That was my original idea with mine, but it made the room very awkward because there was no direct way to cross the room without walking around it. I think it would depend on what else is in the room, where the door is, and the general orientation of everything else. In order to fit mine in the room, I had to remove a couple pieces of furniture, but I thought I could live without them.
One other thing to consider is that with some frames, you can have multiple sets of rails, so that you could possibly keep it normally set up at, maybe, 8 ft., but switch it over to 10 or more when needed. Mine is the Superquilter and it's very easy to switch out the rails.
I'll post pix if you'd like, but it will take a couple days to get my camera back.