Furniture behind sofa, when to insert it and which models

Furniture behind sofa, what to put


The king of a large living area or an open space is him: the sofa with two, three or more seats. Placed in the center of the room, it will conquer everyone at first glance!

Do you want to make it even more comfortable, both from a functional and aesthetic point of view?


Enter a piece of furniture behind the sofa that allows you to make the most of precious, often underestimated square centimeters.

Consider the back of the sofa as a real wall to use to approach it furnishing beautiful to look at, but also useful for placing your favorite objects (frames, plants, vases) or that you want to keep close at hand (books, magazines, lamps) for moments of relaxation.

What to bet on?

There are three aspects to consider when deciding what to put behind the sofa, namely:

  • Free space;
  • furnishing style;
  • personal needs and tastes.

We have selected many ideas and inspirations to help you choose the tailor-made solution for you.

Bookcase behind sofa, separate spaces!


Do you want to separate your open space into zones that are identifiable at a glance?

Fix one bookcase behind the sofa. With its shelves full of books and magazines, it will allow you to divide the living room from the kitchen.

For an even more scenographic effect, choose a bookcase with a modern design like the Opinion system from Amura.

Bookcase behind the sofa, the Parere system by Amura

It can be used as a traditional bookcase or partition to create two different environments in a single space.

It is characterized by the contrast between the material thickness of the vertical elements and the lightness of the horizontal ones, resembling a hatch.

Looking for an impactful solution?

The library Air from Lagosuspended on glass supports, seems to float in the air, letting the light filter in and making the rooms visually larger and lighter.

The bookcase behind the Air sofa by Lago The bookcase behind the Air sofa by Lago

Thick shelves are supported by a hidden fastening system that guarantees stability and safety.

Free from dimensional constraints and positioned in the center of the room, behind the sofa, the bookcase becomes an architectural mimesis that divides spaces, rising up to the ceiling.

Equipped wall behind the sofa, from angelaarchina-interiordesign.com Equipped wall behind the sofa, by angelaarchina-interiordesign

Similarly, you can opt for one equipped wall behind the sofa.

Low bookcase behind sofa, everything within easy reach


If you like the idea of ​​having a bookcase behind the sofa, but prefer something more discreet, opt for a low complement, at back height.

The Fablier proposes Strawberry treea retro sofa furniture from essential linescomposed of several open compartments that can be used as a bookcase or a comfortable support for storing objects and special collections in full view.

Low bookcase behind the Corbezzolo sofa by Le Fablier Low bookcase behind the Corbezzolo sofa by Le Fablier

It can be made and customized in various finishes: from the more classic, wood effect, to the lighter ones, for contemporary furnishings. There is something for all tastes!

There are also two-in-one solutions.

An example? There built-in library of wood for the Holiday sofa by Diottiavailable in different finishes, enhanced by one or two painted metal dividers.

The integrated Holiday bookcase by Diotti The integrated Holiday bookcase by Diotti

Designed to be used as a bookcase armrest, bookcase backrest or sofa back bookcase, combined with compositions from the same collection, it is ideal for having books and everyday objects close at hand.

Do you have special needs?

The low bookcase behind a made-to-measure sofa by Mauvri The low bookcase behind a made-to-measure sofa by Mauvri

Use one bookshelf tailored and sustainable like the bamboo one by Mauvri.

Sideboard behind sofa, extra space


A sideboard behind the sofa represents a precious and versatile ally.

Made up of two or three doors, with glass cabinets, open compartments, with or without drawers, it allows you to order plates and glasses that you usually use for family lunches or reunions with friends.

Perfect for this purpose is the madia amsterdam from Bontempi.

The sideboard behind the Amsterdam sofa by Bontempi The sideboard behind the Amsterdam sofa by Bontempi

To characterize it, the wooden structure with two hinged doors with system apertura push-pull: just apply a slight pressure on the door (push) and, as a result of a push, it opens (pull).

The internal shelves are in transparent glass, with one or two central open compartments in matt lacquered wood in different finishes. The top, sides and wooden doors are also customizable.

Great customization as well for Liber Mthe retro sofa sideboard by Tonelli Design.

The sideboard behind the Liber M sofa by Tonelli Design
The sideboard behind the Liber M sofa by Tonelli Design

In extra-clear, transparent or smoked glass, it is available with drawers in Canaletto walnut, dark brown leather, white lacquered or matt RAL lacquered.

A sideboard behind the sofa is ideal for having extra space for an orderly, cover-proof living room.

Console behind sofa, add a seat at the table!


How often do you invite friends and relatives into your home?
A console behind the sofa is the one for you! You just need to move it and stretch it as many times as you need.

When you don’t need it, you can close it and store it behind the sofa, using it as a table on which to work or indulge in your favorite hobby or as a shelf on which to store travel photos, knick-knacks, design objects.

Many models to choose from. An example? The Havsta console table from Ikea.

The Havsta console table from Ikea The Havsta console table from Ikea

Made of solid wood with handcrafted details and a brushed surface that makes it easy to clean. With its practical shelf with high edges, you will have no problem keeping everything in order and freeing up space on the countertop.

Do you want a functional solution that is beautiful to look at?
The Blake retro sofa console from bodema it’s the one for you.

The console behind the Blake sofa by Bodema The console behind the Blake sofa by Bodema

To distinguish it, a metal structure of great decorative impact, consisting of two double-cusped legs joined by a central bracket. The top, on the other hand, is available in wood, in a lacquered finish or in precious mottled marble.

Desk or table behind the sofa, the home office is served!


Does the sofa constitute a partition between two different environments?


How about placing yourself at the back of a table or a banco snack with two high stools on which to have breakfast or lunch with your sweetheart, listening to some music or watching the series you like best, if the TV is right in front of the sofa.

Il table hand made of Makarios Decor purchasable on Etsy it is perfect for that purpose.

The handmade table behind the sofa by Makarios Decor The handmade table behind the sofa by Makarios Decor

Steel feet and wooden top, with irregular grain and edge, it is a practical solution with a great impact.

Instead of the table, you can pull over a desk behind the sofa like the Ikea solution, suitable for setting up a comfortable and beautiful home office.

Desk behind sofa from Ikea Desk behind sofa from Ikea

A study area to dedicate to smart working or your favorite hobby.

Enter a piece of furniture behind the sofa allows you to make the most of precious square centimeters, which are often underestimated. Now, you know how to avoid it!


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