You definitely should get a couch, or compensation. Personally I removed mine (from an 8280WS) since we don't entertain much or sleep on the couch. It's a heavy son of a gun and I didn't want to haul around that weight. Also, it was covering up the electrical outlet on that wall. In its place I put the TV and my wife's keyboard piano. The TV was high on a wall with no chairs facing it. Guests now sit on the dinette chairs (or we do and they sit in the recliners). Just thinking out loud here ...