Top 10 reasons for sitting in the corner of a room

Why do I like to sit in corners? I’m not talking about being scolded and told to sit in the corner for something bad I’ve done. Instead, it’s the option of where you like to sit in a room. The top ten reasons for sitting in the corner:

  1. It’s the safe zone (comfort)
  2. It’s the furthest away from the action (relaxation)
  3. It’s a focal point where two walls and the floor join together (aesthetics)
  4. That is where the walls are most structurally sound (comfort)
  5. It’s easier to identify your relationship to the room, and the room is identified. It’s like being anchored to the dimensional qualities of the room. Instead of just floating out in the middle of cartesian space, you are more closely aligned to the apex of the cartesian XYZ structure. (concept)
  6. You can do a corner kick like in soccer. (fun)
  7. We had our weekly production meetings in this tiny room at work. I liked to sit in the corner because people wouldn’t have to climb over me to get to the other seats in the room. It was a little pet peeve of mine when people would sit right by the door, and then you had to maneuver around them to get to the other seats. (manners)
  8. That’s the place where you can see everything in the room (contemplation)
  9. You might find something interesting pushed over in the very corner of the floor (discovery)
  10. It’s better to sit in the corner where there is no prestige (humility)

“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:8-11

Update 18 years later

16 more reasons to sit in the corner of a room

Comfort and Relaxation:

  1. It can create a cozy and intimate atmosphere.
  2. Sitting in the corner can help reduce anxiety and stress.

Privacy and Personal Space:

  1. It can give you a sense of privacy and personal space in a crowded room.
  2. It can give you a sense of boundary and protect you from unwanted physical contact.

Observation and Focus:

  1. It’s easier to keep an eye on your surroundings and be aware of your environment.
  2. It can help you avoid distractions and stay focused on the task at hand.
  3. It’s a great spot for people-watching and observing social interactions. You can use the corner as a vantage point to observe the entire room.

Organization and Control:

  1. Sitting in the corner can help you feel more organized and in control.

Independence and Autonomy:

  1. Sitting in the corner can help you feel more independent and autonomous.

Mindfulness and Meditation:

  1. It can be a good spot for introverts to recharge and avoid overstimulation.
  2. It can be a good spot for reading or studying, as it provides a quiet and focused environment.
  3. Sitting in the corner can help you feel more grounded and centered.
  4. It can be a good spot for meditation or mindfulness practice.

Miscellaneous:

  1. It can make you feel more connected to the room and the people in it.
  2. You can create your own little corner oasis with plants, decor, or a cozy blanket.
  3. It can be a good spot for taking a break or just pausing for a moment.

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laura k.
laura k.
19 years ago

i like the perspective you get from the corner of a room. you can see everything/everybody. all in your line of sight.

Pam Atwal
Pam Atwal
2 months ago
Reply to  laura k.

I can relate to that, no one is behind you and you have clarity of your surrondings

Tom Saaristo
19 years ago

I’m with both of you. I prefer the corner of the room [especially in meetings”>.

Eliana Briones
19 years ago

oh…I like that verse…very insightful.

Evelyn Digglypants
Evelyn Digglypants
11 months ago

I like the corner. I am sitting in the corner right now, as I write this.

Pam Atwal
Pam Atwal
2 months ago

Hi all, I am clustrophobic but corners give me comfort, I am generally a very grounded person emotionally, but due to my anemia which makes for my heart, hard to relax, I feel anxious in elevators and closed dark spaces but corner of a room or a small room gives me a cozy feeling.
I am also an Acupuncturist and in TCM we say heart is the house of mind, so I know the reason for my anxiety of closed spaces but just wanted to share about corners as I feel so good sitting in the corner sofa of chair by a lamp with a blanket, it is just so good

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