and looking the other direction you can see that the front door is at the opposite end. So we kept our furnishings over to one side of the room to allow the foot traffic to move in a straight line between the furniture and the fireplace. The ottoman is close to the sofa so people can put their feet up. That, combined with the L-shaped sectional, prevents anyone from trying to pass through the room between the sofa and ottoman.
Tip: Make sure any area rugs are placed so that you either walk over them or can stay completely off. In the room above, the open space on the area rug is wide enough to let people walk right across it. The hearth is flush into the floor, so you can also stay off the carpet and walk through without crossing the carpet.
It is really annoying to have a rug hit halfway into a pass-through area so that you need to walk through with one foot on and one foot off the rug. If you need a custom size to achieve this, an affordable solution is to buy one you like and have it cut down and bound.