Though there are few concrete rules to laying out a living room's furniture (each space is different, after all), some might agree that putting a furniture piece directly in front of another furniture piece would be like double parking in your living room. There's one notable and stylish exception to this, though, and that's putting a bookcase or shelving system behind your sofa. Here are seven spaces proving this look works — and perhaps inspiring your own living room arrangement!
A turquoise tufted sofa shines with an open gold shelf backing it up. Via Design*Sponge.
Even a sectional can see some shelf-behind-it action, creating a wonderful and cozy nook. This spotted on Better Homes and Gardens.
For a rental where you can't add wallpaper to the wall, a bookshelf behind a sofa can be an awesome way to add pattern. Seen on Cup of Jo.
A tall, towering storage unit behind a sofa can really set a dramatic tone for an entire space. Seen on Design*Sponge.
Weird room layouts and architectural element placement can make putting a sofa behind the sofa the smartest choice.