How to Place a Sectional in a Small Living Room (9 Great Ways)

How to Place a Sectional in a Small Living Room

Furniture layout options can feel restricted in a small living room, especially when the items are oversized, such as a sectional sofa. However, a sectional sofa can be used in a variety of ways in a small living room to enhance the atmosphere and provide additional seating space to accommodate more people.

Here we look at the various ways you can place a sectional in a small living room.

Use Sectional Sofa to Create Coziness

Use Sectional Sofa to Create Coziness

This is a large living room that, if you arranged the seating around the edge of the space, could have lacked intimacy and felt too distant. By positioning a sectional sofa in the middle of the room rather than against a wall, a much more cozy feel is created, while you can still benefit from the feeling of spaciousness since your sightlines are still far-reaching.

Along with the area rug, the sectional is used in this space to define the lounging area in the room, cutting the space into two different areas and making the area behind the sectional feel like more of a corridor or a place to display plants and ornaments.

Accentuate Focal Points with Sectional

Accentuate Focal Points with Sectional

The sectional sofa in this room has been positioned in a way that serves to highlight the focal point of the fireplace. It does this because the corner angle of the sectional is directly facing the corner fireplace.

The sofa is not pushed into a corner and instead is freestanding in the middle of the room, which creates a more cozy feel while also ensuring the sofa is close enough to the television screen for comfortable viewing.

Divide the Room

Divide the Room

The sectional sofa in this room has a chaise that extends out into the space, serving to split the space into two in a distinct yet subtle way. The back edge of the sectional works as a divider, making the seating area feel cozier and defined rather than open if the sectional were replaced by a standard two or three-seater sofa.

One side of the sectional is pushed against a wall, which helps to maximize the usable space in a room that does not have especially generous proportions. Use this layout with a sectional when you want to create a lot of seating in a more compact room.

Increase Seating Space

Increase Seating Space

The sectional sofa in this image shows how this type of sofa can be great for increasing the seating area in quite small spaces. The sofa is tucked into a corner of the room so that both back sides of the sectional are in contact with the walls, which means that no potential space gets lost.

The fitted units in this room take up a lot of space, so the remaining places where furniture could be positioned are minimal. By using a sectional sofa in this way, more seating has been achieved compared to if you had tried to fit two separate sofas, or one sofa and one chair into the available space.

Create Welcoming Environment

Create Welcoming Environment

The sectional sofa in this layout works to invite people into the room. It is placed in the far corner, with the angle of the sofa opening out into the space. The way that the sectional is positioned opening into the space rather than blocking the space with its back, serves to create a welcoming feel when people walk into the space.

The way the armchair is positioned at a side angle further increases the sense of invitation into the room. Use this technique when you want to create an environment that guests will feel at ease in, where conversation and mingling are encouraged.

Create Seating Nook

Create Seating Nook

The sectional sofa in this space is angled towards the TV, in the inner corner of the room, rather than facing outward toward people entering the room. This means that a cozy space is created, with the focus being on sitting down for a quiet night of television and escapism, as opposed to a more open layout that would encourage interaction.

The sectional has its back facing the entrance of the room, which helps to increase privacy, and the chaise that extends into the space further adds to the secluded feel.

Define Seating Area with Sectional Sofa

Define Seating Area with Sectional Sofa

In this layout, the sectional sofa is positioned on top of an area rug along with two chairs, helping to define the space as being for seating and relaxing.

One side of the sectional is pushed against a wall that maximizes the available space, and the other side juts out into the room to create a snug and cozy feel. This is a great way to layout furniture in a small living room to create a generous amount of seating.

Restful Seating with Sectional

Restful Seating with Sectional

In this small living room, a sectional with a chaise provides a relaxing space where the user can put their feet up. This is a layout that might typically feature a two or three-seater sofa instead of a sectional, but the sectional makes the room feel more laidback and also makes it physically more comfortable.

A chair is positioned facing the sectional with a coffee table in the middle, which helps to define the area as a place for socializing.

Corner Sofa in Compact Room

Corner Sofa in Compact Room

This living room has fitted a lot of seating space in it thanks to the use of a large sectional sofa, even though the actual dimensions of the room are quite compact. The sectional is pushed against one wall, with an extending side jutting out into the room, which is backed by a console table to create a room divider.

An armchair at the opposite side of the coffee table creates a horseshoe shape of seating, which feels snug and intimate. Use this type of layout with a sectional sofa to maximize seating in small spaces and benefit from a cozy atmosphere.