I too am a little confused by your description - if you're so close to the plane of the speakers (or especially to the speakers themselves - I'm not sure which you mean), and the tweeters are aimed a foot in front of you, the speakers must either be very close together or very toed-in. The long wall can often be better than the short wall for getting the speakers away from the sidewalls, but it sounds like you have one of them closer to a corner than the other, which would tend to make the response uneven.
In any case, a typical listening arrangement would be a roughly equilateral triangle or slightly longer, with the 'sides' being at least 5ft. or more, and moderate toe-in. A 'nearfield' set-up would ideally place both the speakers (small two-ways) and the listener well out into the room, away from all walls and close to each other, but this is not the usual set-up, especially in in a room that is not a dedicated listening room.
Of course, do whatever sounds good to you, but do try to keep in mind what sounds natural as well, since a lot of weird effects could be induced by unorthodox placement, any of which might be interesting or even enjoyable without being accurate or satisfying in the long-term. Since you don't say what "disappointed" you about the sound before you moved everything, I will infer from your results that it may have been bass-shy and unfocused in your previous set-up, but neither is 'surround-sound' verging on headphone-style the normal perspective. I'd listen for a while longer, and then keep playing around with it to see if you can do better.
In general, I would suggest using closer front-wall/speaker proximity to effect bass reinforcement if needed, but to stay as far away from the side-walls and corners as is practical, and try to make the positioning of the speakers in the room fairly symetrical for both left and right, with toe-in not exceeding aiming straight at the ears and speaker separation not exceeding the listening distance. If possible, try using some music recorded with a natural perspective rather than close-mic'ed to double-check your best speaker and listening positions.