accounted for.

However, space often trumps aesthetics, and once the dining table, 65-inch 4K Samsung TV, and grandma’s rickety recliner are all in place, it’s difficult to find even a corner for the couch.

Worse still, when you’ve finally found a spot, it isn’t centered with the window behind, giving a lopsided look to the living room! But don’t you worry. With a few simple tweaks and tricks, you’ll be able to even things out and have the room looking better than ever.

Solution #1 – Create Visual Balance

To all of you homeowners with an eye for visual balance in the living room, this is the trick for you. With just a few carefully placed items, you can balance the offset of the window.

What Can I Hang on the Empty Section of the Wall?

Imagine some items you would enjoy seeing on your wall. This could be a clock, some hanging plants, or a painting. Arrange them on the empty space of the wall next to the window.

Once they are hanging on the empty section of the wall, you will have created a much more balanced look.

Having seen this method used, I can promise you you’ll be amazed how such a simple solution not only makes up for the offset of the window but adds to the beauty of the room’s decor.

Take a look at the video of this solution.

Solution #2 – Use a Blind

This second method is an easy fix and shouldn’t cost you much.

If you’re having friends over to the house and wish to make the window and couch offset less noticeable, just roll down the blinds!

Measure and Buy

Start by measuring the length and width of the window. Then, search on Amazon for a roll-down blind of roughly the same dimensions to cover the window.

Will I Need Tools?

Once you have purchased the correct size of the blind, make sure you have a cordless drill, panhead tip, a 3/32 in drill bit, and 4 concrete plastic plugs and screws.

Install the Blind Above the Window

Take the blind and center it above the window. Using the blind’s brackets as reference holes, mark on the wall with a pencil where the screws will go.

Use the drill and concrete bit to drill slightly more than an inch into the wall.

Once the 4 holes are drilled, insert the concrete plugs. These plugs will give the screws something to grip on.

Switch out the drill bit for the panhead tip and, holding the blind with one hand, use the cordless to drive in the 4 screws with the other. Make sure it is level.

Once completed, you’ll have the choice either to leave the blind down when you have friends around for dinner or roll up the blind and soak in the sunshine when it’s just you.

See the video, just in case you missed anything.

Solution #3 – Hang Curtains

For all of you who have read up till now, well done as this is perhaps the best solution to the problem of an offset couch. I have used this method myself and had great results.

Hanging curtains will not only account for the problem but also give a cozy, homey feel to your living room.

What is the Area of the Wall?

Measure the area of the wall. Make sure the area you measure includes the window, the wall space on either side of the window, and behind the couch.

Pick the Right Curtains

The best site I have found to find curtains is Amazon. Make sure you find curtains of the correct dimensions and of the color you think will fit best with the decor of your room. Buy the corresponding curtain rod and brackets as well if they don’t come with the curtains. (The links to the rod and curtains are only an example and won’t necessarily fit your living room dimensions).

Make Sure You Have the Correct Fixings

Before you begin the installation, make sure you have the tools required: cordless drill, panhead tip, 3/32 in drill bit, and 4 concrete plastic plugs and screws.

Visual Checks

Before you begin mounting the curtains, make a quick visual check of where you would like the curtains to hang once installed. They should be centered on the couch, NOT on the window.

This will help you determine where to place the brackets and rod.

Mount the Curtain

Very similar to the installation of the blinds, place the curtain rod brackets in the correct place above the window and mark where to drill. Drill the holes, insert the plugs into the wall, and drive in the screws with the pan head tip and cordless.

Take the rod, thread the curtain onto it and hook the rod onto the two brackets.

The curtain, once drawn, should be centered on the couch, covering the window and wall space on either side.

When you’d like some sunshine, just pull the curtain slightly back to let the sunlight in.

Even when the curtains are slightly open, you won’t notice that the window is offset because the window as well as the wall behind the couch will be covered by the curtain.

Watch the video on this method to make sure you understand everything.

Additional Advice

Clean the holes while drilling

With both solution #1 and #2, when drilling, make sure you clean out the holes of any loose concrete or drywall. That way, when you do insert the plastic plugs, they go all the way in, and the screw has something to grip on.

Replicate the Size of the Window

As you plan what items to hang on the wall in solution #2, keep in mind the size of the window. You will get the best visual results if you cover a similar area of the wall with the art as with the window.

The Blind Needs to Match the Wall

When searching for a blind in solution #1, make sure the color of the blind matches the color of the surrounding wall.

This may seem obvious, but if the colors don’t exactly match, the offset of the window and the couch is going to look just as obvious.

Final Thoughts

Pick any of these 3 methods, and you will be able to accommodate any furniture appearing offset in your living room. Because even if the couch is off-center to the window, you now know what to do about it.

Avatar photo

About Brad Javernick

Brad is a licensed home inspector and the editor of Home Oomph. He's a massive DIYer, and loves to take on new home renovation projects!

Leave a Comment