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How to Arrange a Sectional Sofa in a Small Room

How to Arrange a Sectional Sofa in a Small Room
By RST Brands
August 26, 2020

So your living room isn’t exactly huge, but you don’t have to give up those dreams of being the Super Bowl party house or go-to spot for a Netflix binge party just yet. A sectional may just be the resolution to all your small living-room woes.

Yep, you heard right. Putting a big couch in a little living room may seem counterintuitive, but today’s chic, modern sectionals have a slim enough profile to work in a small space—and provide tons of seating, too.

Hard to believe? Well, buckle in, because we’re about to blow your mind with tons of different ways to arrrange a sectional. By the end of this article, you’ll be totally convinced that at least one of these small living room sectional layout ideas is your ticket to the perfect living room. Check out our guide on how to arrange a sectional sofa in a small room.

Small Living Room Sectional Layout Ideas

Though your mind may be telling you no, your heart is telling you there are many different ways to arrange a sectional in even the most itty-bitty room. And your heart is right on the money. (This time at least!)

1. Corner Placement

The most obvious arrangement for a sectional in a small room is to push an L-shaped couch right up into the far corner of the room, facing the TV or fireplace. This option opens up the room and maximizes seating without blocking off the flow from the adjacent room.

2. Dividing the Room

The next option is to flip the sectional in the other direction so that the L-shape backs up to the next room. We only advise this option if you live in a very open-concept space or a studio apartment, and you’re looking for a way to create more of a division between rooms. This layout won’t have as much of an open feel, but maybe that’s what you’re going for?

3. Break It Up

So what if your room is so small that your sectional doesn’t even fit against the walls? Maybe you were too eager and grabbed a sofa that’s a little too long or wide for your space. But you might still be able to make it work. If your sectional can be separated into two or three pieces, you can try breaking up the arrangement. Put one piece on one side of the room with the other piece parallel on the opposite side of the room. This makes an ultra-cozy seating arrangement that just might work better than the traditional L-shape.

How to Style a Sectional Sofa

You’ve got your sectional layout determined. But now you’re wondering how to style the piece. Our best advice? Whatever you’re doing, scale it back. And then maybe scale it back again. When it comes to styling sectional sofas for small rooms, less is almost always more.

1. Pillow Talk
Skip the throw pillows altogether, or limit yourself to just one or two. As fun and cute as those throw pillows are, having too many will make the room and the sectional seem crowded and ccramped. If you can't live without them, just pick your favorite one or top two and stick with that.

2. Keep It Light
Choose light colors in the same scheme as the couch to make the room seem more open. Make sure there's as much natural light flowing into the room as possible, and add a mirror over the couch to make it seem more spacious.

3. Get Seasonal
If you're worried about finding room for holiday decorations, you can always add small touches to your sectional in addition to whatever else you're putting in your small living room. For example, you could change up the throw pillows to red and green for Christmas, or orange and yellow for Fall. You could also find a festive throw blanket to frape over the corner of the couch or if it's a longer blanket, you can drape it over the middle of the sectional for a centerpiece feel.

Best Sectionals for Small Living Rooms

Now that you know how to arrange a sectional sofa in a small room, it’s time to go forth and socialize. Whether you have a big family or love a good dinner party, you’ll be ready for a crowd with your stylish, ample seating.

If lookingg through all of these small living room sectional layout ideas has made you realize you need a sectional sofa for your small living room, you're in luck! RST Brands offers tons of stylish sofa and sectional seating options for every design preference. They've got the best sectionals for small living rooms. So you're sure to find your perfect sectional. Now all that's left is to soak up your couch potato days and enjoy seating a big group while you're at it.