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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 Jordan Henrie
December 20, 2022

So your living room isn’t 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. A sectional may be the resolution to all your small living room woes.

Yep, you heard right. Putting an oversized 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.

We’ll blow your mind with many different ways to arrange a sectional. By the end of this article, you’ll be convinced that at least one of these small living room sectional layout ideas is your ticket to the perfect living room. This is our guide to arranging a sectional sofa in a small room.


Sectional in a small living room

Check out our guide on distinguishing a Great Room from a Living Room.

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.


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.


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 want.


So, what if your room is so tiny that your sectional doesn’t even fit against the walls? Maybe you were too eager and grabbed a sofa that’s too long or wide for your space. But you might still be able to make it work. 

If you can separate your sectional into two or three pieces, you can break up the arrangement. For example, put one piece on one side of the room and the other parallel on the opposite side. This makes an ultra-cozy seating arrangement that might work better than the traditional L-shape.


Calmo sofa in creme color

The Portofino Calmo 3-piece seating set features style, comfort, and flexibility. 

You’ve got your sectional layout determined. But now you’re wondering how to style it. Our advice is to scale back and then scale back again. When styling sectional sofas for small rooms, less is almost always more.


Skip the throw pillows, 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 cramped. If you can't live without them, just pick your favorite or top two and stick with them.


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.


If you're worried about finding room for holiday decorations, you can always add small touches to your sectional and whatever else you're putting in your small living room. For example, you could change the throw pillows to red and green for Christmas or orange and yellow for Fall. You could also find a festive throw blanket to drape 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.


Rumsfeld leather sectional

The Rumsfeld leather sectional is high-quality and perfect for rooms of all sizes.

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 looking through these small living room sectional layout ideas have made you realize you need a sectional sofa for your small living room — you're in luck! 

RST Brands has many stylish sofas and sectional seating options for every design preference, so you're sure to find your perfect sectional. Then, all that's left is to soak up your couch potato days and enjoy seating a big group.