5 Recommendations for Placing Your Couch Pillows

Are you hoping to put the final touches on your living room? Couch pillows might be the answer. You can find all kinds of fun shapes, textures, colors, and sizes....surely you kind find an option that perfectly complements your space.
5 Recommendations for Placing Your Couch Pillows

Last update: 28 September, 2018

If you want to choose the right pillows for your couch, it’s important to keep certain tips in mind. Luckily, we’ll give you the run down in this article!

Pillows are the final touch when it comes to decorating your living room, or more specifically, your couch. Even if it’s not very large, adding some decorative pillows will give it personality.

In the design and decoration world, the smallest detail is important.

In addition to enhancing a room’s style, pillows can add comfort and coziness. That’s why we also see them in other rooms of the house: bedrooms, patios and terraces, even corners where you can read or just look out the window.

We all need moments of relaxation, and after a long day at work all we want is to come home and collapse onto our couch. With pillows, you can make this moment even more rewarding and comfortable.

Here are 5 recommendations for choosing and placing pillows.

1. Inside out

This is essential – always start from the sides. It’s best to put the biggest pillows in the couch corners, then place smaller ones as you move inwards.

If you’re partial to minimalist decoration, you can test out placing pillows only at the extreme ends of the couch, leaving the center totally open. This method will call less attention when someone enters the room. It will still, however, add a sense of breadth and calm that is typical of minimalist style.

Outside in

2. Symmetry and size

Symmetry is an important concept to keep in mind when placing pillows. It’s closely linked to order, harmony, and perfection.

That’s why it’s fundamental to buy pillows in pairs. They don’t have to be exactly the same, but they need to have some common characteristics that make them look complementary from a distance.

Place one at each end of the couch, in the same position. For example, each should sit at the same angle in the corner of the cushion and armrest.

When deciding on size, choose one that fits with the size of your couch. Couches that are 50 x 50 centimeters are relatively versatile. You just have to remember which pillows you’ve already chosen for the space. Even if they’re not exactly the same size, they should be proportionate.


3. How many?

We’ve talked about placing couch pillows symmetrically. You should also always choose an odd number of couch pillows.

If you want a trick for calculating how many pillows to use, try this – place one or two more pillows than there are seats on your sofa. So, if your sofa has room for 3, place at least 5 pillows.

Obviously you should also keep in mind the shape and size of the pillows you’ve chosen, since rectangular or irregularly-shaped ones will take more space.

Without a doubt, choosing an odd number will make the space (whether it’s a living room or bedroom) more visually attractive.

Odd number

4. Combinations

As you can see, there are a variety of pillows available for purchase. Don’t forget that online shopping makes it even easier to make the purchases we need.

Because of that, it’s easy to choose the perfect pillow for your sofa. To give that dynamic final touch to your living space, play around with different textures, colors, and sizes.

To avoid letting the sofa become too overwhelming, combine plainer pillows with printed ones.

To do this effectively, get a sense of which colors work best in your space, and test out multiple options. Obviously you have to consider the colors of the other textiles in the space, like curtains, throw blankets, or rugs.


5. What about sectional sofas?

Also known as chaise longues or corner couches, these L-shaped sofas require a bit of variation when placing pillows. It’s not as easy to achieve exact symmetry.

Instead, to get that same sense of equilibrium, you have to place more pillows on the main part of the couch, as opposed to the longue section. This will provide the best visual balance

Chaislong couch


As we’ve shown, you have to do a little thinking before placing pillows on your sofa. If you follow these trends, your couch will end up much comfier and cozier.

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