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With your sofa against the back wall, there is no way to do an effective 7.1 layout (no space behind you for the Rear speakers). Better to stick with a 5.1 base layer with a single pair of surrounds in the back corners.
Use the remaining two speakers in the height layer: mounted on the side walls, directly to the sides of the listeners, as high up as possible, tilted down and aimed towards the listener at the opposite end of the couch).
BTW, can you move your sofa a couple feet forward?